Applications for the 2024 seminar are now open! 

July 14 through July 26, 2024


  • Two weeks of free residential college experience at Dickinson
  • Rigorous and engaging academic study with nationally recognized faculty
  • Social interaction with top students from around the region
  • Field trips to Carlisle, Gettysburg and Washington, DC
  • Mentorship and assistance with college admissions process
  • Possibility of pursuing free college credit (pending)

Discover a life-changing college experience open to rising high school seniors that’s free to successful applicants.

Check out these short videos from our experiences in 2023, 2022, and 2021

Read our Summer 2023 daily blog

Check out photos from our Summer 2022 program

Check out our photos from the Summer 2021 program

Read coverage of our 2021 seminar from the Carlisle Sentinel

In July 2024, the House Divided Project at Dickinson College will host our fourth annual Knowledge for Freedom seminar, a free, two-week college-level program for rising high school seniors from across south central Pennsylvania.   The seminar is part of a remarkable initiative from the Teagle Foundation which helps introduce high school students to a series of great texts that address fundamental questions about freedom, democracy, and self-government.    Everything about the program is free, including residential room and board.   In addition, successful participants will not only enjoy a college-style experience this summer on the beautiful Dickinson campus, but also will have extensive additional mentoring and guidance as they navigate the college admissions process during their senior year of high school.  Pending approval, students will also have the option of pursuing free college credit for coursework related to the seminar via a remote option following the residential experience. The program is highly competitive and  targets low-income or first-generation college students.  Applications are due by May 31, 2024.  For more details and to apply, just visit our How to Apply page 

Check out coverage of the inaugural 2021 summer seminar:


COVID STATEMENT:  Participants in the 2024 seminar will be required to be vaccinated for COVID prior to their on-campus arrival on July 14, 2024.