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:
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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)
The Flexboard 1 Plan (700 points/$125 meal plan dollars)
The Flexboard 2 Plan (650 points/$150 meal plan dollars)
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.
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:
*Appliances such as coffee pots, curling irons, and irons should be equipped with automatic shut-off.