Brief Overview & Key Dates for New Student Advising 

Students begin their Dickinson educations with different priorities and plans. Some students arrive with very clear ideas about what they want to study and are already looking ahead to “declaring a major” in a particular field. This is just fine. Other students arrive knowing that they want to take some time to explore their academic interests as widely as possible. This is just fine, too. Still others find themselves somewhere in between, curious about a handful of possibilities. You guessed it: also just fine! 

New Student Advising

  • By appointment, December 11-19

**Please watch your Dickinson email for additional information about New Student Advising and request the appointment time that fits your schedule best

No matter what group you fall into, you’ll find clear guidance here. After spending some time preparing, you’ll consult directly with a member of Dickinson's advising staff about your specific questions, options, and decisions during your “new student advising session.”  These sessions will take place December 11-19.  Making thoughtful decisions about your courses and programs is an important first step in making the best fit for yourself here on campus.

Start Here: Know the Goals of New Student Advising

Key Dates and Milestones



By Wednesday, December 13

Complete online Placement Tests
Do I need to take placement tests?

Prior to your New Student Advising Appointment

Develop a possible course schedule and questions for your new student advisor

December 11-19

Speak with an advising staff member during your "New Student Advising session" to get guidance and to receive the "Alternate PIN" code you will need to submit your courses

Immediately following your New Student Advising Appointment

Submit your courses using the online Banner system

Through January 21

Make changes during Schedule Adjustment, if necessary

January 22-28

Make changes during Add/Drop, if necessary

Additional Information

If you have questions about any of this information or are unable to receive your advising call at the assigned time someone is available to help by contacting:

New Student Advising Office
Phone: 717-245-1997

Registrar's Office
Phone: 717-245-1315