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Welcome Week

Welcome Week

Becoming U at Messiah University

College is a great opportunity to start or to continue discovering who God created you to be. Here at Messiah, we encourage you to stay true to who you are while pushing yourself to learn, grow, and enjoy your time in ways you never knew you could. During this process of personal growth, we encourage you to look to those around you as part of the Messiah community. You have the chance to shape those you come in contact with both on campus and across the world. Messiah is about us together as much as it is about you as an individual!


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Welcome Week 2021

Thursday, August 19 through Monday, August 23, 2021

We’re thrilled you've chosen Messiah University and look forward to your arrival in August!

All new and transfer students who will be living on campus as residential students for the Fall 2021 semester will move into their fall housing assignments between Aug. 19 – Aug. 21. New and transfer commuting students will check in on Saturday, Aug. 21.

In the summer months, please keep a watchful eye on your communications from Messiah University. You will be receiving emails detailing instructions on how to select a move-in day and time slot.

In the meantime, if you have any pressing questions, comments or concerns, please contact J.P. Edmunds, Coordinator of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs, at


Below is the 2020 schedule for Fall Welcome Week as an example. We will be addding the 2021 schedule soon. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

You will receive a printed version of your orientation schedule on your arrival day during the check-in process in Hitchcock Arena.

New Student Orientation Schedule


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:

Messiah University
One University Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


If/when you receive a package, it can be picked up at the campus post office (located in Eisenhower Campus Center) and you will receive notification in your mailbox that there is a package for you.

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. Also, when opening your browser for the first time from the residence halls, you will be asked to register your computer on our network. Again, just follow the prompts and enter your Messiah username and password to gain access to the Internet. Additional configuration is required for Windows 7 and Chromebooks to connect. For more complete information on getting connected, please visit the ITS blog.

Campus Parking

New First-Year Students
Parking Applications must be approved before you bring a vehicle to campus. First-year students can apply for a parking permit for the following reasons:

  1. Commuter: any student not living on campus
  2. Transfer:  student transferring into Messiah University as an upper-class student
  3. Non-Traditional: student who is at least 21 years old by the start of the semester
  4. Home Distance from Campus:  student who lives more than 250 miles from Messiah University
  5. Employment: must meet the following employment qualifications
  1. Medical Accommodation:  Student will provide documentation from a physician verifying medical-related issues which absolutely necessitate the use of a vehicle

Transfer Students
Transfer students who will be living on campus will still need to go through the parking application process, and they will be assigned to an available parking space. Transfer students who did not pre-register are given a parking spot in Treona lot.

To apply for a parking permit: Visit the Falcon Exchange's student vehicle registration webpage

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 Falcon Exchange.

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.

Are You a New Commuter Student?

As a new student who is commuting to Messiah, you will be involved heavily in the Welcome Week activities, though in a slightly different manner. Special events are held throughout that week specifically created to help you transition to your life as a student. These events, which are identified by a tan mark below the times on the Welcome Week brochure, include a Living in Community session and a social in the Frey Commuter Lounge.

Please note that certain events that pertain to residence halls, such as all-hall meetings, are not required for commuter students.

If you have any questions about commuter student services, please contact JP Edmunds.

Click here to go to the Commuter Services page and see what sessions you should attend.

Welcome international, missionary and third culture students and families! International Student Programs is working to make the 2021 Fall Orientation Week an unforgettable one!

To help with your travel planning, International, Missionary and Third-Culture Student Orientation is Aug. 19, 2021. Please check this site for more details. We're working on the 2021 schedule now.

For questions specific to international new student orientation in August 2021, please contact Lydia Skulstad, Director of International Student Programs, or Gina Hale, Administrative Assistant to the Intercultural Office.

As you're excitedly preparing to come to Messiah, you're likely wondering what you'll need to bring along. Not to worry. Below we've supplied you with a list of items you should bring to campus with you, as well as what you shouldn't bring (and what you absolutely can't bring). For a more complete list, please visit the Office of Residence Life site. Meanwhile, start by working off of these lists:

Things You Should Bring 

  • A thermometer! (All students and employees will be required to perform self-temperature checks each day)
  • Several protective cloth masks (although we will gift you a new, resuable Messiah University one when you arrive!)
  • Photo ID is required on check-in day to receive your Messiah ID, mailbox key and other items
  • Pillow, bed linens and blankets (extra-long, twin-size sheets are recommended). Need help finding extra-long sheets? We can help - click here for information on Residence Hall Linens!
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Waste basket
  • Study lamp
  • Clothes hangers
  • Bathrobe, shower shoes, towels & washcloths
  • Personal toiletry items & small plastic bucket to carry them
  • Laundry basket/bag and detergent
  • Umbrella & rainwear
  • Hair dryer*
  • Coffee mug, drinking cups, dishes & cutlery for snacks
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Personal prescription medications
  • Poster putty for hanging decorations or command strips
  • Extension cords* (type "S" or "SJ" or with 14-gauge wire are the minimum permitted; circuit breaker–equipped power strips are recommended)

Please note: You do not need to bring a desk and chair as they are provided for each student.

*All electrical appliances must be: (1) Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed; (2) equipped with thermostatic controls when appropriate; and (3) rated at 700 watts (six AMPS) or less. Extension cords and surge strips and protectors using the new LCDI technology, such as Fire Shield®, are strongly recommended.

You May Want to Bring:

  • Inexpensive camera and batteries
  • Decorative throw rug
  • Small sewing kit
  • Bicycle (with a GOOD lock)
  • Sport & recreation equipment
  • Microwave* (no larger than a compact size)
  • Refrigerator* (size not to exceed five cubic feet)
  • Personal computer* (For more information, click here to go to the ITS page.)
  • Snack food & beverages
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Additional charging cables
  • Deck of cards and board games

*All electrical appliances must be: (1) Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed; (2) equipped with thermostatic controls when appropriate; and (3) rated at 700 watts (six AMPS) or less. Extension cords and surge strips and protectors using the new LCDI technology, such as Fire Shield®, are strongly recommended.

Prohibited—Leave These Things at Home:

To protect the health and safety of everyone living in or visiting the residence halls, we cannot permit some items in the buildings. Such as ...

  • Pets (small non-carnivorous fish are the only "pets" permitted)
  • Candles
  • Incense and incense burners
  • Halogen lights/bulbs and lamps and the five arm lamps with plastic lamp shades
  • Firearms of any kind and all others items classified as weapons
  • Fireworks, explosives, etc.
  • Five or six arm lamps with plastic lamp shades
  • Combustible liquids
  • Waterbeds
  • Lofts
  • Power tools
  • Camping stoves
  • Ovens, toaster, stoves, charcoal grills, hot plates & immersion coils for heating water
  • Electric open-coil heaters or any appliance with exposed burners
  • €‹Any other items that are in conflict with the University’s identity or mission (please refer to the Student Handbook for a complete explanation of Residence Life/Housing policies).

Additional Messiah University Fire/General Safety Guidelines:

  • Lamps that have three, five, seven, or more lights are not allowed if they have plastic shades
  • Extension cords are prohibited (power strips with reset switches are allowed)
  • Electrical outlet expanders without a reset button are prohibited
  • Open-coil appliances such as toasters, space heaters, or air-conditioning units are prohibited
  • Walls may not be more than 20-percent covered
  • Lights cannot be covered by cloth, paper, or other cover
  • Christmas lights cannot be covered by cloth or paper
  • Lights may not be hung by metal or coated-metal hooks (however, they may be hung with plastic hooks)
  • Blankets or dividers cannot hang from the ceiling
  • Any damaged or frayed cord is prohibited (tape is not an acceptable fix)
  • Bed risers must be made of high-density polyethylene that hold 1,200 lbs. (the bed cannot be raised more than six inches)

*All electrical appliances must be: (1) Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed; (2) equipped with thermostatic controls when appropriate; and (3) rated at 700 watts (six AMPS) or less. Extension cords and surge strips and protectors using the new LCDI technology, such as Fire Shield®, are strongly recommended.


If you have any additional questions about Welcome Week, please contact the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs at (717) 796-5240 or by emailing
Banner photo credit: The Pulse

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At Messiah, we have always sought opportunities to love and serve our neighbors. This year, there are tangible ways we can display that care and consideration as we make the most of our time together.