Students Say

Many students cite Dickinson’s unique combination of being a small liberal arts institution with a global perspective as their reason for coming here. There’s a host of study abroad options, and “it’s assumed that most juniors will go abroad.” Students who have attended large universities while studying abroad come to appreciate Dickinson’s “small class sizes,” which “allow professors to get to know their students.” “Professors are tremendously accessible” and are “always willing to find a way to help students achieve their goals and meet their potential.”

Overview

Applicants
5,700
Acceptance Rate
48%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
590 - 680
SAT Math
600 - 690
SAT Writing
600 - 683
ACT Composite
28 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Volunteer Work
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

Many students cite Dickinson’s unique combination of being a small liberal arts institution with a global perspective as their reason for coming here. There’s a host of study abroad options, and “it’s assumed that most juniors will go abroad.” Students who have attended large universities while studying abroad come to appreciate Dickinson’s “small class sizes,” which “allow professors to get to know their students.” “Professors are tremendously accessible” and are “always willing to find a way to help students achieve their goals and meet their potential.” “They come with all sorts of life experiences and connections in their respective fields to get students to interact with people in the areas they are studying.” Classes are often “discussion-based, and [they] really give you an opportunity to engage and grow into the topic,” though a few students wish lab science classes were more accessible to non-majors. “Class materials are very well-chosen, and professors are always passionate about their subjects.” While some students gripe about the administration’s “superficial changes” and “red tape,” many more praise it as accessible and “forward-thinking”—this praise tends to come from students who chose Dickinson in part for its recently adopted emphasis on “promoting sustainable and green lifestyles.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
247
with Terminal Degree
212

131
Men
116
Women
33
Minority
14
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
84%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


James Buchanan
15th President of the U.S.

Spencer Fullerton Baird
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, naturalist

John J. Curley
Ret Pres, CEO and Chrmn of the Brd, Gannett Co. In

John R. Stafford
Former Chairman, President and CEO, Wyeth

Andrew MacPhail
Former President and CEO of the Chicago Cubs

John E. Jones III
Federal judge in 2005 PA intelligent design case

Susan A. Stewart
Poet and cultural critic

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

A Dickinson education costs roughly $47,200 annually for tuition, plus an additional $1,500 for books, supplies, and fees. 76 percent of freshmen receive some sort of financial assistance, while 75 percent of other undergraduates receive financial aid. The school reports that it meets 96 percent of student financial need. Tuition costs can be offset by an average freshman need-based gift aid of $31,300. On average, a Dickinson graduate leaves the school with a debt of approximately $24,700. One Dickinson student summed up the school as “a small-sized liberal arts college” that “offered [me] the greatest scholarship.”

Bang For Your Buck

While 75 percent of Dickinson undergraduates receive some sort of financial aid, some students note that the “academic scholarships start out as a great deal, but are not adjusted for Dickinson’s . . . tuition increases, meaning they become less and less impressive.” But the offer of a meritor need-based scholarship is a key reason many students choose to attend the college: “I knew that Dickinson was the place I wanted to be [and what] was truly amazing . . . was the generosity of the Financial Aid office, [that] granted me a scholarship that made it possible for me to attend [the school].” According to the school’s website, Dickinson awards $41 million annually in scholarships and financial aid. The cornerstone of Dickinson’s Financial Aid and scholarship office is the “[commitment] to the principle that if a student possesses the academic ability and maturity to succeed, is excited about learning, passionate about engagement and includes us in his or her considered set of colleges, we’ll do whatever we can to see that he or she is able to attend the school,” according to the college’s website.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,363

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,786

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,001

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,392

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,873

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,242
Required Fees
$450
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,090

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,800
Transportation for Commuters
$300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“The typical Dickinson student is outgoing, balanced, and engaged,” and “because it’s such a small community most people find their niche or group fairly easily.” “while some report “most students are pretty preppy,” “uppermiddle-class,” from the Northeast, and “are really fit, go to the gym a lot, [and] play a lot of sports,” we also hear that “the beauty of Dickinson is that there is no ‘typical’ student. Everyone is here to become more globally aware and educated.” Dickinson’s emphasis on global perspectives and a strong international studies program draw “a lot of international [students], so there is good cultural diversity.” “There are different crowds. There is a faction that parties all the time, and there is a faction that is heavily involved in academics, extracurriculars, and community service.” “Involved” and “engaged” are two words that come up a lot: “Joining clubs and extracurricular activities is a great way to meet people, and there are plenty of them!”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,364
Out of State
77%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
41

Demographics

2.55%
Asian
4.49%
African-American
6.57%
Hispanic
80.47%
Caucasian
2.13%
Unknown
9.39%
International

58% female
42% male
77% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Descriptions of student life at Dickinson vary widely—suggesting a lot of options. While many students subscribe to the “work hard, play hard” philosophy, “the campus has a pretty good social life that does not involve alcohol.” “The college’s Event Advisory Board makes the plans readily available through e-mail and paper posts for every weekend. These lists are typically pretty extensive as there are many options to do for fun around campus.” Sports are very popular, and many students note that participation in a campus group, whether it’s a team, club, or Greek organization, is integral to social life. Some feel there’s a bit of pressure for men to go Greek, but those who have chosen non-Greek life are generally happy, and for fun they “participate in Dickinson-sponsored dances and events and hang out with friends.” Students are satisfied overall with their campus and facilities, and note that the library and cafeteria can be social hotbeds, though many wish for more meal options (one student suggests “the cafeteria should give up cooking fish.”). Though small hometown Carlisle “isn’t for everyone,” “there are quite a few good restaurants within easy walking distance of campus,” and the Carlisle Theater “brings in independent films and those sponsored by community groups and offers excellent discounts to students.” “There is also a shuttle service that takes students anywhere in the town of Carlisle from 9:00 P.m. to 3:00 a.m.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
80

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jorja Waybrant

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A recent evaluation within 3 years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A recent evaluation within 3 years

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
101
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
8

14% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

60% participate in intramural sports
23% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Red Devils)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Red Devils)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Though Dickinson College has garnered several national awards and recognitions for incorporating sustainability into its academic programs and campus operations, Dickinson College isn’t ready to rest on its laurels—the school is always on the lookout for ways it can improve sustainability on campus and in its students’ lives. Dickinson’s most recent recognition is a “silver” rating as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists. Dickinson was one of the first institutions to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), and is implementing a Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and achieve climate neutrality by 2020. Ever raising the bar, all buildings constructed since 2008 have been built to LEED Gold standards, surpassing the college’s LEED Silver standard. Now that’s leadership! Dickinson students have been a central part of its commitment to sustainability, working with the Center for Sustainability Education, the Dickinson Organic Farm, and the Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring in hands-on learning opportunities that advance their knowledge and skills for creating a just and sustainable world. Examples include growing organic food for the campus and community, educating k-12 students about healthy foods and nutrition, converting waste oil to biodiesel, promoting biking and bicycle safety, designing and installing solar arrays, working with Carlisle residents on community development and helping communities across Pennsylvania to protect their watersheds. Dickinson’s commitment to sustainability follows from their long-standing mission—to prepare young people, by means of a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
38%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
159

Average Number of PC's per Lab
11

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple/Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tara Fischer
Assoc. Dir. Admissions & Event Coord.

Address
Waidner Admissions House - P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 170132896

Phone
800-644-1773

Email
admissions@dickinson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Old West, designed by Benjamin Latrobe
Holland Union Building
Waidner Spahr Library/Biblio Cafe
Kline Athletic Center
Rector Science Complex
The Quarry (coffee shop; the trellis and late night party/gathering space), Weiss Center for the Arts, Trout Gallery, Morgan Field, Goodyear Art Studios, Greenhouse & Center for Sustainable Living, Drayer Porch, and Biddle Field

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Dickinson Certified Organic Farm
Appalachian Trail
The Pomfret Group: shopping & dining
Hersheypark, Hershey Stadium, and Chocolate World
U.S. Army Heritage and Educational Center
Whitaker Center for the Arts with IMAX, City Island in Harrisburg, Carlisle Theatre, and The Shoppes at Susquehanna

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; selected Saturdays
(M-F)8:30am-4:30pm
800-644-1773

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/278/visit

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@dickinson.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Accepted Students Only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Harrisburg International Airport is approx. 30 miles from campus. Taxis and airport limousines are available for the trip from the airport to campus. Nearby Harrisburg is also served by Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses. Capitol Trailways offers bus service from New York City to Dickinson’s campus.Public transportation available throughout the Capitol Region.

Driving Instructions to Campus
GPS address: 20 South College Street Carlisle, PA 17013 From the Pennsylvania Tpke. (I-76), take Exit 226 (Carlisle). Take the right ramp to Rte. 11 S. Follow Rte. 11 S. into downtown Carlisle (approximately 3 miles). Turn right at the intersection of Hanover and High Streets. The Waidner Admission House is less than a half mile on the left at the corner of West High (Rte. 11) and South College Streets, with parking on the east side of the building. From I-81 Northbound, use exit 47 (Hanover Street), turn left at traffic light; then turn left at the downtown intersection of Hanover and High Streets. From I-81 Southbound, use exit 49 (High Street). Turn right at the yield sign (Rte. 641). As you come into downtown Carlisle, you will be on High Street. The Waidner Admission House is less than a half mile on the left at the corner of West High (Rte. 11) and South College Streets, with parking on the east side of the building.
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Key Stats

5,700
Applicants
2,364
Size
48%
Acceptance Rate
1280
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists