Dickinson College

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School Overview

Dickinson College, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, received its charter as a higher education institution in 1783. It was founded just a few days after the Treaty of Paris signing and is the sixteenth oldest college in the U.S. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the original founder of Dickinson College. The college is named after John Dickinson, a signer of the Constitution and later a Governor of Pennsylvania.

Dickinson College is known well known for its well developed international study abroad programs and its rigorous curriculum. The college sponsors twelve study centers abroad and its global education approach has been recognized by the Association of International Educators, the American Council on Education and the NAFSA. In 2003, the NAFSA recognized Dickson for “Outstanding Campus Internalization” along with six other U.S. higher education institutions. Acceptance rates at Dickson continue to become more selective as its popularity grows. Annual average student enrollment is close to 2,400 and the college employs a full-time faculty of more than 180.

Dickinson College is not associated with Dickinson School of Law, which merged with Pennsylvania State University in 1997. Dickinson College is often mistaken for Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and Dickinson State University in North Dakota.

General Information

Admission Office
PO Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
(717) 245-1231
(800) 644-1773
Fax: (717) 245-1442

Contact: Stephanie Balmer
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Main Address
PO Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
(717) 243-5121


Total undergrads: 2,388
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 613
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,364

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $65

Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 44%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 92%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
American Studies B
East Asian Studies B
Italian Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Dance and music B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

International Business B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Italian B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B
Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Dickinson College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (717) 243-5121
Website: https://www.dickinson.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/279/apply
Address: College and Louther Streets, Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,133
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 83%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,133 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $56,523
Out-of-state Tuition: $56,523
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 84%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $38,039

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Dickinson College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Dickinson College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
History 1
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 7
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 41

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Dickinson College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $56,523
Out-of-state $56,523
Books and supplies $1,290

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 534 84%
Grant or scholarship aid 521 82% $38,039
Student loan aid 354 56% $6,532

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,855 77% $36,112
Federal student loans 996 42% $5,176

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Dickinson College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Dickinson College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,426 2,689 3,737
Percent admitted 100% 38% 41%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 8% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Dickinson College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,133
Undergraduate enrollment 2,133
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Dickinson College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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