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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students2,420
   Women1,420 (58.7%)
   Men1,000 (41.3%)
Graduate StudentsNot reported


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate43% of 6,172 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math656 average
610-705 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading637 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing631 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite29 average
28-31 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$67,679
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$45,673
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 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 Population18,880
Nearest Metropolitan AreaHarrisburg
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 94% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
MascotRed Devil
Sororities27% 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 Students10.0% from 43 countries
First-Year Students Returning90.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.58 3.85 630 644 29
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High 4.00 4.34 740 740 35
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Dickenson professors and students used to grow cabbages and onions on the quad. Before that, in 1863, the quad was a Confederate Army camp.

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