Dickinson College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Dickinson College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 49%. Chartered in 1783 and named after a signer of the Constitution, Dickinson College is a highly ranked liberal arts college located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The college has an impressive 9-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 15, so students can expect a lot of interaction with faculty. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Dickinson College was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. For student athletes, the Dickinson College Red Devils compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The college fields eleven men's and twelve women's intercollegiate sports.

Considering applying to Dickinson College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Dickinson College had an acceptance rate of 49%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 49 students were admitted, making Dickinson's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 6,248
Percent Admitted 49%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Dickinson College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Dickinson may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 60% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 610 690
Math 590 700
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Dickinson's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Dickinson scored between 610 and 690, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 690. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 700, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 700. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1390 or higher is competitive for Dickinson College.

Requirements

Dickinson College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Dickinson participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Dickinson does not require SAT Subject tests or the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Dickinson has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 27% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Scores (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 27 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Dickinson's admitted students fall within the top 14% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Dickinson College received a composite ACT score between 27 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Note that Dickinson College does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Dickinson gives most weight to the composite ACT score. Dickinson does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

Dickinson College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs. According to 2018 admissions statistics, nearly three-fourths of admitted students reported ranking in the top 25% of their high school class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Dickinson College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Dickinson College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Dickinson College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Dickinson College, which accepts just under half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Dickinson also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Dickinson's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The data show that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades of "A-" or better, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Your chances are best if you have a solid "A" average and an SAT score of 1300 or better.

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