Messiah College campus

Overview

Applicants
2,472
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.74

GPA Breakdown

63%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
518 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
331
with Terminal Degree
184

169
Women
162
Men
23
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
74%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Communications Technology/Technician

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Care and Support Services Management
  • Family and Community Services

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biopsychology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Religious Education

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management


Students Say

At Pennsylvania's Messiah College, "Strong faith and rigorous academics coexist, intertwined." From biology majors to art history students, Messiah undergraduates emphasize the fact that "Academics are not separate from Christianity here," and "Professors integrate faith into class material." While there is wide range of personalities among the faculty, "The teachers are very engaging and knowledgeable," especially in major coursework. In many cases, there is also a strong personal component to the teacher-student relationship. At Messiah, professors "truly care about the well-being of their students inside and outside of the classroom." They also focus on developing faith: "Not only do professors at Messiah College teach you the material, but they are also concerned about each student developing a strong Christian character." Students say the programs can be "academically demanding," though most professors "design classes that challenge but do not overwhelm." Nonetheless, struggling students benefit from "very caring" professors and an academic environment that is "really committed to helping students succeed." In addition to the regular curriculum, Messiah's "study abroad programs are strong," with overseas learning opportunities in more than 40 countries.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. LeRoy Walters
President of Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Dr. Ernest L. Boyer
Former US Secretary of Education and President of the Carnegie Foundation

Dr. Ray Crist
Director of the Columbia Group of the Manhattan Project

Dr. Phil Thuma
Director of Malaria Institute in Zambia

Dr. Amy Sherman
Direct of Center on Faith in Communities, Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute

Mr. Peter Greer
President of Hope International

Andrew Samuel
President, CEO, and Director of Sunshine Bancorp, Inc.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
74%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,091

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,642

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,883

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,301

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
70%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,056

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$31,410
Required Fees
$830
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,280

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,000
Transportation for Commuters
$1,320

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,789
Out of State
37%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
23

Demographics

2.04%
Asian
2.19%
African-American
3.72%
Hispanic
87.58%
Caucasian
3.31%
International

60% female
40% male
37% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

With Messiah's focus on religious and spiritual life, it's not surprising that, "Most of the students are from conservative Christian homes." While many come from a "white, middle-class, protestant" family, they likewise insist that Messiah is "a Christian community that welcomes students from all political, racial, and spiritual backgrounds." Blending academics and personal life, the typical Messiah student "studies hard while still making time to spend with friends." Most students also hold a work-study job on campus. Christian values pervade the social environment, where everyone is "very kind and friendly." When new on campus, "Students will fit in by joining campus groups, attending a local church, or working with other students." When considering this school, prospective students should be aware that, "Messiah is a community of individuals with similar ideas and perspectives." Messiah is a good fit for students who are "strong in their Christian values, educationally driven, and enjoy having good clean fun."

Overview

From The School


Campus Facilities & Equipment

Messiah's outstanding academic facilities include: Murray Library, a research library with more than 300,000 volumes, the Jordan Science Center that includes the Oakes Museum of Natural History, a state-of-the-art science facility providing technically advanced science laboratories and equipment as well as housing the College's unique treasury of large mammal, insect, seashell, and bird egg collections, Frey Hall, primarily an engineering, mathematics, and business building holding engineering and physics labs but also housing a variety of art studios, Climenhaga Fine Arts Center, complete with a 400-seat performance auditorium, a recital hall, and an art gallery, and Boyer Hall, an academic facility which opened Fall 2003. Messiah's academic facilities are modern and up to date, all completed within the last 25 years.

Students have access to over 350 computers in 18 general computer labs (including 5 in residence halls) as well as computers in department labs. All student rooms on campus are set up for both wired and wireless access to the campus network. Additionally, wireless connections to the campus network are available in all major campus buildings and all academic halls.

Athletic and recreational facilities include: the 90,000 square foot Sollenberger Sports Center with an indoor track, wrestling and gymnastics areas, a natatorium including an 8-lane pool with separate diving well, racquetball and basketball courts, and exercise and fitness equipment; the Starry Athletic Complex with lighted an artificial turf field for field hockey and lacrosse, lighted soccer stadium, eight-lane all weather track, 10 tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, and practice field space.

The College offers both traditional residence halls and apartment-style residences on campus. Staffed by trained, full-time professional Residence Directors, student Assistant Residence Directors, and Student Resident Assistants, these facilities provide an environment which fosters personal growth and responsibility, as students practice living in an intentional Christian community. All residence halls offer carpeting, air conditioning, cable television, Internet, and laundry facilities.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
86%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Theme Housing

Students Say

On the small but lively Messiah campus, "Many people are involved in varsity or intramural sports and other activities such as choirs, ensembles, clubs, [and] community volunteering." "Athletic events are a big deal," and most students find a common thread in cheering on the school's beloved soccer team. However, "Students really make their own fun" at Messiah, "watching movies, eating, or just hanging out in the dorm or other places on campus." Many also enjoy "outdoors activities like biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and rock climbing." As you may have noticed from this laundry list of wholesome pastimes, "Weekends aren't about parties but about going places and doing things with people." For shopping and dining, nearby Harrisburg is a popular destination, while "Philadelphia and New York City are not too far away for a day trip." However, many undergraduates simply love to spend time on the "gorgeous" Messiah campus, which is "absolutely amazing every season of the year, even in winter!" A current student enthuses, "Just walking across campus on a sunny day is wonderful!"

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Amy Slody

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Complete psychoeducational report from a qualified examiner, to include all test details; IEP/504 service plan suggested to verify needs for accommodation. Needs to be within 3 years.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Complete psychoeducational report from a qualified examiner, to include all test details; IEP/504 service plan suggested to verify need for accommodation. Needs to be within 3 years.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
81
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

47% participate in intramural sports
17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Falcons)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Falcons)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

Messiah College, located just miles from Pennsylvania’s capital city, has been educating students about environmental stewardship and ethics for more than 40 years. Messiah is a signatory of the ACUPCC and students are leading the effort to help Messiah fulfill its commitment. Students run the Grantham Community Garden, an organic, on-campus garden that supplies fresh vegetables to campus dining services. Students are also responsible for composting all of the post-consumer waste from the main dining hall. The Sunflower Power Project, a full cycle of growing sunflowers, pressing and processing the seeds into oil for the dining hall and recycling the used oil into biodiesel fuel to power campus utility vehicles also has a significant student component. Every first-year student is required to take a core course that devotes significant time discussing caring for the natural world. Students aren’t the only ones doing their part. Facility Services partners with ITS to manage computer energy usage. One of the nation’s largest solar thermal systems sits atop a complex of residence halls. More than 200 trees have been planted in the past year to reduce mowing and subsequent fuel usage. While students enjoy the natural beauty of an ecofriendly campus, they can simultaneously prepare themselves as leaders of tomorrow. The can lead sustainability-related research, intern and enroll in the college’s interdisciplinary BA in sustainability studies with concentrations in sustainable agriculture, urban and community development, and environmental policy. Sustainability isn’t a buzzword on campus; it’s a way of life!

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
19%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
No

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
40

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Heather Keefer
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
One College Avenue, Suite 3005
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Phone
8002334220

Email
hkeefer@messiah.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Boyer Hall (Schools of Humanities, Ed. and Soc. Sci.
Eisenhower Campus Center/Sollenberger Sports Cent
Oakes Museum of Natural History
Stoner Covered Bridge
Starry Athletic Complex
The scenic Yellow Breeches Creek runs through the 471 acre campus. It is a nationally recognized trout fishing stream, complete with covered bridge and swinging foot bridge.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Harrisburg Capitol Complex
Hershey Park and Chocolate World
Civil War Gettysburg
Lancaster County Amish Country
Inner-Harbor Baltimore
The college is located just 10-miles south of the state capitol, Harrisburg. Hershey, Gettysburg and Lancaster are all less than 1 hr. drive. The larger cities of Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia are within 2 hours of the campus. For more information about the local area check out http://www.messiah.edu/info/20240/area_information

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday, some Saturdays
M-F: 8 am-5 pm; S: 9:30 am-noon on specific days
8002334220

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9 am - 5 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
available for all campus tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visitmessiah@messiah.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
only offered on specific dates during the semester

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Harrisburg International Airport is a 30 minute drive from the campus. There is also bus and train service in the city of Harrisburg. Guests are welcome to request pickup from the admissions office at any of these terminals with a two-week notice.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Messiah College is located 10 miles south of Harrisburg, PA on US 15. US 15 can be accessed by any of the following major routes: 81, 83/581, 76 (PA Turnpike) Southbound on US 15: Travel approximately 3 miles beyond the PA Turnpike interchange to Lisburn Road, and turn left. After the first stop sign, turn right into the main campus entrance. Northbound on US 15: Travel approximately 4 miles beyond the PA 74 North intersection near Dillsburg to Lisburn Road, and turn right. After the first stop sign, turn right into the main campus entrance.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Inn 1012 Wesley Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; 717-766-3700 Best Western Plantation Inn Rt. 15 and PA Turnpike 717-766-0238 Econolodge Rt. 15 and PA Turnpike 717-766-4728 Hampton Inn Rt. 15 north of PA Turnpike, 717-691-1300 1-800-hampton Homewood Suites Rt. 15 north of PA Turnpike 717-697-4900 1-800-callhome Wingate Inn Rt. 15 and PA Turnpike 717-766-2710 1-800-228-1000