Dickinson, located on West Campus, comprises Dickinson Halls A through F, and houses about 800 first-year Blue Hens!
The Dickinson Complex floors are co-ed, and all rooms are traditional doubles (2 occupants of the same gender). The Dickinson floor layout has a unique hallway design; the hallways form a square and rooms encircle a community lounge in the center of the floor. This lounge, furnished with study tables and couches, quickly becomes the hub of social life on a Dickinson floor!
In addition to the floor lounges, in each building Dickinson has a common lounge space on the main floor, a communal kitchen, laundry facilities and study space in the basement.
Residents of Dickinson consistently report some of the highest rates of satisfaction with the social and community feel of the complex. The unique floor design, common spaces, and location make Dickinson one of the most social places on campus to live!
- Communal layout with a floor lounge in the center of each floor
- Study lounges with individual desk spaces in the basement of each building
- Large outdoor field space for events and recreational activities
- Air-conditioned study space in one basement
- Nearby tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts
- Building kitchen
- Rodney Dining Hall
- Rodney Market
- Trabant University Center and Trabant Food Court
- Saxby's Coffee Shop and Claymont Steak Shop
- Nearby dining and shopping options on South Main Street
- West Fest: Dickinson and Rodney Complex Community Councils join efforts to provide students with a day full of food, music and fun.
- Dickinson Day: Held in mid-November, Dickinson Day is a new tradition that celebrates John Dickinson's birthday and everything that makes Dickinson special. Dickinson's Complex Community Council, Green Team, Service Team, and RA Staff all provide activities throughout the day to help engage residents.
Initiatives & Opportunities
- Complex Community Council
Community councils are student-run student governments focused on advocacy, programming, and community service. Every area on campus has its own community council. DCC - Dickinson Community Council has hosted Oktoberfest, an outdoor fall celebration; planned Food Fridays, where students are invited to a snack and conversation about improving Dickinson; and collaborates with Rodney Complex to host the annual WESTFEST end of the year carnival!
- Green Teams
Green Teams are student-run groups interested in learning more about environmental sustainability & hosting programs to promote environmental sustainability actions in residence halls. The Dickinson Green Team has coordinated Trail Cleanups, and Recycling Rounds! The Green Team students have contributed to Dickinson Day with a Potted Plants painting event and are working on hosting an Hour with no Power for Earth Day. Learn more about Dickinson's Green Team
Service Teams assist with their areas Weekly Service Initiative as well as partner with University entities or other local agencies to create additional service opportunities in their area. Each area on campus has a service organization. The Dickinson Service Team participated in a 5k for The Hero Walk, raising over $200 for the organization by selling candygrams in the Rodney Dining Hall. The students also contributed to Dickinson Day with a Random Acts of Kindness campaign giving away free Hot Cocoa kits on the DK trail. Most recently they hosted a Children’s Book drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Dickinson's service agency is Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, located in Wilmington. The DK Student Engagement Advisor (SEA) coordinates weekly activities in the complex to benefit the RMH such as: making coloring books, making snacks like chocolate covered pretzels, muddybuddies and rice krispie treats, and making toiletry kits for the guests of the house.
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Dickinson is named after John Dickinson, a prominent local solicitor and politician who served in the Continental Congress and was a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787. He served as President of Delaware and President of Pennsylvania.