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Dickinson College Admissions

If you want to apply to Dickinson College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 23.

Dickinson College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Dickinson College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 49%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 61%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Dickinson College?

Dickinson College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Dickinson College is 71%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 52%. Last year, Dickinson College admitted 260 of the 368 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Dickinson College Hard To Get Into?

Dickinson College is a very difficult school to get into. Dickinson College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Dickinson College accepted 52% of all applicants, around 2,776 of the 5,375 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Dickinson College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Dickinson College waitlisted 602 students. Of those, 253 eventually got in.

What Does Dickinson College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Dickinson College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Important
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Very Important

Dickinson College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Dickinson College must submit the following items. Double check with Dickinson College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Dickinson College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 27% submitted a class rank. At Dickinson College 49% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 76% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Dickinson College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 27%

Dickinson College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Dickinson College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 61% of Dickinson College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Dickinson College?

To be competitive with other Dickinson College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1250 and 1370 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Dickinson College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1370 and 25% of scored lower than 1250, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Dickinson College students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Dickinson College students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Dickinson College?

To be most competitive at Dickinson College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Dickinson College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Dickinson College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Dickinson College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Dickinson College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Dickinson College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Dickinson College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Dickinson College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Dickinson College.

Does Dickinson College accept transfer credits?

Dickinson College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Dickinson College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Dickinson College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Dickinson College?

No, Dickinson College is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Dickinson College's acceptance rate?

Dickinson College's acceptance rate is 52%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Dickinson College?

Dickinson College's early decision acceptance rate was 71% in 2021.

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Dickinson College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Dickinson College? Dickinson College is a very selective institution. The Dickinson College acceptance rate is 52%. This means that the institution accepts 51 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

Dickinson College ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


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Dickinson College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1250 - 1370


Math SAT Range

600 - 690


Reading SAT Range

620 - 690

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Dickinson College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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