Welcome to Dickinson College!  As you begin your time with us, we know that there is some basic and practical information about campus life that may be of interest to you. Below you will find helpful hints and information that will assist you in your move to campus.


All incoming mail and notices of faxes are distributed to student boxes daily, except on Sundays and holidays. Your mail box is accessible whenever the Holland Union Building is open. Hours for window service at the Student Mail Room are 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Your address for United States Postal Service mail and any private mail services (UPS, FedEx, etc.) is the following:

Your Name
Dickinson College/HUB #
College and Louther Streets
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896

The FAS Mail Center, located in the HUB lower level, provides all of the mailing services you will need, excluding the sale of money orders.  In addition to basic postal services, FAS also handles the distribution of inter-office mail on campus. The FAS Mail Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Money Matters

Coming to Dickinson is a significant financial commitment for you and your family. You may find yourself much more involved in managing your money than you have ever been before. You may want to open a bank account in Carlisle to help with this. All of the banks listed below are within walking distance of the campus. Some have more than one branch in the Carlisle area and all have branches throughout the greater Harrisburg metropolitan area. All are full-service and are members of the FDIC. Banks in this region are part of the MAC (Money Access Center)/CIRRUS system.

  • AllFirst
  • Commerce Bank
  • M & T Bank
  • Mellon Bank
  • Members 1st Federal Credit Union
  • Orrstown Bank
  • Pennsylvania State Bank
  • PNC Bank
  • Wachovia
  • Waypoint Bank

All students employed by Dickinson College will automatically be included in the College's direct deposit payroll plan. Your wages will be automatically deposited into a savings or checking account at the bank of your choice. If you choose to use your hometown bank for direct deposit of your paycheck, you will need your bank's address, phone number, FDIC number, and your account number. M&T in Carlisle will waive all minimum balance requirements and fees on their regular checking account for students on the Dickinson College payroll.

The Cashier's Office, conveniently located on the lower level of the Holland Union Building, sells money orders and offers check cashing services for up to $100.  An ATM, serviced by M & T Bank, is located in the Underground in the HUB and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For purchases on campus there are several convenient options. You will automatically have a charge account through the College Bookstore to which you can charge purchases from the Bookstore, Devil's Den, Union Station snack bar, and The Underground coffee bar. These purchases will be charges to your student account.

If you prefer to contact a local bank before your arrival to open an account, links to some of the banks in Carlisle can be found at: http://www.dickinson.edu/departments/finops/localbanks.html


Telephone Service

Every residence hall room is equipped with an analog port. Students are able to bring their own telephone and answering machine. Further information will be sent out by Campus Operations in a separate mailing this summer.


First Year Car Policy

First-year students are not permitted to possess motor vehicles on the campus or in the Carlisle area. This policy is in place due to the limited availability of parking on campus.  The College has a strong commitment to being a good neighbor to those in the surrounding residential areas of Carlisle and limiting access to cars helps minimize student parking in our neighbors’ off-street parking.  In general, our commitment to sustainability is an opportunity for all of us to think about our need/use of a car.

The College actively and carefully enforces this policy. The Office of Public Safety regularly checks vehicles on campus. Violations of the first-year student car policy may result in loss of car privileges for the first full semester of sophomore year, a fine and the immediate removal of the vehicle from the Carlisle area.

Exceptions to the policy are granted according to strict guidelines and can only be made by the Department of Public Safety through consultation with the Director of Student Health Services as necessary. These guidelines provide for exceptions for unusual circumstances, but not for matters of convenience to the student or his or her family. Requests for exceptions must be made in writing by the student and forwarded to the Administrative Office of Department of Public Safety.


Dining on Campus

All first year students residing in College housing must choose from the following Meal Plans. Students who do not make a meal plan selection will automatically be enrolled in the Traditional meal plan.

The meal plans become effective at dinner on the Sunday prior to the start of classes for both semesters.

Meal Plans available to first year students:

The Traditional Plan (20 meals per week)
This plan offers three meals a day Monday through Saturday and brunch and dinner on Sunday.

The Flexboard 1 Plan (700 points/$125 meal plan dollars)
This plan assigns a point value to every meal, a total of 700 per semester. When the card is used at any dining location the appropriate amount of points are deducted: two for breakfast, three for lunch, and five for dinner. This Plan has unlimited use for the duration of the points total and a Declining Balance Account of $125 attached.

The Flexboard 2 Plan (650 points/$150 meal plan dollars)
This plan assigns a point value to every meal, a total of 650 per semester. When the card is used at any dining location the appropriate amount of points are deducted: two for breakfast, three for lunch, and five for dinner. This Plan has unlimited use for the duration of the points total and a Declining Balance Account of $150 attached.

Dickinson College recommends that first year students choose the Traditional Plan until study and eating habits are established. Students may change to another meal plan the following semester.

Please contact Dining Services for more information regarding your dining options or visit our website at


What to Bring

As you pack, follow this basic rule—of—thumb: If you use it, like it or need it, then bring it. The Orientation Committee, along with other upperclass students, will help carry your belongings into your residence hall on move-in day. Just remember that you will have to carry it all out again at the end of the year. No matter how well you prepare, chances are you will forget something. Many of the items you need are available in the Bookstore, the Devil's Den (the College's convenience store), or there are stores in downtown Carlisle and nearby shopping centers.

Bring clothes that are comfortable and suit your personal style. Closet space should be sufficient for most students, but closet sizes vary. Planning a wardrobe specific to the season and exchanging clothing over breaks will help you ensure enough room for all your belongings. You may want to bring a swimsuit for use at the Kline Center indoor pool and clothing for formal dances which occur from time to time. Also, many students choose to wear some sort of footwear and/or robes into the bathrooms.

Carlisle has four distinct seasons. Summer and early fall can be warm (temperatures ranging between 70° and 90°F) and humid. Late fall is comfortable, but colder (temperatures ranging between 32° and 60°F). Winters tend to be cold with some snow (temperatures ranging between 10° and 40°F). Springs are wet but balmy. Carlisle can be rainy in all seasons, so bring an umbrella and/or a waterproof coat.

Suggested Packing List:
Desk Items:

  • pencils/pens/highlighters
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • notebooks
  • writing paper
  • stamps
  • envelopes
  • address book
  • paper clips
  • rubber bands
  • stapler and staples
  • ruler
  • note cards (various sizes)
  • glue
  • transparent & masking tape
  • thesaurus & dictionary
  • thumb tacks
  • calendar
  • daily planner
  • USB Flash Drive
  • dry erase board

Personal Items:

  • clothing
  • twin sheets — extra long
  • towels
  • blankets
  • pillows
  • sewing kit
  • hair dryer
  • iron*
  • ironing board
  • laundry bag or basket
  • laundry detergent
  • toiletry items
  • shower caddy
  • shower shoes
  • umbrella/raincoat

Miscellaneous Items:

  • fan
  • wastebasket
  • surge protector w/circuit breaker
  • alarm clock
  • flashlight
  • bottle and can opener
  • dishes, glasses/mugs & flatware
  • room freshener
  • drying rack for clothes
  • hangers
  • shoe rack
  • small tool kit
  • safety pins
  • non-prescription medicines
  • storage crates
  • cleaning supplies
  • coffee pot*
  • games
  • videotapes

*Appliances such as coffee pots, curling irons, and irons should be equipped with automatic shut-off.


Prohibited Items

  • No cooking devices in rooms with the exception of a microwave oven
  • No pets except for fish that can be kept in a bowl or 20 gallon tank
  • No hazardous electrical appliances with open heating elements, including halogen lamps, cooking appliances, decorative lights, concealed extension cords, or multiple outlet adapters. Multiple strip outlets (fused, with at least 14 gauge wire, grounded cord) are allowed when needed to power electronic devices.
  • No candles, incense burners, oil burning lamps and lanterns, and halogen lamps
  • No firecrackers, fireworks, or any explosive material
  • No gasoline motors of any type as well as no storing of fuels such as gasoline or propane
  • No guns, ammunition, or weapons including but not limited to knives, darts, foils, and swords
  • No wooden frame or metal lofts


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