Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA, USA

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Size of Town
Small city
In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
US States Represented
Countries Represented
African American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Percent of First Generation Students
Student Organizations
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
On Campus Women's Center
Cultural Student Resource Groups


Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Disability Housing Available
Freshman Living on Campus


Divisional Sports Nickname
Red Devils
School Colors
red and white
Varsity Athletics Association
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Centennial Conference
Total Male Athletes
Total Female Athletes
Sports Club
Sports Team (Men)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
Sports Team (Women)
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading-Dance Team
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Campus emergency phones
24-HR escort safety rides
Mobile campus emergency alert

What Students Are Saying

3.90 Average Rating
The food here is extremely hit or miss. The meal plan system is weird, which consequently gives you limited location options for eating. The cafeteria is a social hotspot, so most students eat there regularly. Most would say that the food relatively hit or miss, but I'd say it's usually pretty good. Across the hallway is the Snar, which offers sandwiches, a salad bar, and quick eats. The Quarry, the student-established coffee shop on campus, recently changed its entire menu, causing slow service and subpar sandwiches, but they have great wings and solid meal exchanges. There's also two juice bars. I'm satisfied with the dining options, but they could definitely be much better.
Morgan from Schuylkill Haven, PA
I'm not personally a big fan of the mealplan here. It's all or nothing, with you buying one of three plans that are all the same price, but with varying ways of getting food, or not having one at all. (There is also a reduced price apartment plan, but you have to request that specially and only if you live in an apartment.) This adds quite a lot to your bill, but the food is good.

There are four main option to eat on campus with your mealplan: The dining hall, which has it's great days, it's good days, and it's bad days (also home of the Kove which is open Sunday-Thursday with Kosher and vegan food); the Quarry, which has sandwiches, pastries, full coffee bar, pizza, etc; and the Underground (& Juice Box), which has fresh squeezed juice that actually makes a good meal because of all the things you can add, and fresh sushi which is made here and distributed to the other food locations on campus (the Juice Box makes juice as well as smoothies and is located in the fitness center). Lastly, there's the Snar (officially titled Union Station), which has a grill and cooks burgers, breakfast sandwiches, regular sandwiches, and a bunch of other things you'd expect from a grill, there's also a salad bar there and soup.

MEALPLANS: Here's a basic rundown.
You have two main options: Any 20 or Flex. Any 20 gives you 20 meals a week (Sunday we as a campus embrace brunch), and each meal is a designated 'meal exchange.' For example, at the Underground, you can get a large juice as one swipe (one meal exchange), and the Quarry you can get a sandwich with a drink and a fruit (fruit or wings I think?), and the Snar a burger, etc. You can pretty much get everything everywhere, except for sushi.

On Flex, you have three ways to buy food: Flex points, Declining Balance, or Dining Dollars. With Dining Dollars and Declining Balance you get 10% off the food you buy (so they're good to buy sushi with because it's a bit more expensive), but with Flex points, you use meal exchang...
Current Student
Most days food is pretty good. The worst part about it is that it just gets boring. We don't have a food service, we have chefs, so the food isn't gross, mass-produced in a factory. Also we have a soup chef that used to a White House soup chef!
The food services here are sublime. The cuisine is varied, all dietary needs accomodated, and the quality of food is off the charts. Fresh fruit is ALWAYS available and healthy options presented and encouraged. This is NOT typical cafeteria food but runs more along the lines of something you'd find in a dining room on a top of the line cruise.
Emma from Newville, PA
For a small liberal arts school, the food here is average. It does a great job of making banquets for the holidays and making people look forward to them. There is a small variety of places to go eat on campus, but the overall cafeteria always has various foods to eat and try for all types of people who have distinct eating preferences.
Jessica from Inglewood, CA
The food is wonderful, The staff know what they are doing!
Marcus from Bronx, NY
The dining services offer flexible options for on the go students- from grab n' go to cafes and snack bars to give you a variety. The cafeteria is also on the whole pretty good for the cost.
Rachel from Pittsford, NY