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Spring 2021 Undergraduate Admissions Visits & Events - COVID FAQs

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Admissions Visits & Events

COVID-19 & Safety Protocols FAQs

Campus visits continue to be a deciding factor for students and their families in their college search. The Undergraduate Admissions team at Messiah University is excited and committed to safely welcoming families to campus for a mix of individual visits and events. The Admissions Visit and Event team works closely with Messiah’s Engle Health Center to monitor and comply with the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health regulations, guidelines and travel restrictions. Prospective students and their family members are escorted/hosted throughout their visit by Messiah personnel, and we are constantly updating our protocols to keep the health and safety of our campus community and our guests as the highest priority.

In-person visits are incredibly important to colleges and universities. It is essential for Messiah to recruit a new undergraduate class each fall to remain viable and to continue our distinctive Christian educational experience for all of our current students. During the pandemic, Messiah has considerably increased its virtual visit options for prospective students—and many families are taking advantage of those resources. In-person visits, however, remain an important part of students’ college search process—especially for a decision as significant as where to study and/or live for the next several years.  

Messiah has worked very intentionally to offer the opportunity for families to visit campus safely—in keeping with state COVID-19 guidelines—and in a way that protects the health of its current students, employees and visitors alike. Admissions visitors are limited in number per day, escorted at all times by Messiah staff, are on campus for a short amount of time, do not enter student residences or dining facilities, and follow mitigation measures such as masking, social distancing, health screening, and testing when required.

Individual campus visits, Saturday campus visits, Accepted Student Preview Day events, and Open House events.

Yes. Each Individual Visit day only has 12 spots. Each prospective student can have up to three guests (four total people). Event days are open to 50 prospective students with one guest. Saturday visits are open to 15 prospective students with one guest.

All campus meeting spaces are evaluated for social distancing and capacity. Larger spaces are used if necessary.

Yes. According to the March 1 update on out of state travel we are happy to welcome out of state families.

Yes, visitors can request to meet with both faculty and coaches during their visit. Visits are scheduled in secure locations, and masks must be worn and all must maintain social distancing at all times. Prospective students are not able to observe in-person classes at this time.

No, for an added safety precaution, families are not able to eat in any of our dining facilities. On certain events, families may be offered pre-packaged food to be consumed in pre-determined socially distant spaces away from our student dining areas.

No. We have videos of different residence halls available online for prospective students to view.

Yes. During the visit registration process families must answer a series of questions about their COVID exposure, mask wearing, and social distancing, etc. Additionally, in advance of their visit day, families must submit an additional Health Screen Form answering questions about recent illness, symptoms, fever, etc. Upon arrival for their visit, every family member has their tempurature taken as well.

No. Current students are not currently able to have visitors from off campus. The only people interacting with prospective students are admissions staff, faculty and coaches.