First-Year Application Checklist

Rush Statue

  • A completed Common Application with nonrefundable $65 fee (or fee waiver), including the essay (see prompts and get tips).
  • Official secondary school transcript(s) listing all courses and grades (through the Common Application). Grades from the senior year (whether first quarter, first trimester or mid-year) indicating success in senior-year courses, are required before decision release.
  • Counselor recommendation (through the Common Application).
  • Academic teacher recommendations (through the Common Application; one required, two recommended).
  • In September 2020, Dickinson became one of the first liberal-arts colleges in the U.S. to move to a test-free admissions process for this year. By declaring that we are test free, the admissions committee will not factor testing scores into a decision about enrollment, even if scores are submitted. While we have been test optional since 1994, we believe we need to go further to alleviate student concerns so that they will avoid crowded testing centers and make decisions for the health and safety of their families. View our Test-Free FAQ for additional information.
  • Early Decision candidates must also submit a signed Early Decision Agreement Form (through the Common Application).
  • Applicants for federal and state aid must file the FAFSA (available at by the selected admission application deadline. Those who wish to be considered for Dickinson’s need-based grant aid also must complete the CSS PROFILE (available at by the same deadline. To be considered for all need-based aid available from Dickinson, BOTH forms need to be completed using information from 2019 federal tax forms.
  • International students must also submit the Certification of Finances and International Student Financial Aid Application. Learn more on the international-student pages.
  • Students who wish to submit supplementary art, music or theatre materials (optional) must do so through SlideRoom as part of the Common Application. Additional information for students interested in submitting materials and/or auditioning is available online for music (and the Music Scholars Award), art and theatre & dance.

Upon submission of your application, you will be given a unique login to your Applicant Portal where you may view the materials received and any which are missing from your application file. This is also the location where admission decisions will ultimately be posted.