Welcome to Dickinson’s class of 2026!

There will be a lot for you to do in the upcoming weeks to prepare for your arrival on campus in August. Watch for weekly emails listing three things for you to do or know for that week. Those action items will also be posted here for reference. 


Reach out to slce@dickinson.edu anytime if you have questions, or post them to the Class of 2026 Facebook page. 

Three Things for June 22

Don't be late—finish your forms by July 1!
Essential forms that must be completed by July 1 include music and language background forms, your Roommate Preferences & Housing Agreement Form and any placement tests. Forms and links are available at http://gateway.dickinson.edu. And get a head start on your health forms, which are due July 15!

Consider student employment with Dining Services.
Working on campus gives students the opportunity to connect in a friendly environment, serve our community, learn important skills for the workforce, and earn extra income. First year students that wish to work on campus must work for Dining Services. Respond to diningemployment@dickinson.edu by July 14 to hold your spot! Additional information available at dickinson.edu/diningemployment.

Connect with Access & Disability Services About Possible Accommodations.
Did you have a high school IEP, a 504 plan or eligibility for academic accommodations (like extended time on tests)? So did hundreds of other Dickinsonians! Even if you missed the May 31 deadline or you're not sure about using accommodations at Dickinson, go to the Access & Disability Services website or email ADS at access@dickinson.edu today to confidentially learn more. You'll be glad you did!

Three Things for June 15

Find your First-Year Seminar Assignment.

Your First-Year Seminar assignment has been posted! Check the Dickinson Gateway for your assignment by selecting the SSB icon and then Student/Course Selection/Active Courses.

Consider diving deeper.

Join one of our Explore More programs to connect with classmates and take an in-depth look at some of Dickinson’s distinctive programs during your first weeks on campus. If you’re interested in a fee waiver, please contact slce@dickinson.edu with that request. Registration is available Friday at noon

Get tips for packing "green" and customizing your room.

We know you're busy making lists, shopping and packing (and awaiting your housing and roommate assignments, which will come in early August), so we wanted to share some helpful resources. Check out our Greener Packing List for ideas about what to bring and what to leave behind, and learn more about how to “green” your move-in. We can't wait to see how you will make your residence hall room your own!

Three Things for June 8

Prepare for your New Student Advising session and placement exams.

You will begin your academic journey this summer by discussing your emerging academic interests with a member of the New Student Advising team in preparation for fall course selection. New Student Advising calls will be made July 9-15 to prepare for course requests the following week. Please review the New Student Advising page on the Orientation website, which explains when to expect your call and how to prepare for it.

Everything you need to know about placement exams—what to take and what not to take, how to find the exams, who to contact with issues and frequently asked questions—is available on the Orientation website.

Get ready for adventure with Explore More!

Explore More is a series of adventure programs that will take the place of Pre-Orientation this year. These are dynamic, interactive experiences for small groups of incoming first-year and transfer students hosted by campus departments and student groups. Each program will feature a virtual meeting before students arrive on campus, a session during Orientation, and an immersive weekend experience in the first half of the fall semester. Registration opens Friday, June 17 at noon — preview the programs and learn more on the Explore More website!

Be ready for college-level reading and writing in English (international students only).

The Dickinson College Writing Program provides resources at all levels to support students in their college-level writing. Dickinson students bring a range of experiences with U.S. academic writing, and we want to make sure that all students, including international students, are able to make informed decisions about appropriate courses to take. This checklist will help you assess whether you will benefit from taking a Writing Program course in your first year at Dickinson. Please take time to read and complete the self-evaluation checklist before meeting with your advisor for course selection. If recommended to enroll in a Writing Program course, please talk with your advisor about including a Writing Program course in your academic plan. For additional information about Writing Program resources for international students and multilingual writers, please visit this page or contact John Katunich, multilingual writer specialist, at katunicj@dickinson.edu.

Three Things for June 1

Submit overdue forms ASAP!
June 1 is today! If you have not completed the forms that are due, please make that a top priority. The forms are found in the Dickinson Gateway in the “Forms” section. If you have any difficulties accessing or submitting these forms, email helpdesk@dickinson.edu.

Learn how we can help you manage your health care.
The First Year Student Health (FYSH) program is an optional program that connects students to the Wellness Center during the first semester. The program consists of well visits with a nurse practitioner, counselor, and dietitian to provide routine screenings, check up on common health concerns among college students and provide overall support as students begin to manage their health care on their own. For more information about the program, please visit the Wellness Center website, call 717-245-1663 or email studentwellness@dickinson.edu.

Consider your housing options.
Residence Life & Housing will be working to place you in your housing assignment in July, so make sure you submit your Roommate Preferences & Housing Assignment form before July 1. We anticipate that most of you will wait for the Office of Residence Life & Housing to match you with someone using the preferences you list on the form, but it is an option for you to request a roommate. Please keep in mind it is a request, and not a guarantee. Our webpage has lots of information about our residential spaces and things to consider if you are trying to find your own roommate. You can also check out two “Res Hall Tour” highlights on the @DickinsonCol Instagram account for the inside scoop from students.

Three Things for May 25

This past weekend, we celebrated Dickinson's class of 2022 during a variety of Commencement Weekend activities. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the graduating class!

Here's your weekly list of three things to do to prepare for Dickinson.

Complete your June 1 forms ASAP!
June 1 is quickly approaching, so if you've been putting off completing your forms, now is the time! It's important that all forms are completed on time so we can ensure you are ready to start your Dickinson experience as soon as you arrive on campus. (And there's no need to wait until the end of June to work on those July 1 forms—the sooner you complete them, the better!)

Following are the forms that need to be completed by June 1:

  • Area of Academic Interest Survey
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • First Year Seminar Selection Form
  • Media Relations Form
  • Religious, Secular and Spiritual Preference Form

Register your pronouns.
At Dickinson, students and employees are able register their pronouns online, making pronoun information available to your professors, advisors, and other staff on campus. This tool allows us all to integrate the inclusive use of pronouns into our everyday practices, and we encourage you to register yours online before you arrive on campus.

Registering your pronouns online is easy! Simply sign into Gateway and scroll down to find the “College Pronoun Registration” widget, located right under the “College Name Registration” link. For more information, check out the FAQ, which includes a list of where this information is shared on campus. Visit the Office of LGBTQ Services webpage to learn about the inclusive use of pronouns. Still have questions? Feel free to be in touch with Todd G. Nordgren, director of the Office of LGBTQ Services, at nordgret@dickinson.edu.

Submit your ID Photo
The ID Office of Dining Services is pleased to welcome you to Dickinson! Before arriving on campus, you can submit a photo to be used for your future Dickinson ID card. The card will be needed to access your residence hall, the dining hall, the library, the Kline Center and other facilities on campus that are controlled via card access. To submit a photo, follow this link. Please be aware that your photo should be suitable for a passport or a state ID. If the photo does not meet our requirements, it will be rejected. If you choose not to send a photo in for your ID card, you may visit the ID office when you arrive on campus to have your photo taken. If you have questions, please contact 717-245-1318. Deadline to submit photos for ID cards: August 12, 2022.

Three Things for May 18

Complete your Wellness Center health forms

The deadline to submit the required health forms to the Wellness Center is July 15, 2022. All required forms are completed through the Patient Portal. You must complete the online medical history form and the online TB Risk Assessment form, enter your immunization information and submit a copy of your healthcare provider's immunization record or the immunization record form signed by your healthcare provider by upload through the Patient Portal. Note that a COVID-19 vaccine is now required for students living on campus next year.

Wellness Center staff are updating the Patient Portal with all health information received to date, so please check your health forms status to verify compliance by following the instructions below:

  • Go to dickinson.medicatconnect.com and log in with your username and password.
  • Click on the Immunizations tab, Immunization History to view your compliance status.
  • Read any secure messages waiting for you and reply if you have any questions regarding the missing requirement(s).

For additional information, please refer to the Health Forms Guide.

Special Note for International Students: If a required immunization is unavailable in your home country, the Wellness Center will be in contact with you to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine upon your arrival to Dickinson.

Find Answers to Your Questions

Use the Frequently Asked Questions page to navigate some of the common questions posed by incoming students. It covers topics like what kind of computer you should bring, when you will find out your roommate assignment and everything in between.

Display your Red Devil Pride

Show your Dickinson spirit with our collection of party printables, yard signs, digital images and more! Access everything at dickinson.edu/dickinsondownloads. Share any pictures with us on social media using #dson2026 and be sure to follow the class page on Instagram @dickinsonclassof2026. We'll be posting important updates and content there over the next few months!

Three things for May 11

Review the Orientation Website 

The Orientation website contains everything you need to know about New Student Advising, move-in day, forms, deadlines and more. 

Submit Any Disability Accommodations Requests by May 31 

Do you have an IEP, a 504 or eligibility for accommodations? Know your options! Even if you're not sure about using accommodations at Dickinson, email Access & Disability Services at access@dickinson.edu or go to the ADS website to confidentially learn more. You'll be glad you did!  

Consider Your Housing Options 

We know housing and roommate assignments are top of mind! Residence Life & Housing will be working to place you in your housing assignment in July, so make sure you submit your Roommate Preferences & Housing Assignment form before July 1. We anticipate that most of you will wait for the Office of Residence Life & Housing to match you with someone using the preferences you list on the form, but it is an option for you to request a roommate. Please keep in mind it is a request, and not a guarantee. Our webpage has lots of information, including details on our residential facilities. For more photos, check out our Residence Life & Housing Flickr album. 

Three things for May 4 

Welcome to Dickinson’s class of 2026! We can’t wait to meet you in August! There will be a lot for you to do in the upcoming weeks to prepare for your arrival. Each week we will send you an email with three things for you to do or know for that week. We’ll also send the occasional text message highlighting the most important deadlines and reminders. 

Check Your Email 

You should have received (or will receive very soon!) instructions on accessing your new Dickinson email account. It’s key that you check this account often, as important information, including these weekly emails, will be sent only to that email address from this point forward. Contact helpdesk@dickinson.edu with any related questions. 

Mark Your Calendar 

Review the important dates and deadlines on the Before You Arrive page and update your Google calendar, day planner or whatever tool you use. Keep track of ALL the ones that are important for you from now through move-in! 

  • May 31: If you will be seeking accommodations due to a disability, complete the Disability Disclosure & Accommodations Request form following these instructions

  • June 1: Your First-Year Seminar Selection*, Emergency Contact Information, Media Relations Form and Religious Preference Form (if applicable) are due, all of which are available in the Student Forms section of the Dickinson Gateway

  • July 15: Health forms are due. It is important that you and your family begin the process of getting your health forms collected, because you won’t be able to move in if we don’t have them in hand. So don’t wait until the last minute! 

  • August 24: Move-in day, and the start of your Orientation experience! 

*Detailed descriptions of each of the fall 2022 First-Year Seminars are available online. Note that the selection form in Dickinson Gateway will allow you to select your top five choices. 

Share Your Thoughts 

You should have received an email recently inviting you to complete the Dickinson Admitted Student Survey. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey, which provides us with valuable information regarding your college-search experience!