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Academics

Founded just days after the conclusion of the American Revolution by a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Dickinson College was borne into a proud tradition of preparing young people to be active and engaged leaders in society via a "global, sustainable, and pragmatic liberal arts education." This Pennsylvania college's serious focus on global engagement and service seeps into every crevice of its "outstanding," interdisciplinary academics, and it has a support system and "infinite amount of resources and facilities" on offer. For instance, there is "a makery for students to use containing craft supplies and a media center" available to all. There are "ample opportunities to keep your mind engaged" (more than half of all students study abroad at some point), and Dickinson gives students incredible freedom to study under different disciplines. Even students with a focus on one specific major "are able and required to experience classes in other academic areas." Professors at Dickinson are "incredibly accessible and eager to reach out," and "all have very impressive credentials and connections." They "help students see things from various perspectives and not just their own" and encourage students to keep an open mind. Every course is "elaborately prepared by the department" and deans and advisors are helpful when trying to figure out a major. There's no easy ride at Dickinson; faculty "expect a lot from you, [and] outside work can be 1to 3 hours per class per day." The school encourages students to be educated in all fields of study, and Dickinson students "are always seeking a new answer, discovery, or understanding in every field." A tight 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a wide course selection help make students diverse in background and interests, and these interests "many times overlap in seemingly opposite majors."

Student Body

This is an "interesting bunch for sure." "We have people who are ardent defenders of social justice, people concerned with community service, artists, musicians, as well as people who can speak six languages...[or] who came to Dickinson from Carlisle itself." Although the student body "isn't the most diverse" from an ethnic standpoint, everyone here "seems to have an open mind and heart" and is "friendly and involved." "Students' voices are heard" here, and "everyone feels welcome" in this "safe and trustworthy community," which also has a fair number of international students. There is also "a strong activist strain" among Dickinson students, and "most people on campus are very attuned to issues of class, race, sexual orientation, gender, and many other identities."

Campus Life

Although a small school students here are involved in the many different available extracurricular organizations, and "most take leadership roles in at least one if not several." They "take their schoolwork seriously, but they take their other roles at least equally as seriously." Many people have jobs on campus, and "when the weather is nice, most students are outside." The college's MultiOrganizational Board is the largest organizer of events, which range "from foodto musicto entertainment-related," and the Clarke Forum regularly brings in guest speakers who talk on a variety of topics. Dickinson's food "is not great" but it does a good job of making sure there are kosher and vegan options at meals, and the town has great restaurants and shops. The weekend party scene is "very inclusive and energetic," but "it's definitely possible to enjoy oneself without drinking." Carlisle, the small town that surrounds the school, "has enough to do that you will be entertained." The local movie theater is a popular attraction (especially for the $6 matinees on Saturday and Sunday afternoons) and during the spring, students also attend Harrisburg Senators games, the local minor-league affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Overview

Applicants
6,172
Acceptance Rate
43%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 705
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 690

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 740

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Early Action — December 1

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
276
with Terminal Degree
241

139
Men
137
Women
34
Minority
19
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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$44,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$89,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$94,900

Percent High Job Meaning
41%

Percent STEM
12%


Students Say

Dickinson's Career Center offers general assistance and help with the nuts and bolts of crafting the perfect resume and cover letter. Along with nearby Franklin & Marshall College and Gettysburg College, Dickinson hosts Graduate and Professional School Fairs that give students the opportunity to meet face-to-face with prospective employers and learn more about internship opportunities. Students participate in community activities such as "a non-profit organization in Carlisle called Project SHARE" and even go on service trips to places like New Orleans "with Serve the World to help rebuild houses affected by Hurricane Katrina." The average starting salary for a Dickinson graduate is $44,400, according to PayScale.com, and 46 percent of graduates report that their careers help make the world a better place. Popular careers for Dickinson graduates include social media marketing manager and program coordinator for a non-profit, and popular majors include political science, international business and management, and economics.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 23

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,828

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,817

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,834

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,908

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,604

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,480
Required Fees
$450
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,170

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,196
Transportation for Commuters
$300

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,236
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,420
Foreign Countries Represented
43

Demographics

3.46%
Asian
4.73%
African-American
7.34%
Hispanic
69.16%
Caucasian
1.31%
Unknown
10.25%
International

59% female
41% male
78% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
109
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
7

17% join a fraternity
27% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

8% participate in intramural sports
21% 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.

99/99
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
9%

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
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 March, 2017.

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
Molly Boegel
Dir of Admissions Programs and Services

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), Durden Athletic Training Center, Weiss Center for the Arts, Trout Gallery, Morgan Field, Goodyear Art Studios, Greenhouse & Center for Sustainable Living, Mermaid Trellis, 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, Midtown Scholar Book Store, Midtown Cinema, and The Shoppes at Susquehanna

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; selected Saturdays
8:30 am-4:30 pm (Monday-Friday)
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
10:15 a.m. weekdays, including some Saturdays

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: 272 West High Street Carlisle, PA 17013 (parking located behind admissions office) 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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