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

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

2,709

undergraduate students

665

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.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 3,374
Established in 1909
Coeducational Coeducational

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

  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Harrisburg International

Messiah University
1 College Avenue
Mechanicsburg
17055

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
87%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through senior year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Men only housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Outreach teams
  • student government
  • choral groups and ensembles
  • Small Group Program
  • Outdoors Club

Top Events

  • Family Weekend
  • Homecoming
  • Christmas Tradition Banquet

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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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Choral groups

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

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%
30-36
28%
24-29
42%
18-23
24%
12-17
6%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $50
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.8

Moderately Selective

75%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,003
Declined 637
Total Received 2,640

Admissions Factors

Very Important

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
academic GPA
class rank
religious affiliation/commitment
rigor of secondary school record
talent/ability
standardized test scores

Important

application essay
volunteer work

Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
racial/ethnic status
recommendation(s)
work experience

Not Considered

first generation
geographical residence
interview
state residency

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 28
Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language no
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Field hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intramural Sports Men

Football

Intramural Sports Women

Football

Club Sports Men

Ultimate frisbee

Club Sports Women

Ultimate frisbee

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division 3

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 and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Dance, General
Development Economics and International Development
Dietetics/Dietitian
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Economics, General
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Science
Ethnic Studies
Family and Community Services
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Finance, General
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature
Graphic Design
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
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
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
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Religious Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Sustainability Studies
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
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Programs Offered

  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Freshman honors college
  • Honors college
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional

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 Facts

Freshman retention rate 89%
Student 4 year graduation rate 75%
Student 5 year graduation rate 4%
Student 6 year graduation rate 0%

Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian 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

80

Transfer students enrolled

2%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests yes
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Not reported

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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Counseling services

  • Group career
  • Individual career
  • Learning disability
  • Personal/Psychological

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health clinic
  • Library reserved study rooms

Special programs for physically disabled students

Not Reported

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