Winter Orientation - January

Winter Orientation 2024

Friday, January 12 - Sunday, January 14

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 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 16, 2024. New student check-in day is January 12, 2024.

The schedule for Winter Orientation 2024 can be accessed below. Please note that this schedule for each day may be subject to changes between now and Jan. 12th, although the dates of orientation will not be altered. Since this event takes place in the Pennsylvanian winter, weather may also impact our programs. Please check your Messiah email and this website for weather updates in the days leading up to your arrival.

We’re thrilled you've chosen Messiah University!

All incoming new and transfer students (including commuters) should plan to arrive on Friday, January 12, between 9 am–12 pm (EDT). When you get to campus, please head to the Visitor Parking Lot and enter the Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center. Inside, you will find check-in tables where you can pick up your student ID, parking permit, room key, and any other personal items we have for you - including some swag! You will receive a printed copy of the Winter Orientation schedule at that time.

Check-in for all new students (residential and commuter) will be from 9:00am - 2:00pm on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. Orientation events will follow that afternoon and evening, continuing through the weekend. Family, friends, and guests are welcome to join for all events on Friday, Jan. 12 until and including the Welcome Service and Reception. After the Welcome Service, all events will be for students only. You will receive a printed version of this schedule when you check in on Jan. 12.

Friday, Jan. 12, 2024

9:00am - 2:00pm: New Student Check In, Phipps Admissions & Welcome Center

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Complimentary Lunch, Lottie Nelson Dining Hall

3:00pm - 4:15pm: Welcome Service and Reception (for students & their guests), Hostetter Chapel

5:00pm - 6:00pm: Dinner (students only for this dinner, and throughout the rest of the schedule), Lottie Nelson Dining Hall

6:00pm - 7:00pm: New Student Orientation Session, The Loft Greatroom

7:00pm - 9:00pm: New Student Kickback, The Loft Greatroom

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024

7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast, Lottie Nelson Dining Hall

9:00am - 12:00pm: Various Orientation Sessions, Boyer Hall

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch, Lottie Nelson Dining Hall

1:00pm - 3:00pm: Various Orientation Sessions, Mountain View Residence Hall Classroom

5:00pm - 6:00pm: Dinner, Lottie Nelson Dining Hall

6:00pm - 8:00pm: Off-Campus Bowling, Trindle Bowl

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Making Meaning at Messiah, The Loft Greatroom

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Library Orientation, Boyer 131

3:00pm - 5:00pm: Optional On-Campus Fun, Larsen Student Union

Monday, Jan. 15, 2024 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

8:00am - 8:30am: Catered Breakfast, Eisenhower Campus Center Boardroom

9:00am - 12:00pm: National MLK Jr. Day of Service, Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg, vans depart from Eisenhower Campus Circle at 8:30am

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Optional Campus Tour of Classrooms, Meet in Eisenhower Campus Center

3:00pm - 6:00pm: MLK Jr. Day Movie Screening & Discussion, Parmer Cinema in Boyer Hall

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024

First Day of Spring Semester Classes

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]
[Your Messiah Log-in Username]*
1 University Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
*Your First and Last Initial + 4-Digit Number

Whenever you receive mail and packages, our automated Slingshot Logistics system will send you an email notification from To pick up your mail and packages, visit the Campus Store during their operating hours posted on the Campus Store Website. You can also find a helpful Mail FAQ there as well. Please remember to bring your student ID to pick up your mail.

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. Chromebooks and Android devices require additional settings to be configured to connect.

Smart TVs and Gaming systems require registration and connect to a different network on campus. For detailed instructions to connect those devices, please visit the ITS blog.

Campus Parking

First-Year Students (Residential and Commuter)

All commuter students who plan to commute with a personal vehicle must register for a parking permit. Residential students may be granted a parking permit if desired on a very limited basis. The steps for applying for a spring parking permit are as follows:

  1. Complete and submit the Student Parking Registration Form*
  2. Watch your Messiah University email for messages regarding your student parking registration.

*This form includes a section that asks for your residency. If you are a residential student who has not yet received a housing assignment, you may enter "N/A" in the box for a building.

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

Transfer Students
Use the Incoming Transfer Student Parking Registration Form on to register your vehicle.

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 and select option #2.

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 students and families! In partnership with the Office of Student Engagement, the Office of International Student Programs is working to make the 2024 Winter Orientation Week an unforgettable one!

All international students will join the group of all incoming students during 2024 Winter Orientation and follow the schedule accordingly.

If you are arriving from out of the country or if you have questions specific to international students (i.e., transition, F-1 visas, bank accounts, mobile phones, etc.), please contact Amy Nicols, Director of International Student Programs.

If you have any additional questions about Winter Orientation, please contact Jake Edmunds at