About Dickinson College

Founded in 1783, Dickinson College. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,420 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Dickinson College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 242 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Dickinson College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate43%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee65
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,30% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 10 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

96% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 78% were in the top quarter, and 48% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Dickinson College.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
4%
“We know about current events and vote”
83%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
4%
“Sometimes, but not often”
65%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
30%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
50%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
45%
“I feel extremely safe”
57%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
39%
“We bought the gear”
4%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
70%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
17%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
26%
“They keep regular office hours”
74%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
52%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
48%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
17%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
61%
“We only party on weekends”
22%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
64%
“There might be people who do”
36%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
4%
“We know about current events and vote”
83%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
4%
“Sometimes, but not often”
65%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
30%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
50%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
45%
“I feel extremely safe”
57%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
39%
“We bought the gear”
4%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
70%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
17%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
26%
“They keep regular office hours”
74%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
52%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
48%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
17%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
61%
“We only party on weekends”
22%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
64%
“There might be people who do”
36%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Dickinson College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    74 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    50 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    74 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    75 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    75 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    75 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    75 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    75 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Dickinson College?

25 Students rated Dickinson College

Ella - 07/30/2022

I’m screaming to be an ice cream flavor- Mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, cookies ‘n’ cream…? Final decision: vanilla. Yep, you heard it right. I’m ‘one of those’ individuals who enjoys the delicate taste of sweet vanilla bean with a dash of cinnamon sprinkled on top. No extra flavors, toppings, or cherries, just a plain ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream. Scooping the tiniest amount possible into a mug, my pale hand quivers and shakes beneath the weight. Eyes glancing away, cool, and washy, I shuffle to my seat and sink lower and lower into my chair. The cream-colored melted ice cream reaches my lips, I take a bite, and what follows feels like glass shards coursing my throat. Another one follows. “That’s enough,” I say to myself firmly. The only thing I like about ice cream with conviction is to refuse it. “The brain functioning just isn’t there.” Being a vanilla ice cream flavor allowed me to do things I hadn’t accepted that I could do. A night out with friends was no longer a dreaded fear, a quick ice cream run became a great time to talk with teammates. I could finally be free from the demons with vanilla ice cream. “Sometimes it hurts to know you can do it. It’s an intimidating thing to realize because it means that the only person who can really define your growth and happiness is yourself. There is no shortcut to becoming your best self. The responsibility is on you.” -Alexi Pappas

Jezzelle - 06/23/2022

I think Dickinson College is an excellent school and I am genuinely grateful that I chose to continue my education there. Academically, I feel that my classes are challenging enough to push for growth, but not too challenging that I feel lost. My professors are all pleasant people and they seem genuinely interested in their students and our education. I am close to most of my professors and they are always open to speak with me about my assignments and career goals. They also, often, speak to me about the opportunities available to me inside and outside of campus. Students at Dickinson are also overall very pleasant, most seem to care about their education and are friendly towards each other. The only complaints I have heard is that there is not much of a social scene. It is a small college so there is a limit to the social events available. However, there are still events and they are fun if you allow yourself to join. Overall, I really enjoy going to Dickinson College.

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Claire - 12/17/2020

Dickinson has been such a great choice for me. I was between Dickinson and a couple other Centennial League schools and I am so glad I chose Dickinson. My classes have been awesome - small and intimate with really great engagement from other students, the study abroad programs are endless (I went to London), and I just feel at home with the culture here on campus. The housing, the dining hall, library, and resources are all so nice and the campus is really into sustainability - we are carbon neutral as of 2020 - and I\'m really enjoying the college garden and the farm to table emphasis. I love that I can talk to professors after class and they are always willing to meet for questions or to help guide a lab or give feedback on a paper. Weekends are fun, frat parties are great yet no one cares if you choose to drink or not, and there\'s plenty to do in Carlisle - movies and cute restaurants line the street.

Dickinson College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Dickinson College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Dickinson College is 43%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Like life, I believe college is what you make of it. You are responsible for your own successes and because of this, you have to remember that in order to achieve your goals you have to put the work in. Choosing the right college involves finding the right fit for each individual and a person needs to consider the total package. Academics need to be the top priority, but think about other things like location, sports, traveling abroad, and other activities that are going to make you happy. It is important to remember that you are choosing a place where you are going to spend the next four years of your life. Choose somewhere that will help you learn, grow, and be happy. You have to balance the studying with enjoying life (but that doesn't mean party all the time). To do well in college I think there are only three things a person needs to remember. Most important, go to class. I repeat, GO TO CLASS. Secondly, get involved and talk with your professors, they are there to help you. Finally, relax, if you work hard you will be fine, don't sweat the small stuff.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Energetic, enthousiastic, intelligent, fun-loving, crazy, happy, ambitious, relaxed.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    I love Dickinson College. It has everything you could ever wish for.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    I love my friends. I have met some of the best, most genuine people at Dickinson. I can't imagine life without them.

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  6. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The academic reputaion and individual attention that the school gives you.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Small classroom size and engaged professors

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Dickinson is home to those who have a thirst to think outside of the box. Dickinson is not your traditional undergraduate institution. It's a community of students and faculty who desire to know more. It's full of fantastic minds who live to collaborate and educate the world at large.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is that there is not very much to do in Carlisle. You end up walking to walmart and the movie theater a lot. It also rains a lot, which can bring your spirits down a little.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    We are best known for our enviromental sustainabilty and study abroad programs. Our new science complex has allowed us to become more advanced in all fields of science. We also have very strong political science, history, and international business and management programs. We are also known for out language program since we offer 13. While students succeed academically and take their studies serieously students generally go out on the weekeneds. We were nicknamed "Drinkinson."

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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had realized actually how far we are from the nearest major city.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People that like cities, want lots of students, and big parties.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Because I came from a high school of 1400 students, Dickinson College is entirely too small.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Dickinson's professors are top notch. Because we have no graduate students, professors teach every class and frequently learn students' names early in the semester. I have had great experiences with my professors. My favorite class was American Government, which inspired me to major in Political Science. My least favorite class was my freshman seminar. Some number of students have intellectual discussions outside of class. Students are certainly able to find others with whom to have these conversations. Students do not seem to be competitive at all, and you will often see groups of students working together in the HUB or the library. The political science department is full of great professors, and the major is not difficult to complete. The academic requirements are not overwhelming, but it is strongly encouraged that students get their lab sciences out of the way during their first-year.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The best thing about Dickinson is the professors. They are very accessible. If I could change one thing, I would abolish Greek life. I find Dickinson to be the perfect size for me, but I went to a high school of just over 500. Students from large high schools may find it a bit stifling. Most of my time on campus is spent in my room or in the student union building. Carlisle is a cute college town, tons of restaurants and a smattering of things to do. The administration, on one hand, can be very accessible and willing to talk, but on the other, they frequently overlook major student issues. One experience I will always remember is sitting on Morgan field in the sun with my friends.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    There is so much to do on campus that you could literally have every minute of every day M-F filled with something. Clubs meet most evenings, guest speakers visit at least once a week for one academic department or another, and there are all kinds of theatrical performances. Student clubs and organizations organize events like cultural dinners, performances, and educational presentations. If you want to party, you could find one every night. However, the academic courseload doesn't really allow for that (if you want to do well). While social life does sometimes seem to revolve around Greek Life, you certainly don't need to be Greek to have a terrific social life. I'm not in a sorority but go to Greek parties and non-affiliated parties hosted by Greeks all the time. There are also a lot of large common spaces on campus to host impromptu events if you are looking do so something alcohol-free on a weekend night. I often see students playing pool in the Quarry (campus coffee shop) on a Friday or Saturday night or checking a movie out of the library.

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    While many Dickinson students fit this mold, there are many who do not and get along just fine. Since the school is expensive, there are a number of students with a lot of disposable income at hand, but while it is accurate that many Dickinsonians are rich, they (for the most part) are not snobby about it. I have friends who have parents at the helm of Fortune 500 companies and drive Range Rovers or Audis, but they still drink cheap beer and complain about job prospects like the fest of us.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    wealthy, snooty, privileged, cocky

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Greek life is popular on campus, but you wouldn't know that if it weren't for the days where sororities/fraternities plan to wear matching t-shirts. It's really to go about your day without encountering, or even thinking about, Greek life. The student body is at Dickinson has a little bit of everything. There is a good amount of international students, a lot of them coming from East and South Asia and a few from all over Europe. The students that are from the US are typically from surrounding New England states, and New Jersey and Connecticut make up a good portion. There are lots of classy ladies/men - the kids who wear J. Crew, Sperry's, and button-downs. These students have a more carefree attitude towards school and their academics. Jocks are mixed in here, about 60% of students participate on a sport team. About 40% of the students here are very serious about academics and spend a lot of time in the library and 24-hour science labs doing work and securing the good grades that let us stay here.

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Student Body

Students

59%

female

41%

male

2,420

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

68%

Out-Of-State

20%

In-State

12%

International

Organizations

122

Student Organizations

4

Fraternities

5

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

84%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
68%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

78% of students attending Dickinson College receive some sort of financial aid. 10% were awarded federal grants. While 40% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$51,180

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,130

Books and Supplies

$12,794

Room and Board

65,104

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$11,974
$30 - $48K
$10,217
$48 - $75K
$17,286
$75 - $110K
$24,696
$110K & UP
$41,768

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