Mechanicsburg, PA
Messiah College


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Recent Reviews

Kate
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Messiah College is a great place. It's really the people that make an experience worthwhile and memorable. I'm only a sophomo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Messiah College is a great place. It's really the people that make an experience worthwhile and memorable. I'm only a sophomore, but I'm looking forward to the rest of my time here. I love my professors and my floormates. Overall, Messiah is a welcoming and respectful environment for personal, spiritual, and intellectual growth.

Anita
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I am so glad I choose Messiah. I believe it was the best fit for me. It was important for me to have college be feasible and ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am so glad I choose Messiah. I believe it was the best fit for me. It was important for me to have college be feasible and the financial aid office worked with me to find several scholarships and grants that I was eligible for. I am an off-campus commuter student and am working 3/4 time. While having an 17.5 credit semester. The professors are really accessible, either through email, office hours or text messages/phone calls. The campus facilities are 5/5- food, brand new sports center, and commuter lounge.

Matthew
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Messiah is an academically challenging school with a wide variety of activities to get involved in. Not only are the fellow s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Messiah is an academically challenging school with a wide variety of activities to get involved in. Not only are the fellow students helpful in collaboration but the professors as well. The atmosphere around campus is both clean and beautiful with regular upkeep to ensure a productive mind.

Mason
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Messiah College is a great overall campus. The Christian aspect is so impactful. The atmosphere is very homely and friendly. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Messiah College is a great overall campus. The Christian aspect is so impactful. The atmosphere is very homely and friendly. They are a dry campus to keep people out of trouble so they can keep their values. The campus is beautiful and the food is amazing.

Meredith
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Clickbait College This is a story of why not to spend your money at the $44,380 institution who claims to “educate men and wo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Clickbait College This is a story of why not to spend your money at the $44,380 institution who claims to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society”. After spending what seems like an eternity at Messiah College, I am here to tell you why you should consider these items before spending your entire life’s savings at this “Christian” school in Grantham, PA. Upon visitation to this central-PA school, I read reviews online praising it for it’s “safe”, “friendly”, and “welcoming” environment. After spending a week here I quickly shot down these presuppositions and adopted my own beliefs regarding Messiah College. From first glance, this beautifully landscaped college strikes the eye of parents and students alike. If you are registered for a proper campus tour, you’re in luck, you will most likely be given your own parking spot for the day right outside of its very own admissions office, the exact spot you will start your campus tour. A bright, wide-eyed young woman will assumedly welcome you to the college, give you the informations necessary for the day, and offer you one of many beverages in the mini-fridge. Already, you’re impressed by this institution from its intriguing brochure! At least I was… After being introduced to a wide-smiled, fresh-faced student ambassador, you are convinced that her feelings about the school are reliable and genuine. I mean, how could a Christian lie? Following the trek around the school grounds and after hearing a slew of striking and remarkable information, one would be tired and hungry. Messiah accommodatingly offers a meal ticket to their award-winning dining hall, Lottie Nelson. The food tastes as good as it looks, and parents are assured that their student will be fed well...and of course they will be, but after spending a semester here, I realized that tour groups are given the best food Messiah has to offer… Later in the day, one will take a visit to the Campus Bookstore where you are encouraged to take advantage of your free t-shirt coupon! With obligation, your mother picks up a few “college visit” necessities like; Nalgene bottles with the school’s logo, additional t-shirts, and a few notebooks, you know, just incase. Soon the visit will come to a close in Old Main, but not just yet, the college finds it necessary that you meet with an admissions counselor to alleviate all fears and concerns. You suddenly feel confident in the college’s ability to accommodate your needs after a meeting with an admissions counselor. Provost? Sure. Academics? Outstanding. Athletics? Nationally ranked teams. The school seems to check off all the boxes, and after speaking with your parents, you apply! Undoubtedly, you are accepted into Messiah College (with its 80% acceptance rate)! And for just $177,520, you too, can be a Messiah Falcon. An Accepted Students Day in March of your senior year will allay any fears and excite all your emotions. Parents are convinced once again that their young adult will be taken care of with Messiah’s state-of-the-art facilities, distinguished academic programs, and welcoming environment. Another stop at Lottie Nelson reminds you of its delicious food, and finally you are excited to begin the next 4 years of your life. The countdown to move-in day begins… Finally, August is here! You arrive on campus and are greeted by dozens of smiling faces, holding signs that direct you to where you will retrieve room keys, mail keys, and of course, the Community Covenant. Now you may be wondering what the Community Covenant is… but we will get to that later. You arrive to one of the first-year dorms (Bittner, Naugle, and Witmer), and if you are as lucky as I am, you are oh so pleased to find that you are living in Witmer 4A. To those of you who aren’t fortunate enough to have visited Messiah College, Witmer is the farthest residence hall on Messiah’s campus, and coincidentally the one I was assigned. Although I was originally worried about hauling my abundance of belongings to the fourth floor, a team of upperclassmen happily and cheerfully lugged my stuff to Witmer A415. The reality of it all begins to set in when I’m in my room, along with my parents and best friend, staring at boxes, bags, and totes that all need to find a place in my half of the room. Moments later I’m greeted by a cheery student, to my surprise it is my RA. And although I have a plethora of thoughts, feelings, and emotions flowing through me, I begin to unpack. While the day moves along quickly, I’m stopped in my tracks by the friendly and welcoming people around campus. I wonder if college won’t be as bad as I thought. Later in the day, parents are ushered to the President’s House where Kim Phipps hosts a small reception. Again, impressed by the beauty and presentation of the home, parents are assured once again that Messiah is the right place for their children. That night, the infamous Messiah College First-Year Candlelight Service is attended by families of first-years. A beautiful ceremony is organized and Messiah’s worship team performs some crowd-favorite-worship-songs that puts everyone at ease and makes everyone feel at home. Naturally, tears are shed from every member of the crowd. A heartwarming message from the campus pastor helps families to relate, as he tells a story from his own experience, creating a nice reception from the parents and students alike. After heartfelt hugs and goodbyes, tear-stained-faced freshmen are lead to Brubaker Auditorium where Orientation Groups are formed. After remembering which group (orientation groups at Messiah correlate with your FYS (First-Year seminar) class) I’m supposed to be in, I make my way over to a dozen or so other first-years. With no “hello” or greeting from the upperclassmen responsible for us, they lead us to a classroom. We are sat down in the brightly-lit room, all confused as to what is going on. The leaders begin telling us about themselves (major, where they’re from, etc.) and pass out 3 starbursts each. This kindness doesn’t go without incorporating it into a team-building-exercise, of course. After a few more embarrassing introductions and games, our leaders dismiss us. But of course, we aren’t left alone, we are guided back to our dorms, because who can tell where they are in the dark?! After we are back at Witmer, we are guided into a floor meeting where any lingering questions are asked and answered. Over forty chatty girls in the small, outdated lounge-space is not only overwhelming, but also extremely annoying. Dismissal from the meeting allows us to go back to our dorms where we are bound to have a sleepless night (and if you are as lucky as my roommate and me, you will be assigned a room with a broken AC unit). And if the sleepless night wasn’t enough to exhaust you, an 8 AM Foreign Language Placement Exam will (and coming from a French major, who had already taken a placement exam through Messiah online, this was infuriating). Nauseous, sleep-deprived, and utter depression were the adjectives I used to describe my first morning at Messiah College. Abstaining from “Breakfast For New Students” was necessary as I was already preoccupied with my placement exam (Messiah really likes to overlap activities). An “Orientation Group Activity” at 9:30 on a 90 degree day is sure to make you feel like you’re at home. Trotting all around campus, with essentially strangers, is just as fun as the scavenger hunt they had us participate in. While many of those in the group bonded over such activities, I on the other hand did not. Many of the scavenger hunt activities included lying on the ground, creating a human pyramid, and being “engaged”. After hearing about “ring by spring” (a term coined by seniors at Messiah who attend college for the sole purpose of finding a husband/wife by the spring of their senior year), you are sure to either mock or adopt the idea (I think you can guess which I chose). Finally, after walking miles around campus, we are lead back to Lottie for lunch. Lunch is a sigh of relief, unless of course you aren’t outgoing, an athlete, or here on some sort of scholarship. For me, lunch with my orientation group meant silence and awkward small talk. After repeating my name, major, and hometown close to 100 times that day, I literally wanted to die. But lunch didn’t even pale into comparison for what was next...the “sex” talk. The “sex” talk (or DTR as Messiah called it (still not sure what DTR stands for)), is just as awkward as hearing the sex talk from a Christian college sounds. This meeting discussed many of the policies surrounding “sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on college campuses”. Messiah holds a strong stance against sexual harassment (as any college should), but believes that since we live in a Christian environment, these types of things shouldn’t happen anyways. The Community Covenant (don’t worry, we will get to that) is a tool faculty throws around to prove and backup any statement they make. And while Messiah has had very little sexual assaults on its campus, a college should not just assume that since it is a Christian college, sexual harassment won’t take place. Following this serious meeting, we have an informational “Residence Hall Meeting”. To lighten the mood, RA’s and the RD show a video they put together, showing the new residents all the fun that will take place in the coming term. Reminding us of the infamous Res Hall Games that will take place tomorrow afternoon, of which I already dread. They give us information regarding maintenance, floor rules, and other residence info is discussed (take note: our AC is still broken). As I jot down some useful phone numbers, I begin to feel a little better about this place. Later that evening, the “New Student Social” reassures me that Messiah is just as isolating

Audrey
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Messiah is a great place to go to have fun and get a great education. Everyone has a positive attitude and cares about the ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Messiah is a great place to go to have fun and get a great education. Everyone has a positive attitude and cares about the education they are receiving. The Campus is well maintained by both students and workers. It is easy to get a job and make money on campus as well.

Nilson
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Messiah College is a small, mostly undergraduate Christian college. There are a few graduate programs, however. The school ar...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Messiah College is a small, mostly undergraduate Christian college. There are a few graduate programs, however. The school art and music programs are probably their best. Their Science programs are a close second. All their facilities are up to date and most professors are friendly and helpful. The small class sizes and campus make it very good. And the Christian environment assures most people are friendly and the campus is very safe.

Leann
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As with institution, there is room for improvement, but Messiah College really has it where it counts! One of the most notab...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

As with institution, there is room for improvement, but Messiah College really has it where it counts! One of the most notable aspects about this college is how much the professors, other staff members, and students here genuinely care about and for one another. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Aedan
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I love Messiah College. All my professors stimulate me intellectually (and yet are always there to help when I need it), and ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Messiah College. All my professors stimulate me intellectually (and yet are always there to help when I need it), and I live in a positive environment among my peers. In addition to this, I very much appreciate the accessibility of the College's facilities and the fact that my professors actually *care* about me.

Courtney
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Wonderful college, not lacking in academics, sports or extra curricular activities. No sororities or Greek life to be found, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wonderful college, not lacking in academics, sports or extra curricular activities. No sororities or Greek life to be found, if you want to go to a few parties now and then you're out of luck. Extremely friendly and helpful staff/faculty, facilities are excellent except off campus housing. Not LGBTQ friendly.

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  • 2,788
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $33,180
  • Acceptance rate
  • 80%

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