Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA

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.

School Profiles: Undergrad Christian Life

Tuition & Fees

$37,180

$37,180

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

39%

male

61%

female

1

teacher

12

students

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Moderately Selective

75%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,003
Declined + 637
Total Received 2,640
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Private (nonprofit)

2,709

undergraduate students

665

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Engineering
  2. Nursing
  3. Applied Health Science
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Codes

SAT 2411
ACT 3630

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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 3,374
Established in 1909
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Interdenominational Christian
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)
•  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)

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Mechanicsburg, PA

471-acre campus in Grantham (Upper Allen Township population: 19,857), 10 miles from Harrisburg; Air and train serve Harrisburg.

Messiah College
1 College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
87%
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
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
34%
Top 1/4
64%
Top 1/2
91%
Bottom 1/2
9%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
12%
600-699
42%
500-599
38%
400-499
8%
700-800
13%
600-699
34%
500-599
44%
400-499
9%
700-800
6%
600-699
24%
500-599
45%
400-499
23%
300-399
2%
200-299
0
30-36
32%
24-29
35%
18-23
24%
12-17
9%
30-36
13%
24-29
51%
18-23
30%
12-17
6%
30-36
28%
24-29
42%
18-23
24%
12-17
6%

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

75%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,003
Declined + 637
Total Received 2,640

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

Financial Aid

73%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$26,020

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $36,340
Room $5,800
Board $5,100
Additional fees $840
Books & supplies $1,240
Total $49,320
Average Financial Aid - $26,020
Total with Avg. Aid $23,300
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 717 691-6007
finaid@messiah.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Greg Gearhart
Director of Financial Aid
gearhart@messiah.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

soccer, ultimate Frisbee

Club Sports - Women's

field hockey, soccer, ultimate Frisbee

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, flag football, floor hockey, fly fishing, ice hockey, racquetball, skiing, snowboarding, soccer (indoor/outdoor), softball, Spikeball, swing dance, table tennis, ultimate, volleyball (indoor/sand), weight lifting

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Athletic Directors

Jack Cole (men's)
Executive Director Of Athletics And Fundraising
email

Brooke Good (women's)
Assistant Athletics Director, Swa, Title Ix Deputy
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Commonwealth Conference, Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference
Mascot
Falcons
School colors
navy blue and white

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Actuarial Science
Applied Health Science
Art Education
Art History
Art/Business
Athletic Training
Biblical/Religious Studies
Biochemistry
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Biopsychology
Broadcasting/Media Productions
Business
Business Administration
Chemistry
Chinese Business
Chinese Studies
Christian Ministries
Civil Engineering
Communication
Computer/Information Sciences
Conducting
Counseling
Cybersecurity
Dance
Digital Media
Economic Development
Economics
Education
Electrical Engineering
Engineering
English
Environmental Science
Ethnic/Area Studies
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family/Consumer Science
Film/Media Arts
Finance
French
Graphic Design
Health/Physical Education
Higher Education
History
Human Development/Family Sciences
Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership
International Business
Journalism
Leadership
Marketing
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Molecular Biology
Music
Music Education
Music Performance
Music/Business
Music/Worship
Musical Theatre
Nursing
Nutrition/Dietetics
Occupational Therapy
Peace/Conflict Studies
Philosophy
Physical Therapy
Physics
Politics/International Relations
Psychology
Psychology/Pre-Occupational Therapy
Public Relations
Social Work
Sociology
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/Social Studies
Teacher Certification/Spanish
Theatre
Theatre/Business
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Engineering
  2. Nursing
  3. Applied Health Science

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

3,374

total students

65%

in-state

35%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

80%

2,709
students

Female
61%
1,647

Male
39%
1,062

20%

665
students

Female
75%
497

Male
25%
168

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

93%

2,545
students

Female
61%
1,536

Male
39%
1,009

7%

164
students

Female
68%
111

Male
32%
53

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Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Hispanic/Latino
77%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

66%

Transfer applicants accepted

40%

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

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 transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 28
Countries most often represented Bahamas
China
Ethiopia
Malaysia
South Korea
Tanzania
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Sierra Kinslow
Assistant Director of Admissions
717 796-1800, extension 2790
international@messiah.edu

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