Q: How many transfers does Dickinson admit?
A: Transfer admission is highly competitive. Although we look for a minimum GPA of 3.0, the majority of those offered admission present very strong records of achievement. The number of transfers selected each year depends upon the space available. The number can vary from year to year. During the past three years, Dickinson has admitted, on the average, 30-40 transfer students per year from an applicant pool of approximately 160-180.
Q: Does Dickinson have rolling admissions?
A: No. Applications are reviewed together as a group soon after the application deadline. The application deadline for spring is November 1, and the application deadline for fall is April 1. Note that those applying through our community-college partnerships must file the application by March 1. Since only completed applications (for both admissions and financial aid) are reviewed, it is important to have your application complete by the required deadline.
Q: Is an interview required?
A: While not required, an interview is strongly encouraged. It gives us an opportunity to learn more about you as a person and gives you the chance to see firsthand all the wonderful opportunities that are available to our students.
Q: What is Dickinson’s policy regarding standardized test score submission?
A: Dickinson's long-standing test-optional policy provides you with a choice regarding the submission of standardized test scores. At Dickinson, submitting SAT1 or ACT scores is optional for admission. This policy was designed for students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the classroom and who do not believe their standardized test scores accurately reflect their abilities. If you choose not to submit test scores, you must indicate so on the Dickinson members page of the Common Application. Test score submission is required for international students applying for admission.
Q: Will I know of Dickinson's decision?
A: Decision letters are mailed approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline. For spring admission this is early to mid-December. For fall admission this is mid-May. The financial-aid award is enclosed with the letter of admission. You will generally have two to three weeks to accept our admission offer. A $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your place.
Q: Is financial aid available to transfer students?
A: Transfer students may apply for need-based financial assistance. The college requires submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Services (CSS PROFILE). The financial-aid application is due by the same deadlines as the admission application. Of special note to spring transfers—to be sure to submit the PROFILE and FAFSA for the current academic year. International transfer applicants are required to submit both the CSS International PROFILE and the Declaration of Finances. These forms can be downloaded from our international admissions Web site. For further information regarding financial aid, please see the financial aid Web page.
Q: What about merit scholarships for transfer students?
A: Transfer students are not eligible for the John Dickinson, Benjamin Rush, John Montgomery or Tuition Exchange scholarships, as these competitive awards are limited to first-year students. However, incoming students transferring from a community college may be eligible for the Phi Theta Kappa merit scholarship, valued at $15,000 per year for two years. In order to be considered for this competitive scholarship, the transfer student must be an active member of PTK, have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and have a 3.5 GPA. No separate application is required. Students are selected on the basis of their completed admissions application. The Phi Theta Kappa merit scholarship is awarded at the time of admission.
Q: How do my previous credits transfer in?
A: The formal credit evaluation occurs after the student has been accepted and deposited. The registrar will provide the credit evaluation upon receipt of the final transcript. Policies related to transfer credit and answers to frequently asked questions are provided on our registrar's Web page.
Sometimes students find it helpful to have information regarding credit evaluation before they apply to the college. In those cases, the admissions staff will provide an informal evaluation of your credits. Be sure to ask the transfer coordinator if you have questions about a particular course.