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Dickinson College

Dickinson College, in central Pennsylvania, has a cool trivia claim to fame: It was the first college founded in the newly established United States of America after the Revolutionary War. Today, the college offers nearly 50 majors and teaches about a dozen foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Latin and Portuguese. Dickinson is known as a leader in international education, offering study abroad programs in 24 countries, as well as sustainability issues, which are covered in classrooms and practiced across campus. Students can get involved in more than 120 student-run clubs, including an archaeology club, chess club, hip hop dance team, a gaming club 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. Despite its steep price tag, the college 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.)


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
SAT/ACT required?
Undergraduate enrollment

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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