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Mission

DICKINSON COLLEGE PROVIDES A USEFUL, INNOVATIVE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION IN THE LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO LEAD RICH AND FULFILLING LIVES OF ENGAGED GLOBAL LEADERSHIP, WORKING FOR THE COMMON GOOD.

Ruling year info

1959

Principal Officer

MARGARET M ENSIGN

Main address

PO Box 1773

Carlisle, PA 17013 United States

EIN

23-1365954

NTEE code info

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

IRS filing requirement

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Program 1

EDUCATING STUDENTS - DICKINSON COLLEGE IS COMMITTED TO MAKING A TOP-TIER EDUCATION IN THE LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES ACCESSIBLE REGARDLESS OF FAMILIES' ECONOMIC MEANS. ALL ADMITTED STUDENTS FROM THE MOST RECENT ENTERING CLASS, WHO DEMONSTRATED FINANCIAL NEED AND WHO MET APPLICATION DEADLINES, WERE OFFERED AID. IN 2019-20, DICKINSON STUDENTS RECEIVED AN ESTIMATED $76,552,486 IN FINANCIAL AID, OF WHICH $60,939,979 WAS PROVIDED FROM THE COLLEGE'S FUNDS. STATE AND FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS, PARENT LOANS AND OTHER OUTSIDE SOURCES PROVIDED THE REMAINING FUNDS. CONTINUED ON SCHEDULE OIN FALL 2019, THE COLLEGE EMPLOYED 236 FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT FACULTY. 95% OF FULL-TIME FACULTY MEMBERS HOLD A DOCTORATE OR OTHER TERMINAL DEGREE. OF THIS GROUP, FULL PROFESSORS COMPRISED 26%, ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS 38%, ASSISTANT PROFESSORS 27%, AND INSTRUCTORS 9%. THE STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO FOR FALL 2019 WAS 8:1. TO SUPPORT ITS ACADEMIC, STUDENT LIFE AND AUXILIARY PROGRAMS, THE COLLEGE ALSO EMPLOYS 289 PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF PERSONNEL (ALL FT) AND 367 SUPPORT STAFF PERSONNEL (310 FT; 57 PT).DICKINSON CONTINUES TO RECEIVE FAVORABLE AND FREQUENT MEDIA ATTENTION AND ATTRACT GREATER LEVELS OF STUDENT INTEREST EACH YEAR. AS THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS AND THE QUALITY AND DIVERSITY OF RECENT ENTERING CLASSES DEMONSTRATE, DICKINSON HAS A SECURE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS A TOP QUALITY LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE. THE INCREASED LEVEL OF INTEREST THE COLLEGE HAS SEEN IN RECENT YEARS PUTS THE COLLEGE IN A GOOD POSITION TO CONTINUE TO ANALYZE AND BETTER UNDERSTAND THE PROFILE OF STUDENTS WHO ENROLL AND REMAIN AT DICKINSON IN ORDER TO IMPROVE SELECTIVITY, YIELD AND RETENTION.2,133 STUDENTS WERE ENROLLED FOR FALL 2019, INCLUDING 230 STUDENTS STUDYING OFF-CAMPUS AT THE COLLEGE'S CENTERS IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD. FOR FALL 2019, STUDENTS CAME FROM 42 U.S. STATES AND TERRITORIES AND 46 FOREIGN COUNTRIES. THE OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS ADMITTED 2,574 FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS REFLECTING AN ACCEPTANCE RATE OF 40%. FIRST-YEAR ENROLLMENT FIGURES REFLECT THE COLLEGE'S ONGOING COMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC QUALITY (AVERAGE SAT SCORES OF 1,340) AND DIVERSITY (34% STUDENTS OF COLOR AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS). THE 1-YEAR RETENTION RATE WAS 87%, AND APPROXIMATELY 80% OF ENTERING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS GRADUATE WITHIN FOUR YEARS. DICKINSON STUDENTS MAY SELECT EITHER OF TWO BROAD DEGREE ORIENTATIONS WITHIN THE CURRICULUM: THE BACHELOR OF ARTS OR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SAME IN EITHER CASE; ONLY STUDENTS WITH THE CONCENTRATION IN ONE OF THE NATURAL OR MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES MAY BE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE.COURSES ARE OFFERED IN TWO SEMESTERS, EACH COMPRISING 14 WEEKS OF CLASSES FOLLOWED BY FINAL EXAMINATIONS. THE FALL SEMESTER BEGINS IN LATE AUGUST AND CONCLUDES IN DECEMBER. STUDENTS HAVE A READING PERIOD OF A FEW DAYS AT THE END OF CLASSES IN WHICH TO PREPARE FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATIONS AND PAPERS WHICH ARE SCHEDULED DURING THE SUBSEQUENT WEEK. SPRING SEMESTER BEGINS NEAR THE END OF JANUARY AND RUNS THROUGH MID-MAY, FOLLOWING THE SAME PATTERN OF CLASSES AND EXAMINATIONS AS THE FALL SEMESTER. SEEKING A BALANCE BETWEEN THE FULL BREADTH OF LIBERAL LEARNING AND DEPTH REPRESENTED BY ONE DISCIPLINED APPROACH TO KNOWLEDGE, EACH DICKINSON STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO TAKE A MINIMUM OF 32 COURSES, COMPLETE A SERIES OF ALL-COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS, AND SELECT A MAJOR CONCENTRATION.GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE INCLUDE A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR, ONE "WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINE" COURSE AND ONE "QUANTITATIVE REASONING" COURSE. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION INCLUDE DISTRIBUTION COURSES (AT LEAST ONE COURSE IN THE ARTS, HUMANITIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND LABORATORY SCIENCE), CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES (COURSES IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES, U.S. DIVERSITY AND GLOBAL DIVERSITY), AND ONE COURSE IN SUSTAINABILITY. DICKINSON'S FACULTY TEACH FIVE COURSES ANNUALLY, AS IS THE NORM FOR HIGHLY SELECTIVE NATIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES WHERE EXPECTATIONS FOR FACULTY RESEARCH AND STUDENT FACULTY INTERACTION ARE HIGH. INTRODUCTION OF A FIVE COURSE LOAD IN 2007 IN PLACE OF THE PREVIOUS EXPECTATION THAT SIX COURSES WOULD BE TAUGHT EACH YEAR WAS DESIGNED TO SUSTAIN AND ENRICH THE HIGH QUALITY AND VITALITY OF THE COLLEGE'S ACADEMIC PROGRAM. THE TEACHING LOAD HAS ENABLED THE COLLEGE TO: - MAINTAIN EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING, INCLUDING INNOVATION THROUGH NEW, OFTEN LABOR INTENSIVE PEDAGOGIES. - OFFER A RICH CURRICULUM, INCLUDING THE EXPLORATION OF NEW FIELDS OF STUDY (RECENT INTRODUCTION OF MAJORS IN QUANTITATIVE ECONOMICS; CHINESE; JAPANESE; A MINOR IN FILM & MEDIA; AND CERTIFICATES IN FOOD STUDIES AND SOCIAL INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ARE EXAMPLES). - CONTINUE LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY AND GLOBAL ENDEAVORS THAT HAVE GIVEN DICKINSON A POSITION OF NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN THIS FIELD. - LAUNCH A MAJOR INITIATIVE IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WITH THE NEW CENTER FOR CIVIC LEARNING AND ACTION. - SUSTAIN THE FACULTY'S IMPRESSIVE RECORD OF SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTISTIC CREATIVITY BY MEETING PROFESSORS' CURRENT CONCERNS FOR MORE TIME FOR THEIR RESEARCH ACTIVITY. - MAINTAIN THE VITAL ROLE OF THE FACULTY IN THE COLLEGE'S COLLEGIAL GOVERNANCE SYSTEM. - ENHANCE DICKINSON'S COMPETITIVE POSITION IN THE RECRUITMENT OF OUTSTANDING NEW FACULTY. - CONTINUE THE COLLEGE'S RECORD OF STRONG FACULTY RETENTION.

Expenses
$135,036,151
Revenue
$117,986,460

AUXILIARY SERVICES - AUXILIARY SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE COLLEGE INCLUDE HOUSING AND DINING SERVICES (FOR 1,869 ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS), CAMPUS STORES, AND OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES.IN MARCH 2020, THE GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA ISSUED FORMAL STAY AT HOME ORDERS IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, WHICH REQUIRED THE COLLEGE TO CLOSE CAMPUS AND COMPLETE COURSE INSTRUCTION VIRTUALLY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SPRING SEMESTER. THE COLLEGE ISSUED CREDITS FOR THE UNEARNED PORTION OF HOUSING AND DINING SERVICES PREVIOUSLY BILLED TO STUDENTS. ESSENTIAL SERVICES, INCLUDING HOUSING AND DINING SERVICES, WERE PROVIDED TO A SMALL NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WERE UNABLE TO RETURN HOME FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER.

Expenses
$26,318,412
Revenue
$28,401,994

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