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First-year experience

An all-year experience

From stepping foot onto campus until checkout day in May, first-year students are provided with an outpouring of helpful resources and relationship-building events.  In addition to the support systems, opportunities, and activities enjoyed by all students, first-year students also receive the following:

Summer – Messiah staff busy preparing for students' arrival.

  • Housing assigned
  • Registration for courses
  • Common Reading texts are read by First Year Seminar faculty and First Year hall Resident Assistants
  • Student ID Cards may be made

Welcome Week – Orientation and you become ingrained in the Messiah community.

  • Welcome Week begins with Move-In Day
  • Orientation Group Meetings acquaint students with First-Year Seminar classmates
  • Residence Hall Floor Gatherings facilitate community
  • Res Hall Games showcases First Year residence hall pride
  • All-Hall Meetings present information about policies and procedures
  • Academic Advising Meetings
  • Student Involvement and Leadership kicks off the year with New Student Social

Fall Term - Classes begin and you become well established

  • First Friday provides fun times on the first real weekend of the semester
  • First-Year Seminar further prepares students for college-level coursework
  • College Life Hacks offers a night of workshops supporting students with transition
  • Open Door October contest among First Year floors encourages knowing your floormates
  • Deck the Halls offers friendly Christmastime competition

After J-Term - Welcoming new friends mid-year

  • Winter Orientation for new incoming and transfer students

Spring Term -

  • Created and Called for Community Course emphasizes common living-learning
  • iFast encourages personal connection and reflection while fasting from technology
  • Community Week in each First Year hall has nightly activities
  • Sync the Halls lip sync First Year floor contest packs out the Student Union
  • Spring Forward introduces students to upperclass housing options