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About Dickinson College

Dickinson was chartered in 1783 by Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Our distinctive liberal-arts approach translates into a competitive edge—98% of graduates are in a job, internship, graduate school or pursuing a fellowship within one year. Dickinson emphasizes small classes with extensive opportunities for research, fieldwork and internships in each of our 45 majors and is a recognized leader among institutions committed to global education and environmental sustainability.

Dickinson College is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Carlisle, PA, less than an hour from Harrisburg.

Founded in 1773, Dickinson College enrolls 1,932 undergrads and no graduate students. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $445,389,514. The school spends $23,690 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Dickinson College

Acceptance rate: 52%

Offers early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Dickinson College is January 15

All regular decision applicants should hear back March 23.

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Dickinson College Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Dickinson College. Dickinson College accepts around 52 percent of applicants each year. In 2021, Dickinson College admitted 2,776 of the 5,375 people who applied.

In 2021, 602 applicants were waitlisted and 13 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Dickinson College a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 82 percent of students who start at Dickinson College return for their second year of college.

Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $29,436 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Dickinson College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Dickinson College a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to Dickinson College for Fall 2022 is January 23. All applicants should hear back from Dickinson College by March 23.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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College Info

Dickinson College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Dickinson College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Dickinson College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Dickinson College ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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32 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Dickinson College is 30. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Dickinson College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Dickinson College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1390


Math SAT Range

620 - 710


Reading SAT Range

620 - 700

Dickinson College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Dickinson College is like? There are approximately 2,133 students enrolled at Dickinson College. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 25% percent are from PA and 75% percent of students are from other states.


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