August 2023

Welcome to Dickinson!

There will be a lot for you to do in the upcoming weeks to prepare for your arrival on campus. 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 anytime if you have questions.

Three Things for August 2

1. Housing

The much-anticipated housing and roommate assignments have been posted! Go to the Dickinson Gateway and select the "Housing" icon. Your fall housing assignment and roommate(s) will be listed close to the bottom of the page.

Once you find your assignment, check out the Office of Residence Life & Housing page for some great first-year roommate resources, including icebreaker questions to help you get to know each other. Connect with your roommate and check out the specifications on your room and res hall!

2. Submit your ID Photo.

One last reminder: Submit a photo to be used for your future Dickinson ID card. This will save you time at move-in. 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, go to this link, or use the GET app. Be aware that your photo should be suitable for a passport or a state ID (requirements can be found here). If the photo does not meet our requirements, it will be rejected. If you have questions, please contact 717-245-1318. Deadline to submit photos for ID cards is August 12.

3. Extended Orientation.

Mark your calendars now for your extended orientation sessions. All new students must participate in four weeks of extended orientation. This is to support your continued transition to college life. The sessions will be held each Thursday from August 31 – September 21 from noon to 1 p.m. Don’t worry, no classes are held during this time, which is known as Common Hour. More information will be shared regarding location during Orientation.

Three Things for Aug. 9

1. Review your class schedule and make any adjustments.

The Schedule Adjustment Period will be open beginning today 8 a.m. (EDT). Please be sure to check your academic schedule to see what courses you are enrolled in for the fall term. If you do not have a full schedule of four courses, you should look for open seats in appropriate courses. If you need assistance, you can reach New Student Advising at 717-245-1997 or 

2. Get Ready to Order Your Textbooks.

The textbook portal is open! Visit to purchase your course material. Your materials will be available for pickup at the bookstore in the HUB lower level when you arrive on campus. Additional information is available on the bookstore website.

3. SOAR into your first semester by tapping into academic support resources!
Right from the start, the way you manage your time and form study habits in college can have a big impact on your academic success.

  • Check out this webpage: for SOAR (Strategies, Organization, and Achievement Resources). It has a treasure trove of resources, including a weekly planner and semester calendar, the fall schedule of Academic Success Workshops, and useful apps and tips to support your time management, study strategies, test prep, and much more.
  • Watch the recording of the recent “Helping Students SOAR to Academic Success” informational session.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend “Secrets to Academic Success REVEALED!” session during Orientation on Sunday, August 27 at 1 p.m.

Once the semester starts, you can request academic task-tackling and planning support from a time-management strategist by emailing You can also pick up a wealth of academic success resources if you come to the OWLL (Old West Lower Level) to SOAR!

Three Things for Aug. 16

1. Prepare for move-in day.
Students participating in a Pre-Orientation program move in on Sunday, August 20. Belonging drop-off will occur between 8 am-11 am. The primary move-in day is on Wednesday, August 23:

  • Utilize our driving directions, follow the signage and proceed directly to your residence hall.
  • Take advantage of the students who are on hand to help you check in, move your belongings, offer advice and directions and tell you all about "Green Move-in."
  • Mark your boxes, bags and bins with your name, residence hall and room number so it all gets delivered to the right place.
  • Visit the All-College Information Tents on Britton Plaza (10 am – noon) to meet representatives from departments around campus and pick up some information!

2. Get the app.
New students should download the Corq app and find their Event Pass to check into events throughout Orientation and beyond. Corq allows students to add events to their calendars, explore campus groups and offices, and even has each session mapped out using Google Maps to help you find your place at Dickinson.

  • Download the Corq app (in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store).
  • Log into the app with your Dickinson username and password (for help, click here).
  • Open your options and select “Event Pass.”

From there, you can save it to Google Pay or your Apple Wallet or take a screenshot. The event pass is specific to you but will stay the same for your entire Dickinson experience.

3. Socialize, #dson2027!
A variety of college social media accounts will be posting throughout move-in and Orientation, so we encourage you to follow along and join the conversation by including #dson2027 in your posts.