Sharpening intellect. Deepening Christian faith. Inspiring action.
Messiah University is a nationally ranked private Christian university with more than 2,700 undergraduate students located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, just 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg.
Messiah’s academic distinction
Messiah University is known for its integration of top-tier academics and the Christian faith. A Messiah education equips you to gain expertise in your area of study while developing your ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and sharpen your insight across multiple cultures and contexts.
At Messiah University, we see ourselves as partners in your spiritual journey, and we’re committed to helping you prepare for whatever vocation or service God has called you to. We incorporate our shared Christian faith in the classroom, through residence life, at chapel, on sports teams, through the arts, and in clubs and organizations. Our motto, “Christ Preeminent,” shapes every experience you’ll have as a Messiah student.
Outstanding preparation for life and career
We believe so strongly in preparing you for your future career that we’ve built that commitment right into our graduation requirements. Every undergraduate student takes part in the Experiential Learning Initiative. Before you graduate, you’ll have at least one experiential learning opportunity such as participating in undergraduate research, completing an internship or practicum, developing an e-portfolio or personal website, or holding a leadership position on campus.
Engaging your world
Your college experience extends beyond our Mechanicsburg campus and reaches around the globe. At Messiah, you can choose to study or serve abroad in one of 38 different countries. In fact, Messiah is #9 in its category for number of students studying abroad.
Messiah’s campus is buzzing with activity! On campus, you can enjoy concerts, sporting events, 70+ clubs and organizations, outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking, free movies, dances, and more. Plus, Messiah is within a two-hour drive to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Hershey, and other great towns and cities!