Dickinson is a residential college and the residential experience is understood to be an integral part of a Dickinson education. Dickinson is committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of College life, including residential life.

Please be advised that requests for particular housing assignments based on a student’s preference, rather than need, for a particular type of living environment or location will not be honored. (e.g. A student with ADHD or a learning disability seeking a single room to serve as a quiet, undisturbed place to study represents a preference, but not a necessity.) Accordingly, single room accommodations are reserved for individuals whose documentation illustrates clear and substantial needs, and for whom a standard housing assignment with a roommate is not viable.

Here is more information regarding policies and deadlines regarding the Disability Accommodation Request Procedures for College Housing.

Students seeking a housing accommodation will need to submit the appropriate documentation to Access and Disability Services (ADS). Documentation must include:

  1. Disability Disclosure and Accommodation Request Form - Students are to complete and submit this online form.
  2. Disability Documentation Form for College Housing - To be completed by the student's health care provider and sent directly to ADS via email, fax, or mail.
  3. Documentation of the disability - Please refer to our specific guidelines for proper documentation.

Documentation and requests should be submitted to ADS by one of the following means:

Fax: 717-254-8139
US Mail: Access and Disability Services
Dickinson College
P.O Box 1773

Old West Lower Level, Room 5
Carlisle, PA 17013

NOTE: The presentation of documentation and/or the recommendation of a care provider does not automatically guarantee disability status or specific accommodations.


Returning Students: For all returning students, the submission deadline for SPRING 2021 housing accommodation requests was Friday, November 13th, 2020, and all supporting documentation must have been received by this deadline.

Incoming First-Year Students: For First-Year students, the submission deadline for Spring 2021 housing accommodation requests was October 15th, 2020, and all supporting documentation must have been received by this deadline.

These deadlines were established to provide the College with sufficient time to review requests, communicate with care providers, and for consideration to be given to specific housing-related needs before the complex housing assignment processes for all Dickinson students take place. For this reason, it is critical that requests and all supporting documentation are received by the posted submission deadlines. 

If you have a need for a housing accommodation which arises for the first time after a deadline, email to make it known that you will be submitting a post-deadline request. The Housing Accommodation Committee will strive to determine and, for those deemed eligible, meet newly arising needs for housing accommodations as soon as reasonably possible given the limited availability of housing options following the assignment process. If accommodated housing is granted, but unavailable, the student will be placed on a priority waitlist until such housing becomes available.

If you wish to seek a housing accommodation request for subsequent semesters, we urge you to take note of the guidance, notification information, and deadlines posted in the Disability Accommodation Request Procedures for College Housing.