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Dickinson is a premier four-year, residential liberal arts institution chartered in 1783 and widely recognized as a leader in global and sustainability education. We prepare our graduates to face the world’s challenges so they are always equipped and eager to collaborate with others to make an impact.

A 21st-century skill set
A Dickinson education emphasizes competency in critical thinking and analysis; strong written and oral communication skills; a breadth of understanding in the humanities, social sciences, and natural and physical sciences; competence in foreign language; and mastery of the tools of research and information technology. Students choose from 43 majors that emphasize an international perspective within innovative, interdisciplinary programs and active learning opportunities like laboratory research in the sciences, field work in the social sciences, and creative work and performance in the arts. Global business skills are developed through the Economics and International Business and Management majors. Science majors participate in active research programs and collaborate on publications and conference presentations. Outside of the classroom, students earn competitive internships and receive job offers from institutions that include Citibank, Barclays Capital, and Goldman Sachs. Regularly, Dickinson graduates are admitted to prestigious graduate and professional schools such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Princeton, and Northwestern Universities.

Dickinson’s global scope
To facilitate its global engagement, Dickinson offers more than 40 off-campus programs in 24 countries on six continents, with 15 programs of its own in Australia, Cameroon, China, England (three), France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, South America (Argentina and Ecuador), Spain, and the United States. Nearly half of Dickinson students study or research abroad, including 43% of Science majors and 40% of athletes. We offer study in 13 languages, and our campus community is a cultural hub thanks to globally focused courses and Mosaic programs; international students, scholars, and faculty; and multicultural clubs and organizations.

Sustainability leader
Dickinson is recognized as a leader among educational institutions committed to sustainability and green initiatives. The Center for Sustainability Education provides assistance as Dickinson integrates sustainability into its academics, facilities, operations, and campus culture. Dickinson has received the highest awards from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sierra Club, Sustainable Endowments Institute, The Princeton Review, and Second Nature. The College boasts the Center for Sustainable Living (a special-interest house with residents committed to reducing their carbon footprint and one of five LEED gold-certified buildings on campus), a USDA-certified organic College Farm (with highly successful, student-led composting and food-production programs), and a variety of other distinctive green initiatives.

Getting involved
Dickinson’s students are active in more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus, including the college radio station and newspaper, performing arts, multicultural and language clubs, student government, and intercollegiate and intramural athletics.

Dickinson delivers
A Dickinson education is useful in the way that matters most. Students leave ready for the next steps of life. Whether they move on to a job or graduate or professional school, they leave Dickinson prepared to be of service as engaged citizens and leaders in an ever-changing world: 91% of Dickinsonians are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation, 82% of law school applicants are accepted, and 88% (of those recommended) for medical school within all health professions are accepted.



Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is a community of nearly 22,000 residents and home to shops and restaurants, malls and theaters, the Appalachian Trail, and many other outdoor attractions. The town is part of the metropolitan region of Harrisburg, the state capital, with easy access to major East Coast cities—including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC—with connections for air travel and interstate rail.


TYPE OF SCHOOL: Dickinson College is an independent, highly selective, residential liberal arts college of national standing.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 144-acre campus; 61 separate general and special-interest housing facilities; five LEED gold-certified buildings; variety of dining options, including gluten free, kosher, organic, vegan, vegetarian, local fruit, and fresh vegetables from the USDA–certified organic College Farm

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 2,420 full-time students; 19% domestic students of color and 10% international    

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 272 faculty members for a 9:1 student-faculty ratio; 94% of full-time faculty members hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field.

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: Dickinson offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in 43 majors, plus minors and certificate programs, independent research, internships, and Army ROTC.
GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Students represent 44 US states and territories and 46 countries.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: The Center for Global Study and Engagement and the Office of International Admissions collaborate to assist international students along every step of the process, from applying to visiting to a special international orientation and beyond. Internationalism thrives in our classrooms, as well as through the College’s emphasis on foreign-language study—the core of Dickinson’s global curriculum. You’ll likely encounter someone who knows your language or would like to know it. Joining Dickinson, you will know that your presence and viewpoint are welcome.  

Tuition     $    50,730
Room and Board    $    12,794
Student Activities Fee    $    450
Total    $    63,974

Students are expected to cover transportation costs, US health insurance, books, and supplies (estimated at $1,130), as well as spending money.

FINANCIAL AID: Dickinson offers limited need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships to international students. Financial documentation (Certification of Finances) is required with the application for admission. Students applying for financial aid must complete the International Student Financial Aid Application.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: Admission is based on academic and testing performance (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, Pearson, or IELTS). A score of 100+ is preferred on the Internet-based test (iBT), with Dickinson requiring a minimum TOEFL score of 90. Dickinson is now accepting the Pearson PTE Academic Test, which will require a minimum score of 62. You can register online at pearsonpte.com/test-takers/test. Dickinson will also accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for which you can register online at ielts.org. The minimum score for the IELTS is a 7.0. An SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score median is 1210–1350, and ACT composite is 28–31.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES: Application deadlines are November 15 for Early Decision I, December 1 for Early Action, January 15 for Early Decision II, and February 1 for Regular Decision. Learn more at dickinson.edu/internationaladmissions. Application fee is $65.