Orientation 2019 Parents

Welcome to the Dickinson family!

We hope you'll use this page to learn more about your student’s college experience. During the summer, your student will be receiving a number of important mail and email communications from the college that require timely responses. We hope that the information provided here will make the process a bit easier.

As always, please feel free to email us at slce@dickinson.edu or call us directly in the New Student Programs Office at 717-245-1671.

During the Summer

We encourage you to share in your student's discovery of Dickinson life as they work through the many dates and deadlines during the summer. We recognize that going to college is a new chapter in your life as well as your student's. We appreciate the importance of these relationships and hope to foster them in the college environment. Our goal is to be a partner in supporting students as they establish connections with the educational community. We're happy to work with you if you have any questions that may help your transition. If questions do arise concerning secure information—such as a Gateway username, password or course registration—we require that the student make contact with campus offices to verify their identity.

To help your student stay on track, we encourage you to review the Orientation site thoroughly and connect with your student about the weekly email messages containing important action items they are receiving.

Connect with other parents of incoming studnets in the Class of 2024 Parents & Guardians Facebook group

Questions About Your Bill?

If you have any questions or concerns about your billing statement, please contact Student Accounts at 717-245-1953 or stuaccts@dickinson.edu. Visit the Student Accounts website for additional information and frequently asked questions.

Payment Plan and Parent Financing

Many parents find the monthly payment plan to be helpful in managing college costs. To learn about options for combining the payment plan with long-term financing through the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 717-245-1308 or finaid@dickinson.edu. That office can also be contacted if you have questions related to applications for loans or financial aid.

Family Orientation

Parents and guests are an important part of Orientation, so we provide a separate program with sessions and activities designed especially for you on the arrival day. While your student is busy learning about Dickinson, we'll talk with you about your student's education, transition issues, leadership opportunities, support services and campus life.

  • Move-in for Pre-Orientation students will take place on Monday, Aug. 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. A parent orientation will be held in the afternoon. 
  • Move-in for all other incoming students will take place on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 8 to 11 a.m. A parent orientation will be held in the afternoon. 

Consider the following information as you plan your travels to campus:

Family Weekend

Mark your calendar for your family to come back to campus to celebrate Family Weekend on November 6-8, 2020. More information about specific events will become available in July.