Dickinson College - Comments and Student Experiences|
I'll start with the good.
The academics are excellent. The alumni connection is strong and growing stronger, many successful people in all fields attended this college. The professors are engaging, brilliant, and genuinely want you to succeed. The campus is gorgeous and well kept.
The college has few upsides, the downfalls by far outweigh the good.
The social aspect is terrible. I found many students to be cliquish, standoffish, arrogant, unfriendly, and somewhat snobby. It's a small school, so friend groups somehow magically form quickly and people start to shut others out. I found there are two types of people. The preppy kids which make up a majority of the student population, and the nerdy, artsy population which makes up the other half. Middle grounders, like me, aren't plenty and it may be hard to fit in. Parties are very sports and club based. It's possible to get in if you know the right people. I found the nightlife got monotonous quickly, it's mediocre at best.
The town of Carlisle is far from a college town. The relationship between the residents of Carlisle and the students is broken. Many residents (townies) are hostile towards students and don't like us. There isn't much to do in Carlisle. Having a car or a friend with one will make everything better. There are some good restaurants and shops, but not many. The college is located next to the worse part of town. Students have been robbed and assaulted, the college and town has gotten much more dangerous over the years.
The administration doesn't really tend to students needs. It's very disconnected from the student population. Many students complain about the administration and agree changes need to be made to it.
The food is decent. It has some on and off days. The lack of a 24-hour option is somewhat inconvenient as clubs, sports, and work can make it difficult to eat at certain times. The "caf" is packed during peak hours.
The housing is unfair and some dorms are downright awful. The walls are paper thin; doors can be heard slamming down the hall, other noises can be heard during the night as well. I found many students left their dorms and common areas messy. The lack of consideration for themselves and their peers was shocking. Housing apparently gets better, but it's a lottery system and it's easy to get bad housing again.To conclude the review, I heed this to any prospective student. Know what you really want in a school. I had no clue what I really wanted. I blew $62,000 for an experience I wish I hadn't gone through. Know the school, people, and environment you wish to be in the next 4 years of your life. Choosing your college is a vital decision for the growth of yourself as an adult and student. If anyone interested in Dickinson asks me if they should go, I would tell them to run far away and don't look back.
The academics here are amazing. That's why I came to this school. The reputation is great, and the professors really want you to learn and succeed.
That being said, Dickinson College has some major issues, which is why I'm transferring next semester.
The Students/Social life: This is the biggest issue. It's a small school, only 2,300 students, so naturally it's very cliquey, students usually don't socialize outside their group of friends. Most students are arrogant, close-minded, rude and unfriendly. Keep in mind that this school is very preppy, and it's pretty hard for a middle-grounder to fit in. If you're not on a sports team or in frat/sorority, parties may be hard to come by. Just know what kind of people you want to be surrounded by for the next 4 years of your life.
The town of carlisle is just awful. Drugs run rampant through the town, and walking off campus at night in some areas is not a good idea. Crime exists off campus, but DPS does a good job at keeping students safe. There is really nothing to do in Carlisle besides the 3 good restaurants, 2 bars and a Walmart. It?s in the middle of nowhere. The locals (students refer to them as "townies") do not like students, and are somewhat hostile towards us.
This place truly feels like High School part 2. Just know this if your looking to come here; attend a class, and walk around campus to see the students and what it's actually like. Don't be fooled by the nice campus and academics and what ever else the student guide is telling you. College isn't just about education, it's an experience that helps you grows as an adult and a student. Dickinson College is not a good environment to do that. Try to see yourself here, if you can?t, don't bother applying. Bottom Line: If you're a preppy private school kid with the money to go here, like to get wasted on the weekends, and have the ego the size of an equator, come to Dickinson! If you want a real college experience where you'll have more fun, and make great friends in a better learning environment, look elsewhere.