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IPEDS ID: 212009
OPE ID: 00325300
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Dickinson College
College and Louther Streets, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013-2896
General information:  (717) 243-5121
Website:  www.dickinson.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,186 (2,180 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 to 1
Admissionswww.dickinson.edu/homepage/287/admissions
Apply Onlinewww.dickinson.edu/homepage/279/apply
Financial Aidwww.dickinson.edu/homepage/281/tuition_and_aid_overview
Net Price Calculatornpc.collegeboard.org/student/app/dickinson
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.dickinson.edu/info/20046/tuition_and_aid/3312/yellow_ribbon_program
Disability Serviceswww.dickinson.edu/homepage/71/disability_services
Mission Statement
  Dickinson College was created explicitly for high purposes- to prepare young people, by means of a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
https://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/71/disability_services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2021Full timePart time
Total faculty21952
Instructional21952
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022% change 2020-2021 to 2021-2022
Tuition and fees$54,661$56,523$56,523$58,7333.9%
Books and supplies$1,210$1,290$1,324$1,3240.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,698$14,176$14,672$15,2524.0%
Other$1,770$1,890$1,928$1,9280.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,698$14,176$14,672$15,2524.0%
Other$1,770$1,890$1,991$1,9910.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,470$1,590$1,691$1,6910.0%
Total Expenses2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022% change 2020-2021 to 2021-2022
On Campus$71,339$73,879$74,447$77,2373.7%
Off Campus$71,339$73,879$74,510$77,3003.7%
Off Campus with Family$57,341$59,403$59,538$61,7483.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2021-2022
Tuition$3,750
Fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2020-2021
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid145392%————
Grant or scholarship aid44992%$17,760,171$39,555
Federal grants10121%$637,239$6,309
Pell grants10020%$487,584$4,876
Other federal grants9820%$149,655$1,527
State/local government grant or scholarships439%$142,547$3,315
Institutional grants or scholarships44891%$16,980,385$37,903
Student loan aid22646%$1,453,853$6,433
Federal student loans20141%$742,969$3,696
Other student loans7716%$710,884$9,232
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,607$59,521,632$37,039
Pell grants309$1,505,526$4,872
Federal student loans783$3,700,679$4,726
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2018-20192019-20202020-2021
Average net price$33,139$37,342$20,913
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2018-20192019-20202020-2021
$0 – $30,000$11,046$12,729$1,245
$30,001 – $48,000$12,662$12,027$1,451
$48,001 – $75,000$18,152$19,300$3,884
$75,001 – $110,000$24,027$25,420$13,359
$110,001 and more$41,667$41,387$27,107
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2021
Total enrollment2,186
Undergraduate enrollment2,180
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment19
Graduate enrollment6
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 98%
Part-time: 2%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 42%
Female: 58%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 64%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 12%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 100%
25 and over: 0%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 24%
Out-of-state: 70%
Foreign countries: 7%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2020.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2021-2022): $65
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2021
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants6,3662,6043,762
Percent admitted48%46%50%
Percent admitted who enrolled22%24%21%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
  • Dickinson is now in year 2 of a 3-year test-free pilot and will evaluate whether to remain test-free moving forward, return to test-optional, or require tests.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 92%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2020 and Returned in Fall 2021
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 93 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2021.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 82%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2013]
4-year: 80%
6-year: 83%
8-year: 83%
[Began in Fall 2015]
4-year: 79%
6-year: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2013 or Fall 2015
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 79%
Female: 85%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 79%
Black or African American: 72%
Hispanic/Latino: 85%
White: 82%
Two or more races: 89%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 75%
Non-resident alien: 86%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 83%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 83%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 83%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2020-2021
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
African Studies3
American/United States Studies/Civilization6
East Asian Studies0
Italian Studies14
Latin American Studies0
Near and Middle Eastern Studies0
Women's Studies2
Category total25
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology21
Biology/Biological Sciences, General25
Neuroscience23
Category total69
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
International Business/Trade/Commerce58
Category total58
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science15
Category total15
Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education15
Category total15
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General18
Category total18
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature2
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General4
French Language and Literature4
German Language and Literature3
Japanese Language and Literature1
Russian Language and Literature3
Spanish Language and Literature19
Category total36
History
History, General6
Category total6
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies11
Category total11
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General12
Category total12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies0
Category total0
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science13
Environmental Studies11
Category total24
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0
Philosophy8
Religion/Religious Studies1
Category total9
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General8
Geology/Earth Science, General4
Physics, General8
Category total20
Psychology
Psychology, General32
Category total32
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General15
Category total15
Social Sciences
Anthropology, General2
Archeology5
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics16
Economics, General25
International Relations and Affairs14
Political Science and Government, General35
Sociology, General10
Category total107
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General10
Dance, General1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General0
Music, General3
Category total14
Grand total486
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2020-2021
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 16
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $35,372
Athletics Participation
  • Sanction Body: NCAA Division III with football
Varsity Men's and Women's TeamsMenWomen
Baseball42
Golf127
Lacrosse5026
Softball21
Tennis1211
Track and Field, Outdoor3544
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since ((!)07/01/1921)01/01/2030
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/139287.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201820192020
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape101114
d. Fondling559
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault130
i. Burglary544
j. Motor vehicle theft100
k. Arson101
VAWA Offenses201820192020
a. Domestic violence331
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking887
Arrests201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations100
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.010
b. Drug abuse violations52186
c. Liquor law violations916316
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201820192020
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape1087
d. Fondling326
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault130
i. Burglary531
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201820192020
a. Domestic violence231
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking331
Arrests201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations100
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.010
b. Drug abuse violations33166
c. Liquor law violations865814
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201920182017
Default rate0.3%1.9%0.0%
Number in default160
Number in repayment311309312
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)