Winter Orientation - January

Note regarding campus clearance:

Reminder to all students that you must submit either a proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test before arriving to campus. The PCR test must be taken within a 10-day window, but no later than two days prior to, your scheduled physical arrival on campus. Read more details on Messiah’s pre-arrival checklist.

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Winter Orientation 2022

Friday, January 7 - Sunday, January 9

Winter Orientation is for incoming students (residential and commuting) transferring in to start their journey at Messiah in the spring term. If this describes you, then this two-day orientation is designed to acclimate you to Messiah, allow you to get to know the campus, meet peers and make friends, and participate in activities meant to orient you to the university before classes begin on January 10, 2021. New student check-in day is January 7, 2022.

We’re thrilled you've chosen Messiah University!

All new and transfer students (including commuters) should plan to arrive on Friday, January 7, between 9 am–12 pm (EDT). When you get to campus, please follow signs to the Larsen Student Union and be prepared to show a photo ID at check-in.

You will receive a printed version of this orientation schedule when you move in during the check-in process at Larsen Student Union between 9 am and 12 pm, Friday, January 7, 2021. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Click here to view the full Winter Orientation 2022 Schedule

Below is a list of suggested items to bring to campus with you for Welcome Week. For the complete packing list for the school year, please visit the Office of Residence Life site.

Things You Should Bring for Welcome Week

  • A Tablet/notepad/paper
  • A pen
  • Small games
  • Backpack/drawstring bag
  • Water bottle
  • ID (you'll show this to receive your student ID)

These are highlights of services offered by Messiah University that students will want to become familiar with early.

Campus Mailbox

Your address at Messiah University will be:

[First Name][Last Name]
Campus Center
One University Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

If/when you receive a letter or package, you will receive an email notification. Your mail can be picked up at the campus store (located in Eisenhower Campus Center).

Computer Access

Messiah University offers both in-room and/or public network jacks. There is a wired-network connection in each room in the residence halls and public jacks are available in the base of the benches located in the hallways of Boyer Hall, Larsen Student Union, and in Falcon Services. For information such as minimum system requirements and connecting to the Messiah network, visit Information Technology Services (ITS).

Campus Wireless Network

Wireless internet access is available in all campus buildings and select outdoor locations. When connecting your computer or smart phone, you will want to choose to connect to the Messiah Secure wireless network. On most devices, you will then simply need to enter your Messiah username and password and accept the security certificate when prompted. Also, when opening your browser for the first time from the residence halls, you will be asked to register your computer on our network. Again, just follow the prompts and enter your Messiah username and password to gain access to the Internet. Additional configuration is required for Windows 7 and Chromebooks to connect. For more complete information on getting connected, please visit the ITS blog.

Cable Television Service

The Office of Media Services provides and monitors the cable television service in the residence halls. It includes channels covering major national networks and local stations, as well as the University's very own cable channel featuring student-produced programming and content. A cable outlet is located in every room. For a listing of channels, please visit the ITS blog.

Campus Parking

First-Year Students (Residential and Commuters)
A parking permit request must be approved before you may bring your vehicle to campus. All first year students, regardless of status (residential or commuter), who are interested in having a vehicle on campus, must meet the criteria provided below in order to be eligible for the lottery:

Please note that there will be limited parking spaces available, which will be assigned through a parking lottery held mid-late June. During the lottery, students will need to officially apply for a parking permit and complete vehicle registration. There is an annual fee associated with parking.

After the incoming first-year student lottery closes, students may pursue vehicle registration by submitting a Student Parking Registration Form. Submissions of this form are processed as they are received. This form can also be found on the Student Parking website -- Locate the form under the “Quicklinks” heading and select the form called “Student Parking Registration Form (Current Undergraduate Students Only)”.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact or call 717-691-6036.

Transfer Students
Use the Student Parking Registration Form (Current Undergraduate Students Only) on to register your vehicle.

Student Parking Registration Forms should be submitted before June 30, 2022.  Once you have submitted a registration form, please check your Messiah e-mail regularly for a message regarding the status of your request.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact or call 717-691-6036.

Upperclass Students and Returning Students
When returning to campus for the start of the Fall semester, upperclass students are given their parking permits. Those who did not register during the on-line parking registration process or over the summer are issued a parking permit in a lot where space is available on campus.

Parking in the following parking lots are reserved for students living on campus: A, B, C, D, F, G, H, J, and TR (overflow residential parking).

Parking for students who are commuting or living off-campus will be assigned to: P (Starry Field parking lot).

Please visit the Student Vehicle Registration page for more information, an FAQ section, or to contact the Box Office.

Bicycle Registration

All students, faculty, and staff who have a bicycle on campus must register it upon bringing it to campus. Registration of bicycles at the Dispatch window in the Eisenhower Campus Center or register online. There is no fee for registering a bicycle. You will receive a Messiah University Bicycle Identification Sticker that is to be placed on your bicycle. Unlike vehicles, bicycle registration only needs to happen once. For more information, visit the Department of Safety website.

Brand New Commuter Student at Messiah?

As a new student who is commuting to Messiah, you will be involved heavily in New Student Orientation activities, though in a slightly different manner. Special events will take place specifically geared to help you transition to your life as a student. Additionally, we encourage you to attend as many of the programs offered as you can (though sessions that specifically apply to residential students, such as mandatory hall meetings, are not required for commuter students). 

Although we highly recommend you attend all the orientation sessions, you are the one who knows what will best fit into your schedule. If you have any questions about what you should and should not attend, please reach out to Commuter Student Services by emailing JP Edmunds.

Click here to go to the Commuter Services page.

Welcome international, missionary and third culture students and families! International Student Programs is working to make the 2022 Winter Orientation Week an unforgettable one!

To help with your travel planning, International, Missionary and Third-Culture Student Orientation is January 7-9. Please check this site for more details.

If you are arrivng from out of country or you have questions specific to international new student orientation in January 2022, please contact Amy Nicols, Director of International Student Programs, or Minoska Villegas, International Student Programs Advisor.

If you have any additional questions about Winter Orientation, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at (717) 796-5240 or by emailing