Dickinson College

Dickinson College


Dickinson is a nationally recognized liberal-arts college chartered in 1783 in Carlisle, Pa. Devoted to its revolutionary roots, the college maintains the mission of founder Benjamin Rush to provide a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences. Dickinson offers 43 majors plus minors and certificate programs, and our global curriculum includes 13 languages and a variety of globally oriented courses. Dickinson offers one of the world's most respected study-abroad programs and is recognized as a leader among educational institutions committed to environmental sustainability. Dickinson is a diverse community that includes individuals from majority populations, historically under-represented populations, international students and scholars, and individuals from various socioeconomic levels all having a wide variety of ideas, attitudes and beliefs. This is a community that thrives on the collegial exchange of differing opinions, promotes individual expression and encourages the celebration of disparate backgrounds and experiences.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Discover Diversity

Discover Diversity at Dickinson (Nov. 13-14, 2014) is a visit designed for promising high-school seniors from diverse backgrounds and/or first generation students. This distinctive opportunity will allow you to experience Dickinson’s vibrant campus community during an overnight as well as during our traditional open house. Participants will spend the first day sitting in on classes and getting a feel for life on campus in the evening. The next day the students will join other visiting families during our fall open house prior to our first application deadline (Nov. 15). Learn more at dson.co/discoverdiversity. Learn more about Discover Diversity

Scholarship & Financial Aid Financial Aid Access, Need-Based Aid and Merit Scholarships

Dickinson’s longstanding commitment to affordability means that we work with students and families to understand the process and access programs to make a Dickinson education possible. Dickinson offers need-based aid and academically competitive merit scholarships regardless of financial need as we seek to assemble a class that will contribute to our distinctive community. Special opportunities include the Posse Foundation, Yellow Ribbon Program, Public Service Fellowship and Community College Partnership. Learn more about Financial Aid Access, Need-Based Aid and Merit Scholarships

First-Year Experience & Transition First-Year Program

Dickinson’s First-Year Program is designed to help students make the transition from high school to college by supporting them while encouraging independence. The academic cornerstone of the first semester is the First-Year Seminar. Taught by the professor who will be your academic advisor, this class is designed to help you develop habits of mind that are essential to liberal learning, including critical thinking, analytical writing and information literacy skills. First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), run by a first-year mentor, provide experiences out of the classroom that help students make connections, meet upper-level students who share their interests and connect with a staff mentor. Optional Pre-Orientation Adventure programs actively engage students in exciting student-run outdoor activities, community service or a theater project, just to name a few. Learn more about First-Year Program

Academic Advising & Support College Deans

Dickinson is committed to providing both a rigorous, liberal-arts education and a generous, welcoming community. All students have a faculty advisor and a college dean. The college dean helps students make the most of their Dickinson experience, whether by finding your niche or expanding beyond it, addressing your concerns or celebrating your accomplishments. One of the best ways the deans offer assistance is by helping students connect—with a professor who shares their interests, with other students who share their goals, or with members of the community with whom they can share their concerns. A student’s college dean stays the same throughout his or her four years at Dickinson.

Academic Advising & Support Office of Academic Resource Services

The Office of Academic Resource Services offers individual and group programming which supports intellectual development of Dickinson students. Programming includes evening workshops to assist students in developing skills in time management, note-taking and exam preparation, library research skills and stress management.

Mentoring Mentoring

With a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and a hands-on approach to learning from engaged faculty and staff, students benefit from one-on-one mentoring opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Faculty advisors form strong bonds with their advisees, and staff supervisors work to support students in co-curricular, internship and work-study capacities. A peer tutoring program also provides ways to meet students’ individual needs.

Student Diversity

  • 2,420
  • 42/58
  • 11%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 6%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 72%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 10%

Student Success

  • 92%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 85%
    Six-year graduation
  • 83%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 94%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 221
    Full-time faculty
  • 28
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Management, Psychology, Economics, Biology, and Political Science.

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    3rd Degree Steppers and Hypnotic Dance Group, African American Society, Asian American Alliance, Club Afrique, Language Clubs, Latin American & Caribbean Club, Muslim Student Association, Spectrum, Greek (Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Lambda Gamma), Korean Students Association, Middle East Club, Multicultural House, Spectrum, Taiko Club, W.I.N.D. Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $50,730
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $450
    Required Fees
  • $12,794
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $45,642,522
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $40,650
    Average aid package
  • $28,108
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 11%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 54%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 84%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 6,031
    # of applicants
  • 47%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 590—680
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 600—700
    SAT Math
  • 590—690
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 02/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 12/01
    Early action application closing date