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  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 1 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Christians who want to deepen their faith and academic understanding would love it here, although patient and tolerant non-Christians are VERY welcome as well. If you like to know most of the people on campus, but still want to run into lots of people you don't know, you can get that here. Because students come from so many different backgrounds, you won't have to try to fit yourself into a clique that has already been formed. Most students are starting from scratch to build their friend base their freshman year. If you want to try a lot of new extracurricular activities, there are PLENTY. Also, professors are very easy to get to know and work with. There is a community covenant that everyone must sign stating that we promise not to drink alcohol or do illegal drugs (or anything illegal) while a Messiah College student. There are also quiet hours night and specified visiting hours during the day between guys and girls dorms. If you don't mind those rules (or really appreciate them, like me) this college is right for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need as much stuff as you think you do. Think about all the activities you want to join and plan to bring the stuff you need to do them (unless it is stuff that a school usually provides). And, classes ARE challenging, so plan time to study and time to rest. Don't get over-committed, but do get involved! Messiah offers SO many clubs and opportunities that it would be a waste not to try them. Try something new! You already payed for it, so you might as well try it. Go on that white-water-rafting trip and join the volunteer program! Get to know some upperclassmen too. They can be a great help, great fun, and a great resource as you work through college. Finally, do not be afraid of your future roommates. Only check the willing to room with cross-cultural student if you are flexible, patient, and really do want to. Roommates may or may not work out exactly as you planned, but you don't need to be best friends to be great roommates. God will make sure that you will be fine.

    Bang for the buck

    Messiah is less expensive and more liberal than many of the other private Christian Colleges, and is bigger and/or much more diverse than Malone, Cedarville, EMU or Grove City. It is fairly easy to get a scholarship there if you have decent grades, and it has more majors than many of the other Christian Colleges. Included in each students bill is a student government and student activities fee. So, you don't have to worry about paying for each sorority or fraternity or group you would like to join. The groups that need money are given a budget, so you hardly ever have to pay to join or get involved (unless you need equipment or something). This makes it easy for you to do all the activities you would like, while still being able to afford the meal plan. Maybe. Our meal plan is expensive, and each freshman and sophomore must purchase the without limits ultra meal plan--or one that costs exactly the same as it. The food is really good, and you have TONS of options (just look at the menu if you are curious-we have even more than it shows). And, the dining hall is open from 7 AM to 7:30 PM, so it is very convenient, and something is always there that is good to eat. It is just expensive. But do not fear! When you are a junior, senior, or living in off-campus housing, you will not have to pay so much because you are not required to buy a meal plan (but you won't have quite as good meals, unless you are a good chef).

    Am enjoying being here

    The people, the landscaping, the activities, and the classes all keep me breathless and busy. When I am not hanging out with friends, making new friends in one of the hundreds of student-run organizations, or taking classes, I can run through the fitness trail through the woods or wander through beautiful gardens. Messiah has a wonderful balance of places to be active and with people and places to be by yourself to study, pray or take a break. There are so many clubs it is difficult to choose what to commit to, so you really have to make it a priority to choose things that you can do and have fun at, but not take out too much time for studying. Living in a somewhat rural location (although we are 15 min. from Harrisburg) allows us to do outdoors clubs with wilderness activities one day and work with inner-city kids the next day. Any activity you can imagine that you would like to try is there. And if, for some reason it isn't, you can start a club and go do it!

    Am learning a lot

    Mostly my classes have been small enough to be able to get to know the teacher, yet large enough to have a discussion that has representatives from many different worldviews. Even the lecture classes have been small, especially considering what other college's lecture class sizes are sometimes. My largest class was 75 people, and my smallest class was 10 people. The professors are all real professors, and for the most part have been enthusiastic and truly interested in their subject. The classes are challenging, but good. I feel like I will be well prepared to take the MCAT or GRE when the time comes if classes keep going as they have been. Yet, that is not all. Not only have I grown in my knowledge of academic subjects, but I have also grown spiritually. The classes here challenge me to find how my faith fits into what I'm learning (and the other way around). We have prayers before tests, devotions before some classes, and professors present some of the ways other Christians have accomplished the their integration of faith and learning.

  • 08/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are serious about getting an education this school will be great for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get as much financial help you can as well as scholarships! Don't wait till your senior year to start looking for help! Start now!!! Another tip would be to start practicing writing papers with real meat in them. Professors can spot a poorly written paper a mile away. If you can get this down you'll be fine in writing those 5-10 page papers about a topic you can't stand. Another thing is that if you're a nursing or engineering major get in your application early because those are the first two majors to get filled! One final thing would be that if you find out you're bored on campus get involved in a club! There's plenty of clubs around campus to keep you busy with stuff you love to do!

    Bang for the buck

    While the price is kinda pricey it is definitely worth it! Financial Aid helps a lot and get all the scholarships and grants you can! Don't let the price however steer you away from going to the college. They'll create a payment plan for you to make sure that you can get to the college you want!

    Am enjoying being here

    While there is a decent amount of things to do on campus; the people definitely make it worth living on campus. You make your college experience your own and Messiah does a really good job with helping you make it one of the best experiences of your life.

    Am learning a lot

    I never thought that I would learn as much as I have being at this college. Most of the classes you feel like you're doing nothing but little do you know that the professors are teaching you on how to deal with real life situations and how to think like the world thinks. Another great part about this school is that most of the classes are small enough that most of the professors really get to know you and are very helpful when you need it the most.

  • 03/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 49

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    We have many activities and clubs all around campus; including my favorite Club Soccer, and Swing Dancing, and many more. There is a club for all students, including bible studies in dorm rooms, we have the opportunity to was old and new films in a cinema, dances that are very enjoyable. There is also the chance to be included in Zumba fitness dancing, and even recreational sports or all kinds.

    Food and Dining

    The Lottie Nelson, which is our main cafe, is a great place to eat, an all day long buffet and the chance to meet know people, as well as meet with close friends. We also have The Union, The Falcon Express, and South Side, all imitating a Starbucks atmosphere, and a more relaxed place, to eat well cooked food, interact with other students, or simply do some school work.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm has a number of students helping us get settled in college and are with us throughout the year it self. Our room assistants are there for each student and helps us go through problems we may have. As a result we have activities with the other floors, boys or girls, and as well as have a sense of brotherhood with the roommates we end up sharing rooms with.

    Academic Rigor

    We aren't forced to do anything we do not want to do, in other words with the advisers assigned to each of us, we choose our majors, classes, and even other activities with them. It's good to know someone is helping me make the proper choices we need to succeed at Messiah.

    Tips for prospective students

    I actually had some prospective students visit me, and as host I have told them the many benefits one receives attending Messiah college. The friends you make are lifetime, and the best part, is being able to follow your Christian faith while learning in classes.

    In three sentences

    I would give this college an 9.5 from a scale of 10. This is because Messiah truly cares for the students here, in they support us educationally, emotionally, and even physically. There are a number of fun activities/ clubs to participate in and have fun aside from high quality system of learning.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to explore their faith. Those who love the outdoors. Those who love to volunteer and serve others. Those who need to understand themselves better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get involved in some sort of club or activity. The easiest way to build new relationships is through the activities on campus that meet on a weekly basis. Don't be afraid to try new things and explore your interests. And definitely take the time to explore your faith in powerhouse, chapel, small groups bible studies, in the class, or wherever else. Messiah College offers many resources to explore your faith and there is nothing better than getting to know God better.

    Bang for the buck

    Messiah does cost a lot more money than an average public school does, however if i did not think it was worth it I would not be going there. The College provides many opportunities that larger schools do not provide like volunteer opportunities and low-cost trips to places outside the college like Philadelphia and Broadway. They have several low-cost concerts a year and small bands play every Wednesday night for free. All sporting events are free even soccer. Our soccer team has won national eight times in the last eleven years. All students are also provided with an opportunity to study abroad for only one thousand extra dollars. I feel I am reaping the benefits of the extra cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    The college does a great job with integrating new students. There is an entire welcome week that is dedicated to making first years feel like they belong. The event that is most memorable to me was first year games, which included games that required teamwork, problem solving, and was a lot of fun. First years are also set up with a peer group that allows immediate interaction with other students. The entire atmosphere of the college is friendly and accepting. The small student population allows students to get to know each other on a one-on-one basis and make lasting relationships. Having opportunities to deepen my Christian faith has also been one of the greatest experiences I have had at Messiah.

    Am learning a lot

    Messiah College has challenged me academically is various ways. The classes i have attended have been very discussion based allowing us to share our opinions and challenge each other. My bible class has stretched me more than i thought it could. It allowed me to explore the beliefs of other students as well as my own. I feel like i know why i believe what i do more. Most of my classes have had some type of paper or presentation that requires out of class research. I find that having this out of class research has encouraged me to learn on my own. I have also learned a lot about other people through the various volunteer opportunities and multicultural events on campus.

  • 05/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great for outgoing, christian students who are very comfortable with living on a floor with 40-50 students. athletic students are also very prominent here because of the great athletic teams ans sports complex. Those more inclined to school work and high grades also do very well here because the professors see to it that every student is challenged in the proper manner so they get the most out of college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep on task because Messiah is so nice that you can get caught up in hanging out with friends rather than doing the school work. but if you keep up on your work everything will be wonderful at this college. It's clean, fun, christian oriented, and very intense.

    Bang for the buck

    Messiah is worth every last penny you spend because there are three key things that i think put Messiah on top of the other college choices. 1) there is a very strong sense of community and everyone looks out for each other. 2) the professors are some of the best at any college or university that you could attend because they make sure you understand what you are learning, along with pushing you to go that extra mile. 3) the campus is absolutely breathtaking in every aspect. The academic buildings are beautiful, the nature trail has unsurpassed beauty, and the campus in general is very well maintained.

    Am enjoying being here

    Every minute spent on the campus is another minute I can devote to God. It's very easy to spend time with friends and it is easy to meet new people as well. Most of the time you spend hanging out is spent at the student union or the south side cafe which are both great places to hang with friends and even family when they come to visit.

    Am learning a lot

    Messiah's academics are second to none because all of the professors here actually care about the individual student and will strive their hardest to help you if you are having trouble. There are also so many different classes you can take that you are bound to have many classes you enjoy.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I'm not sure what this one means. But I would say that there is honestly a place for everyone at Messiah. The extremely intellectual, the artsy type, the athletic, really anyone. Messiah is just a fun place to be and I definitely think of it as my home. Being a senior this year, I'm counting down the days before I go back to school. How many people can say that? How many people are dying to get back to school? I know I definitely am and I'm not a bookworm either. The Messiah community is my second family.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd say, first of all, pray! This is obviously a Christian school, so I know you all are seeking the Lord's guidance in this monumental decision. Don't go to a school your parents choose for you. Even if that school is Messiah. This is your life, and you want to do what's right FOR YOU. Not anyone else. Also, don't be afraid to get involved. Be proactive and don't wait for opportunities to just fall in your lap. I am the president of the hip hop dance team. I've done field hockey, floor hockey, rec sports, outreach teams, volunteering and more all the while working my butt off for a nursing degree. You can do it, and I promise it will be the most rewarding experience of your life.

    Bang for the buck

    Okay, let's be honest. It's mad expensive. Especially if you're like me and have to pay for your own schooling. But honestly, the amount of money you are paying really is a reflection of the amazing education you're receiving. I have to tell myself that every year that I sit down to figure out what I owe. But, the dorms are awesome. I've seen much much worse. Lottie's food is pretty good generally speaking. Over the summer I've actually caught myself craving some of the meals, especially Sunday Chicken Cordon Bleu. The opportunities to get involved are endless. At the end of the day, I'm glad I chose to spend a little bit more on a great school, rather than settling for less than what Messiah has to offer-which is a lot!

    Am enjoying being here

    Outside of the classroom, Messiah is a blast. Everything from our amazing sports teams, to BSIDES free concerts every Wednesday nights and the ever ridiculous karaoke nights in Lottie Nelson Dining hall. This place is really fun. There is definitely a group of people for everyone. The student body is extremely diverse and I don't think it's possible not to fit in somewhere. It's a very friendly environment and everywhere you go you see smiling faces.

    Am learning a lot

    The best thing about Messiah is that the professors are really interested in your learning. I have had professors meet with me individually just to see how I thought the class was going and if I felt it was living up to my expectations. I have also received emails from professors who encouraged me to further my learning outside of the classroom by attending specialized conferences and meetings in that particular field of study. I am never afraid to ask questions in class, or voice my opinion because it is always well accepted. The classes are genuinely very good.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Messiah's great for students who want to strengthen their faith while getting a great education.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would strongly suggest to tour the campus (preferably not on open house days; one-on-one tours are the best). When you tour the campus, be prepared with questions to ask your tour guide! They'll be honest with you. Try to tour a dorm or two and sit in on a class related to your major. Maybe even meet with the advisor you'll be assigned to if you do decide to attend Messiah. Talk to the students you see around campus too!

    Bang for the buck

    Although Messiah's pretty expensive, I was able to earn a variety of scholarships, which made my tuition around the same amount as an average public state school. However, the original cost would be more worth it if Messiah was located closer to civilization. But, college is mainly for the education, right? Education-wise, I'm definitely getting my money's worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    I personally find it difficult to make substantial friendships here. Sure, it's easy to make an acquaintance or two from your classes, but it's hard to make those acquaintances grow into something more when all you can go to hang out is the Union, Fishbowl, or Southside Cafe. Because of the lack of hang-out areas, restrictive visitation hours, and a not-so-booming off-campus life, it's difficult to build those long-lasting friendships that everyone gains in their college years.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much here at Messiah. Messiah's professors are definitely its strongest selling point. They genuinely care about you and are always willing to help if you need it. Not only are they great educators, they are mentors, friends, and overall great people. I know when I'm out in the working force, I will be more than prepared.

  • 01/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Enjoy: small campus environment; have a car to get off campus; Christian fellowship and community; working hard and learning a lot; soccer (best guy's soccer team in the nation!)

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, visit many colleges (even take notes! so you remember your visit/impressions), get those applications in fast! In personal essays, be yourself and don't try to sound intelligent, seriously.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but the price you pay is worth it. Messiah is a private college, which means the price is the same whether you're from PA or out-of-state. The professors are intelligent and helpful and students strive to do their best, because they're paying so much for their education. I know I'm struggling to help my parents pay for my tuition and books, but if you have a strong Christian faith and character, you know that God will provide for you.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am currently in my spring semester of my first year and so far, it's been quite an adventure. You anticipate so much the summer before beginning your very first semester of college. I had no clue what to expect. I had visited a couple times throughout my junior and senior year, but I still was hesitate. I truly love this college and everything is has to offer. I have made so many friends and I have grown in my faith. It's amazing to sit in your first class and have your professor pray before beginning lectures or discussion. Not all of my classes did, but the ones that did were especially awesome. Students love community here, planning tons of events to get people involved. That's what college is about and since it's a private, liberal arts, Christian college, they focus on that to make students feel welcome and comfortable. I have learned so much more than I ever did in high school. College is the real thing and this school is truly amazing.

    Am learning a lot

    The truth? The classes are difficult at times. Most definitely challenging. You don't have (or need) to be a brainiac or super smart geek, but you have to want to learn, do homework every night, read a lot, and study well for exams. The curriculum is more difficult than other private, Christian colleges (and public universities/colleges), but that's what separates us from them. I believe Messiah strives in excellence in academics and when you graduate, your employer will know you have a lot of potential.

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    --don't mind going to chapel twice a week most weeks --enjoy soccer and don't mind not having a football team --thrive more in a discussion type atmosphere than lectures --those who want to truly get to know their professors --those who want to be well-rounded through the gen ed requirements --dry campus

    Tips for prospective students

    --apply early with the rolling admissions --stay overnight for free in one of the dorms with a current student ----meet with a professor in your department of interest --visit the campus more than once to get a true view of what's going on --look up class pages on Facebook such as Messiah College Class of 2015 to get to know others --explore the surrounding area on campus visits --come prepared with a list of questions, especially on open house days when there are group tours

    Bang for the buck

    99% of Messiah students do not pay the full admission price. Many of my friends who are paying their way through college have said that Messiah's financial aid staff has been very helpful in providing the awards needed. They even have an option where you can do an interview instead of providing SAT scores and still earn a good scholarship. 70 Honors students receive a 60% tuition scholarship and other students receive $10,500. There are also scholarships available for minority students and different departmental scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    Some may say that the environment is too small because there are no sororities or fraternities, but I love the small school environment. I have gotten involved in a lot of activities that I would have never expected when I entered. For example, I am now playing the bari sax in the band for the first time and also one of the DJs for the college radio station. I have also found many friends who share similar interests and we do weekend movie/game nights together. The professors are very supportive if you are having any trouble and everyone is genuinely friendly. It is a beautiful campus and I love taking runs around to explore the nature. I feel that I am accepted no matter who I am and I can truly be myself. I was so worried about leaving home when I entered college and am truly looking forward to going back in the fall.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel that I have become a much better writer as a result of my professors' constructive criticism. I have also learned effective time management in studying for tests in advance and doing homework for a class that does not meet the next day. The college operates both a tutoring center and a writing center and with the small school atmosphere, it is easier to get to know the tutors and not have to wait a long time to get help. I feel that I am also learning a lot, such as social skills and musical skills, outside the classroom. I have also learned how to operate my own calendar and maintain my own organized atmosphere, without my mom keeping a calendar and helping me clean.

  • 03/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student who would enjoy a smaller private college, and also good for students who enjoy having there beliefs challenged or liberated.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student come visit Messiah, the campus is absolutely beautiful, but take what the guides say with a grain of salt, because I felt that some components of Messiah weren't the whole truth. For example, the guide will most likely say that there are always events going on at Messiah and that if there is any dull moment shuttles are usually available to go into Harrisburg from Messiah. These are half truths because there are events usually occurring at Messiah, but most of the time they are symposiums or other events that are for alumni or other things of that like. Regarding the shuttles, well the are available sometimes, but you get your arm twisted when you try and acquire one. Another thing i was told on my visit that turned out to be quite a lie was that Messiah is not a suitcase college, or that the student's don't go home on the weekend. This is most certainly not the case, I feel like a good bit of students live about 5 to 30 minutes away from home, and usually go home on the weekends, leaving you to a ghost town if you live about 4 hours away like me. Overall, I would suggest visiting the college outside of the tour and get your own idea from what you observe, and visit it multiple times if possible so you can get an accurate idea of what life at Messiah might be like, and even ask the students you see, they will let you know what you are wondering with honesty.

    Bang for the buck

    Messiah is a rather expensive school, and I would guess that it is to get the great teaching staff. Most of the teachers on Messiah's payroll do a great job of teaching and make time to see the students if they need any help. The facilities are average and sometimes you may ask where is all my tuition going?, but if you step back and analyze the college you can see that it is going towards you quality education and the countless opportunities offered through study abroad.

    Am enjoying being here

    A great majority of my time has been taken up doing the work assignments, and you would think that I am not really enjoying my time at Messiah, but that's not the case! Despite the heavy work load, the Messiah College environment makes it so that most of my experiences are rather enjoyable. The strong community that can be developed between you and the fellow students on your floor is something that provides a huge component of Messiah's level of enjoyment. Most of the weekends, if your not doing schoolwork, will most likely just be composed of you chilling' with your floor-mates, because unfortunately there isn't to much to do on Messiah's Campus.

    Am learning a lot

    As a student of Messiah College you really have no other option, but to learn allot. The majority of the course curricula, that I've experienced so far, require that you intake the information that they present, analyze it, and then they will present some type of issue that requires your newly acquired knowledge to be applied. This is how learning should be, not only because it's effective, but because it shows he student that it has an applicable use.

  • 04/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Homeschooled students. Christian private school students. Students dedicated to combining their faith with their education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider how conservative of a place you want to be in. Its very difficult to be here if you have some liberal beliefs. If you are a conservative person, with traditional Christian beliefs, this is a great place to be. Consider all the aspects of a college; student life and academics.

    Bang for the buck

    As I said above, Messiah will definitely make you capable of working out in the real world. If that's what you're looking to do, the price is worth it. The financial aid is also something that Messiah does a great job of taking care of, so long as you do the work to make sure that you have good grades.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is in a great location, near Harrisburg with shuttles going at different times during the week. So long as you find people to do things with, you should have a great time. However, a large number of the student population consists of home school and christian private school students, which ends up with a fairly conservative student population. If this may make you uncomfortable, Messiah may not be for you.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a music education major at Messiah College, where I am so happy with the music department. We have a lot of opportunities for different types of performances, from musicals like Carousel to symphonies from Beethoven and Brahms. The faculty are definitely experts in their fields and you will be prepared to perform in numerous music scenarios after you graduate from Messiah's music department.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i walk campus a lot at night and i feel safe. good lighting as well as a lot of adults walking and about.

    Bang for the buck

    buy your books from amazon.com not necessarily from the campus book store

    What to do for fun

    you really need a car or a friend with a car to get off of campus but there are always sporting events an other on campus events going on that you can go to at no or minimal costs.

    Food and Dining

    sometimes it's the same food over and over again but there is a pretty good options most of the time.

    Dorm Life

    i'm in a quad room so i have 3 roommates! i love it!!

    Academic Rigor

    it's challenging to figure out how to organize your classes and your down time but it can be done!

    Tips for prospective students

    come for an overnight stay! talk with staff from the major you want and they'll put you with someone from your prospective major!

    In three sentences

    i really like messiah college, it has the rules in place where i can focus on my classes and things i need to do and not all the co-ed issues that can arise without the visitation rules. i was concerned that it would be a strict college.. it's strict but not to strict that i can't be the person that i really am!

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Offers food for those with special diets with alternatives (vegetarians)

    Dorm Life

    A real sense of community in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Especially the sciences and maths! Messiah has a great education program.

    In three sentences

    An amazing, academically challenging college that values community, discipline, and appreciates diversity with the growing population of multicultural students. Messiah College does not reject different Christian beliefs.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nothing ever happens, so its pretty safe here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ring before Spring. Getting creeked for your birthday.

    What to do for fun

    Regardless of if you have close friends or not, there is almost always something to do. Movies, free concerts, coffeehouse, athletic events, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The union is a great place to hang out in addition to pretty good food. Lottie nelson (the main dining hall) has passable food with an okay environment. The Falcon (located below lottie) is similar to the union in food, with much more variety, although it is a lot smaller than both of them.

    Dorm Life

    It has a very community oriented atmosphere throughout. People have a lot of fun together, and it can be herd all-throughout the halls. There are a good amount of events that keep people together.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging in that once you began to get the hang of something, the load for it increases. The amount of work from any given class can be substantial. It takes a lot of discipline and self-motivation to get through it all sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready for a whirlwind of experiences: Spiritual, academic, and social. Be ready to be challenged by the work-load. And keep your eyes open because the school year moves so fast.

    In three sentences

    To be completely honest I love it here at Messiah: Generally speaking, the people are warm, and the atmosphere is great. My biggest problem however is the cost of tuition, which is only increasing. Aside from that, I would rate Messiah a 8/10.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone on campus. Check out the activities fair at the beginning of the year to see where you want to get involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People get creeked on birthdays or if they get engaged. There are also the usual finals traditions, like Duct Tape Wars, Midnight Scream, and late-night pancakes in the dining hall.

    What to do for fun

    Obviously, as a Christian college, partying isn't exactly a big thing at Messiah. There are plenty of other ways to spend your time, though. There's a dollar movie every weekend, plus some dances and even a couple free activities. There's a great fitness trail to walk (combine exercise and hanging out with friends!), rec sports, TONS of clubs, and of course watching movies, playing games, or simply talking with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is FANTASTIC! There are three main options for meals: Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, The Falcon (a grab-n-go type place), and the Union (a mix of the two). Keep an eye on that freshman fifteen, because the food is delicious!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are usually fairly quiet, but it depends on what floor you live on. Guys and girls are separated by floor. The dorms are overall pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard, but worth it. Really, each person can determine their work level based on what they want to do with their major and such.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! The application process is a lot easier if you start a couple months in advance. Don't let the cost scare you; there are campus jobs, financial aid, and plenty of scholarships. Be friendly at prospective student days; you might meet future friends!

    In three sentences

    It's a great school for Christians wanting to explore the intersection of faith and education. There are tons of service and leadership opportunities as well as fun stuff to do. If you love learning, people, and God, then this is the school for you!

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a great Campus Safety Department located on campus who are always patrolling and there are rarely problems on campus.

    Greek Life

    We do not have any Sororities or Fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of different activities and clubs on campus to get involved in. A few are: Rec Sports, Outdoors Club, Red Cross Club, United Voices of Praise, Student Government Association, ect...

    Great for these types of students

    It is a Christian College so that is a very important aspect. Also it is a dry campus, meaning no alcohol and no tobacco products.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On your birthday, it is a tradition that you will get thrown into the creek on campus, this also happens if you get engaged. There is also a saying on campus of Ring by Spring because we do have a high number of students who get engaged while attending Messiah.

    Bang for the buck

    Messiah tuition is around 40,000 right now, so it is more expensive but they are really good about giving scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    The campus holds alot of activities for the students including movies for $1 every weekend, alot of free concert, and alot of parties on the weekends too.

    Food and Dining

    With your meal plan, you get three options where to eat. Lottie is the main dining hall and then there is the Falcon and Union cafes. Lottie is set up like a food court and it is all you can eat for each meal.

    Dorm Life

    We do have Visitation Hours where guys are allowed on girls floors and the opposite only some days a week for Freshman. The hours grow in each year. There is a Resident Assistant on every floor who is there to help if there are any problems and a Resident Director in every building for the bigger problems.

    Academic Rigor

    We have many great Academic departments and professors. The professors actually care about the students in a 1 on 1 setting. The class sizes are small. Usually less than 60 in the Gen Ed class and around 20 people in classes for your Major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, Get involved in your Extra-Curricular activities and Scheduale to spend the night with a current student, it will really help you to decide.

    In three sentences

    Messiah College is a wonderful, smaller school built outside of Harrisburg. The campus feels like it is in the middle of the woods, having a nice sense of security. There is a great Christian atmosphere both in classes and outside as well.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Getting involved is one of the best things to do at Messiah. There are over 60 clubs and organizations. During Fall and Spring semester there is a student activities fair where you can talk to student representatives from different clubs. You can find your place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Duct Tape Wars- Annual Battle between Men of North Campus and South Campus where students make cardboard shields and swords and enact a fake battle. Creeking- Birthday dip in the yellow breeches. Christmas Tradition- Christmas Dance Sledding down cemetery hill.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a different type of experience in college at Messiah. Because of small class sizes you get to know professors and classmates within your major, students who live in your building and who have similar interests. Messiah seeks to make students well rounded by providing learning opportunities that bring diversity, controversy, and student interest.

    What to do for fun

    My favorite things to do at Messiah: Tubing or Canoeing down the Yellow Breeches or Susquehanna river. Hang with friends in the lounge and bake cookies. Go to Wednesday night concerts in the student union. Coffeehouse once a month where students play covers & originals. Attend Student Activities excursions, scavenger hunts, concerts. SPORTS Games. Messiah has awesome sports teams.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining hall works really hard to get food that students want to eat and to provide the best quality of that food. There are gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options also. I love the dining facilities and never have a problem finding something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Living with 30-40 other students on a hall is great. Students, and resident assistants are friendly and want to get to know you. Rooms are pretty decent and spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here aren't a breeze. Professors don't want you to work for a grade but for knowledge and understanding of the world around us. It is the learning and what you do with that learning that counts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out our study abroad program. More than 2/3 of Messiah College students have an experience abroad during their time spent at Messiah. Whether this be studying in another country, doing a three week trip over a May Term or January Term or an international service trip. Stepping outside of the US is an experience that will blow you away.

    In three sentences

    Messiah College has been an amazing school to attend over the past three years. I have grown in tremendous ways academically, relationally, spiritually and intellectually. The campus, professors, students, administration and opportunities here have exceeded my expectations.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is over all safe, however , there really isn't anything guarding the campus such as fences or gates.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life. :(

    Clubs and Activities

    With about 70 clubs there is something for everyone. Also the Student Activities Board hosts dances, concerts, and trips.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for outgoing students who are smart as well as athletic. It's high volume , and a good fit for students who like to know people on a more intimate level because of its small size.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition called creeking, which is what happens to people when their birthdays come around. A group of their friends will take them down to the creek and throw them in.

    Bang for the buck

    Messiah is pricey, but it's worth the money . Messiah can be described as a Christian Ivy- League. The professors will test your limits and challenge students to expand their knowledge.

    What to do for fun

    Messiah is in a rural area, so coming from a urban area I found that in order to have fun individuals must be creative. Messiah is a very athletic school so individuals would do well to play sports. There are a variety of rec sports and other activities to get involved in .

    Food and Dining

    College food is not the best , however it's edible. Messiah strives to give students a variety of food choices.

    Tips for prospective students

    Realize that college is very different than high school. The experience that you have there is based solely on what each individual makes of their situation.

    In three sentences

    A great christian school that teaches its students the value of education as well as becoming global citizens. This establishment creates opportunities for students to learn in more than just the classroom , but through other activities, and the greater community. A college dedicated to its students, its faculty, and the world.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can always find a campus security officers nearby. They are often patrolling in cars or walking around. There is also emergency box things around campus that have a telephone and emergency button that sounds an alarm.

    Bang for the buck

    Messiah is a private college so it is pricey. They do offer different scholarships that help the price. Despite it being more than other colleges it, the Messiah experience is worth the extra money.

    What to do for fun

    If it's nice weather go outside! You can play Frisbee, hang out with friends on blankets, or go to the Yellow Breeches and swim/tube. You can also hang out at the Student Union or go to the Fishbowl! One Sunday a month you can go to the Union for coffee house and listen to people perform while you drink coffee and hang out with friend. Go off campus! Harrisburg is a 15 minute drive from Messiah and there are a lot of great places to check out in the city.

    Food and Dining

    Messiah food is much better than the average college food. There are many delicious options for all three meals. Also Messiah is very accommodating to students with food allergies.

    Dorm Life

    Messiah dorm life is great! The dorms might not be

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but managable. The professors are very helpful and are willing to spend time with the student. Like most schools different professors create different levels of academic rigor.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Messiah College is for everyone! I have friends who are quiet and shy, loud and outgoing, and some who are just plain weird. But that's okay because each one of them is different and make living at Messiah amazing. It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from, or what you're like. You'll fit it just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    If Messiah is your top choice, but you are having second thoughts, don't! Come and see what Messiah college really offers you. It is the best school for people who want a comfortable environment, a small campus, and a bunch of goofy friends. You will not regret the experience and friends you gain here.

    Bang for the buck

    Messiah is expensive, but it's worth every penny. There's no place like it. The professors are great, the students are hilarious, and the classes are crazy! You will never have a dull moment (even during intense finals' weeks).

    Am enjoying being here

    My roommates were awesome this last year! We got along so well together. My hall mates and classmates were so much fun to be around. My Resident Assistant was the best. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors have been so helpful my first year. The art professors especially. I learned so much in my first year that I will use the rest of my life. I can't wait until this fall!

  • 11/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    those who wish to find a school that will support christian beliefs and does not flow with the ways of the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep your head held high, and smile. everyone is nervous the first week or so, but it is easy to get into the swing of things.

    Bang for the buck

    the teachers are fantastic. the christian fellowship is wonderful. there are multiple clubs that one can be involved in. there is always something going on on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The teachers are wonderful. There are multiple activities here on campus, and people don't look at you funny when you say your a Christian.

    Academic Rigor

    it's not easy being a biology student. the classes are challenging, but the teachers are willing to help and the material is wonderful. the language teachers that taught my class were wonderful and helped me understand and appreciate the language. the biology teachers made the classes interesting. during j-term (a class shoved into about three weeks during january) i had to take the class animal form and function. it was a difficult class but it was a lot of fun, so no matter what you have heard, do not worry! the teachers all have a sense of humor and you can get through the class! the classes i am currently taking are teaching me quite a bit as well. all the classes are instructive and fun.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 49

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For any individual there is something fun to be found on Messiah's campus! Sports, whether recreational or competitive, can fill your evenings. Dollar movies can entertain you on a weekend! One can even become a DJ on the college radio station. For others, maybe curling up with a book in the library is the way to go!

    Food and Dining

    Variety is key! I love that Messiah offers selection for vegans. gluten-free diets, and more! There are plenty of healthy options (this is important to me, as I am what one might call a health-freak), yet there are also plenty of DELICIOUS desserts! In addition, there are cafes and fun places to dine other than the welcoming dinner hall, Lottie Nelson.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is wonderful because of the feeling of community and family. In first-year dorms, countless opportunities for socialization is provided, so that the new students may meet others and learn what it is to experience family at Messiah.

    Academic Rigor

    Messiah is known for placing value on academic rigor. In fact, many professors do not give out A's, except on rare occasions. The work is a challenge; however, professors work with students so that they can reach their highest potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should expect a warm, friendly environment at Messiah. However, they should be prepared to be challenged in more than one way, and to live up to challenging expectations!

    In three sentences

    Messiah College challenges me academically because of the rigorous work load and high expectations from professors. This college challenges me spiritually because it pushes me to seek a greater relationship with God. Lastly, Messiah College challenges me to integrate my academics and my growing spirituality in application to my life after college.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety officers are great.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not quite sure about all of the clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Want to grow spiritually.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Creeking is done when someone has a birthday. On that day, you throw them into the creek nearby.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but the professors are great.

    What to do for fun

    Rec Sports

    Food and Dining

    It's pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I have a great group of guys on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are tough, but worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack in High School

    In three sentences

    It is a great Christian School. The academics are excellent for a Christian school. I would recommend looking into it.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe, even at night.

    Greek Life

    there is none.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of clubs and activities. we have a club fair at the beginning of the year and i always sign up for too many!

    Great for these types of students

    christians, open-minded people, hipsters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are dances every semester, which are awesome. there is the duck tape wars, where men from south side and north side fight in armor made out of duck tape.

    Bang for the buck

    costs a lot, but worth it.

    What to do for fun

    you have to create your own fun, but you make wonderful friends, so you can hang with them.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall isn't bad, but kind of boring.

    Dorm Life

    nice living arrangements and always nice people. visitation kind of stinks.

    Academic Rigor

    work hard, and get good grades. it can be hard if you don't keep up.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you do well in high school, college won't be so bad. be open minded and open to new experiences.

    In three sentences

    messiah college is a community like no other. you learn a lot and make new relationships that will last forever.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 49

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    go to soccer games, plays or hang out at the union. attend a dance or go on a trip to new york city. there's always something to do at messiah!

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for financial aid! even though it seems daunting, messiah can be affordable.

    In three sentences

    messiah college is full of interesting, caring people. there are many extracurricular and cultural activities that are easy to find and enjoy. though some professors are mediocre, my experience with mine has, so far, been mostly good.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 49

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    grantham church is awesom

    Food and Dining

    go with the all you can eat plan

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good, but there can be some drama.

    Academic Rigor

    study hard

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved in social clubs

    In three sentences

    awesome school really good people beautiful school

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. There are security guards and rides around campus after dawn. There are also campus emergency phones everywhere.

    Greek Life

    They have a Greek group.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't even begin to list the clubs and activities on here, there are waaayy too many. Trust me you will find atleast one of your liking.

    Great for these types of students

    I think its great for anyone really. However if you arn't serious about studying or cant give up habits like alcohol and sex etc then it might be a little difficult. Because it IS a christian school so if you can commit to that kinda lifestyle which is actually so simple its a great place to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The swinging bridge.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny. Don't slack off.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of facilities for sports like swimming, tennis, kayaking etc. They have shuttles to the mall etc. There are also heaps of planned events where they take you to theme parks and NYC.

    Food and Dining

    A huge variety of foods, they do have specials on nights like thanksgiving and during exam week they spoil you a little bit.

    Dorm Life

    Very fun, you become friends with your roommates fast. They do a great job at matching you up with roommates. It's clean and very safe. Especially since it is a drug,sex,alcohol free campus.

    Academic Rigor

    You are required to take a number of classes that differ from your major because it is a liberal arts school, but they will actually help you broaden your knowledge and help you in your profession more than you think. The work load is as much as is expected from a college or university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Scope out the courses, there are a lot of them, i wish i could do all of them. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Be prepared and manage your time well, and trust me there are a lot of fun events that go on on campus so its not all boring study.

    In three sentences

    Messiah College is very warm and friendly, from the staff to the students which creates an amazing atmosphere. The campus is beautiful, the college takes care of it thoroughly. Ive met some of the best and nicest professors and students all of which are happy to help and direct you in any way.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Dispatch is on the ball but sometimes a little cracray. But honestly, rarely does anything happen in the middle of Grantham. There's nothing there and I would walk outside at 4am without the slightest fear.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    So many, look them up here http://www.messiah.edu/offices/student_affairs/student_programs/clubs/ I highly recommend Relay for Life and the Colleges Against Cancer club

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-workers, service oriented people, athletes, Christians

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During finals week at midnight, there is the midnight scream where everyone comes out and screams their frustration. Also in the spring there is the Duct Tape wars where mostly men make weapons and armor of duct tape and cardboard and fight. It's pretty awesome, north campus versus south campus. We also have a service day where all classes are cancelled and Special Olympics is held at Messiah and everyone can volunteer there or at off campus projects.

    Bang for the buck

    Too expensive, frankly. It's a great education, especially the engineering program but it's too expensive and every year it increases and more and more people have to drop out. I'm just prayer I'll make it through without having to.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, you have access to a lot of places. You can go into Harrisburg in like 20mins, or Philly or Baltimore in 2 hours. At Messiah they have Broadway trips, dances, concerts, sporting events, tons of outdoors activities, but not so many public parties. You can relax by the creek (the Yellow Breeches) or go tubing or canoeing. There are a lot of service opportunities in the local communities. I won't lie there's not too much to do but you and your friends can definitely have fun if you want. There are options provided by the college but sometimes the most fun things are what you and your friends think of and do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious. I know there are some haters, but I think we have quality food and a ton of options. I worked in Lottie for a few years and all the chefs are awesome and make some dang good food. You always have your salad, pizza, fresh fruit, yogurt options, but you also have what ever hot food there is that day, make your own stir-fry, or burrito bar (just like chipotle). I'm happy with it. Besides the main cafeteria Lottie, there's also the Falcon which is opened during the mornings and you can get breakfast, sandwiches, paninis, or wraps and they are delicious. Then later in the night they have the Union which is kind of like a wawa set up but not quite as good. You can order you food, make your own wrap, sandwich, burger, salad, pizza, etc. Very convenient on campus but a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, very clean and big if you are in a double. Triples can be cramped but you will save on rooming costs. Overall freshman year will be the most open and exciting year you'll probably have. People in dorms are willing to make new friends and they have tons of activities for freshman to do. The friends you meet your first year will be your friends for life. All the floors are either all girls or all boys. But the residence buildings are mixed, you might have 3 guys floors and 3 girls floors in one building. The other thing about this separate of the sexes is visitation hours. There are certain hours when boys can go on the girls floors and vice versa. Freshman have maybe one day during the week and then the weekend, sophomore year you have an extra day added to that and when you live in an apartment you have visitation 12pm-12am so it basically doesn't exist. Visitation can be a pain sometimes but it is nice sometimes to have boundaries and be able to kick people out of your room when time is up.

    Academic Rigor

    Messiah is VERY difficult academically. I bet everyone thinks that but even from talking with my friends at home and people who have transferred to or from Messiah, the academic rigor level is higher than at most colleges. Unless you are a business, philosophy or an adventure education major, you will work your BUTT off! The library is not only a place to work, it's a social gathering place because there are always tons of people there. I don't regret working hard though, I feel prepared and I feel like the rigor has made me much more confident for after I do graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd advise prospective students to get involved right away. It's hardly original advice but it's still applicable nonetheless. There are SO many different clubs and organizations you can get involved in. There's no excuse not to experiment your first year. After you find what you like though I would recommend narrowing it down and concentrating on one or two activities because spreading yourself thin won't benefit anyone and it will make your life much more difficult than need be. Also be opened and willing to commit to new friendships. If you have a boyfriend from pre-college years or live close enough to go home every weekend, just DON'T. You'll never find people as opened and willing to make friends as you will freshman year. Don't waste that opportunity by going home every weekend. Suck it up, don't be lame. You won't regret it, or the close friendships you develop because you stayed.

    In three sentences

    Messiah is a quality school, great professors, small classes, fun kind people. Unfortunately though you pay for the quality. The price of this college is getting up there to $40,000 which is a little ridiculous.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Perhaps naivety plays a role in this, but I feel ridiculously safe on this campus. Campus Safety is on-patrol at all times, and as a whole, the students who attend are good people. I'll often leave my laptop sitting at a library table or the like without thinking twice.

    Great for these types of students

    Messiah College is a great option for students who want a Christian atmosphere without being suffocated by it. In comparison to most other Christian schools, Messiah tends to be a little more on the lenient side as far as rules go. Students are taught various perspectives on faith, science, and the like; and service work is highly encouraged. Students who desire to study abroad should also consider Messiah, as it has a really good study-abroad program.

    What to do for fun

    Here's where the negative remarks come from most students. The Messiah College campus is beautiful, however it is located in a rural area with little to offer outside of the campus for entertainment. That is, unless students would like to take the twenty-minute drive to Harrisburg. That being said, there are constantly activities planned within the campus that students can utilize, and with a little creativity and a care or two, students should be able to find plenty of things to do. My friends and I were rarely bored.

    Food and Dining

    I've heard mixed opinions on the most common source of meals for freshmen (the Lottie Nelson Dining Hall). I personally think it's great, with plenty of options. Being a vegetarian myself, I never struggle to find something good to eat. There are also two other cafe-style dining services for students to choose, should they be so inclined.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what would be expected of a Christian school. The students are generally very pleasant, and organized activities are clean. All alcohol and drug use is prohibited whether 21 or not (although an underground party scene definitely exists). Visiting hours are also enforced for those living in the dorm buildings, meaning that males and females are not allowed to spend the night in each other's rooms. However, besides those two rules, there are few other rules to be concerned about. There is no curfew, and students are allowed to listen to any music or watch any movies.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of Messiah College is typical of your average private school. Students will need to put in effort to be successful, however it is not difficult enough that there is little room for outside activities. Put forth the effort, and most students can perform at least fairly well.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is terrific overall. Messiah College is a safe environment, and the Office of Public Safety is exceptionally communicative, friendly, and passionate about keeping students safe. The alcohol and tobacco free policy isn't for everyone, but is implemented effectively and graciously.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone, and most clubs and activities incorporate service into their framework.

    Great for these types of students

    Individuals with any type of academic interest who desire social justice and change, athletes who want a small, healthy, but excellent athletic program, individuals wishing to explore their personal beliefs in a healthy, supportive environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Come and find out.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, as most private liberal-arts schools tend to be, but extremely willing to work with students to make attendance as little of a financial hardship as possible.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy the beautiful outdoors, get involved in the many low-key intramural sports, join a variety of clubs, or enjoy living within 3 hours of NYC, 2 hours from Philly, 2 hours from D.C., an hour and a half from Baltimore, and 15 minutes from Harrisburg.

    Food and Dining

    Dining services provides good food, with decent variety. They are environmentally conscious, and always open to new ideas.

    Dorm Life

    The Messiah community prides itself in being a safe, yet fun environment. It is near several major metropolitan areas, yet the campus itself is rural. One can expect the campus to be free of bigotry and prejudice, and if these ugly diseases do rear their heads, the faculty, staff and students are quick to respond. It is a supportive and relaxed environment in the dorms, with plenty of opportunity to explore off-campus with dorm-mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Messiah offers intellectual diversity within all its departments, as well as faculty who are engaged in on-going research. This leads to faculty members who are up-to-date in their knowledge of their fields, as well as concerned with their students overall well-being and intellectual health.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here wanting to learn about yourself and more importantly to learn about community. It is a place founded and maintained upon the notion that persons of different backgrounds and beliefs can grow together as colleagues and friends.

    In three sentences

    A place where religious values meet progressive intellectual innovation. In turn, this meeting of values and innovation drives passionate concern for the state of one's local and global environment. In essence, promoting critical, yet concerned global citizens.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Excellent!

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything! (except for Greek Life and Cheerleading)

    What to do for fun

    Check out the Larson Student Union, holiday and visit week activities, and athletic games and plays and musical and dance performances.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you show interest in the school beforehand, your online application fee will be waived. This is only if you apply early, around November.

    In three sentences

    Their food is delicious and has lots of variety. Every person on the campus, from the professors to the staff to the students, is so nice and willing to help you with just about anything. The campus itself is very home like, peaceful and comfortable.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 49

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus seems like a very safe place. If you are studying at the library at a late hour and do not feel comfortable walking back to your dorm by yourself, you can call to get a ride for free.

    Great for these types of students

    Messiah is great for students who love music, nature, and learning.

    Bang for the buck

    I am glad I am attending Messiah, but sometimes the cost of the school intimidates me. While the tuition is not too steep compared to other private Christian universities, it still seems pretty high.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of great clubs at Messiah College. If you want simply to relax and get in touch with nature, there are nature trails on campus as well. Every Wednesday night there is a band on campus to perform at a series of concerts called B-Sides, and the college gets at least two pretty famous bands to come to campus each year.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining hall is delicious! I love the salad bar and the wide variety of other options, such as hot food and pasta. There is even a sushi bar every once in a while! The other places to eat on campus are also tasty and have nice, relaxing atmospheres.

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoy the people who live near me in the dorms. The rooms themselves are big enough for comfort, and the study rooms on each floor are helpful, too.

    Academic Rigor

    I definitely feel like I am learning a ton of new information at college, and that new knowledge is helping me grow as a person. There may be a good amount of work to complete, but completing that work is entirely worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely consider Messiah College if you are interested in a private, Christian education. There is a great and welcoming atmosphere on campus from day one.

    In three sentences

    Messiah College is, in my opinion, a wonderful place! I have thoroughly enjoyed my classes so far, and my professors have been excellent. I also love the nature-filled atmosphere on campus.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    none.

    Great for these types of students

    Rich, christian students.

    What to do for fun

    Play sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be rich if you want to go here.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. It is too expensive. I will probably transfer.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things that Messiah has to do for fun. A few of my favorites are Powerhouse, Zumba, and SAB Films. Powerhouse is a contemporary worship service on Thursday nights. Messiah Zumba is fun and a great way to stay in shape. SAB Films is a movie theater that only costs a dollar per film and they show a different movie each weekend.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few options for getting food on campus. The most used for freshmen especially is Lottie Nelson, which is a buffet style cafeteria. Then there is the Falcon and the Union, which both you have to buy what you want individually, and the food tastes better, but it's not as healthy.

    Dorm Life

    While some people don't like the idea of dorm life, you can make it really fun. Get to know the people on your floor and enjoy it! Visitation hours are for your best interest, even though it may take some getting used to.

    Academic Rigor

    I have only been at Messiah for a year, so mostly I have been taking easy classes that first years are supposed to take. But I have taken a few more challenging classes as well. All of my classes have tried to teach the material in different ways by discussing, quizzes, exams, and doing projects. I like that they aren't all the same.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest staying overnight with a student in the dorm or going to a class to see what Messiah College is like. It's a great school, but it's not for everyone. Figure out if it's a good fit for you.

    In three sentences

    Messiah is a small Christian school, where you can deepen your faith as you learn about your desired field of study. The professors not only care about your grades; They care about you as a person and your spiritual life.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is all over campus, and is willing to help students with anything they need. There aren't really any disturbances on campus, but if there are, they are resolved quickly and calmly. Students can feel secure walking around campus at any time.

    Clubs and Activities

    Messiah offers a huge variety of clubs and activities. At the beginning of each year, there is a student opportunities fair, where you can explore all of your options. From education associations to outdoors club (where you can hike and rock climb), Messiah has something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Messiah is a great place for students who are firm in their faith, or for those looking to expand their faith. There are people all over campus who are willing to help you explore your faith, which is a great asset to have. It's a great place if you want to feel like you are important on a college campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the college is very pricy, it is worth it if you are looking for a great college community. Messiah is a beautiful, scenic campus with some great people. You pay for the education you get, which is a great one.

    What to do for fun

    The college offers movies on campus on the weekends, student coffeehouse performances, and other great activities through the student activities board. If that isn't enough, the rec and varsisty sports will keep you both fit and entertained!

    Food and Dining

    Lottie Nelson dining hall is one of the best college dining halls around. It loses a few points for size, but the food makes up for it. With many tasty and healthy selections, it is easy to find what you like.

    Dorm Life

    Messiah dorms are the best! They might not be the most extravagant, but what they lack in looks they make up for in community. You will come to love the people on the floor, some of which will be your closest friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Messiah is all about the academics. Be prepared to work to get good grades, but also to learn a lot in the process. The professors will put you to work, but they have good intentions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come into the college with an open mind. People may disagree with you, but for the most part it is easy to get along with everyone. People believe what they believe but will set that aside to get to know you.

    In three sentences

    I love Messiah college! It is a fantastic school focused on building relationships and academics. You are free to express your views as a Christian on campus, allowing your faith to grow.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, and everyone feels comfortable walking around campus at any time of the day. If you feel like you're not safe or you're uncomfortable walking back to your dorm, you can call campus safety and they will pick you up and drive you back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    There are no sororities or fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs and activities than you can count are all over campus. There is a way for every person to get involved, no matter what your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interested in growing both academically and spiritually will love Messiah.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The unusual tradition we have occurs during finals week, in which the faculty and staff serve pancakes at 10pm to the students to keep us happy and full while studying for finals.

    What to do for fun

    There are constantly activities going on on campus. Every week there is a concert and a movie that they show at the on-campus theater.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best advise to future students is to pick a college that you love, but also that the college wants you. A college that is truly interested in you being there will do anything while you are there to keep you happy and allow you to be successful. A college that can't even be bother to contact you post-acceptance will not care about you and your success in college.

    In three sentences

    Messiah is an incredible place to go to school. The faculty and staff all truly care about you and want you to succeed both academically and spiritually. I could not have chosen a better place to go to school.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, sit by the creak.

    In three sentences

    Great school, met my best friends here.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Yellow Breeches runs through the one part of campus, creating a nice spot to do homework, relax, or swim in in nice weather.

    What to do for fun

    To be honest there is not usually a lot to do campus, and there is nothing really within walking distance (It helps to have a friend with a car). It can be boring at times, but it also can be a blast just making your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining could be worse. The dining hall is a little small, and generally they have a lot of food choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it. I think the college does a good job of (especially in the first year) making dorm life a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I find the classes challenging. As with any school, there are some professors and classes that are harder than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to the students here and see what they have to say. Visit multiple times if you need to.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Messiah College has 24/7 medical response coverage. A medical clinic is open during normal business hours and is available to all students. A rapid response team of skilled and experienced EMTs respond to all campus medical emergencies around the clock, ensuring that students receive the best care according to specific and immediate needs.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone! Also, the college is always open to new club ideas.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is expensive, but the reputation of the school is phenomenal. Most students receive some sort of financial aid, and the Messiah staff is continually and steadfastly working to bring in donations that help students with the burden of cost.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has many clubs and activities for students of every interest or passion. Check out the Messiah College website for a complete listing. There is something for everyone!

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for on-campus dining, including two cafes, three espresso stands, and the main dining hall. Food is available all day long in various locations and caters to a variety of personal flares, diets, and food allergies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit our campus! The best way to evaluate a school is to visit classes, eat in the cafeteria, meet other prospective and current students, and interview faculty. Messiah offers many opportunities for this type of experiential preview day.

    In three sentences

    Messiah is academically rigorous, spurring young men and women on towards educational excellence that prepares them for lives of service to God and His church. The school also fosters genuine, on-campus community that inspires students to seek community-driven living during enrollment and after graduation through service, participation, and care for others. Within the campus life, rules are reasonable and relatively few, allowing students to develop as responsible adults and recognizing each student's need to make individual and independent choices.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    When the biggest safety deal on campus(multiple mass emails) about kids throwing bottle bombs around in an empty parking lot, asking for tips about who they are, you know you're in a pretty safe place. Compare this to schools like Temple in Philadelphia, where their casual weekly department of safety email is about a student being chased into her apartment and mugged.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistent. However noble some Fraternities/Sororities cause may be, the stigma they have is something Messiah will never allow into their holy bubble.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and activities! Clubs for nationalities, treehuggers, dance enthusiasts, frisbee bros, bookworms, etc. There is a club fair at the beginning of each fall semester that is great to go to.

    Great for these types of students

    Messiah is great for homeschooled kids looking for some Christian structure to get used to being away from home, and then realizing that there's more to the world than their parents showed them, semester by semester. Kind of like cushioning the blow. It is also great for public school kids who want to take a break from high school deadbeat party kids. But beware, most of your friends will be drinking by senior year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The men and womens soccer team at Messiah are usually national champions(Division 3), so they have a big following and the most hilarious/interesting chants happen. Cardboard Wars- towards the end of the spring semester, the campus is divided into two massive teams which make cardboard weapons and armor, meet at a field, and have an epic clash. Look it up on YouTube.

    Bang for the buck

    Costs go up every year, as expected of any private school, but Messiah delivers with on-campus projects that you see, and understand where your money is going- whether or not you like it.

    What to do for fun

    Well, if you like trees and/or the woods, you'll have plenty to do. Otherwise there's campus events, such as the under-attended B-Sides(Free Wednesday night concerts), a new disc golf course, and the classic relax and watch a movie in the room. Or if you're 21 the bars in Harrisburg are fun to go to, just don't let your RA find out.

    Food and Dining

    Lottie Nelson dining hall is fickle. On student preview days where there are lots of tours and prospective students, they will put out the best food in the strangest arrangement, essentially tricking the newcomer into thinking that's how it usually is. WRONG. The hours that food is served are somewhat narrow during breakfast and lunch, but the quality of the food isn't terrible too often.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman you will likely be in a triple, which isn't terrible, but not very good. It's when three people are put in a room for two. Dorm life as a freshman is best, because you get to know all the people on your floor and hang out with them, but beyond that year community is hardly present in your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    All classes have a considerable work load, but the majority of the professors really know what they're doing, so the class is worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should talk to a student about Residence Life in comparison to other departments at Messiah, they may be surprised with it's constricting nature. Also, hang out in the student Union and try to talk to a student that isn't your tour guide to ask about the community life-- your tour guide is paid to tell you how wonderful everything is.

    In three sentences

    Messiah College is a great Christian school with a beautiful campus and friendly people. This is a place to receive a great education within the sometimes constricting realm of the Christian community. If you don't mind a little judgement in your life, Messiah has great students and even better professors in a vibrant community that is sure to please.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is very important to Messiah College. There are blue light towers all over campus that can connect you immediately to a campus safety officer if you ever feel unsafe. You should be able to see at least one at all times when you are on campus. If you are uncomfortable anywhere on campus, you can also call Dispatch from a phone and ask for a ride to wherever you need to go on campus. This is great for those late-night visits to other dorms where you realize what time it is and don't feel comfortable walking across campus to your dorm all by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs and activities to choose from! From swing dancing to singing in choir to chilling in a hammock forty feet in the air, Messiah has it all!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The one truly unusual tradition that I can think of on campus is called creek-ing. On your birthday, a bunch of your friends will take you to the creek (the Yellow Breeches, a river that runs along the southern border of campus) and throw you in. Fortunately, I escaped this tradition. You may not be so lucky.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot out of what you spend to go to Messiah. The professors are all extremely helpful, the food is quite good, the classes really prepare you for the real world, and all of the other services that you receive on campus are top-notch.

    What to do for fun

    There are movies every weekend in the on-campus cinema, frequent dances with fun themes and good music, trips to NYC and Washington, D.C., talent shows, karaoke nights, and campus-wide parties to attend.

    Food and Dining

    There are three places to chow down on campus: Lottie Nelson, the main dining hall, The Falcon, a cafe located below Lottie, and The Union, a combination between a cafe and a grocery store. They all have great food and good prices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Aside from overly-friendly stink bugs in the beginning of the school year, the dorms are great and the RA's are VERY friendly, helpful, and personable. Don't be afraid to ask them for help, or to just chat with them!

    Academic Rigor

    Messiah's courses make you think critically about everything that you do. You would have to be a real slacker to get through these courses and not feel like you have been academically challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind. Your faith will be challenged in unexpected ways as you join the Messiah community. Remember that whatever you bring with you to college, you have to carry to your room - whether that means up stairs, down stairs, down a long hallway, etc., keep that in mind when packing.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    People leave their stuff all over the place and it hardly ever gets stolen. Every once and a while a bike gets borrowed. It almost seems too safe sometimes...

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot to get involved with! And if there is something you really want to try, it's not hard to get a club started. I'm part of the IJM club, gardening club, and the international student club. I love them all!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Creeking- prepare to get thrown in the creek on your birthday. Mine was on December 1st and they still did it. Midnight scream- Everyone screams at midnight during finals week. And many others...

    Bang for the buck

    It's really expensive but if you really invest in the opportunities (getting lunch with chapel speakers and professors, going on trips, going to SAB activities, study abroad) you get a lot out of it.

    What to do for fun

    Get creative! The outdoors club has great trips including kayaking and canoeing down the creek on campus, caving, hiking, and climbing. The Student Activities Board also plans great dances, excursions, concerts, and coffeehouses. Sometimes it can feel like there is not much to do but hey, if it's nice out, get a tube and go tubing or if it's not, play murderer in the dark in one of the academic buildings at midnight!

    Food and Dining

    Many people complain about Lottie (our dining hall) but it really has good options. There is a lot to get creative with including sandwich, stir-fry, pasta, and burrito bars. Also, they're very environmentally friendly in their purchasing and composting of products. Besides the dining hall, I really like The Falcon. It has great paninis!

    Dorm Life

    Although I didn't spend a lot of time on my floor, I loved the time I did spend there. My RA was really interested in my life and all the girls were funny and fun to get to know. The RA's really try to put together good activities as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is not too hard but it allows you to get involved in more things. I have been stimulated to think a lot but in terms of assignments, it has not been that difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus while it's in session. I didn't and wish I had. Seriously consider whether you want a small or large school. If you come here, be creative with how you spend your time. There is a lot more than just movie watching to be done.

    In three sentences

    Messiah is small and somewhat isolated which can be frustrating but also encouraging and exciting because of the tight bond you form with others. There is a strong emphasis on community and, in my experience, it's easy to make good friends here. The professors are almost all wonderful people who teach well but are also worth getting to know.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe, atleast to me. Security poles dot the campus, good for emergencies.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Decent number of clubs, not many a whole lot of fun but they are out there.

    Great for these types of students

    Quiet or out going, usually something for everyone. You just have to look.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Creeking, on your birthday your friends throw you into the creek that runs through campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It isn't a cheap college and the scholarships they offer only cover so much.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of field space for nice days. Has a pool, weight room, a couple racquet ball courts, big gym.

    Food and Dining

    Its college food. Could be much better, but its edible.

    Dorm Life

    Comfortable, though small. A few housing options , dorm or apartment. Not bad either way.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but you learn a great deal if you focus on it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good for those who want to be close to a city but not in it. It has several study abroad programs. As said before, could be considered strict.

    In three sentences

    It is a quiet and peaceful campus. It can easily be considered strict. Small, very small; about 3000 people.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety Officers are readily available with contact/emergency stations all over campus.

    Greek Life

    Wut?

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't really participate. None really sparked my interest.

    Bang for the buck

    They will charge you for everything they can. Fines are abundant.

    What to do for fun

    Longboard! Easy and relaxing past-time. There is a healthy group of skaters already on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Eat at The Falcon and The Union if you can. Lottie may look good on days when prospective students are visiting, but it is pretty nasty (and exceedingly unhealthy) most other days.

    Dorm Life

    There are some unnecessary rules. Definitely not a party school.

    Academic Rigor

    Just hard enough to be stimulating.

    Tips for prospective students

    The community covenant may have some things in it that you disagree with, but just sign it (so you can attend) and don't worry. You will never hear about it again for as long as you attend.

    In three sentences

    Wonderful campus in both looks and people, though some unnecessary strictness is present. Excellent professors and excellent, though underrated, art program. The school means well.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun things to do on campus, from dances to wing eating contests to music performances. There's always something to do and great people to do it with!

    Food and Dining

    Out of all the school cafeterias I've been to, Lottie Nelson dining hall is by far the best with all its options.

    Dorm Life

    The community at Messiah is strong and a blessing to be a part of. Residence staff are excellent and have their own ways to make the community even stronger.

    Academic Rigor

    I find each class challenging in its own way and that's what I love about attending Messiah. I like that I have to work extra hard to get an A in a class, but when I achieve an A, I feel a great sense of accomplishment.

    In three sentences

    Messiah College is my second home. I feel very blessed to be going to a school like Messiah with a strong community and people that care about your well-being. I'm also blessed to be attending a school that professors know me more than just as a face and a name.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    p-safety does well with keeping the campus safe. during my time there have been no incidents. and if you are out really late at night you can call them, and they will send an suv to pick you up wherever you are on campus and take you back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    there are no fraternities or sororities, but there is special interest housing. there is the sojo house, which stands for social justice. and the restoration house which is a mens special interest house which stands to help out those in the Harrisburg area.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are clubs for every type of interest, there is even a club for anime fans. there is a club for alumni and student meet and greet. as well as clubs for your major.

    Great for these types of students

    its great for the studious type, as well as the athletic type. there are great clubs for those who are overly active and into everything, and it is quiet enough for those who aren't really in to the whole social thing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    during finals week there are 24 hour quiet hours for studying, except for the midnight scream. every night at midnight for 1 minute the entire campus just screams, to let out the pent up frustration. also the boys soccer team after season runs around campus in their boxers.

    Bang for the buck

    great school. a tightknit community where the school really works to help you adjust. they really go all out for chapel. there are guest speakers for different events on campus. there have been renovations all over campus, and it really looks great.

    What to do for fun

    there are soccer games in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball In the spring. there are activities for your major department, and different fairs throughout the year on the quad. and there are concerts every Wednesday night in the student union.

    Food and Dining

    the food has its ups and downs. Lottie Nelson dining hall has better food than most schools, but when it attempts ethnic food it tends to be sketchy. the union caf���© has great food, and even better hours for late night cram sessions. the falcon is a great place for lunch, or coffee before chapel.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is great.. there are a myriad of opportunities to get to know the other people on your floor, as well as your RA and RD. there are also activities throughout the year with your entire dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    it is a difficult academic life, but not impossible. the faculty have office hours, and if they don't work out with your schedule the professor will make an appointment that works well for the both of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to ask questions. the faculty here really works for you. there are many activities on campus where the faculty and students do things together. there are department activities for your major as well.

    In three sentences

    great school for faith and academics. there are many chances to make friends. and professors enjoy spending time with the students. and chapel is a great time to spend time with others and worship God.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are safety checkpoints all around campus and Campus Safety Police that drive around campus all day. Messiah is definitely a very, very safe campus overall. Students even feel safe enough to leave their belongings including phones, laptops, iPads, etc. all over campus and coming back to them at a later time, with no fear of someone stealing their items.With the close-knit Christian community and contraband rules, there is minimal safety issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    Messiah College offers a diverse range of activities and clubs that can fit any student.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, Musical, Dramatic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Messiah College holds the national titles for many years running for both men's and women's soccer. Every year, rivals Messiah and Elizabethtown College play in what is known as the Marshmallow bowl, where students from both schools pack the stands and throw marshmallows at one another during the game. It is fun that everyone cherishes and remembers. Additionally, sports teams each have their own traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    While Messiah College is very expensive, reaching almost $40,000, it definitely provides opportunities that, those who attend, cherish forever. With the close knit community, virtually everyone becomes involved in something that Messiah College offers. It is one of those schools that is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Many people at Messiah College create their own fun with groups of friends. With that said, Messiah is a very active campus. Around campus, you will notice many different sporting activities going on, as well as fun lawn games and hang-out sessions. On campus, there is also a movie theater that plays the newest movies that are in theaters as well. Various times throughout the week, there are many different band that come to campus for concerts. Messiah also arranges many dances and volunteer opportunities. Off campus, Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg are just a few minutes down the road and provide many fun activities as well as a large array of shopping places and restaurants. Hershey Park is also a short thirty-minute drive.

    Food and Dining

    Award-winning Lottie Nelson Dining Hall provides a large variety of options each day for students. With each day, they have many opportunities for healthy eating. Additionally, the food is prepared by the chefs at Messiah College and are always extremely appetizing. The other food places on campus, Larsen Student Union and The Falcon Cafe, provide excellent food at reasonable prices. The food at both places is excellent and well-balanced.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Messiah College is very safe. With strict rules regarding alcohol, drugs, visitation hours, and other contraband, the dorm life is one of the safest to be noted. The dorm buildings each have a sense of community, as events are planned to allow one another to intermingle within the dorm group. The only issues that many see as a disadvantage is the strictly held visitation hours, especially that of the freshmen dorm buildings. Although they are held to great expectations, those who attend Messiah do not desire to leave specifically because of the rules and regulations of it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is identical to what the express it to be. The academics are not overly challenging to an ivy league level, however, they are challenging. Additionally, the liberal arts aspects creates expectations for knowledge in diverse fields. Each and every major keeps an individual busy with the expectations for each class, as well as opportunities in internships and field practice that prepare the student for the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.Ask your professors for help! They are very willing to work with any student. 2. Attend activities on campus. They are a great opportunities and you will remember the memories that occur there. 3. Take advantage of the excellent study abroad programs.

    In three sentences

    Messiah College is a great place that offers many opportunities to excel and become diverse in many different fields of study, as well as cultures. It is a close knit community that allows for great friendships that will last a lifetime. The Christian community openly accepts many different variations of faith beliefs, as well as opportunities to serve and grow in one's faith.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I can go out at anytime of the night and feel completely safe.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Like.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a million different things you can do on campus, you just have to go out and get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like a small college and are o.k with not going out to party every Friday Night. Also for people who like to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have chapel Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The school is a big soccer school.

    What to do for fun

    Alternate Chapels. Hang out at the student center called the Union. Meet new people and hang out with friends. Go to campus events.

    Dorm Life

    I live with 4 girls and I love it!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard, but the professors are always there to help. The class sizes are also small and its great.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never walked anywhere on campus and not felt safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically focused

    Bang for the buck

    They give great scholarships and make college very affordable. Considering what you are getting for a major discount, it is completely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different activities to participate in. I guarantee you will find something to be involved in and have a great time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious! The dining hall is just as good as any take out place on campus!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. The halls try very hard to great a family atmosphere where everyone knows each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Each course is challenging and very fulfilling. I didn't just get a grade but I actually learned information that I will use for the rest of my life.

    Tips for prospective students

    This college should be a top choice for every student. The student life and academics are very rewarding and everyone on campus is great. I transferred here after a year at a state school and that was definitely the best decision I ever made!

    In three sentences

    Messiah College is an amazing college that will completely satisfy the intellectual and spiritual needs of all students, faculty, and staff. The professors are wonderful and challenge every student to be the best they can be. The students on campus are very friendly and it is easy to feel at home and fit in.