Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

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Undergrad Christian Life

Tuition & Fees

$37,180

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

39%

male

61%

female

12

students

1

faculty

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Moderately Selective

77%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,976
Declined 573
Total Received 2,549
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Private

2,838

undergraduate students

926

graduate students

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School Facts

Messiah University, 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.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 3,764
Established in 1909
Coeducational Coeducational
Religious affiliation Other

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

  • Campus Setting: Large town

Messiah University
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
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
no
Students may not have cars on campus
no
Alcohol is not permitted on campus to students of legal age

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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% 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

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
660
25th
550
75th
650
25th
530
75th
30
25th
22
75th
29
25th
21
75th
29
25th
23

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Neither
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline (priority deadline) May 1
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

77%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,976
Declined 573
Total Received 2,549

Admissions Factors

Required

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language
Secondary School Record
Secondary School GPA

Recommended

Completion of college-prepatory program
Secondary School Rank
Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended

Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Formal demonstration of competencies

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Financial Aid

96%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$19,997

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 - $19,997
Total with Avg. Aid $29,323
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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


P: 717 691-6007
finaid@messiah.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Field hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track and field indoor
Track and field x country
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 Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Commonwealth Conference, Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting.
Actuarial Science.
Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
Art Teacher Education.
Athletic Training/Trainer.
Bible/Biblical Studies.
Biochemistry.
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
Biology Teacher Education.
Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
Biopsychology.
Business Administration and Management, General.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
Chemistry Teacher Education.
Chemistry, General.
Chinese Language and Literature.
Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
Civil Engineering, General.
Communications Technology/Technician.
Computer Science.
Computer Teacher Education.
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance.
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
Dance, General.
Development Economics and International Development.
Dietetics/Dietitian.
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
Economics, General.
Education, General.
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Elementary Education and Teaching.
Engineering, General.
English Language and Literature, General.
English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
Environmental Science.
Family and Community Services.
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education.
Finance, General.
Fine/Studio Arts, General.
Foreign Language Teacher Education.
French Language Teacher Education.
French Language and Literature.
German Language Teacher Education.
Graphic Design.
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration.
History, General.
International Business/Trade/Commerce.
Journalism.
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
Mathematics Teacher Education.
Mathematics, General.
Mechanical Engineering.
Molecular Biology.
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
Music Management.
Music Performance, General.
Music Teacher Education.
Music, General.
Music, Other.
Musical Theatre.
Nursing Practice.
Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
Organizational Leadership.
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies.
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
Philosophy.
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
Physics Teacher Education.
Physics, General.
Political Science and Government, General.
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies.
Psychology, General.
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
Religious Education.
Social Studies Teacher Education.
Social Work.
Sociology, General.
Spanish Language and Literature.
Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
Sustainability Studies.
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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

3,764

total students

65%

in-state

35%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

75%

2,838
students

Female
61%
1,732

Male
39%
1,106

25%

926
students

Female
74%
687

Male
26%
239

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

91%

2,583
students

Female
61%
1,559

Male
39%
1,024

9%

255
students

Female
68%
173

Male
32%
82

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Student Break-down

3%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Hispanic/Latino
80%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

6%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

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
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