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Dickinson delivers. A Dickinson education is about more than mastering facts. It takes students beyond the classroom, equipping them with distinctive habits of mind and unparalleled experiences that will prepare them for success. Our leadership in global study and investment in collegewide sustainability initiatives help to equip students with an essential 21st century skill set. A Dickinson education is useful in the ways that matter most. Students leave ready for the next steps of life. Whether they move on to a job, graduate or professional school or meaningful postgraduate experience, they leave Dickinson prepared to be of service as engaged citizens and leaders in an ever-changing world.

The proof. Return on investment. Value and worth. Lifelong benefits. For us, it’s not just about jobs and grad school acceptances. Of course that’s important, but we look beyond. It’s about the relationships formed and the connections made. It’s about producing citizen leaders who engage with and improve the wider world. We hope these stats shed some light on these points, but read on to discover the stories, experiences and opportunities that go beyond the numbers. THE EXPERIENCE Nearly

60% of the class of 2016 studied abroad, including

48% of science majors and 40% of student-athletes.

9:1 student-faculty ratio, demonstrating our commitment to individualized education

Average class size of 50 students


15 students, and zero classes with more than 15

countries Members of the class of 2016 interned in outside the U.S.

of the class of 2016 reported completing at least one internship experience. THE MINDSET

82% of graduates are active voters (50% higher than the

national average)

90% of Dickinsonians volunteer in their communities and 95% contribute to nonprofit organizations.




members of the class of 2016 earned Fulbright scholarships, solidifying our place as a top-10 Fulbrightproducing institution

of Dickinsonians are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation

(based on 2015 survey)


(of those recommended) for medical school within all health professions are accepted

(compared to the 39% national average, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges)


$1 million

of recent law school applicants are accepted

median 30-year return on investment of a Dickinson education according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2011)

(compared to the 78% national average, according to the Law School Admissions Council)

The average starting salary for a Dickinson graduate is

$44,000 (

Every college brochure needs some long lists. These are worth the read. Dickinsonians have graduated from and are currently attending hundreds of graduate and professional schools around the world. Listing them all would take pages and pages. Here is a sampling: City University London College of Charleston (Grice Marine Laboratory) Columbia University and Columbia Law School Dartmouth College Duke University George Washington University School of Medicine Harvard University and Harvard Law School Johns Hopkins University London School of Economics Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) New York University Northwestern University

Oxford University Penn State College of Medicine Pratt Institute Princeton University Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Sotheby’s Institute of Art Stanford University and Stanford University School of Medicine University of Bologna University of East Anglia University of Michigan Law School University of North Carolina– Chapel Hill University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh School of Law Yale University

Internship experiences 20th Century Fox, New York, N.Y. Berenberg Bank, Hamburg, Germany Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, Md. Committee on Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. Condé Nast, New York, N.Y. Credit Suisse, Miami, Fla. Merrill Lynch, New York, N.Y. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. Penguin U.S.A., New York, N.Y.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh, Pa. Playworks, Los Angeles, Calif. Rockefeller Research Laboratories, Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, N.Y. Sotheby’s Inc., New York, N.Y. The American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa. UBS Financial Services, Irvine, Calif.

Prestigious awards, scholarships and recognitions (earned by students and alumni)

Carnegie Junior Fellowship Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Finnegan Fellowship Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and Fulbright Research Scholarship (top-10 Fulbright-producing institution) George Mitchell Scholarship Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award Kathryn Wasserman Davis Projects for Peace Grant

Lemelson-MIT Prize Linus Pauling Medal Award Mary McCarthy Prize Morris K. Udall Scholarship Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans Rotary International Global Grant Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people Tony Award

Dickinson is not the final destination. It is a four-year launching pad. Our graduates have an edge, and that edge leads them to launch careers from Wall Street to Silicon Valley and abroad, serve with Teach for America and the Peace Corps, and embark on entrepreneurial endeavors that impact the world. They continue to be at the top of their fields in business, science and medicine, law, finance, art, education, and government and nonprofit work. Their successes reflect a significant return on the investment in a Dickinson education.

Michael Lanz ’91, industry director for social & information, Google

A sampling of the organizations that our alumni are working for or leading.

Our alumni are the best evidence of our value. CHAD MIRKIN ’86, chemistry, PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY’S INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NANOTECHNOLOGY >>> recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2013 Linus Pauling Medal Award (often a precursor to the Nobel Prize). “Clearly, the world is facing significant challenges—economically, politically, environmentally and technologically. That is why we need scientists who are broadly educated, who can think critically, who can solve problems and who can work with others creatively to improve our world. I DRAW ON MY DICKINSON EDUCATION EVERY DAY. The way I was taught to see the world at Dickinson CONTINUES TO GUIDE MY THINKING, even all these years later.”


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the whole student.”

EVERETT LASHER ’11, earth sciences, PURSUING A PH.D. IN EARTH & PLANETARY SCIENCE AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY “I wouldn’t be pursuing a doctoral degree without the outstanding resources available at Dickinson. My four years there first ALLOWED ME TO DISCOVER MY PASSION for earth sciences. They offered ample opportunities to engage in research and travel. Dickinson also LAID THE FOUNDATION for a wide professional and academic network that has been incredibly useful.”

MIRIAM WEINER ’09, French, LEAD TRAVEL EDITOR AT U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. “I interned for La Dépêche [while studying abroad in Toulouse], one of the region’s major newspaper publishers, where I was tasked with writing content in both English and French that targeted visitors to the region. I guess that’s where

I caught the travel-writing bug. I was news editor for The Dickinsonian, where I picked up many of the skills I use at my job today. These types of experiences really HELPED ME FIND A CAREER THAT I LOVE.”

Sometimes it is all about who you know. A Dickinson education opens doors to advanced study and meaningful careers. To that end, the college has developed a network of agreements with excellent graduate and professional schools, both nationally and internationally, in a range of fields, offering both joint-degree programs and advanced enrollment into master’s programs. These opportunities greatly enhance the quality and value of the Dickinson educational experience.

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JOINT-DEGREE PROGRAMS AND GRADUATE SCHOOL AGREEMENTS • Business: Thunderbird School of Global Management, American University's Kogod School of Business and the University of Rochester • Engineering: Columbia University, Case Western Reserve University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • I nternational Graduate Education: The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Network of Autonomous Schools of the Lombardy Region (Italy, language assistant internship), the University of Bremen (Germany), the University of East Anglia (England), the University of Málaga (Spain), the University of Maine (global policy) and the University of Queensland (Australia) • Law: The Penn State University Dickinson School of Law • Medicine/Health: Jefferson Medical College

Your next step is our top priority. From the tools offered in our Career Center and advising office to an array of experiential learning opportunities, mentoring from alumni, faculty and staff and a focus on a cohesive, fouryear educational experience, our interconnected approach means that resources abound for our students, all leading toward a successful education and greater opportunities after graduation. See the list at right for a sampling of the resources available to Dickinsonians.

Photo by Matthew Atwood ’15, submitted for the Study Abroad Photo Contest

An interconnected approach to career advising and networking via several offices means that resources abound for our students: • Handshake and the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN) are databases that give students and alumni access to thousands of job and internship opportunities • Networking trips to cities, like New York and Washington, D.C., where students meet with alumni in finance, communication, government, nonprofit and beyond • Dickinson Career Conference, held annually to provide opportunities for students to make in-person connections with alumni • Internship Networking Day, held annually each spring to prepare students for and inform them about internship opportunities • Individualized consultations including facilitating connections with alumni, job search and interview coaching, resumé review, LinkedIn profile assistance and more • Mentoring, which includes career and graduate-school counselors, alumni career chats, deans and faculty advisors • The Dickinson Four, a four-year roadmap to help students create a cohesive experience and access support along the way.

A Dickinsonian’s journey is bold, exceptional and ever evolving. Dickinsonians are notorious for taking the road less traveled, allowing life to take them in unexpected directions and being nimble enough to roll with the punches. Here are three examples of what some of those paths have looked like.

EZEQUIEL GLEICHGERRCHT ’08 Buenos Aires, Argentina declared double major in biology and neuroscience with a minor in French >>> honed skills in four languages: Spanish, English, French and Portuguese >>> managed the French and Spanish special-interest house and worked for the Office of Diversity Initiatives >>> conducted research with Assistant Professor of Psychology Richard Abrams and with Assistant Professor of French Lucile Duperron >>> earned a Ph.D. at the University of Buenos Aires >>> published in top scientific journals, presented more than 100 posters and was associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease >>> co-director at the Institute of Cognitive Neurology in Buenos Aires >>> postdoctoral fellow at Medical University of South Carolina

EDWARD RICOURT ’95 New York, N.Y. discovered a passion for writing in

>>> wrote first script as an independent study with Professor Todd Wronski >>> graduated with degree in political science >>> job as production assistant in New York City >>> associate producer for The Ricki Lake Show >>> optioned his first script, Dead by Daylight, which never made it to production >>> earned an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University >>> moved to Los Angeles with only two months’ rent in his pocket >>> sold several scripts that fiction and theatre classes

remained unproduced and continued

>>> Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson signed on for the movie based on his script, Now You See Me >>> was a writer on Now You See Me 2, and currently writes for several primetime television series.


MARISSA FAITH FOLK ’08 Williamsport, Pa. applied Early Decision after first visit to campus >>> influential World Music class: Professor Amy Wlodarski became a friend and mentor >>> internship at the White House >>> declared major in economics >>> got involved in Student Senate >>> internship with Booz Allen Hamilton >>> elected senior class president and got involved in event planning >>> graduated cum laude and earned the Hufstader Prize for Senior Leadership >>> hired as senior change management consultant for IBM

I’m a great fan of liberal-arts education. It opens up your mind to different areas, teaches you to think. You develop curiosity, and you can explore. … Maybe because of that, I was a lawyer but was willing to go into biotech and learn biology.

—Young Park ’87, CEO of GeneOne, which made medical history with the first human trial of a Zika vaccine.

Photo credits: Lydia Daniller, John Creston Dubois, James Kegley, Lianne Milton, Carl Socolow ’77, Marc Piscotty, Rizwan Saffie ’14, Matt Zugale

The facts. Dickinson is a premier four-year residential liberal-arts institution chartered in 1783 and widely recognized as a leader in sustainability and global education. We prepare our graduates to face the world’s challenges so they are always equipped and eager to collaborate with others to make an impact. CAMPUS & FACILITIES


  • 144-acre campus

  • $45.9 million in grants

  •5  8 general and special-interest

awarded in ’15-’16   • 76% of students receive

housing facilities   • 5 LEED-gold-certified buildings   • 1 80-acre College Farm with 50 acres producing more than 100,000 pounds of USDA-certified organic produce annually

merit or need-based aid ADMISSION & AID DEADLINES   • Early Decision I – Nov. 15   • Early Action – Dec. 1   • Early Decision II – Jan. 15   • Regular Decision – Feb. 1

ACADEMIC FEATURES   • 9:1 student-faculty ratio   • 15 student average class size   • 43 majors plus minors, certificate  

programs, independent research

  • Army ROTC

  • P re-professional programs and articulation agreements

in business, engineering, health and law DickinsonCol

ENROLLMENT   • 2,300 full-time students   • 40 states and territories plus

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the District of Columbia and 43 foreign countries

the latest numbers: (as of 9/23/16)



OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS Dickinson College PO Box 1773 Carlisle, PA 17013


Success (2016)  

What can you do with a Dickinson education? The possibilities are endless! See the outcomes of our alumni to get some ideas.

Success (2016)  

What can you do with a Dickinson education? The possibilities are endless! See the outcomes of our alumni to get some ideas.