An Overview of Dickinson Community

Dickinson is a diverse community where you can live and learn in a comfortable environment with long-standing traditions and innovative events, activities and programs.

Dickinson houses approximately 900 students in six residence halls: O'Connor, Champlain, Johnson, Whitney, Rafuse and Digman. With only about 150 students per hall, it's easy to get to know everyone in the hall. Floor spirit and unity are heightened by the small floors ( 19-26 students per floor) and corridor-style living arrangement. The co-ed corridor living option is available on many floors in Dickinson. A full-time, professional resident director in each hall and well-trained resident assistant on each floor will assist you in any way possible to make sure that your Dickinson experience is an enjoyable one.

Over the course of the year, Dickinson offers lots of traditional activities to bring you together with other students. Dickinson Day, held each September, is an action-packed day of events that provides you with an opportunity to enjoy the fall weather while meeting residents from other Dickinson halls. Playing in impromptu volleyball games on our sand volleyball court have become a dinner-time tradition for Dickinson residents. On weekends, you can visit the student-run community coffee house in Digman Hall to see musical groups perform while you enjoy cappuccino and homemade desserts. Periodic "open mike nights" at the coffee house allow you to display your own talent to the community. In the spring, Mutant Mania closes the academic year with a week long series of athletic games and physical contests as well as musical, theatrical and artistic competitions between the halls. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Dickinson.


Dickinson staff work to create an atmosphere of living and learning in the residence halls through educational programs and bringing faculty into the community. Affiliated with Dickinson is a faculty master who serves as a liaison between faculty and students. The faculty master works with the fellows, typically faculty and staff, to provide programs such as the advising fair, the freshman opening weekend social, as well as lunches, dinners and receptions with faculty which give you a change to get to know and talk with your professors outside of the classroom. The annual faculty masters' forums have focused on such controversial topics as human rights, multiculturalism and elections at the local, state and national levels. Staff and students also regularly organize a wide variety of educational, inspirational, social and fun programs for their floors and halls ranging from self-defense workshops to workshops on coping with stress to discussions on healthy relationships.

There is always room in Dickinson for you to get involved, to try new things, and to develop organizational and leadership skills. Each of the halls in Dickinson has a student government that plans activities for residents of the hall. They receive a budget from Dickinson Town Council (DTC), the community government. In addition to the hall govemments, DTC funds the community newspaper, yearbook, the coffeehouse, social and academic committees, Dickinson Community Players (DC Players),and other student groups. Now in its eighth year of existence, DC Players produces six shows a year including a dinner-theater and such shows as Godspell, Oklahoma and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Performances take place in Dickinson Dining Hall, where a small stage has been installed complete with lighting and sound equipment.


Dickinson has a variety of unique residential living styles. With the help of a faculty advisor and Residential Life staff, students on the Special Interest Housing Modules plan events and activities around their common interests. Located in O'Connor Hall, CoRE (Computers, Robotics and Engineering Module) runs its own computer room, affectionately referred to as the Pseudopod. In Digman, the Visual and Performing Arts module has a music practice room and often use the Rime Cellar for a performance space. Another residential living style available in Dickinson is Chemical Free Living. Most of the halls also offer chemical free floors where all residents and their guests agree to keep their living area free from substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco products and illegal drugs. Digman Hall is also home to Smoke Free Housing, where residents and guests agree to refrain from smoking and using other tobacco products.

With its balance of traditions and innovation, Dickinson is always changing and moving in a new direction, but that direction is determined by the interests, involvement and dedication of you and the other residents. Dickinson staff and student leaders strive to make your experience in Dickinson a rewarding and memorable one - the rest is up to you!

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Want to know where Dickinson and it's halls got their names, as well as some other intesting facts? If so, take a quick history lesson.

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