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Pre-Orientation: Explore More Adventures

Pre-Orientation: Explore More programs are optional interactive experiences for small groups of incoming students hosted by campus departments, offices, and student groups. They will introduce students to distinctive aspects of Dickinson and enable participants to: 

  • Students gain a sense of belonging from the connections they make with their peers, upper-class students, and program faculty/staff.  
  • Familiarize themselves with Dickinson’s campus and the nearby community.  
  • Gain skills and knowledge specific to the program of their choosing. 
  • Gain exposure to co-curricular opportunities (campus clubs and organizations, centers, and offices) that support Dickinson’s values for interdisciplinary academics, arts and culture, global education, civic engagement, sustainability, student wellness, and equity and inclusion. 

The 2024 Pre-Orientation: Explore More dates are Sunday, August 25 – Tuesday, August 27.

Sunday, August 25 (tentative): 

  • 8-11 a.m. (your residence hall) - Move in for pre-orientation
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Dining Hall) - Lunch for pre-orientation students and families
  • 1:00 p.m. (Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium) - Welcome ceremony for pre-orientation students & families 
  • Pre-orientation programs begin promptly after the welcome

**Parents and families will not be able to access the residence halls after the pre-orientation programs begin

Tuesday, August 27

  • Last day of pre-orientation programs

Wednesday, August 28

  • Orientation begins for all incoming Dickinson students

There is a registration fee for each Pre-Orientation: Explore More program. The registration fee supports the program's logistics and staffing and students who may need financial assistance to participate. The cost varies depending on the experience and time each program offers and is broken down into three (3) tiers:  

  • $150/participant 
  • $200/participant 
  • $250/participant 

You must pay in full when you register. Students are only able to participate in one optional pre-orientation experience.  If you want to be considered for a fee waiver, email Please do not hesitate to reach out about a waiver—we want EVERYONE interested to have an opportunity to participate. 

A Sustainable Local Adventure Pre-Orientation group posed for a photo at the top of Pole Steeple.

An Explore More group posed for a photo at the top of Pole Steeple!