Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

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Undergrad Christian Life

Tuition & Fees

$39,490

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

2,495

undergraduate students

786

graduate students

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Location

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 3,276
Established in 1909
Coeducational Coeducational
Religious affiliation Other

When looking for events or activities on campus, students know where to look. Messiah’s Student Activities Board (SAB) is a student-run organization that plans dances, concerts, coffeehouses, films, off-campus excursions and many other activities. Like live entertainment? Hang out in the student union and catch a free concert featuring up-and-coming bands during Wednesday night B-Sides, play a game of pool or watch your classmates perform during the monthly Coffeehouse. Want to relax? Grab a latte and head to our on-campus theater to catch a movie. Looking to be active? Jog along the Yellow Breeches Creek, or show off your dance moves at the Christmas Tradition or Spring Fling. From experiencing amazing new cuisine at the Food Truck Fest to trying your hand at pumpkin carving at the annual Fall Festival or Spring Sha-bing, your social calendar won’t be lacking.

  • Campus Setting: Large town

Messiah University
1 University 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 University and other schools take part in a "primal scream" during finals to yell out their stress!
  • Messiah University 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 Optional

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-preparatory program
Secondary School Rank
Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended

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

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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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Financial Aid

100%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$29,494

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $38,550
Room $6,150
Board $5,410
Additional fees $940
Total $51,050
Average Financial Aid - $29,494
Total with Avg. Aid $21,556

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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.
Broadcast Journalism.
Business Administration and Management, General.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
Chemistry, General.
Chinese Language and Literature.
Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
Civil Engineering, General.
Communication, General.
Computer Science.
Computer Teacher Education.
Counseling Psychology.
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
Cybersecurity Defense Strategy/Policy.
Dance, General.
Development Economics and International Development.
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other.
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services.
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
Divinity/Ministry.
Economics, General.
Education, General.
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs.
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Elementary Education and Teaching.
Engineering, General.
English Language and Literature, General.
Environmental Science.
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education.
Finance, General.
Fine/Studio Arts, General.
Graphic Design.
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration.
History, General.
History, Other.
International Business/Trade/Commerce.
International Relations and Affairs.
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
Mathematics, General.
Mechanical Engineering.
Molecular Biology.
Music Performance, General.
Music Teacher Education.
Music, General.
Music, Other.
Musical Theatre.
Nursing Practice.
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
Organizational Leadership.
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
Philosophy.
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
Physical Therapy/Therapist.
Physics, General.
Political Science and Government, General.
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies.
Psychology, General.
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
Religion/Religious Studies.
Social Work.
Sociology, General.
Spanish Language and Literature.
Special Education and Teaching.
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
Sustainability Studies.
Theatre/Theater.
Youth Ministry.

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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

3,276

total students

65%

in-state

35%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

76%

2,495
students

Female
61%
1,521

Male
39%
974

24%

786
students

Female
71%
561

Male
29%
225

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

92%

2,304
students

Female
61%
1,405

Male
39%
899

8%

191
students

Female
72%
138

Male
28%
53

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Student Break-down

3%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Hispanic/Latino
79%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

7%

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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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 24
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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