Schedule & Registration

Do I need to register for Alumni Weekend?

We strongly encourage you to preregister for Alumni Weekend. While walk-ins are welcome, we cannot guarantee that the events or on-campus housing you prefer will be available when you arrive on campus. Register as early as possible to secure on-campus housing with your reunion class or affinity group. The sooner you register, the more likely we will be able to accommodate your preferences.

When can I register for Alumni Weekend?

Online registration for Alumni Weekend 2020 opens in mid-March. The deadline to register is May 31. The online registration form allows you to register for specific events happening on campus during the weekend, including reunion dinners, award ceremonies and events geared toward affinity groups, like a fraternity or sorority reunion. You can also use the online form to reserve on-campus housing. You will need a credit card to register online and to reserve space in one of the residence halls.

Registrants booking housing for Alumni Weekend must register for an individual bed for each person staying in college housing. To comply with fire codes for our buildings, the number of occupants in each residential space cannot exceed the number of beds within it. Portable cribs or Pack ‘n Play-type beds for children are permitted, though not provided, in college housing.


Cancellations will be accepted with full refunds until May 31. You must contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 717-245-1373 or to cancel and request a refund.

What if I don’t register by the May 31 deadline?

Come to the Welcome Center, located in Waidner-Spahr Library, when you arrive on campus to register and sign up for on-campus housing. We accept credit card and cash payments. Housing for walk-ins is assigned on a first come, first served basis, according to room availability. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to room near your classmates unless you preregister for Alumni Weekend.

Can I attend Alumni Weekend even if it isn’t my reunion year?

Absolutely! All alumni are welcome to attend Alumni Weekend, and we host many affinity reunions each year. An affinity reunion is a gathering of alumni based on involvement in a particular group beyond the traditional class-year structure, often involving athletic teams, Greek organizations, majors and student activities. If you want to help coordinate an affinity reunion, please reach out to Laura Wills, associate director of alumni relations, at or 717-245-1949. 


How is housing assigned?

Housing assignments are based on reunion class year, with each reunion class assigned to a specific building (i.e., the 5th reunion is in one building, the 10th in another). Reunion classes are given first priority for rooms in each assigned space and exceptions can only be made if space is available. The Office of Alumni Relations makes every effort to accommodate specific room and roommate requests. Specific room assignments will not be announced until arrival on campus.

Where do I pick up my schedule, keys and swipe cards?

One of your first stops on campus should be the Alumni Weekend Welcome Center, located in Waidner-Spahr Library. This is where you pick up schedules, housing assignments and keys, and where you may register for the weekend activities, if you haven’t already. There is a $100 deposit for each key and a $10 deposit for each swipe card.

Where do I pick up my schedule, keys and swipe cards after hours?

If you arrive on campus after the Welcome Center closes, you will be able to pick up your keys and swipe cards at the Department of Public Safety (DPS), located in the Kaufman Building at 400 W. North Street, Carlisle, PA 17013 (717-245-1349). Please check the Welcome Center hours of operation

What can I expect while staying in a residence hall?

Dorm rooms are functional but offer minimal amenities. The cost is $100 per person for one, two or three nights. Bed linens, towels, washcloths, pillows and blankets are provided but not replenished daily. All linens must remain in the room following checkout. Guests will be charged for missing linens. 

If you desire other amenities such as lamps, nightlights, coat hangers or wastebaskets, please bring them with you. Shared bathrooms will be designated for men and women. Gender-neutral bathrooms are available upon request. Please note that there are no telephones in residence halls. Smoking is not permitted in any campus facility. Smoking in residence halls will result in a penalty fee.

Is family-friendly housing available?

Family-friendly housing is available upon request. Please choose this option when registering online if you would like a quieter space for your family. This space is limited and reserved for families only.

What time is checkout?

All rooms must be vacated by noon on Sunday, and keys and swipe cards must be returned to Waidner-Spahr Library or your deposit will be charged to the credit card we have on file.

Is off-campus housing available?

A list of area hotels is available online. Blocks of rooms have been held for reunion classes. Visit your class page for more information.

Transportation & Parking

What is the best way for me to get to campus?

From Harrisburg International Airport: If you are flying into central Pa., you can rent a car at the airport and drive to Carlisle.

From Baltimore/Washington International Airport: If you are flying into BWI, you can rent a car at the airport and drive to Carlisle.

From Harrisburg Amtrak Station: Limited shuttles will be provided to alumni traveling by train. Check the website for the shuttle schedule and plan your arrival time accordingly.

Taxi service: Harrisburg City Cabs — 717-232-5555.

Public transportation:

Where can I park on campus?

During Alumni Weekend, you are welcome to park anywhere on or near campus, as long as you are not violating any posted parking regulations or illegally parking in a handicapped parking space.

Golden Alumni parking is available in the ATS parking lot. These spaces are reserved for Golden Alumni only. Alumni who are celebrating their 51st or higher reunions are members of our Golden Alumni classes.

Can I bring my RV to campus?

RVs are permitted on campus during Alumni Weekend and can be parked in designated areas, approved by DPS. Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 717-245-1373 or to make arrangements and get additional information.

Will there be transportation on campus if I have mobility issues?

Golf carts are available to assist alumni with mobility issues in maneuvering around campus. Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 717-245-1373 or to request assistance.


What are my dining options?

Meals are available throughout the weekend. A full schedule of meals and fees will be available in March. Limited additional dining options will be available as well. The Dining Hall is not open during Alumni Weekend. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available on campus. Please complete the dietary restrictions question when registering online.

Dining location hours will be posted on the website. A list of local restaurants is available at the Welcome Center.


During your reunion year, all gifts made to Dickinson, regardless of their designation, will count toward your overall class gift. Your participation is important, and we hope you will make a gift during this special year. Thank you!

General Information

Is child care available during Alumni Weekend?

Dickinson College does not maintain a list of area babysitters or child care options. There is a Saturday evening program available at the Dickinson College Children’s Center for children ages 3-11 who are potty trained.

Children are always welcome at Dickinson reunions, but some events may not be appropriate for them to attend. Reduced prices for children’s meals are only available where listed.

Can I bring my pets to campus?

No pets are allowed on campus. If you need information about local kennels, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 717-245-1373 or

Is there a dress code?

Recommended dress for receptions and dinners is dressy casual. Dress for the remainder of the weekend’s events is casual.

Can I use the fitness center during Alumni Weekend?

The Kline Athletic Center will be open throughout the weekend. Racquetball, squash and tennis courts may be reserved upon arrival to campus. Please show your Alumni Weekend nametag to the staff at the Kline Athletic Center to access the facilities. Dickinson bikes may be checked out at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in Kaufman Hall. You must leave your driver’s license with DPS while using the bikes.

Will the bookstore be open?

All clothing, drinkware and trade books will be 20% off during Alumni Weekend.

  • Thursday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Who should I contact about mobility/accessibility needs?

To let us know if you have accessibility/mobility issues, please contact the alumni relations staff at 717-245-1373 or or indicate your needs by answering specific questions about mobility/accessibility on the online registration form.