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Dickinson College Data & Information Overview

462 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
48% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Dickinson College Ranked?

#379 Best Colleges in Nation
#22 Best Colleges in PA
International Business/Trade/Commerce Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Dickinson College was awarded 462 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is international business/trade/commerce.

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Overall Quality

Dickinson is ranked #379 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list.

Dickinson is also ranked #22 out of 109 schools in Pennsylvania.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Dickinson?

48% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Dickinson College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 48%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Learn more about Dickinson College admissions.

Dickinson College Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
83% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Dickinson it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Dickinson College is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dickinson College

92% Freshmen Retention
80% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Dickinson College has a freshmen retention rate of 92%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  92 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Dickinson the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 80%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  80 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Dickinson College.

Dickinson College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,837 Full-Time Undergraduates
25.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,932 undergraduates at Dickinson with 1,837 being full-time and 95 being part-time.

How Much Does Dickinson College Cost?

$32,250 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
$25,732 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Dickinson is $32,250. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Dickinson

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,729 $12,027 $19,300 $25,420 $41,387

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Dickinson, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Dickinson, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $6,433 a year. That adds up to $25,732 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Dickinson is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Dickinson Graduates Make?

$69,562 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Dickinson make around $69,562 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Dickinson graduates since it is 64% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Dickinson College make the most money.

Location of Dickinson College

Pennsylvania State
1,837 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Dickinson College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Carlisle is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Dickinson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: College And Louther Streets, Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: 717-243-5121

Dickinson College Majors

34 Majors With Completions
618 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
International Business 69 $56,304
Economics 55 $48,684
Political Science & Government 55 $38,322
General Psychology 45 $36,712
Natural Resources Conservation 29 $32,617
International Relations & National Security 27 NA
Area Studies 26 NA
General Biology 25 $23,461
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 24 NA
General English Literature 23 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Dickinson College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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