Dickinson College


Dickinson College is a four-year residential liberal-arts college located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While the town and its surrounding countryside are New England in nature, the large cities of Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York are just a couple of hours away. Chartered in 1783 just days after the conclusion of the American Revolution, Dickinson was established to provide a different kind of liberal-arts education; one that is rigorously rooted in the traditional liberal arts and is also ultimately useful. The college includes a 50-acre farm, the Center for Sustainability Education, the Center for Global Education, the Community Studies Center and various athletic facilities. More than 2,300 students from 44 U.S. states and 46 foreign countries are encouraged to be actively engaged with the wider world.

Dickinson offers students a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in 22 disciplinary majors and 20 interdisciplinary majors, including 13 language programs. Additionally, more than 50% of students study abroad. Students are encouraged to get involved in 100+ student-run clubs and activities, including varsity, club and intramural sports; music and drama; publications; fraternities and sororities; and religious, political, special-interest and community-service organizations. All divisions of Dickinson College offer students pathways to civic engagement, such as service learning, community-based research and independent applied research. Dickinsonians are encouraged to develop intellectual independence and a passion for learning, and to explore how they can make a difference in their communities in informed, thoughtful and sustainable ways.

Why EcoLeague? “Dickinson views sustainability as a vital dimension of any liberal arts education. We see our campus as a living laboratory for sustainability education. Through the EcoLeague, our faculty and students can extend that concept to a range of different ecoregions, and join in learning with peers at partner colleges that share our commitment to sustainability education.” – Provost Neil Weissman, Dickinson College 


Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Student/Faculty Ratio



Over 40 programs, including Africana Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Sciences, East Asian Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies/Science, History, International Business & Management, Law & Policy, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Women’s & Gender Studies, to name a few.


A fall semester and spring semester, each 16-weeks in length


  • Center for Sustainability Education (4 staff and 12 student interns)
  • 5 LEED gold-certified buildings
  • 50-acre USDA-certified organic and Food Alliance-certified working College Farm
  • Sustainability designated courses offered across the curriculum
  • Student-led composting and biodiesel production programs
  • On-campus bicycle-co operative, The Handlebar
  • Center for Sustainable Living residence, The Treehouse
  • Solar panels on multiple buildings
  • Baird Fellows Honors Program for Sustainability



  • Archaeology laboratories
  • Athletic center, training facility and sports fields
  • Greenhouse for teaching and research
  • Center for Sustainability Education
  • Center for Global Study & Engagement
  • Community Studies Center
  • 38 study-abroad programs in 24 countries on 6 continents
  • Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) – assists community members in watershed assessment, protection and restoration activities
  • The Idea Fund – supports student innovators to implement social and environmental projects
  • Athletic center, training facility and sports fields
  • Archaeology dig simulator
  • Kanev Planetarium and Michael Britton Observatory