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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Spacious but only for upper classman

College Junior

Parking: I have friends who have had cars, and they seem reasonably able to find spots without too much walking, especially close to dorms.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: I would like to have a vehicle on campus however, freshmen are not allowed to drive vehicles on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking locations are pretty good. They are convenient for classes and dorms but sometimes its just a little difficult to find spots.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 281st
    Best Parking Availability
  • 285th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 334th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Warzala
Somerset, NJ
English/Political Science
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Parking in the center of campus is tough during the week but usually isn’t an issue on the weekends. The prime parking areas and those closest to campus are along High Street in front of the library. These spaces are open to anyone, from faculty to campus visitors, at any time, except during street cleaning nights. Students can park in the lot behind Witwer Hall and the lot next to the Kline Center. Faculty lots—like the one behind Rector Science Center, next to Kaufman Hall, and the one beside ATS—are open only to faculty and staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and to everyone else on weekends. One thing is for sure about parking on campus: If you exceed the time limit in a faculty lot on a weekday or keep your car parked on the street during cleaning nights you will get ticketed. The Carlisle Police and DPS give parking tickets on a regular basis and will notice if your car is parked illegally.

In order to park on campus, students are required to display their student parking permit on their vehicle, and DPS does regular checks for permits. However, students who park in the gravel lot across from the Kline can get away with not displaying the permit because no signs are posted saying “Dickinson Parking Only.” Two adjoining businesses use this lot as well, meaning the College cannot restrict it to only Dickinson students, and hence, cannot give tickets. This is a well-kept secret on campus and something that many freshmen, who aren’t allowed to bring cars, are unaware of.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Next to the Kline Center, behind Witwer Hall, behind the Townhouses, and behind Goodyear Hall.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $25, plus tow
  • Handicapped zone: $25, plus tow
  • No parking zone: $25, plus tow
  • Parked during street cleaning: $15
Best Places to Find a Spot
Lot behind Witwer Hall, next to the Kline
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
On High Street in front of the library, next to academic buildings during class times
Getting a Parking Permit
Student motor vehicles must be registered with the Dickinson Department of Public Safety. Applications can be handed in any time by students who are sophomores, juniors or seniors at no cost. It is possible for exceptions to be made for freshmen under unusual circumstances, like needing to drive to place of employment or medical appointments. Requests for exceptions must be submitted by the student to the Dean of Students, in writing, with necessary and appropriate documentation in support of the request attached. The Dean consults with the Director of Public Safety and/or the Director of the Student Health Center and the decision is final.
Parking Services
Dickinson Department of Public Safety

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 43% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 26% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 24 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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