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Dickinson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United Staes. It was established in the year 1783. The campus spreads across an area of 170 acres. The college provides major degrees in the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. It also offers a number of minor degrees and certificates in several other areas. The Student Enrolment has a substantial number of international students from various countries worldwide. Dickinson College also coordinates studying abroad programs in more than 20 countries.

Dickinson College hosts over 20 varsity sports teams. They are nicknamed the Red Devils. The Red Devils compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Centennial Conference. They participate in men's and women's tennis, soccer, football, basketball, and women's volleyball, among others.

Profile of Dickinson College

The main campus of Dickinson is in Carlisle, PA (a town not far from a more urbanized area). The school is a private, not-for-profit school. Dickinson offers degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

The school students most commonly major in a field related to science, mathematics, and liberal arts.

Dickinson Selectivity

Dickinson does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, 42% of people who applied to the school were accepted. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 600 to 690. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 590 or more.


The school's faculty/student ratio compares favorably with most colleges. Dickinson offers tenure to reward and retain some professors. Salaries for full-time faculty at the school are higher than most, allowing the school to afford quality teaching.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Dickinson had 2, 381 enrolled students.

Student Life

Many students at the school live in campus housing. Dickinson makes available a lot of student housing. Student athletes at the school belong to the Centennial Conference for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"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. Founded by Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the college was chartered in 1783, just days after the conclusion of the American Revolution with the specific purpose of preparing the citizens and leaders who would ensure the success of the new democracy. It was to offer a distinctively original form of American education - one that was rigorously rooted in the traditional liberal arts and was, at the same time, innovative, forward-looking and ultimately useful. It was a revolutionary education designed for a revolutionary age. As we face the challenges and complexities of the 21st century, Dickinson continues to seek direction from this revolutionary heritage within a contemporary context. A Dickinson education prepares its graduates to become engaged citizens by incorporating a global vision that permeates the entire student experience, creating a community of inquiry that allows students to cross disciplinary boundaries and make new intellectual connections, and encouraging students to be enterprising and active by engaging their communities, the nation and the world. Dickinson offers a liberal arts education that is distinctive in purpose and approach. Our founders intended Dickinson graduates to use their liberal arts education as a powerful agent of change to advance the lot of humankind. We expect no less today. "

Dickinson Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts296English, history, political science, Spanish language, economics, French language, American studies, international relations, . . .
Science63biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, geology, physics, chemistry
Business and Management49international business
Therapy and Counselling38psychology
Family and Social Work25public policy analysis
Law18legal studies
Art Studies17art studies
Religion and Philosophy15religion, philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management9environmental science, environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Contact: Dickinson

Dickinson College

College and Louther Streets

Carlisle, PA 17013-2896

General Phone: (717) 243-5121


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