Dickinson College is a private liberal arts college established in 1783 by Benjamin Rush, one of the revolutionaries who signed the Declaration of Independence. The institution's its aim is to form its students’ characters so that they become curious, useful, decisive and able to take risks. In order to achieve this, Dickinson encourages its students to start their own research projects or join a professor’s project from the very first year.
As a first-year student, students will be able to take modules such as Time and the Past, Present, and Future (Physics), Digital Culture: From Instagram to World of Warcraft (English), Molecules of Madness (Psychology), Can Stories Save the World? Empathy, Narrative, and Social Justice (American Studies) and others.
In 2015, Dickinson was ranked as the sixth college whose alumni served in Peace Corps in the small schools category. Since 1991, over 35 alumni have participated in Teach for America. Bloomberg BusinessWeek placed Dickinson amongst the 50 “Holy Grail” colleges in terms of career returns for the costs of education, with a median 30-year return on investment of more than $1 million.
Some of Dickinson's remarkable alumni include Kirstin Berg, director for The Advisory Board Co., Michael M. Meagher, vice president at Deutsche Bank, Norah Turnham, general manager for Small Pond Entertainment, Susan Ellingwood, editor of The New York Times’ Room for Debate, Alex Osberg, senior executive at Twitter, architect Sylvia Smith and molecular biologist Allison Hall.