Messiah College

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One College Avenue

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Phone: (717) 766-2511
2013-2014 Tuition
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#5 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Messiah College is a private institution that was founded in 1909. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,798, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 471 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Messiah College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 5. Its tuition and fees are $30,470 (2013-14).

Located in the village of Grantham, Pa., Messiah College is a Christian-affiliated college that embraces the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Students admitted to the college are required to sign a Community Covenant that affirms their belief in the Christian religion and requires academic integrity and responsible decisions. There are more than 60 student clubs and organizations available to students, along with concerts and shows to entertain the student body. Known as the Falcons, Messiah College competes in the NCAA Division III as a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The college fields 22 varsity athletic teams.

Male students that are recently engaged are congratulated through the Messiah College tradition known as “creeking,” which involves being tossed into the nearby Yellow Breeches Creek. For students interested in the music scene at Messiah, the Student Activities Board hosts a free concert series every Wednesday night, known as B-Sides, which is held in the Larsen Student Union Building. Notable alumni of the college include Brennan Swain, a winner on the reality TV series The Amazing Race, and Chris Heisey, a Major League Baseball player.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith in preparation for lives of services, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1909
Religious affiliation Christian interdenominational
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $120,273,910


When applying to Messiah College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 31. The application fee at Messiah College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Messiah College is 13:1, and the school has 48.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Messiah College include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; and Engineering, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 70%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 9%
Elementary Education and Teaching 7%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%
Engineering, General 4%

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Student Life

Messiah College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,798, with a gender distribution of 39.3 percent male students and 60.7 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus. Messiah College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,017
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Messiah College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Messiah College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Messiah College, 48 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Messiah College.

Students who have cars on campus 48%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Messiah College, 73.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,077.

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Tuition and fees $30,470 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,070 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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