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Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
Dickinson, founded in 1773, is a private, liberal arts college. Conceived during the American Revolution, Dickinson was the first college chartered in the newly recognized U.S. Although it is steeped in history, Dickinson is confident of the future, enterprising in its approach to contemporary challenges and practical in its educational program. Dickinson asks its students constantly to challenge what is safe and comfortable, meeting the future with a voice that reflects America and engages the world. Its program requires students to cross the traditional borders of academic discipline to witness the interrelated nature of knowledge and to extend their studies off-campus through one of the school's 11 study centers abroad, by participating in internships, through field studies and through service to the community. Dickinson is best known for its unique approach to science education and for its outstanding and comprehensive international education program. While firmly rooted in the liberal arts, Dickinson's major in international business and its commitment to providing students with a useful education clearly set the college on a path that is future-oriented. Its 114-acre campus is located in Carlisle, 18 miles from Harrisburg. The oldest campus building, completed in 1804, is a registered National Historic Landmark.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,420
   Women 1,420 (58.7%)
   Men 1,000 (41.3%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 43% of 6,172 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 656 average
610-705 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 637 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 29 average
28-31 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities X      
Cost of Attendance $67,679
  Tuition and Fees $51,205
  Room and Board $12,794
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $45,673
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 222
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 19% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
Carlisle Population 18,880
Nearest Metropolitan Area Harrisburg
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 94% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Red Devil
Sororities 27% of women participate
Fraternities 17% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.9% Asian
5.3% Black/African-American
8.2% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.1% White
1.5% Unknown
International Students 10.0% from 43 countries
First-Year Students Returning 90.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 81.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 54.0%