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Before You Arrive


The Dickinson Gateway is an online portal for information and services for the college community. As you prepare to come to Dickinson, you will use the Gateway to access your Dickinson email and obtain news and information about preparing for Orientation and your first year at Dickinson. As you progress through your college career, the information and services you access through the Gateway will change. The Gateway allows Dickinson to deliver information and services targeted to your specific roles and activities at the college.

Your Dickinson Gateway username and password are on your application status page. If you encounter difficulties accessing or using the Dickinson Gateway, contact the Library & Information Services Helpdesk at 717-245-1000 or The college protects your username and password, and we must verify your identity via phone or email. We will only give this information to the individual student, not those calling on their behalf. 


With so much to do before you arrive at Dickinson, we want to help you keep track of everything with this list of important dates and deadlines. You will use Navigate (a campus platform) to keep track of those items. Open the site to see your actual to-do list.

The following is a sample list of what to expect.  Don't worry; we will pace it out for you so you don't have to do everything all at once!

  • Advising Session Prep Form
  • Placement Tests
  • Disability Accommodations Request (if relevant)
  • Roommate Preference Form
  • Create iGrad Account
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Media Relations Form
  • Religious Preference Form (optional)
  • Music Background Information
  • Health Forms
  • Active Intruder/Assailant Awareness
  • START Program
  • Academic Integrity Online Class

Online Modules


You will find that Dickinson is a dynamic and engaging place for learning. Our priority is to assist you in taking full advantage of the extraordinary opportunities that await you. Your intellectual and personal development, and that of your peers, is the cornerstone of a partnership with faculty and staff that will last during your years here and beyond. It is an exciting journey on which we embark together.

Your physical and emotional health, now and throughout your life, will serve as a critical foundation for developing your intellect and creativity. And, as always, your commitment to yourself comes with a shared commitment to the health and welfare of others. Just as you have throughout your life, you will have a special opportunity to impact the lives of your peers in positive and productive ways, and we are committed to helping you do so. 

To this end, we require every new incoming Dickinson student to complete the Academic Integrity Online CourseSTART Program (a series of modules addressing sexual assault awareness and prevention and alcohol and drug awareness), Active Intruder/Assailant Awareness, and Alcohol eCheckup To Go. These are not over-simplified lectures; they are thoughtful, well-researched educational programs for adults committed to thinking about their life choices and values. These programs will assist you in making informed, mature decisions. 


Part of the privilege of attending Dickinson College includes adhering to our Community Standards, including academic integrity principles. Students are expected to show respect for the ideas of others when using them to create original works by citing appropriately. Plagiarizing the work of others is prohibited and may be harshly penalized.

To help educate our community about this topic, all first-year students and other students new to Dickinson must complete an online tutorial regarding academic integrity and plagiarism. Students who do not complete this instruction by the deadline will have a hold placed on their accounts, preventing them from registering for next semester’s courses.

Students receive credit only after completing the tutorial, answering all questions, and clicking the “Submit” button on the last page.


Dickinson College is deeply committed to the greatest health, welfare, and ultimate success of all of our community members. For more information about the Academic Integrity Tutorial and other information for first-year students, please see our Information for First-Year Students online guide. Questions about academic integrity may be directed to


Incoming and transfer students are required to complete the START Learning Program for Higher Education prior to the start of their first semester. The START Program is a series of well-researched educational programs for adults committed to thinking about their life choices and values.  

The START Program is an online program that includes modules aimed at reducing campus sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking; empowering bystanders of potentially violent situations to intervene before the violence occurs.
The START Program is available through the New Student Forms page.  The modules may also be accessed at the following links:

Questions related to the START Program should be directed to