Dickinson College

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Dickinson College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Carlisle, PA, a predominately urban area. Over 2,700 students are enrolled at Dickinson College.

Most of the students that got into Dickinson College got an SAT score in the range of 1780 to 2045, or got accepted with an ACT score between 27 to 31. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Dickinson College average GPA ranges from 3.55 to 3.78 for accepted students. 45% of all those who apply are admitted to Dickinson College, from which 24% choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at dickinson.edu.

Overall Dickinson College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Dickinson College was reported as 44.5% in Fall 2013 with over 5,820 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 1780 - 2045
  • ACT Scores: 27 - 31
  • Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into Dickinson College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Dickinson College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Dickinson College has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 48.9%
  • 2010-2011: 47.8%
  • 2011-2012: 41.9%
  • 2012-2013: 40.2%
  • 2013-2014: 44.5%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 43.6%

How Does Dickinson College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Dickinson College is twenty-five percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Messiah College65.9%
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg79.9%
Gettysburg College41.6%
Wilson College52.7%
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto82.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Recommended
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Dickinson College (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading590 - 675
Math600 - 690
Writing590 - 680
Total Score1780 - 2045
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score27 - 31
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