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Founded in 1909, Messiah College. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,788 full time undergraduate students, and 517 full time graduate students.
The Messiah College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 189 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Messiah College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,59% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 26 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
89% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 66% were in the top quarter, and 34% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Messiah College.
155 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.
105 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
157 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.
161 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.
161 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 65 % gave the school a 5.0.
160 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
160 Students rated local services 3.4 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.
161 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.
62 Students rated Messiah College
I was looking for a college where I could learn more than just academic information. I wanted to build my faith, learn in community and conversation with others, and build life skills and independence in a safe place that encourages me to grow in maturity. I have found Messiah (now University) to be a place that does all of these things. Messiah provides numerous opportunities and encouragement for students to participate in positive on-campus events, build long-lasting friendships both in and outside of class, and form mentoring relationships with professors and other faculty members. Messiah is a no-alcohol, no-drug campus and encourages students to make lifestyle commitments that adhere to a positive campus culture. Through attending chapel and participating in general education requirement courses, students learn about Messiah's culture, and for the most part are respective and supportive of the safe campus culture. I have found my time at Messiah to be challenging in all the right ways, and encouraging to my faith and friendships. I have grown to understand myself and my passions in my two years as an undergraduate student. I have already had so many opportunities for service, travel, leadership, personal growth, professional networking, on campus work experience, and so much more!
I have a deep and personal hatred for this school. The words I would have to use to describe my feelings to their fullest extent could not be repeated in polite company. This school is portrayed, and most people know it, as a conservative Christian school. It is not! It is an Anabaptist college that tries to jam its twisted teachings into every lecture. They also do not encourage religious discourse. I actually had a friend removed from a class when he called the professor's religious ramblings heretical. You are required to attend an inordinate amount of chapels or be failed. . These chapels would be bearable if they were just like a church worship service. They are more like condescending lectures around whatever the social issue de jure where you will be made to feel like you are the problem, especially if you are white. They love bringing in racial speakers to talk about how white people are the problem, which is ironic given the demographics.
But, lets say you agree with or are unbothered by a college run by judgmental heretical hypocrites. What about the college education itself. My engineering classes were tolerable and of a sufficient standard for an undergrad level, when the topic didn't randomly drift to religion. I had attended other colleges by this point, so I can say the standard of education was unremarkably average. Not terrible, but not amazing.
Housing was nothing special and everything worked, but the dorms were rather crowded and RA's were extremely unhelpful. Privacy was a rare commodity. And the college is in the middle of nowhere, so unless you have a car on campus, you are not going to be able to go anywhere fun. But be sure not to drink, even if you are of age off campus, or be punished. That is one of the many stupid and arbitrary rules these authoritarian nuts have at this school.
And lastly, the food is awful! I got food poisoning so many times. I worked in the dining hall as a part time job, so I can say with certainty the food is not of sufficient quality.
This school is an overpriced hell hole where critical thinking and faith go to do. Save your time and money and go literally anywhere else.
Messiah is a place to grow as a student and as a human being. We are challenged here to think in all kinds of ways. It's been a privilege to attend Messiah. The relationships that I have fostered here will last me a lifetime. Because of its smaller class size, you get to know faculty and peers more intimately which is something that I appreciate.
Messiah College is run by elitist pricks that don’t really care about the students. The professors are (usually) alright, the students are more often than not right leaning politically and often let everyone know that, and the administration is money hungry at the cost of the students. Since the pandemic started, they’ve conned many students out of their money, chapel is still mandatory so they can fine students that rightfully assumed it wasn’t, and they’re shaming students that leave campus no matter the reason. Many students leave campus to go to work because the school only pays student workers minimum wage or to go grocery shopping because they can’t afford the school’s overpriced meal plan options. On top of all that, students have been very vocal about how unhappy they are with administration since the start of last semester and nothing has changed. Don’t come here, don’t donate to this school, don’t give them any more money they do not deserve.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Messiah College is 79%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I would have to tell myself to be more trusting and caring of others. I get to distracted by things that ultimately don't matter, I would tell myself to let things go.
Usually has a very chill and laidback environment. Not much of any drug use, and most students are very commited to their faith. Very supportave environment (usually).
Messiah is a open, welcoming community of students, professors, and faculty whose main desire is to help you to grow closer to God and your independant life in society by helping you to discover God's plan for your life.
A person who wants a large school, or to be in a place where there are lots of things to do off campus. Also anyone who does not have the basic foundational beliefs of Christianity like the college because you have to sign a statement of faith.
By placing academics in a Christian perspective, you are able to see how studying is a way of glorifying God and focus your career towards His glory.
Students here are very service oriented, williing to help and very likely to succeed
I wish I would have known not to sell my books back to the bookstore, because they do not pay you near what the books are worth.
The worst thing about Messiah is that there isn't very much diversity
Because it is a private college the tuition is very expensive compared to other schools.
Any person who is interested in strengthening maturity in every crevice of his or her lives. No matter your background you will feel accepted by students and professors alike.
The professors. They really care about their students and are not afriad to show it.
Messiah College is best known for its strong academic programs and successful interns.
The best thing about Messiah i think is the location of the campus, in the middle of no where.. there always something going on campus with different clubs. The cool thing is Harrisburg is only 25 min away, Philly is only two hours away and NYC about two hrs as well. DC is only hour and alf away so... The size of the school is perfect under 3000 students. I have great reactions for those who knows the school. I spent a lot of times at my dorms, hanging out with students, working on different projects helping out in the community. The administration is great when you face them. Speak your mind at MC. I think Messiah is now afraid of loosing a lot of their credits so they are doing anything they can do to adjust and please the student body. In the same token they are trying to protect their values which they have been pretty successful at. They keep their mandatory chapel policies, strict visitation hours, no alcohol on campus. I think they school take pride in where they are going and how they are getting there, again a female president is awesome. I had better experience with the previous president than the current one, but i hear great things about her and i hang out with her a few times. She is super cool!
My best experience at MC is my first semester if it was not for great faculties and students i would probably quit college. it was hard for me, one of my prof took me to watch a baseball game for the first time ever in the state.
Students complains about visitation hours, mandatory chapels...
Unusual...? can't think of any..
I have to say last this school is one of the top well known to send their students to study abroad and mission work. They sent you to the top universities around the world, i am talking about Oxford in England, Science Po in Strasbourg, France, to name a couple; i study in France and it was the best experience of my life. I was able to find my voice for human rights, politics and photography while studying in France.
This is where the action take place, some professors still pray at MC, a very very few still do. They know you by names, they open their doors, some even take you to their home for party and discussions, they listen to how they can help you reach your goal. They adjust to what fashion of learning will suit you the best. However, they will not put that on the table you have to fight for it. Let them know how you are different and how can they help you reach your goal. Intellectual conversations depends on who you hang out with. students speak their mind as you challenge them for sure. It was always intellectual for me, because i force them too. I love all my classes in photography, my professors challenge me after he told me to change my project that i did not have what it takes to deliver it at the end. I love challenge so I keep up and prove him wrong. I have to say the art department at MC is the most challenge and brutal.. they will not take crap from you. they will destroy inside and out so the best can come out of you. :) it works for me.
The French department on campus is ok However, the fact that they can sent you to France to study that is the best ever. You can learn with the best. I study at the second best Sciences Po in France which was in Strasbourg, France. I was challenge and took classes in Law, Politics, Theology, Philosophy and many more. The Communication department is ok, I think they can use more help. They are making great progress but they need to do more.. for Instance they have Kirsten Snow works for them which is the Ed Rendell assistant, they should keep her on staff as much as they can, but not the case.
My education at MC allows me to open my own vision and dream. A year before graduation I was able to open my own photography business. I now do weddings, fashion, commercial, pregnancy and sports, here is my site www.TOUSSAINTphotography.Com They challenge to think outside the box and create your own visions when things don't work out. Maybe it was me i don't know.
Their academics requirement is pretty tough for some professors.
I have to say the school is indeed strict with their faith belief, however during my five years on campus, I have seen a lot of great change. We have a new and first female president Kim Phipps. She is really open to listen to the students. They welcome challenges from the students body. The race issues is definitely there, from what i hear, but speaking for myself I never face any race issue at all on campus.
So the school stereotype as far as race and faith core values has been really open in the few years. They even brought a well known gay group on campus to talk about the issue.
The most stereotype is when you get on campus you will hear about the "Ring by Spring on my tuition back." Students will expect to find their mates by graduation. I would love to say it is not true, but the fact can speak for itself :) There is some great truth into... The percentage of the students who get married is pretty decent. In the same token the divorce rate is also high among them.
The professors are nice. They are easy to go up to for questions or just to have lunch with.
WOW this campus is loaded with outside activities your head will turn, you name the field that you want to be involve and they will make it happen.I was involve for a little with the international club, the service trip, the sports club, the theater club.. this is one of the best way to meet friends, working in the same club helps a lot. The dating scene is great up there, students are not afraid to show their love in public, they respect each other, i think the party scene could have been more. you have to go off campus to have great fun, but they are a lot of small club that meets in regular basis to chill and have a good time.. on Saturday at the student union there is something always going on with music..we have a $1 movie at the school theater for the weekend. The campus is pretty so if they weather is nice at 2am you can always go for a walk or play indoor sports, we have a student cafe where you can hang out till you are drop dead.
Traditions the nursing school will jump into the creek with their uniforms on, during the spring all the seniors will fight against the first year student on a war battle. They meet on a field they make weapons out of duck tape and cardboard whatever you can make and they fight till they have no more weapons left ... just look up Messiah duck tape war on youtube, you can see for yourself! it is pretty fun.. we have an Acclamation dance which is huge, we have the spring flying where you dress up off campus and take a girl out.. it is very high scale.. it is a perfect place to walk out with a girl if you ever happen to be single ...we have the same thing in the fall...In the past two I have been going back on campus to do free engagement shoot.. it is getting big because of the percentage of students who do get married right after college...Off campus we are out and be ourselves...
It is a very conservative school. We have straight rules when it comes to protect our faith and values. The issue of race is pretty intense and talk about a lot on campus.
They are super awesome with sports such as soccer woman and man, field hockey, basket-ball, Tennis to name a few.
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100% of students
attending Messiah College receive some sort of financial aid.
24% were awarded federal grants.
While 64% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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