Dickinson College

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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.

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