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#84, overall score 52.83/100

Fun Fact:

Dickinson is home to three semi-secret “Hat Societies,” whose members can be spotted by the distinctive hats they wear on campus.

Why should Jewish students attend Dickinson? Jewish students should attend Dickinson if they are looking for an open, welcoming and diverse Jewish community. Dickinson Jewish life is proud of the work we do encouraging students to be Jewish in their own ways and participate in activities in whatever way they want. We offer things like Shabbat services and the High Holy Days but we also host events like bagel brunch and smoothie nights. Interfaith experiences is something we work with a lot and working with other departments on campus. Jewish life at Dickinson is integrated into the entire campus and is welcoming of all students. - Sydney Harlow, engagement associate, Asbell Center for Jewish Life


  • Location: Carlisle, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Rural
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,420
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 250
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 21% in-state / 79% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Dickinsonian
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Red Devils
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Jive Turkeys

COST & AID Score: 4.17/15

  • Score: 4.17/15
  • Tuition: $52,930
  • Room & board costs: $13,236
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $34,525
  • Average loan debt: $25,881
  • Starting median salary: $52,400
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 11.67/20

  • Score: 11.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 49%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Median SAT range: 1230-1420
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

  • Score: 13/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 13
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel, J Street U
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9/11

  • Score: 9/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 12.81/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 22.11/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 15/34

  • Score: 15/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at Dickinson College
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 7
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 20
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Most from the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions but students come from all over the country.
  • Kosher food details: The KOVE is the kosher and vegan dining option on campus and is located in the dining hall. It is open Monday through Friday for lunch and Monday through Thursday for dinner. It has been ranked as the best food on campus by students, faculty and staff.

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