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| Going to Dickinson College is one of the biggest regrets of my life. The college completely misrepresents what is required of students when talking to prospective students. I, myself, was deceived by the college's failure to communicate its academic demands. One must take about two semesters of courses that are Dickinson College Graduation Requirements, making it absolutely impossible to take courses for the sake of learning. The rest of your two years will go to your major, AND you spent $100,000 (and rising) your first two years going to classes you will most likely not enjoy. One must take two lab sciences (which are time-consuming and terrible if you are a humanities student), language up to 116, U.S. Diversity, etc. Certain courses fulfill more than one requirement; however the college will only let it count toward one, so then you must take another class at some point. i.e. Astronomy may fulfill Quantitative Reasoning and a Lab science, but only one at a time. So you have to take two courses even though you learn what is required of you in one. Dickinson gains many students through abroad programs; however there are many unstated restrictions, like you must take this many classes, know a language up to this level, etc. And with all the graduation requirements, it is difficult to fulfill abroad requirements, and on top of that, major requirements. But it is important to go abroad, even if you get stuck in Norwich, England, because presumably no town is more boring than Carlisle, PA. Overall, I find this college to be terrible - even academically. On top of that, Campus Life is terrible, the college will not help you out as much as you need to be helped financially, and the town is awful. Maybe they're trying to make cultured, well-round students with their absurd amount of graduation requirements; I, however, will resent this college for the money and time they are stealing from me. |
|Apr 20 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| The administration at this school is looking to take your money and once you attend a year at this school you are locked in unless you want to lose a year and start over at another campus. A lot of the classes are not transferrable to other schools and it forces you to almost suck it up for 3 years if your parents aren't donating any money. I have been involved in many extra curricular activities and have enjoyed my time here. However, the upper administration doesn't connect to the whole student body well enough and I never plan on donating a dime to this penny-grubbing school. If I didn't make such good friends at this school from my freshman year through sports and my extra-curricular activities I would have left a long time ago. Overall once you get into this school you'll meet tons of great people and the professors are awesome in all fields, however, everyone on campus presently will agree the administration blows. |
|Feb 24 2010|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| Critics of Dickinson tend to complain that the atmosphere is very "cliquish." While I can certainly see that in some respects, I feel that Dickinson is the kind of environment that requires you to really question what you want in a friend, in an education, and in an experience. There are a great variety of people and opportunities on campus if you take the time to explore them. Don't come to Dickinson with some predetermined notion of what the college experience is "supposed to be." The primary function of higher education is EDUCATION, so get excited about your classes, talk to your professors, get to know people with similar interests, and your social life will unfold as you go. |
I'll admit that I'm not a terribly outgoing person, and that I generally prefer a night of watching movies to a party, but I'm never bored and I don't feel like I'm missing out.
I can't be happier about my Dickinson education. As an English major, I'm being taught directly by brilliant professors who, aside from being experts in their field, are personable, fascinating people who work hard to get to know their students and to make themselves as available as possible.
Dickinson is also a fantastic school for anyone who wants to study abroad. I spent my junior year in Norwich, England, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. While many of Dickinson's taglines are cheesy, I think that Dickinon's commitment to a "global education" is a valid one. For a school of our size, I think we do a lot to promote the idea of a global community. Especially because of the recession, much of the school's focus has been on drawing in financial support and as many applicants as possible. The new website, for instance, is geared far more towards prospective students than it is towards current students. I think the administration could do more to cater to it current students, but, as far as day-to-day life in the classroom and on campus goes, I have really enjoyed my time here and couldn't be happier with my decision to come.
|Feb 02 2010|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2010 |