Campus Arrival and Departure
If you are traveling through multiple times zones before arriving at EMU/SPI, you may want to schedule your arrival for a few days before your session begins in order to allow your body time to adjust.
An SPI registration and a welcoming celebration will be held on the upper level of the Seminary building on the first day of each session. Registration begins at 7:30 am and the celebration begins at 8:30 am. All participants enrolled in the session are expected to attend registration and the welcoming celebration. If you are arriving the morning of your first class, go directly to the upper level of the Seminary building for registration.
If you are arriving prior to the first day of classes, check in at Hillside Suites with one of the SPICommunity Assistants (CA) in Room 102. Since all dormitories on campus require key card entry, you may need to call the CA on duty first to get access to the building. There is an exterior phone located in a box to the left of the main entrance door to Hillside. A contact number for the CA will be posted at the entrance.
Classes end at 4:00 pm on the last day of each session. If you plan to leave the day your last class ends, please note that it may take three hours to reach the Washington DC airports and you will need to be there two hours in advance of your flight. If your flight departs before 9:00 pm you will have to miss the end of your final class. You will also need to arrange a time to check out with a CA prior to departure from campus. If concerned about flight times, please contact SPI staff with questions before final booking of tickets.
SPI transportation will be available for anyone needing pick-up/ drop-off at an airport or train station. There is a fee for this service that varies depending upon pick-up location. Please check the Travel Information page for the cost.
Please note: If you are expecting an airport pick-up upon arrival and no one is there to meet you, please call the SPI Transportation Coordinator at 1-888-774-9368. Take a taxicab from the Washington DC airports only as a last resort since it may cost you as much as $300 to get to Harrisonburg. SPI will not pay that fee for you. There is no bus or train service between Washington DC and Harrisonburg.