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Messiah College


Messiah College offers challenging academics, a wide variety of student activities and rich cultural experiences in a Christian community.

At Messiah College, students have plenty of fun and a lot of opportunities to interact with other students from 37 states, 28 countries and many Christian denominations. They can get involved in exciting and rewarding programs and activities, all while being challenged academically at a Christian college that consistently ranks among the top 10 "Best Regional Colleges" in the northeastern U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report.

Students at Messiah College can choose from more than 80 majors taught by accomplished Christian scholars, authors, artists and experts in their chosen fields. The College also offers six pre-professional programs, several 3+ (allied) programs in partnership with other institutions and a growing number of graduate programs. Some majors allow motivated students to graduate one or two semesters early, and teacher certification is also available in many disciplines. Qualified students may participate in the Honors Program or design an individual major or an independent study program. Recent Messiah graduates have distinguished themselves as Rhodes, Fulbright, Carnegie, Truman and Udall scholars. Messiah College offers more than 70 student clubs and organizations including, student-led ministries, student government, intramural sports, service and outreach teams, student-run newspaper, theatrical productions and traveling musical groups. Students can also enjoy residence hall activities, concerts, as well as many recreational and outdoor activities at several locations in the immediate vicinity, including the Yellow Breeches Creek, which flows through the campus, and the nearby Susquehanna River and Appalachian Trail.

Messiah's scenic, 471-acre campus in Mechanicscburg, Pa.,, is just 12 miles southwest of the state capital, Harrisburg. The College is home to 2,772 undergraduate students who thrive in a close-knit, residential community atmosphere yet easily can enjoy the cultural experiences and opportunities of nearby urban centers such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City -- all of which are within a few hours driving distance of Messiah College.

Study Abroad programs in more than 40countries and service learning enhance the Messiah experience.

Learning doesn't just take place in the classroom at Messiah College. Messiah strives to have the world be its students' global classroom, and that's why international education and service learning are integral to the Messiah experience.

Messiah College's education abroad program is one of the best in the nation, currently ranking 14th among all undergraduate schools sending students to study abroad according to the Institute of International Education.

Messiah's Agape Center for Service and Learning cultivates experiences with community partners to prepare students for lifelong service. In 2012, an estimated 99 percent of the graduating class participated in some form of community service through the center. The College is ranked 7th in the nation among baccalaureate colleges for its commitment to community and public service according to the 2013 college rankings by Washington Monthly magazine.

Messiah's Division III athletics program attracts students committed to athletic excellence and Christian character.

Messiah College's athletic program is at the top of its game among NCAA Division III colleges. Messiah athletic achievements include 10 national championships in men's soccer, five in women's soccer and one in women's softball. The College also has been two-time national runners-up in women's basketball, and eight-time national runners-up in women's field hockey.

Messiah is the only school in NCAA history to win both men's and women's national championships in soccer in the same year -- not only once, but four times.

Of Messiah College's 22 intercollegiate, NCAA Division III athletic teams, women compete in basketball, cross-country, field hockey, indoor track and field, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track and field, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling.

Location & Contact

Messiah College 
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
One College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
United States

Phone: 717-766-2511

Fax: 717-691-2307

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Post-Master&Apos;S, And Postbachelor&Apos;S Certificates
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studiesethnic Studiesbiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiochemistry; Biological And Biomedical Sciences Related; Biology/Biological Sciences; Molecular Biologybusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Business, Management, And Marketing Related; Business/Managerial Economics; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Marketing/Marketing Management; Restaurant/Food Services Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsdigital Communication And Media/Multimedia; Journalism; Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication; Radio And Television; Speech Communication And Rhetoriccomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer Science; Information Science/Studieseducationart Teacher Education; Biology Teacher Education; Chemistry Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; English/Language Arts Teacher Education; Family And Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education; French Language Teacher Education; German Language Teacher Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Middle School Education; Music Teacher Education; Physical Education Teaching And Coaching; Physics Teacher Education; Social Studies Teacher Education; Spanish Language Teacher Educationengineeringengineeringenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Scienceschild-Care And Support Services Management; Family And Community Servicesforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticschinese; French; German; Spanishhealth Professions And Related Programsathletic Training; Clinical Nutrition; Registered Nursing/Registered Nursehistoryhistoryhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescriminal Justice/Safetymathematics And Statisticsmathematicsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesbiopsychology; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related; Nutrition Sciences; Peace Studies And Conflict Resolution; Sustainability Studiesnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Scienceparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studieskinesiology And Exercise Science; Parks, Recreation And Leisure; Sport And Fitness Administration/Managementphilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophyphysical Scienceschemistry; Physicspsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionssocial Worksocial Scienceseconomics; Political Science And Government; Sociologytheology And Religious Vocationsbiblical Studies; Religious Educationvisual And Performing Artsart History, Criticism And Conservation; Dance; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Fine And Studio Arts Management; Fine/Studio Arts; Music; Music Performance; Music Related; Musical Theater; Theater/Theater Arts Management


Admission: 3,149 applied; 2,023 admitted; 708 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.68

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, deferred entrance
Application fee: $30
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript, 1 letter of recommendation
Recommended: interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
2,798 Undergraduate Students, 61% Women, 39% Men, 3% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
2% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 3% Hispanic/Latino, 0.1% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.1% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
2% Representing 27 Other Countries
Housing Info
87% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required Through Senior Year
Coed, Men-Only, Women-Only, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio Station, Choral Group, Outreach Teams, Student Government, Choral Groups And Ensembles, Small Group Program, Outdoors Club
Most popular organizations
Outreach Teams, Student Government, Choral Groups And Ensembles, Small Group Program, Outdoors Club
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access, Bicycle Patrols, Security Lighting, Self-Defense Classes, Prevention/Awareness Programs
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Freshman Honors College, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditunusual Degree Programs: 3-2 Biopsychology (BS)/EMOT In Occupational Therapy With Thomas Jefferson University; Health And Exercise Science (BA)/MSOT In Occupational Therapy With Thomas Jefferson University; Politics (BA)/MS In Public Policy And Management With Carnegie Mellon Universityschool Calendar: Semesters


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division III


Total: 312Full-Time: 56% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 13 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$39,540 includes full-time tuition ($29,650), mandatory fees ($820), and room and board ($9070). Part-time tuition: $1235 per credit hour
Room and board:college room only: $4800. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:minority students, children of alumni, adult students, senior citizens, and employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,2,216 applied for aid, 1,971 were judged to have need, 347 had their need fully met. 877 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $2055). 722 state and other part-time jobs (averaging $2039)
In 2013,674 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:71%
Average financial aid package:$21,592
Average need-based loan:$4947
Average need-based gift aid:$15,876
Average non-need-based aid:$11,986
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$34,122




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