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Dickinson College, Carlisle

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Dickinson College is a private liberal arts college in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1773 as Carlisle Grammar School, Dickinson was chartered on September 9, 1783, six days after the signing of the Treaty of Paris, making it the first college to be founded after the formation of the United States. Dickinson was founded by Benjamin Rush, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and named "John and Mary's College" in honor of John Dickinson, a signer of the Constitution who was later the governor of Pennsylvania, and his wife Mary Norris Dickinson. They donated much of their extensive personal libraries to the new college.
In addition to offering either a bachelor of arts or Bachelor of Science degree in 22 disciplinary majors and 20 interdisciplinary majors, Dickinson offers an engineering option through its 3:2 program, which consists of three years at Dickinson and two years at an engineering school of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or Case Western Reserve University. Upon successful completion of both portions of the program, students receive the B.S. degree from Dickinson in their chosen field and the B.S. in engineering from the engineering school.
The Dickinson School of Law is located adjacent to the college campus and was founded in 1834 as its law department. It received an independent charter in 1890 and ended all affiliation with the college in 1917. In 2000, the law school merged with the Pennsylvania State University.
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  • Beautiful campus. They've seamlessly blended old and new buildings by using the same gray throughout. The added punches of red in the banners and Adirondack chairs really make for a lovely... 
    Beautiful campus. They've seamlessly blended old and new buildings by using the same gray throughout. The added punches of red in the banners and Adirondack chairs really make for a lovely...  more »
  • We went here specifically for the Trout museum. There was a really nice exhibit of the history of photography. If I'm in the area, I will check the website for current exhibits. Parking is easy on....  more
    We went here specifically for the Trout museum. There was a really nice exhibit of the history of photography. If I'm in the area, I will check the website for current exhibits. Parking is easy on....  more »
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  • Beautiful campus, world class education. Highly recommend.
  • LVC mens basketball got the road win...thank you for the hospitality

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