Dickinson College

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. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Dickinson College Ranked?

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2022 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 380 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is international business/trade/commerce.

Overall Quality

Dickinson is ranked #77 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Dickinson held the #79 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Dickinson also holds the #10 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

See all of the rankings for Dickinson College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Dickinson?

Acceptance Rate

Dickinson College has an acceptance rate of 52%, 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.

Learn more about Dickinson College admissions.

Dickinson College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Dickinson is an impressive 8 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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

Freshmen Retention Rate

Dickinson College has a freshmen retention rate of 82%. 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  82 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.

Dickinson College Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of Dickinson is $29,452. 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 +
$11,046 $12,662 $18,152 $24,027 $41,667

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 51% of students took out student loans averaging $7,385 a year. That adds up to $29,540 over four years for those students.

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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 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
Website: https://www.dickinson.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dickinson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DickinsonCol

Dickinson College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
International Business 70 $57,318
Political Science & Government 55 $43,240
Economics 54 $54,109
Natural Resources Conservation 42 NA
General Psychology 42 $37,980
Area Studies 31 $35,600
Mathematics 31 $64,493
General Biology 26 $29,685
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 26 NA
Romance Languages 25 $39,369

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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