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Dickinson College Profile - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Dickinson College

Dickinson College

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Dickinson College Description:

Dickinson College is a highly ranked liberal arts college located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The college has an impressive 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 17, so students can expect a lot of interaction with the faculty. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Dickinson College was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Chartered in 1783 and named after a signer of the Constitution, the college has a long and rich history. For student athletes, the Dickinson College Red Devils compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The college fields ten men's and eleven women's intercollegiate sports.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,386 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $46,094
  • Books: $1,021 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,568
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $60,183

Dickinson College Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 70%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 65%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,807
    • Loans: $6,039

Scholarships for Dickinson (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Economics, English, History, International Business, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 81%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Dickinson College Mission Statement:

mission statement from the Dickinson College website

"Dickinson College was created explicitly for high purposes- to prepare young people, by means of a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society. Founded by Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the college was chartered in 1783, just days after the conclusion of the American Revolution with the specific purpose of preparing the citizens and leaders who would ensure the success of the new democracy. It was to offer a distinctively original form of American education - one that was rigorously rooted in the traditional liberal arts and was, at the same time, innovative, forward-looking and ultimately useful. It was a revolutionary education designed for a revolutionary age.

As we face the challenges and complexities of the 21st century, Dickinson continues to seek direction from this revolutionary heritage within a contemporary context. A Dickinson education prepares its graduates to become engaged citizens by incorporating a global vision that permeates the entire student experience, creating a community of inquiry that allows students to cross disciplinary boundaries and make new intellectual connections, and encouraging students to be enterprising and active by engaging their communities, the nation and the world.

Dickinson offers a liberal arts education that is distinctive in purpose and approach. Our founders intended Dickinson graduates to use their liberal arts education as a powerful agent of change to advance the lot of humankind. We expect no less today."

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