Dickinson College

Dickinson College

Dickinson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United Staes. It was established in the year 1783. The campus spreads across an area of 170 acres. The college provides major degrees in the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. It also offers a number of minor degrees and certificates in several other areas. The student body has a substantial number of international students from various countries worldwide. Dickinson College also coordinates studying abroad programs in more than 20 countries.

Dickinson College hosts over 20 varsity sports teams. They are nicknamed the Red Devils. The Red Devils compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Centennial Conference. They participate in men's and women's tennis, soccer, football, basketball, and women's volleyball, among others.

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Dickinson College
College and Louther Streets
Carlisle , PA 17013-2896
General Phone: (717) 243-5121

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Dickinson Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts263American studies, East Asian studies, Russian studies, Italian studies, women's studies, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Science64biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, chemistry, physics
Business and Management39international business
Therapy and Counseling36psychology
Family and Social Work27public policy analysis
Law17legal studies
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Art Studies13art studies
Conservation and Resource Management12environmental studies, environmental science
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama

Number of programs and degrees for Dickinson in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree52839

Dickinson Student Body

In 2007-2008, Dickinson had a total enrollment of 2,381 students (2,588 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 4%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 47%
20-21 44%
22-24 5%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York11%
New Jersey11%
(International Students)6%
New Hampshire1%
Rhode Island1%
North Carolina1%

Dickinson Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

Dickinson Room and Board (2007)

Dickinson offers campus housing for 1,999 of its 2,588 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Carlisle, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Dickinson Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal600700
SAT Math590690
ACT Composite2631

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT68%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT22%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Dickinson Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,234
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,234
Room and board $ 9,600
Room charge $ 4,950
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,650
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Dickinson participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 325300)

Dickinson Faculty

Dickinson has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2932
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1719

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year22$103,51813$101,392
Associate professoracademic year52$77,79828$77,668
Assistant professoracademic year36$61,43341$59,241
Instructoracademic year6$52,0008$53,938
No academic rankacademic year1*2*
All faculty totalacademic year117$76,29392$70,123

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Dickinson Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Centennial Conference
Basketball Centennial Conference
Baseball Centennial Conference
Track Centennial Conference

Dickinson Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General


Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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