Dickinson's Orientation program for new students is designed to facilitate your integration into the unfamiliar academic and residential setting that is college life. Through Orientation we invite you to learn about the experiences, opportunities and community that Dickinson has to offer. Keep an eye on the Orientation site for first-year activities, news and getting involved in Orientation.

NEW: Tentative Orientation Schedule

A tentative schedule for Orientation is now available. Take a look at what awaits!

NEW: Meet the Student Team

Many students and administrators are working to build an Orientation program that will introduce you to college life in general and the Dickinson community specifically in the best possible ways. Check out pictures and profiles of the First-Year Mentors and First-Year Experience Coordinators plus meet your two Student Directors of Orientation.

Pre-Orientation Adventure Programs

Registration for the 2014 Pre-Orientation has closed and all spots are filled. At this time, we are not taking any names for any sort of wait list.

Save the Date 

For your planning purposes mark your calendars for the following move-in dates:

  • International Student Arrivals: August 20-21
  • Pre-Orientation Adventure Participant Arrival: August 24, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • First-Year and Transfer Arrival: August 27, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Though it may seem far away, new-student Orientation will be here soon:

  • International Student Orientation: August 22-23
  • Pre-Orientation Adventure Programs: August 24-26
  • New Student Orientation: August 27-31
  • Classes Begin: September 1

Until then, check your e-mail for important information and join the discussion on the class of 2018 Facebook page. The Orientation Web site will be updated as information becomes available.

To get a sense of what to expect from Move-In Day and Orientation, check out photos from last year

Contact Us 

If you have any questions, please call the Orientation office at 717-245-1671 or e-mail  orientation@dickinson.edu.