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DICKINSON COLLEGE, CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA

Carlisle, PennsylvaniaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1773Established Year
  2382Enrollment

Dickinson College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Arijit Bose Arijit Bose
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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. 

Rankings

According to Niche, as of 2020, the college is: 

  • Ranked at #38 among Best Colleges for Global Studies in America 
  • At #52 in Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America

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.

Highlights

Type of CollegePrivate
Year of Establishment1773
Total Endowment (as of 2016)481 Million USD
Total Number of Majors Offered45
Total Student Population2,345+
Percentage of International Students14%
Student to Faculty Ratio9:1
Acceptance Rate49%
Estimated Tuition Fees56,498 USD
Official Websitedickinson.edu

Programs

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: 

  • International Commerce/Business
  • Economics
  • Political Science and Government
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Psychology

Moreover, the average freshman retention rate here is found to be 91%, which is a clear indicator of student contentment. 

Campus

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 - 

  • Biddle House - Helps students with resumes, internships, and future jobs
  • Landis House - center for race and ethnicity, the office of LGBTQ services, center for spirituality 
  • Weiss Center for the Arts - Rubendall Recital Hall, Trout Art Gallery
  • Durham Hall - Center for sports and recreational activities

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. 

Accommodation

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:

  • Traditional Residential Halls - includes 15 on-campus house buildings. Adams, Buchanan, and Cooper are a few of them.
  • Small houses and apartments - offer a variety of options for its students. This ranges from row apartments to larger apartment buildings. 
  • Special interest housing - provides a unique opportunity to the students by forming harmonious groups with common goals and purposes. 

Quick Fact: The college also has language residences, where students who speak foreign languages can live under one roof. 

Admission Process

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. 

  • Original secondary school transcript(s)
  • Letters of recommendation from counselor and academic teacher 
  • SAT Score:1350; ACT Score: 32 (preferred)
  • English Proficiency Test Scores:
TestScore Needed
TOEFL - Paper; Internet100; 600
IELTS7.0
PTE62

The Dickinson College Tuition and Living Expenses

Tuition fees – 56,498 USD/ year

Other estimated expenses such as room, board, and fees are mentioned below in a tabulated format - 

Type of AccommodationCost
Single7,960
Double7,310
Triple6,960
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 –    

ItemExpenses (USD)
Meal Plan6,366 - 6,866
Student Senate Fee350
Wellness Center Fee200

Scholarship/Financial Aids

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 ScholarshipTotal Amount Awarded (in USD)
Presidential Scholarship140,000
Provost Scholarship120,000
1783 Scholarship100,000
John Dickinson Scholarship80,000
Benjamin Rush Scholarship60,000

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: 

  • International students who are seeking to get financial aid from the college must fill the Certification of Finances form and submit it with a bank statement or certificate.
  • Students with parent(s) working in the USA are required to complete the College Board’s CSS Profile Application. Otherwise, the College Board International Student Financial Aid Application.
  • The applicants must keep in mind, the estimated family contribution* i.e. the funds needed for travel, health insurance, and personal expenses. 

*Family Contribution=Total funds available for yearly college costs-travel, personal, and health expenses

Work While you Study

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: 

  • W-4 Form
  • LST Form
  • I-9 Form
  • COR Form

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. 

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Dickinson College Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population2422
FAFSA Code003253
Application Cost$65
Accreditation MSCHE
Average Cost of Attendance$54,636 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Dickinson College Acceptance Rate

48.7%

Acceptance Rate

5941

Total Applicants

2422

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

41.6%

Male

58.4%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program48.7%
Total Applicants4973
Total Enrolled2422

Dickinson College Enrollment

Enrollment
Dickinson College Enrollment2422
Undergraduate Enrollment2422
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate83.4%

Attendance Cost

$54,636

Attendance Cost

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

Tuition 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
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
42723321951-
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    RANKED  #120

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    Garden of Eden Outlet's1.01 Km
    Castles Commons1.39 Km
    Carlisle Commons1.44 Km
    Carlisle Marketplace1.64 Km
    The Point at Carlisle Plaza2.03 Km
    Stonehedge square2.61 Km
    Walnut Bottom Towne Center3.29 Km
    Carlisle Crossing3.45 Km
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    Medical Arts Building0.73 Km
    C V Endocrinology Center2.49 Km
    Alma Health2.53 Km
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    Carlisle Cardiology2.98 Km
    Emergency3.07 Km
    UPMC Carlisle3.07 Km
    Carlisle Internal Medicine3.13 Km
    David Kann, MD3.14 Km
    Bent Creek Family Medicine3.16 Km
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    Helipad2.91 Km
    Carlisle Airport-N942.95 Km
    Lash Airport5.87 Km
    Neiderer Airport-PA556.97 Km

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