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Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate35%

Dickinson College Admissions

Dickinson College is very difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Dickinson College is 35%. Last year, 8,261 students applied to Dickinson College and 2,885 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Dickinson College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Dickinson College for fall semester should hear back from Dickinson College by March 23.

Dickinson College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Dickinson College's admissions stats.

Dickinson College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 49%
Mean SAT Score 1343
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 19%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 6%
Waitlist Yes

Dickinson College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Dickinson College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 23

Considering Applying Early to Dickinson College?

Dickinson College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Dickinson College is 58%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 35%. In 2022, Dickinson College admitted 250 of the 432 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Dickinson College Admissions

Transferring to Dickinson College

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

For Students Waitlisted to Dickinson College

Dickinson College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

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 has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Dickinson College

What does Dickinson College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Geographical Residence Important
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
State Residency Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Dickinson College for more information on admission factors.

Dickinson College Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) – 3 – –
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Dickinson College?

Dickinson College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 24% submitted a class rank. At Dickinson College 49% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 82% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Dickinson College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Dickinson College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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 2022, 19% of Dickinson College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Dickinson College?

To be competitive with other Dickinson College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1288 and 1413 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Dickinson College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1413 and 25% of scored lower than 1288, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Dickinson College student is 1343.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Dickinson College students scored 703 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Dickinson College students scored 723 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

To be most competitive at Dickinson College, you should strive to earn between 29 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Dickinson College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Dickinson College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Dickinson College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Dickinson College?

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

Does Dickinson College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Dickinson College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Dickinson College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Dickinson College?

❌ No, Dickinson College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. 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?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Dickinson College is 35%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Dickinson College?

βœ… Dickinson College's early decision acceptance rate was 58% 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 35%. This means that the institution accepts 34 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1288 - 1413


Math SAT Range

620 - 703


Reading SAT Range

640 - 723

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1413 and Above


1288 to 1413


1288 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Dickinson College students is 1343. Applicants with SAT scores of 1413 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Dickinson College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1288 to 1413 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1288 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Dickinson College.

Dickinson College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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