2,759
Students
Financial aid thermometer
24,287
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
77
77%
Acceptance Rate
Small town
Setting
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Overview

Messiah College is a Comprehensive institution located in Mechanicsburg, PA, in a small town setting.

Location & Contact

Address One College Avenue, Suite 3005
Mechanicsburg, PA  17055
United States
Contact Dr. John Chopka
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Email: admiss@messiah.edu
Phone: 717-691-6000
Fax: 717-691-2307

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication Checkmark
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Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Early Childhood Education Checkmark
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English/language Arts Teacher Education Checkmark
Family And Consumer Sciences/home Economics Teacher Education Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Clinical Nutrition Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Cinematography And Film/video Production Checkmark
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Dramatic/theater Arts Checkmark
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

2,558
Applied
1,970
Accepted
2,759
Enrolled
77%
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Female Admissions

1,561
Females Applied
1,229
Females Accepted
79%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

997
Males Applied
741
Males Accepted
74%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.78
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 611 560 660
SAT Math 595 540 650
ACT Composite 26 22 29

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

34,320
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Fees

840
Full-time student fees
10,520
Room & board
5,570
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Adults
Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

24,287
Avg. Financial Aid Package
25,467
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
20,964
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,763
Avg. Loan Aid
14,659
Avg. Grant Aid
18,561
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
71%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
17%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

2,759
Total undergrad students
5%
International Students
36%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 5.11%
Black or African American 2.1%
White or Caucasian 81.01%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.04%
Asian 2.46%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.04%
Two or more races 3.44%
Other 1.05%

Gender

Male (40.09%)
Female (59.91%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 87%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Family Weekend, Homecoming and Christmas Tradition Banquet

Student Services

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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Outreach teams, student government, choral groups and ensembles, Small Group Program and Outdoors Club

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
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Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark
Other Campus Security & Safety:
bicycle patrols, security lighting, self-defense classes, prevention/awareness programs

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Wrestling No Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Field Hockey Checkmark Division 3 No
Football Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Wrestling No No No

Faculty

368
Total Faculty
12:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 197
Part-time - 171
Male - 181
Female - 187