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.


Orientation at Dickinson

View the Orientation Schedule and get instructions for accessing the Dickinson Orientation 2016 guide on your smartphone.

Important Dates

International students participating in Pre-Orientation Adventures are permitted to arrive on Saturday, August 20, due to extensive international travel. 

  • International Student Arrivals: August 21 
  • Pre-Orientation Adventure Participant Arrival: August 21, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Pre-Orientation Adventure Programs: August 21-23
  • New Student Orientation: August 24-28
  • International Student Orientation: August 24
  • Classes Begin: August 29
  • Homecoming & Family Weekend: October 28-30

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please call the New Student Programs office at 717-245-1671 or email orientation@dickinson.edu