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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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272 West High Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference
From Dickinson College

Dickinson is a four-year residential liberal-arts college chartered in 1783 by Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Our students leave Dickinson with an education that translates into a competitive edge and a mandate to lead and make a difference. In fact, 98% of graduates are in a job, internship, graduate school or pursuing a fellowship within one year.

Dickinson offers small, hands-on classes and extensive opportunities for research, fieldwork and internships in each of our 45 majors. We are one of only a few colleges in the country to offer international business & management, which prepares students to be global leaders in an ever-changing economy. Dickinson has one of the top off-campus study programs in the nation and is ranked in the top five for long-term study abroad by the Institute of International Education. We are also ranked #1 in sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Dickinson College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
49%
SAT Range
1190-1365
ACT Range
27-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$33,297/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$35,682/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
77%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
97%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.34 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.54 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,361Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
38
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Privileged
    58%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • intelligent
    10%
  • Hipster
    6%
  • Athletic
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.57 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Awesome
    24%
  • White
    21%
  • Boring
    18%
  • Personal
    12%
  • Small
    12%
  • academically-intense
    3%
  • Community
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $57,400/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    84%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    75%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses

    Dickinson College Reviews

    564 reviews
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    I am a Dickinson alumni and my experience was truly life-changing. I was surrounded with caring, hard-working students and passionate professors who were leaders in their fields. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the country. I was a tennis player and really loved being part of the team. Great memories! Loved my study abroad year as well. Was employed in a great position within 3 months of graduating Magna Cum Laude. Thank you, Dickinson. I feel lucky to have been able to attend and receive great financial aid.
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    I loved my time at Dickinson! I got a world-class education, made lifelong friends, and had research and study abroad opportunities I could only dream of. The architecture and campus is absolutely beautiful and the landscaping and outdoor spaces and sports fields are stunning. Some of my professors became friends and all were challenging and brilliant. I really enjoyed my 4 years and am proud to be a Dickinsonian.
    Most students who make the decision to attend Dickinson are choosing to do so for that quaint, small campus feel that Dickinson has to offer. This has its pros and cons. One being that the campus can often feel unnecessarily clique-y. For being such a small school, you might expect students to want to do their best to branch out and talk to people of varying backgrounds. This isn't entirely the case for Dickinson. Students of one discipline may pass through this 4 year institution having only spoken and connected to students of their won indiscipline. That aside, the school obviously has its perks. One being their study abroad program, the other being the tiny classroom sizes that allow student's personal experience to create insightful, productive discussions.