#61, overall score 55.83/100

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? 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. 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

ACADEMICS Score: 20/30

  • Score: 20/30
  • Acceptance rate: 43%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Jewish studies major: Yes
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $51,180
  • Room & board costs: $12,794
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $32,604


  • Location: Carlisle, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,420
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 250
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 22% in-state / 78% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Red Devils
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Jive Turkeys

ISRAEL Score: 14.67/20

  • Score: 14.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 10
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel, J Street U
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.67/40

  • Score: 21.67/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at Dickinson College
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • 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 (1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: We have a First Year Ambassador Team (FYAT) in conjunction with our Hillel. FYAT is a group of first-years that are responsible for first year focused programing.
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: Most of our students tend to come from the Mid-Atlantic and the New England areas, but we do get students 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 not only our students but the faculty and staff as well.
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