Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

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Undergrad Christian Life

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. 

Faith formation
At Messiah, 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 complete 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. 

Campus life
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.



Named a 2021-2022 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


Named among the “Best Colleges in America” | Moneymagazine


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


Ranked #11 among “Best Value Schools in the North” and #23 among “Best Regional Universities in the North” | U.S. News & World Report, 2022

Featured majors

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

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

Quick facts

• 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

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Messiah provided me with so many opportunities I never thought I would have, and they’ve helped me grow in so many different ways.”

    • Kyra Bond ’20
  • “The Messiah community is unlike any I have been a part of, and it has exceeded my expectations by providing me with amazing opportunities I didn’t expect.”

    • Bryson Boettger ’20
  • “I chose Messiah because I loved the idea of integrating my faith into my education. I got the opportunity to connect ideas in class to teachings in the Bible to better understand how my future profession helps the furthering of God’s kingdom.”

    • Eli McCabe ’20