Overview

Applicants
2,530
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.77

GPA Breakdown

67%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
357
with Terminal Degree
203

181
Women
176
Men
32
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
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Communications Technology/Technician.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • 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.
  • Foreign Language 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.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • 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.

  • Outdoor Education.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music Management.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Music, Other.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
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

Notable Faculty

Dr. Edward Davis
Professor of History and Science, Health and Natural Sciences

David Vader
Professor of Engineering, Mathematics, Engineering and Business

Dr. Raeann Hamon
Chair, Dept. of Human Development and Family Science, Education and Social Sciences

Dr. William Stowman
Professor of Music, Arts

Dr. Douglas Jocobson
Professor of Christian History and Theology, Humanities

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
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,461

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,479

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,738

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
70%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,104

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,445

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,280
Required Fees
$840
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,280

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,200
Transportation for Commuters
$1,700

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,580
Comprehensive Fee
$46,700

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

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,734
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

2.35%
Asian
2.43%
African-American
5.43%
Hispanic
80.90%
Caucasian
4.52%
International

61% female
39% male
36% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

From The School



Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
88%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Amy Slody

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

evaluation from school psychologist or neuropsychologist

Documentation Required for ADHD

evaluation from school psychologist, neuropsychologist, medical professional or counselor

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

49% participate in intramural sports
20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Falcons)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
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!

80/99
AASHE STARS® rating
BRONZE
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kristin Thomas
Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
8002334220

Email
kthomas@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


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