Return to Campus Plan for Fall 2020

Messiah University is in session this fall with flexible in-person and remote learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.

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Dates & Events

Dates and Events for the 2020 - 2021 school year

Fall 2020

  • August 20 - 22- Residence halls open at 9:00 a.m. for new and transfer students to move in
  • August 23- Welcome/Orientation
  • August 22 - 24- Upper Classmen move in- Returning student key pick up in Climenhaga/High Center Parking Lot 30 min before assigned move-in time 
  • Tuesday, August 25- Classes begin
  • November 24- Last day of in-person classes; students check out of campus housing
  • November 25 - 27- Thanksgiving Break; Campus residences close; Dining services will be closed
  • December 1 - 4- Final exams taken remotely online
  • December 5 - January 20- Winter recess

Spring 2021

  • January 18- Martin Luther King Jr. Day; holiday for employees
  • January 19 - 20- New Student Orientation and Move-in
  • January 19 - 20- Returning students move in
  • January 21 - Classes begin. Mandatory all hall/section/house meeting 10pm (subject to change)
  • March 11 - 14- Spring Long Weekend (travel limited); No classes
  • April 2- Good Friday; No classes (Easter Monday is not a holiday)
  • April 30- Last Day of Classes
  • May 3 - 6- Finals Week
  • May 6- Campus residences close at noon for non-graduating seniors. Check-out information available
  • May 7 - 8- Undergraduate Commencement Weekend
  • May 8- Campus residences close at 7:00 p.m. for graduating seniors. Students approved for exceptions may stay until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 9
  • May 9- Summer workers move to their summer housing assignment
  • May 17 - June 4- May Term