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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.

Website: www.dickinson.edu

(57.5%) 1,226 Women
(42.5%) 907 Men
Not reported


Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
40% of 6,426 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Early Decision Offered
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
667 average
620-710 range of middle 50%
657 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met
Average Freshman Award
Average Indebtedness of 2019 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 33% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 17% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Carlisle Population
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
100% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Red Devil
25% of women participate
5% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.8% Asian
5.9% Black/African-American
10.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.4% White
1.0% Unknown
International Students
13.1% from 46 countries
First-Year Students Returning
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
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