Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah, founded in 1909, is a private, church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 400-acre campus in located in Grantham, 10 miles southwest of Harrisburg.

Website: www.messiah.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,734
Undergraduate
Students
(61.0%) 1,669 Women
(39.0%) 1,065 Men
641
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
79% of 2,530 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.77
SAT Math
530-660 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
602 average
550-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
See more

Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$50,380
Tuition and Fees
$36,120
Room and Board
$10,580
Average Percent of Need Met
75%
Average Freshman Award
$26,892
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$39,104
See more

Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
195
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
See more

Campus Life

Mechanicsburg Population
5,000
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
88% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Falcons
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
See more

Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.5% Asian
2.5% Black/African-American
5.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
84.7% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students
4.4% from 30 countries
First-Year Students Returning
87.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
73.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
83%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
See more

Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 2 3
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 2  
History   2
Academic Electives 4  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
One College Avenue
City, State, Zip
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone
(717) 691-6000
Fax
(717) 796-5374
E-mail
admiss@messiah.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
79% of 2,530 applicants were admitted
Women
80% of 1,522 applicants were admitted
Men
77% of 1,008 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
691 (35%) of 1,996 admitted students enrolled
Women
418 (34%) of 1,216 admitted students enrolled
Men
259 (33%) of 780 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
0
Students Accepting Wait List Position
0
Students Admitted From Wait List
0

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.77
3.75 and Above
69%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
530-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
13%
Score of 600 - 700
34%
Score of 500 - 600
42%
Score of 400 - 500
11%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
602 average
550-650 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
12%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
41%
Score of 400 - 500
6%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
20%
Score of 24 - 29
51%
Score of 18 - 23
27%
Score of 12 - 17
2%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 37%
Top quarter: 61%
Top half: 90%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
3%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$50,380
Tuition and Fees
$36,120
Room and Board
$10,580
Books and Supplies
$1,280
Other Expenses
$2,400
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline April 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003298
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
579 (90.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
488 (88.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
488 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
89 (16.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
75%
Average Award
$26,892
Need-Based Gift
Received by 482 (99.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,461
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 393 (79.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,611
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 61 (13.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
158 (19.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,580

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,191 (81.7%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,919 (87.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,919 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
342 (17.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
72%
Average Award
$25,358
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,901 (99.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $19,479
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,564 (79.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,452
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 224 (11.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
691 (26.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,130

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
70%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$39,104
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
9.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Humanities
Number of Awards
2,218
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Dance, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
106
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
553
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Adult Students, Children of Faculty/Staff, Local/State Students, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
167
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,091
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Communications Technology/Technician
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  • Dance, General
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Family and Community Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Finance, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musical Theatre
  • Outdoor Education
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religious Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Engineering
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Applied health science or biopsychology/occupational therapy with Thomas Jefferson University, biochemistry/pharmacy with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, politics/public policy and management with Carnegie Mellon University
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
195
Part-Time Faculty
162
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
47%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 7% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 56% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 37% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
922,646
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
571
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Mechanicsburg Population
5,000
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
485 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.2 average low in January, 81.2 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Harrisburg
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Harrisburg

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
88% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Falcons
School Colors
Navy blue and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x   x  
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, outreach teams, student government, choral groups and ensembles, small group program, outdoors club
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,734
Women
1,669 (61.0%)
Men
1,065 (39.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,598
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.5% Asian
2.5% Black/African-American
5.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
84.7% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students.
4.4% from 30 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
641

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
87.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
73.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
77.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
81.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
83%
Average Starting Salary
83%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 1%
Theology 1%
Arts and Sciences 9%
Medicine 2%
Education 2%
Other 5%

A portion of the College Profile data is provided under license by:
Peterson's Undergraduate and Undergraduate Financial Aid Databases, copyright © 2019 Peterson's, a Nelnet company. All rights reserved."