Return to Campus Plan for Fall 2020

Messiah University is preparing to welcome students for an in-person, on-campus start in August 2020 with flexible learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.


FAQs for everyone

FAQs for everyone

Messiah University will be reopening in August for an on-campus, in-person start to its undergraduate fall session*. Campus administrators and educators have been thoughtfully hard at work to develop and implement Messiah’s reopening strategy. We are collaborating with local healthcare systems and authorities on a reopening plan that places health and safety at the forefront, focuses on optimal student learning—and complies with state, CDC and other public health standards.
Please read a summary of our reopening plan, or view highlights by topic at our Bridge to Reopen Messiah website to learn more about how we are living out our distinctive Christian educational mission in different ways this fall while protecting the health and safety of our community during the challenges of COVID-19.
*It is important to know that while it is our firm intent to proceed with the above reopen calendar, Messiah’s plans may be subject to change based on fluid public health directives related to COVID-19. If changes are necessary, students and their families will receive notifications as quickly as possible via email, text alert, and via our emergency website.
Residential undergraduate students will begin to return to Messiah’s Mechanicsburg campus on a rolling basis starting the week of August 17. 

Our relationship with the local community is important to Messiah University. Messiah’s campus is private property, but as good neighbors, we have been pleased to provide access to the public as we are able, including the library, areas for walking, use of the fitness trail, and access to the Yellow Breeches Creek by way of Messiah University’s Starry Athletic Complex.

However, as we navigate the significant safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority is the health of our students, employees and surrounding region. As a result, we need to limit current access to Messiah’s campus to students, employees and authorized visitors only. We regret that public access to Messiah University’s campus is currently closed until further noticeThis includes a temporary restriction on access to the library, areas for walking, use of the fitness trail, Starry Athletic Complex, and access to the Yellow Breeches via campus property. We appreciate your cooperation as we care for our campus community, and we look forward to being able to open campus to the public again as soon as health and safety measures permit.  

The best way to stay current on updates and changes related to Messiah’s response to COVID-19 is via the University’s emergency blog.