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Dickinson College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Dickinson College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Dickinson College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 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 45 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general psychology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Dickinson is ranked #79 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, Dickinson is ranked at #10.

See all of the rankings for Dickinson College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Dickinson?

Acceptance Rate

Dickinson College has an acceptance rate of 49%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Dickinson.

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Dickinson College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Dickinson, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dickinson College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Dickinson College has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. 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  90 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 81%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  81 out of 100

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

Excellent Overall Diversity at Dickinson

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,399 undergraduates at Dickinson with 2,361 being full-time and 38 being part-time.

Dickinson Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 89.52 out of 100, Dickinson is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  89.52 out of 100
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How Much Does Dickinson College Cost?

The overall average net price of Dickinson is $31,491. 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 +
$14,656 $12,472 $19,937 $28,802 $41,945

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Dickinson, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $6,127 a year. That adds up to $24,508 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Dickinson make around $57,400 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Dickinson students since it is 44% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Dickinson College make the most money.

Location of Dickinson College

Dickinson College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Carlisle is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Dickinson College

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

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
International Business 83 $49,900
Economics 57 $43,800
Political Science & Government 50 $36,600
International Relations & National Security 48 $42,100
General Psychology 42 $40,900
Romance Languages 39 $31,000
General English Literature 38 $28,200
Natural Resources Conservation 33 $23,500
Area Studies 31 $34,600
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 30 NA

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

Learn more about online learning at Dickinson College.

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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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