When I visited Dickinson College at the end of August, I was treated to an information session hosted by Greg Boyer, an admissions officer who reads NJ college applications. Greg wins the prize for the admissions officer most excited by the college he represents. Greg shared the following information about Dickinson College:
66% of the majors have a global perspective. 50% of the professors have lived abroad. Dickinson offers 13 foreign languages, more than any other liberal arts college in the country.
The average class size is between 16 and 17 students. There is a close student / faculty relationship.
The school studied retention of knowledge and decided to make their classes into workshops with hands-on application. For example, instead of taking Biology 101, students might take the Science of Cancer. Students studying science, do research. 65% of students will do an original publication before graduation. Art history majors must curate an art exhibition before graduating. There are two archeology labs that simulate dig experience, as well as opportunities to participate in archeology digs in two locations.
There are general education requirements, which include a freshman seminar, a US diversity class, 2 lab sciences, 1.5 semesters of physical education, and classes from three different areas. Being “green” is integrated into the curriculum. ROTC is available.
85% of students do internships. Internships in New York City, Washington, DC, and abroad are available. Greg studied abroad in Italy and completed an internship there with a boss who only spoke Italian.