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Furman or Dickinson or Gettysburg?


Replies to: Furman or Dickinson or Gettysburg?

  • nekothesoldiernekothesoldier Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Thank you all for the precious information!!
    Could you please tell me the weather conditions and its extremes (if exist) in those places??
  • psychicphysicspsychicphysics Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
    Gettysburg: Mild Humid summers, you're probably looking at mid 80s most of the hotter parts with it occasionally getting over 90. However, it does have the chilliest winter of all three colleges and snows semi-frequently, with the temperature occasionally dipping under 20.
    Dickinson: Probably the most temperate of all three, Dickinson has tame summers with average highs in the low 80s. There may be some humidity, but it again probably wouldn't be as bad as the other two. It gets snow, but doesn't get as cold as Gettysburg in the winter months. You may have a week or two when it dips under 20
    Furman: South Carolina has notoriety for being a human frying pan. Luckily, Furman has plenty of trees, but if you aren't used to 90s and humid, you will have a rude awakening. I seriously suggest you at least visit the Furman area in the Summer before going too much further. Winters are actually very pleasant, but it only snows once a year or every other year.

    I think Dickinson would win out on the climate category, but if you're into really hot summers or moderately cold winters then I guess it wouldn't really matter.
  • ColdinMinnyColdinMinny Registered User Posts: 902 Member
    Since 95% of students do not attend colleges in the summer, not sure how helpful that is.

    For the typical school year, Furman definitely the mildest weather; Dickinson and Gettysburg will have 4 seasons with occasional snow in the winter.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,146 Senior Member
    Yes, I would actually put Dickinson a bit above Gettysburg academically (both were on D1's list).
  • beenthereanddonebeenthereanddone Registered User Posts: 418 Member
    I suggest since you are down to your final three you take the time to visit them all. Spend a day at each. Do the official tour and maybe sit in on a class in your desired major. Then just take the time to hang out. Talk to everyone. The students, the staff, the people working on campus. Get a coffee and hang out in the student union. At the end of this exercise I would be shocked if you didn't know which one was the best fit for you. Best of luck to you!
  • TheGFGTheGFG Registered User Posts: 6,219 Senior Member
    Dickinson has a lot of international students, so I think that would help you feel at home there. In general, the school feels strongly about having an international awareness.

    We really liked Dickinson when we visited twice, and my daughter just applied there Early Decision. On Dickinson's website you can find profiles of 2015 and 2016 graduates and see where the econ majors ended up. The other schools you mentioned probably also have information about alumni career outcomes that you could check. But the US News ranking is the one most people here consider, and Dickinson comes out the best if that matters to you. Did you look at Franklin & Marshall? Very similar to Dickinson and Gettysburg.
  • kidzncatzkidzncatz Registered User Posts: 840 Member
    Re: weather at Dickinson and Gettysburg. They are 27 miles apart; very little if any difference in weather. (I live within 33 miles of both schools). As mentioned before, both are excellent small schools, Gettysburg more Greek than Dickinson. Gettysburg's best department is history, especially American Civil War history (campus is adjacent to the battlefield). Dickinson has an international focus. I agree that the street running through Dickinson's campus is, if anything, a very minor issue. This is a main street of a large borough (population ~19000), easily crossable at crosswalks.
  • beenthereanddonebeenthereanddone Registered User Posts: 418 Member
    I agree the weather at Dickinson and Gettysburg is darn near identical all year round. There is no difference. To talk about more or less humidity or variations in temperatures is false. They enjoy the same weather.
  • TheGreyKingTheGreyKing Forum Champion Williams College Posts: 1,952 Forum Champion
    edited October 2016
    About the road comments... Route 2 runs through the middle of the campus at Williams College. It was a bit of a pain in the neck but you get used to it. Shouldn't be a deal breaker at an otherwise awesome college.
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