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Tuition & Fees

$34,160

$34,160

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
9%
600-699
30%
500-599
42%
400-499
18%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
10%
600-699
30%
500-599
42%
400-499
17%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
6%
600-699
24%
500-599
45%
400-499
23%
300-399
2%
200-299
0
30-36
27%
24-29
41%
18-23
27%
12-17
5%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
17%
24-29
49%
18-23
27%
12-17
7%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
21%
24-29
48%
18-23
30%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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undergraduateRatios

39%

61%

male

female

1
13

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

79%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,064
Declined + 532
Total Received 2,596
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Private (nonprofit)

2,788

undergraduate students

517

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Nursing
  2. Engineering
  3. Psychology
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Codes

SAT 2411
ACT 3630

Fun Facts

  • Students at Messiah College and other schools take part in a "primal scream" during finals to yell out their stress!
  • Messiah College is home to Old Zeke, a human skeleton left to the school in the early 1900s. He was used in Messiah classes from 1909 until 1998. He now hangs out in the school's Oakes Museum.

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School Facts

Messiah College, founded in 1909, is a private, Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. Its 471-acre campus in located in Grantham, PA, 10 miles southwest of Harrisburg.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 3,305
Established in 1909
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Interdenominational Christian
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ADiA (American Dietetic Association)
•  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)

Mechanicsburg, PA

471-acre campus in Grantham (population: less than 2,500), 10 miles from Harrisburg; branch campus in Philadelphia. Air and train serve Harrisburg.

Messiah College
1 College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
85%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
93%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
33%
Top 1/4
62%
Top 1/2
91%
Bottom 1/2
9%
Bottom 1/4
2%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
9%
600-699
30%
500-599
42%
400-499
18%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
10%
600-699
30%
500-599
42%
400-499
17%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
6%
600-699
24%
500-599
45%
400-499
23%
300-399
2%
200-299
0
30-36
27%
24-29
41%
18-23
27%
12-17
5%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
17%
24-29
49%
18-23
27%
12-17
7%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
21%
24-29
48%
18-23
30%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
Common application accepted no
Application deadline May 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

79%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,064
Declined + 532
Total Received 2,596

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Religious affiliation/commitment
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Essay
Volunteer Work

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Minority affiliation
Recommendations
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
State residency

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Admissions Contact

John Chopka
Vice President for Enrollment Management
P: 800 233-4220
F: 717 691-2307
admissions@messiah.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $2,797,664
State $2,406,127
Institutional $27,300,055
Other external $923,490
Total $33,427,336

Non-need-based

Federal $446,380
State $4,378
Institutional $11,409,603
Other external $453,877
Total $12,314,238

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
field hockey
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Commonwealth Conference (Division III), Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference (Division III)
Mascot
Falcons
School colors
navy blue and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Adventure Education
Applied Health Science
Art Education
Art History
Art/Business
Athletic Training
Biblical/Religious Studies
Biochemistry
Biology
Biopsychology
Broadcasting/Media Productions
Business
Business Administration
Chemistry
Chinese Business
Chinese Studies
Christian Ministries
Communication
Computer/Information Sciences
Conducting
Counseling
Criminal Justice
Dance
Digital Media
Economic Development
Economics
Education
Engineering
English
Environmental Science
Ethnic/Area Studies
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family/Consumer Science
Film/Media Arts
French
German
Health/Physical Education
Higher Education
History
Human Development/Family Sciences
International Business
Journalism
Leadership
Marketing
Mathematics
Molecular Biology
Music
Music Education
Music Performance
Music/Business
Music/Worship
Musical Theatre
Nursing
Nutrition/Dietetics
Occupational Therapy
Peace/Conflict Studies
Philosophy
Physics
Politics/International Relations
Psychology
Public Relations
Social Work
Sociology/Anthropology
Spanish
Spanish Business
Sport Management
Studio Art
Sustainability Studies
Teacher Certification/Biology
Teacher Certification/Chemistry
Teacher Certification/Chinese Studies
Teacher Certification/Education/Pre-K-4
Teacher Certification/Education/Pre-K-4/Special Education Pre-K-8
Teacher Certification/English
Teacher Certification/Family/Consumer Sciences
Teacher Certification/French
Teacher Certification/German
Teacher Certification/Health/Physical Education
Teacher Certification/Mathematics
Teacher Certification/Middle Level Education
Teacher Certification/Music
Teacher Certification/Physics
Teacher Certification/Science
Teacher Certification/Social Studies
Teacher Certification/Spanish
Theatre
Theatre/Business
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Undergraduate

84%

2,788
students

Female
61%
1,696

Male
39%
1,092

Graduate

16%

517
students

Female
74%
384

Male
26%
133

undergraduateFull-time

94%

2,648
students

Female
61%
1,598

Male
39%
1,050

undergraduatePart-time

6%

140
students

Female
70%
98

Male
30%
42

Student Break-down

5%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
78%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

71%

Transfer applicants accepted

39%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.50
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of Some
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

80%

Additional services

  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 29
Countries most often represented China
Ethiopia
Malaysia
South Korea
Vietnam
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
International student center
Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Heather Keefer
Assistant Director of International Admissions
717 796-1800, extension 7276
international@messiah.edu

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