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Dickinson College

Despite its steep price tag, Dickinson College in central Pennsylvania helps ease affordability concerns by granting financial aid to the majority of its students. (For the class that started in 2019, almost 70% of students received grants or scholarships from Dickinson.) The college offers nearly 50 majors and teaches about a dozen foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Latin, and Portuguese. The college is known as a leader in international education, offering study abroad programs in 24 countries. As part of Dickinson's Common Hour program, no classes are scheduled during a certain hour twice a week so that students and faculty can attend lectures or other cultural events. Students can also get involved in more than 100 student-run clubs, including an archaeology club, a bellydance troupe, a feminist collective, a gastronomy group, and an Ultimate Frisbee team. Dickinson also has a handful of small, selective honor societies with names like Raven's Claw (for men) and Wheel and Chain (for women) that date back more than a century. To get off campus, students can take a jaunt to a brewery or antique shop in neighboring Carlisle.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$72,100
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$34,700
Average price for low-income students
$10,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
49%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,339
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
98%
% of students who get merit* grants
15%
Average merit grant
$10,287
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$21,000
Average salary within 3 years
$54,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
54%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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