Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

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Undergrad Christian Life

Christian Life Profile

At Messiah University, your life, your faith, your world and your possibilities open up. You see anew.

At Messiah, each student brings a valuable perspective that is celebrated, appreciated and allowed to remain distinct. In the grace of our shared love of Christ—and in our worship, study and service—we combine our individual contributions into a community that is more beautiful together—like a strong and vibrant stained glass window.

And the insight that is born in everyone is the light that shines through. Together we see anew.

Growth your faith
From the first day you step on campus to your last, we hope your time at Messiah is a time of growth for you spiritually and academically, and a time where you’ll learn to explore and deepen your core convictions and Christian beliefs. The Office of Campus Ministries coordinates many programs and resources to help you take the next step in your faith journey at Messiah.

Service opportunities
Messiah is committed to equipping you for a life of service and there are plenty of opportunities to hone your passion for service during your time here. Each year, Messiah students collectively volunteer thousands of hours to community service—locally, nationally and around the globe. The University’s Agape Center for Local and Global Engagement is the coordinating hub for service organizations and opportunities both on and off campus.



Named a 2022-2023 National, Pennsylvania, and Christian College of Distinction, as well as receiving honors for Business, Nursing, Education, Engineering, and Career Development


Named a “Best College in the Northeast” | The Princeton Review, 2023


Named among the “Best Colleges in America” | Money magazine


Ranked the #2 school in the Northeast for “Student Engagement” | Wall Street Journal


Top 20 Best Value Schools in the North | U.S. News & World Report, 2022

Messiah At A Glance

• 100% of first-year students receiving financial aid

• 12:1 student-faculty ratio 

• Average class size of 20 students 

• 471-acre suburban campus located in central Pennsylvania, with easy access to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC

Featured majors
• Actuarial Science
• Applied Health Science
• Athletic Training (accelerated)
• Biomedical Engineering
• Business Administration
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Science
• Cybersecurity
• Dance
• Digital Media
• Education
• Electrical Engineering
• Family & Consumer Sciences Education
• Finance
• Graphic Design
• Mechanical Engineering
• Nursing
• Occupational Therapy (accelerated)
• Physical Therapy (Early Assurance)
• Social Work
• Special Education

...and many more majors, minors, concentrations, and pre-health advising options! 

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The emphasis of faith inside and outside the classroom really makes this institution different from all others. Whether it be professors starting classes with devotionals, residence hall Bible study groups, or students engaging in service projects off campus, God's work is evident throughout Messiah's community.”

    • Daniel Curry '23
  • “I chose Messiah because I really wanted to come to a school where I could grow in my faith, in my academics, and gain valuable professional experience. Messiah had a good blend of all three of those qualities, as well as being situated on a beautiful campus.”

    • Emilie Rush '23
  • “Messiah's education has great value. Not only do we get the opportunity to receive an outstanding degree, but Messiah students are required to get first-hand experience in their fields and grow in many life skills…. I have also been able to grow lifelong relationships with friends and professors, and continue to be amazed by the love of God through others in the Messiah community.”

    • Allison Fahrney '25
  • “Throughout my time here, all of my teachers have been so knowledgeable, compassionate, and create an energizing space to learn in. As a music education major, I know that passionate teachers can make all the difference in a student's life. Here at Messiah, we are truly blessed with the best in terms of professors who are more than willing to go above and beyond for their students' education. My professors truly champion the victories and learning of everyone they meet, and having such wonderful role models has made all the difference.”

    • Abigail Weller '25
  • “My favorite part of Messiah so far is the amazing friends that I have made here so quickly. I love the community aspect that Messiah is committed to and their drive for discipleship among the student body.”

    • Ethan Kim '23
  • “Messiah's location is one of the distinctives that separates it from other institutions. It is not in the cities, so the campus is quiet and safe, which provide great study environment for students. But it is not far away from bigger cities, such as Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Another distinctive of Messiah is its welcoming atmosphere. Every person with different backgrounds are welcomed here, and that welcoming spirit makes this community great.”

    • Alan Wang '24