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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Messiah is an above-average private, non-denominational university located in Upper Allen Township, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,598 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Messiah acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Engineering, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 78% of students, Messiah alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,000.
One University Ave
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences

Messiah University Rankings

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Messiah Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1080-1310
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$27,976/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$19,385/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.82 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.87 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.87 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,598Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
136
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Friendly
    32%
  • Community-oriented.
    29%
  • Christian
    26%
  • Judgemental
    11%
  • Cliquey and Judgemental
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life.73 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.107 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Christian
    73%
  • Opportunistic
    10%
  • Loving
    6%
  • Mediocre
    4%
  • Close knit
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Wholistic and Enriching
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
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I love this school! The Christian environment is incredibly welcoming to everyone. I also love how academically rigorous the classes are and the fact that there is a faith component built into every single one. There is a great sense of community, and I cannot see myself going to school anywhere else.
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Not a good school. Limited worldviews, bad use of funding. As soon as you become a student, they treat you like trash. They constantly make financial/billing mistakes, most of the administrative staff is rude and unhelpful, and the dorms are low quality. They repeatedly made mistakes with our degree audits and credits. I worked on Messiah's fundraising team for a bit and they claim to fund raise for student scholarships but then they actually use the money for entirely unrelated things (like paying administration a cushy salary). How about improving the dorms Messiah? Or lowering costs and only hiring staff that are actually helpful and care for students? Don't fall for their charms when they try to get you to commit, they are not worth your time and will treat you as if YOU are not worth THEIR time.
I had a very good experience at Messiah College. I had a hard time adjusting at first, but the staff there are so nice. My Resident Director, Resident Asssistant, and Professors were so caring and genuinely always wanted to help. There were a lot of fun activities, clubs, and sporting events to go too. I have met so many amazing people!