Situated in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Dickinson is a private Liberal Arts college which was founded in 1773 as Carlisle Grammar School. A statue of Benjamin Rush - who was the founder and father of the college, magnificently stands at the front gate of the Academic Ward.
Known to be the first college after the formation of the United States, it is named after John Dickinson who was a signer of the American constitution.
With an international population of about 14% from more than 35 countries, the college offers 40+ programs to choose from; with Economics, Political Science, and Psychology being a few of the popular choices. An above-average acceptance rate of 49% (as of fall 2018) makes it a preferable option for international students.
According to Niche, as of 2020, the college is:
As per the U.S. News, Dickinson college stands at #7 in the Study Abroad category. Making it an ideal option for students seeking to study in the U.S.A.
|Type of College||Private|
|Year of Establishment||1773|
|Total Endowment (as of 2016)||481 Million USD|
|Total Number of Majors Offered||45|
|Total Student Population||2,345+|
|Percentage of International Students||14%|
|Student to Faculty Ratio||9:1|
|Estimated Tuition Fees||56,498 USD|
Dickinson College offers 45+ majors accompanied by minors, certificates, and independent research. With a student to faculty ratio of 9:1, the college has an average class size of 15 students.
A few of the popular programs at Dickinson College are:
Moreover, the average freshman retention rate here is found to be 91%, which is a clear indicator of student contentment.
Spread around a green and lush environment the college has a campus size of about 144 acres, which includes; state-of-the-art science, athletic, and research facilities.
Dickinson is situated in Carlisle, named as a “Most Livable City” by Forbes and is a few minutes’ drive from the state capital (Harrisburg). Known for its country-side ambiance, Carlisle has options for canoodling, hiking, rock-climbing and many other adventure sports.
Furthermore, the campus is two hours away from Washington D.C. and a three-hour drive from New York City.
The campus of Dickinson College includes -
Quick Fact: The oldest building on the campus is known as the “Old West” and follows a tradition of opening its front doors only twice; during convocation and graduation.
Dickinson’s residential experience is understood to be an integral part of the students’ college life. Termed as a residential college, Dickinson comprises of 58 general and special-interest residential options with students from 41 states and more than three dozen countries.
Dickinson has mainly three housing options available for its students, namely:
Quick Fact: The college also has language residences, where students who speak foreign languages can live under one roof.
Where to Apply – Interested candidates can apply through the Common Application website
When to Apply – While the college has a regular deadline of January 15, early applicants can apply before November 15 (requires Early Decision Agreement Form)
Application Fee – 65 USD non-refundable fee is applicable
How to Apply – Applicants can apply through the Common Application. Please note - students who wish to upload any form of supplementary art (music, performance, etc.) can do so via SlideRoom, as part of the application.
Interested candidates must be ready with the following prerequisites along with the complete application.
|TOEFL - Paper; Internet||100; 600|
Tuition fees – 56,498 USD/ year
Other estimated expenses such as room, board, and fees are mentioned below in a tabulated format -
|Type of Accommodation||Cost|
|Apartment Room (Double/Triple)||8,260|
|Apartment Room (Single)||8,910|
Moreover, the university also provides meal plans and recreational activities within the campus for a minimal fee. The charges are as follows –
|Meal Plan||6,366 - 6,866|
|Student Senate Fee||350|
|Wellness Center Fee||200|
Dickinson’s financial help kit includes both scholarships and grants. While the grants may be from college’s endowment or federal sources (with no need-based aid), scholarships are based on the student’s impeccable academic performance and will be the first element in need-based financial aid award.
|Name of the Scholarship||Total Amount Awarded (in USD)|
|John Dickinson Scholarship||80,000|
|Benjamin Rush Scholarship||60,000|
The college is known for extending its helping hand towards the international students by offering a series of financial options for them. Financial aid is known to be one of them. Although unlike other American institutions the college provides financial aid to international students, you need to complete certain prerequisites to get in. Such as:
*Family Contribution=Total funds available for yearly college costs-travel, personal, and health expenses
Dickinson offers various work-study programs for domestic as well as international population studying at Dickinson College. Although students with F-1 visas may work up to 20 hours per week, Dickinson’s work-study program clearly states that international students may work up to a maximum of 18 hours per week. However, when school is not in session or during break periods, the students are allowed to work for 40 hours per week.
Furthermore, students need to present the following paperwork to be considered for the work-study program at Dickinson College:
Apart from the above-mentioned documents, interested candidates also need to present the Student Employment Office with Payroll Contract in paper form and Direct Deposit Form.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$54,636 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Dickinson College Enrollment||2422|
|Average Graduation Rate||83.4%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$54,636 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,170 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$13,236 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$1,710 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$13,236 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$1,710 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$1,350 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$1,410 / Year|
|Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#120 [Out of 650]
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary