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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C+
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference
Address
272 West High Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
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, 95% of graduates are in a job, graduate school or meaningful service experience 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.

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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
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$32,468/ 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
$34,171/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

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
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.47 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.47 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,346Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
36
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Privileged
    54%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • intelligent
    12%
  • Athletic
    4%
  • Hipster
    4%
  • Stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
70%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.50 responses
Poll
74%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Awesome
    31%
  • White
    19%
  • Boring
    12%
  • Personal
    12%
  • Small
    12%
  • academically-intense
    4%
  • Community
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $57,400/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    83%
    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
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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.
    From an educational standpoint, Dickinson is a good school that offers diverse courses and has a supporting faculty that is engaged and passionate. The issue is the student life and the administration. As a Dickinson graduate, I noticed the administration was more concerned with filling their pockets (mind you the cost of attending is already $60k+). Many attempts to coerce additional funds came from banning off-campus housing (ensured each of the 2,500 students payed the full $13,000 room/board) as well as issuing egregious charges for natural wear and tear in living spaces. No exaggeration, $800 for removing tape (for decorations) from walls and $40/per item to move furniture back to its normal positioning in the living space. Something needs to change because the school will be losing out on donations and support from alumni and their families. As it stands now, if I could redo my undergrad experience, it would not be at Dickinson College.