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.
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 or in progress from 2012 through 2014. (Learn more at dson.co/facilitiesenhancements.) This growth is in addition to our 180-acre campus with 60 general and special-interest housing options plus five LEED-gold-certified buildings (all new projects also pursuing LEED certification). Dining options including gluten-free, kosher, organic, vegan, vegetarian, and local fruit and vegetables from the certified-organic College Farm.
2,308 full-time students representing 42 states and territories and 41 foreign countries; 15 percent students of color and 7 percent international. See Class Profile for additional details.
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.
257 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty hold Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their field.
Average Class Size
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); 11 men’s and 12 women’s varsity sports, plus club and intramural sports. Varsity men's and women's squash also were introduced in 2014-15. To date, 205 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.
Dickinson offers one of the most respected off-campus study programs, and more than half of the students study in more than 40 programs on six continents in 24 countries. Dickinson also is one of the nation's top institutions for foreign-language study with 13 languages offered.
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 2014-15 is $47,242. Room and board is $11,972 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.
92 percent of Dickinsonians are either employed or accepted into a graduate program one year after graduation. Graduate school acceptance rates are strong: 86 percent for law school and 84 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.
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.