Dickinson is a premier four-year residential liberal-arts institution chartered in 1783 and widely recognized as a leader in global and sustainability education. We prepare our graduates to face the world’s challenges so they are always equipped and eager to collaborate with others to make an impact.

Degrees Granted 

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science 

Campus, Facilities and Services

Dickinson underwent the most extensive campus-enhancement effort in its history, with six construction projects aimed at expanding and improving facilities for academics, athletics and student life completed between 2012 and 2014. (Learn more at dson.co/facilitiesenhancements.) This growth is in addition to our 144-acre campus with 61 general and special-interest housing options plus five LEED-gold-certified buildings. (Dickinson is committed to pursuing LEED certification for all new projects.) Dining options including gluten-free, kosher, organic, vegan, vegetarian, and local fruit and vegetables from the certified-organic 180-acre College Farm (with 50 acres in production).


2,370 full-time students representing 44 states and territories and 46 foreign countries; 17 percent students of color and 10 percent international. See Class Profile for additional details.

Academic Features

43 majors plus minors and certificate programs, independent research, internships and Army ROTC. Pre-professional programs and articulation agreements in business, engineering, health and law.

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More than 100 student-run clubs and activities, including music and drama, publications, fraternities and sororities and religious, political, special-interest and community-service organizations. 


Member of the Centennial Conference (NCAA Division III) with 25 varsity sports, plus club and intramural sports. To date, 209 student-athletes have been named All-American.


Dickinson is recognized as a leader among educational institutions committed to sustainability and green initiatives. The Center for Sustainability Education provides assistance as Dickinson integrates sustainability into its academics, facilities, operations and campus culture.  Dickinson has received the highest awards from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sierra Club, Sustainable Endowments Institute, Princeton Review and Second Nature.

Global Education

Dickinson offers one of the most respected off-campus study programs, and more than half of the students study in more than 40 programs in 24 countries on six continents. Dickinson also is one of the nation's top institutions for foreign-language study with 13 languages offered.

Recent Initiatives

Sharing its Carlisle location with other educational institutions, Dickinson has partnerships with the U.S. Army War College and Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and the world-renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.


Applicants are expected to have pursued a college-preparatory course of study, including substantial sequences in math, foreign languages and science.  Interviews and campus visits are strongly recommended.  

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for 2015-16 is $49,014. Room and board is $12,362 and a $450 student-activities fee also is required. Dickinson awarded more than $41 million in grants in the 2014-15 academic year, and 68 percent of students received merit or need-based aid.


Awards for postgraduate study include Fulbright, George J. Mitchell, Rotary Ambassadorial, Kathryn Wasserman Davis Projects for Peace, the Carnegie Junior Fellowship, Udall and Goldwater. Dickinson is a leader of Fulbright and Peace Corps scholars.

Postgraduate Plans

91 percent of Dickinsonians are either employed or accepted into a graduate program one year after graduation (data from 2014 survey). Graduate school acceptance rates are strong: 82 percent for law school and 88 percent (of those recommended) for medical school within all health professions. 

Graduate School Partners

Top business, law, engineering and medical schools offer programs to accelerate admission for Dickinson graduates or give graduates credit for undergraduate courses. Agreements are in place with internationally renowned institutions such as Columbia University and Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Prominent Alumni

U.S. president, Supreme Court justices, second secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, retired chairman and CEO of Wyeth, first editor of USA Today and chairman and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc., chief executive of wealth and investment management & executive chairman of Barclays Americas, agents for professional athletes, Tony and Jeff award winners, Lemelson-MIT Prize winner, several U.S. representatives and other elected officials, award-winning poets, novelists and photographers, three elected members of the National Academy of Sciences, member of the Time magazine's 2006 list of 100 most influential people and several college presidents.