Founded by Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and named for John Dickinson, Dickinson College was chartered in 1783, shortly after the end of the American Revolution. Its purpose was to offer an education that was rigorously rooted in the traditional liberal arts and was, at the same time, innovative, forward-thinking, and ultimately useful. Today, Dickinson continues its strong adherence to its history while working within a contemporary context. Graduates are leaders with a global vision who are engaged in their communities, the nation, and the world.
The 144-acre campus features five LEED-gold certified buildings and is home to 2,300+ students from 40 states and territories and 43 foreign countries. The beautiful tree-lined campus, with its majestic limestone buildings, is adjacent to historic downtown Carlisle, which offers eclectic dining, shopping, and entertainment options. See below for some suggestions or further explore the restaurants and attractions of Cumberland Valley.
Carlisle was named one of the Safest College Towns in America by SafeWise.com, an online safety resource. Carlisle was ranked at #20 and was one of only two Pennsylvania college towns to make the list of 50 locations throughout the country.