Mechanicsburg, PA
Messiah College


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Recent Reviews

Kevin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I had to impart any wisdom to a student or the parents of a student who was looking for the right college I could tell the...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I had to impart any wisdom to a student or the parents of a student who was looking for the right college I could tell them many things, but here I will only mention a few. First I would tell them to look at schools! You cannot look enough when you are deciding on college and the more you look at the more you know what you want. Dont visit one and then call it quits. See what is out there, then you will not be disappointed later. Parents, do not force your child to go to a certain school, let them choose on there own. The only thing worse than a bitter student is a bitter student who does not like where they are. The second thing would be to study abroad! It is the best thing you can do while in college. This experience will impact you more than you can even know, and it will contribute to your learning experience, and your resume. Finally, take advantage of all the programs and and assistance offered to you at your campus. Tutoring, career center and other programs are helpful and their to help you succeed!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is not interested in learning more about God and Christian faith.

Katelyn
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Pray about it and go with your gut. Any school can look good on paper and a tour. The only way to know it is for you is to ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Pray about it and go with your gut. Any school can look good on paper and a tour. The only way to know it is for you is to feel it.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The Christian bubble. It is hard to remember the real world out there.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The professors are very friendly and make most classes very ineresting. The college is a perfect size to make lots of friends, but not get lost in the crowd. The soccer team is awesome and help build school pride.

Doug
Describe the students at your school.

I think my classmates are annoying and can hinder my learning but at the same time some of them really help me learn by havin...

Describe the students at your school.

I think my classmates are annoying and can hinder my learning but at the same time some of them really help me learn by having good discussions.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make the choice based on the best place to learn, not on money. If money is an issue, try a community college for a year or two. It's worth the extra debt if you are willing to try hard and learn. If you're not truly going to learn as much as you can, don't bother going to an expensive school (perhaps don't bother going at all). Make the most out of your college experience. Choose the college that you know you will love and be proud of. Choose an institution where you will be challenged to grow into the person you want to be. You might end up growing into someone you never thought you could be, someone more spectacular than you imagined. Reach for your goals, and don't make decisions based on everyone else. Do what you think is best for you. If a college doesn't feel right, don't try to force it. Challenge yourself and set reasonable goals. Don't be afraid to ask for help. The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Finally, have confidence in yourself.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I think people are too fake here, and often times what's really going on on the inside is not talked about because you feel you have to be a perfect Christian.

Matthew
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's got great movies and concerts, going against the grain of the normal Christian college. The special events are pretty w...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's got great movies and concerts, going against the grain of the normal Christian college. The special events are pretty well planned too. Sports games are a fun time--especially soccer. But best of all are the thoughtful and dedicated professors, especially in the school of the Humanities. Just so long as you're not in the film department.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I'm not an old man, and I have no decades-long tome of worldly wisdom. So I hesitate to share my wise old thoughts with incoming freshmen, because my words are neither wise nor old. I also hesitate because no matter how wise or old the counsel, it's always better to just figure things out on your own. But if I can say one thing and have it stick, let it be this: never lose your curiosity. Class is important, and you can learn some things there, but it won't make you into an adult. Be curious, investigate, experience new things. Spend hours on wikipedia for your own enjoyment, even if your professors say it's not a credible source. Don't worry about "fostering intentional community"; just do what you enjoy with people you enjoy, and eventually you'll find that you've had community all along. Fall leaves and falling in love don't last-so experience both of them while you still can. If you want to choose the right college: pray. Pray that you can find best environment for your curiosity. Most importantly: forget everything I say. Figure it out on your own.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The artificial sense of community is sometimes emphasized far too much, but often real community is fostered in spite of that. The school has completely short-changed the film department, forcing out all the good professors and replacing them with incompetents.

Susanna
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A close-knit, rural college with a strong emphasis on pacifism that inexplicably draws students from every corner of the Evan...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A close-knit, rural college with a strong emphasis on pacifism that inexplicably draws students from every corner of the Evangelical tradition; students who may be traditionally a minority in Evangelicalism because of their political views or sexual orientation will most likely feel more comfortable at Messiah than other Evangelical schools.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Your goal should be to find the college that will challenge you and prepare you for a changed mindset, will encourage and allow you to weigh different philosophies, and will also provide the emotional support and relationships that are needed when major changes happen in your identity as your mind grows and develops in college. Some Christian colleges provide a lot of interpersonal support for their students, but never really push them to think in a different way from how they were raised. Others effectively "rip the rug" out from under their students by debunking all of their traditional beliefs and values, but then do not support students as they cope with trying to discover what they truly believe. Your aim when looking for colleges should be to find a place that values both their students' intellectual development, and their emotional/spiritual health. When you leave college, you will suddenly discover that You are the sole decider of how you will orient your life and what your guiding philosophies are; it's essential to have the space and support in your undergraduate time to prepare for that freedom.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Messiah College is one of the most liberal of the Evangelical Christian schools. Students should be prepared to be exposed to a more diverse set of faith traditions than most mainline Evangelical Christian churches contain.

Joshua
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visiting a college is very important. Also, if possible speek to students who are currently enrolled in the college you are ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visiting a college is very important. Also, if possible speek to students who are currently enrolled in the college you are considering.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The campus is not within walking distance of anything. Students need a car to go anywhere

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Messiah College is a very friendly, polite, and accepting campus. Class sizes are small and all the professors know the names of all their students.

Kelly
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the school and try to stay over night. Maybe sit in a class. You need to get a feel for the college because you will no...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the school and try to stay over night. Maybe sit in a class. You need to get a feel for the college because you will not be able to do that just looking online. Talk to people when you visit because you will usually be able to tell what their real feelings about the school is. You can usually get a feel from the campus if it is the type of place you would like to live most of the year at for around four years of your life. When you are at school, join clubs and teams. Get involved. Get a job on campus because there will be plenty of things that you will want to do with your friends and you are going to want some money saved for when you graduate.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is Christian would be best for this school. If you like to party and drink, this is not the place for you. If you are very serious about your education and want to have a nice environment, this is the place for you.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

That everyone is very friendly and we have a lot of different extracurricular programs that people can take part in. We do not have a lot of problems on campus and the campus is beautiful and very close to a lot of cities. It also has easy access to things off campus.

Eric
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you have an idea of what you want to get out of college before you go. Maybe taking a year off or going to commun...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you have an idea of what you want to get out of college before you go. Maybe taking a year off or going to community college is a better idea to find yourself and figure out what you want to do with your future.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Strong commited christian who want a good Christian Libral Arts degree.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are not community centered.

Cindy
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were down to earth, encouraging, and fun to be around.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were down to earth, encouraging, and fun to be around.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When searching for the right college it is very important to visit the campus and ask many questions while visiting. Know what kinds of things you want in a school and don't settle for less. Once you have picked a school, to make the best of your experience, get involved on campus. Join clubs, sports teams, musical groups, etc and participate in what you feel comfortable doing. Make lots of friends and enjoy your social time. However, be sure to focus on your studies as well. If it's all play and no work you won't be at the school for very long. As a freshman, try not to go home every weekend. Stay on campus and hang out with friends. Going home often will only make your adjustment to college life harder. Enjoy this time in your life where you have freedom but don't have all the responsibilities of being an adult yet.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who doesn't want to work hard or wants to party all the time. Education is taken seriously at Messiah. There is plenty of time for fun and people have fun all the time, but that fun usually does not include drinking or serious partying like at public colleges.

Khara
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think its academic rigor.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think its academic rigor.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be sure to spend more than a day on the campus, trying out classes and getting an idea of the actual atmosphere. Visit on a day that's NOT a campus visit day. It's not that people are fake on these days, but they tend to heighten the intensity of activity and even friendliness. Come on a day you're not expected to :), and stay for a few days, maybe even a week. Also, if you decide to go to a college, pressure the school for financial aid. Don't let them get away with saying funds are insufficient; there's always extra aid laying around, and you have a right to it. Fight for your money, and don't live beyond your means; if you can't afford a school, don't try to force yourself to be able to afford it. Just because it costs more doesn't make it better!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The low levels of diversity and racial-tolerance; the school claimed to be racially tolerant, but it was very uncomfortable to be a Black female on a predominantly White campus.

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