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Messiah College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 69 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

62% Women
38% Men


NCAA Division III (without football)

Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $44,712)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $49,663)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 26 - - -
Basketball 13 14 - Yes
Field Hockey - 25 - Yes
Golf 5 - - -
Lacrosse 39 22 - -
Soccer 27 24 Yes Yes
Softball - 19 - Yes
Swimming 16 19 - -
Tennis 12 10 - Yes
Track and Field, Indoor 38 37 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 38 37 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 19 22 - -
Volleyball - 13 Yes Yes
Wrestling 31 - - -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.1%
Hispanic 1.6%
Non-resident alien 2.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 6.1%
Two or more races 2.0%
White/non-Hispanic 84.0%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 5
Liquor Law Violation 5
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 1
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Ezequiel from Grantham, PA
  • 5
  • 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…

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  • Kalann from Harrisburg, PA
  • 4
  • 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…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Alex from Ephrata, PA
  • I am a current student here

    There are two main places for dining: Lottie Nelson dining hall and the Union. Lottie Nelson serves three meals a day at certain times, so you have to be careful to set aside a certain time throughout the day if you want to go to Lottie. The food is typical college food, and it gets repetitive after a while. Dinners at Lottie are typically the best meal of the day on campus. The Union offers mostly burgers and fries, pizza, sandwiches, and salads for meals, as well as ice cream for dessert, though it also acts as a type of grocery store for students who keep food in their dorms. The Union is open from 11 am to about midnight, depending on the day. The Falcon is similar to the Union, but has different things to offer, and it closes early in the afternoon. For coffee or tea, you can go to any of the above places, as well as Cafe Diem (the cafe in the library).

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  • 4
  • Erin from Akron, PA
  • I am a current student here

    Lottie Dining Hall has delicious food some days, not so delicious food other days. There's always stir-fry and build-your-own bars like quesadillas or omelettes. The Union Cafe is a great option when the dining hall isn't appetizing, with burgers, pizza, chicken sandwiches, and other grill items. The Falcon Cafe is a great lunch spot with paninis, soups, salad, and rice bowls. Overall, you won't go hungry.

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  • 4
  • Caleb from Glens Falls, NY
  • I am a current student here

    As far as colleges go, Messiah has absolutely fantastic food service, and they're not awful to work for either. There's a lot of options in Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, although some of the other dining places are quite expensive.

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  • 4
  • Melissa
  • I am a current student here

    The dining hall is buffet style and you can eat all you want, but the hall closes at specified times in order to prevent instances of one-swipe daily students who only pay once, but eat all day.

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    Their is one main dining hall, where the food is good or bad depending on the day. It is cafeteria food, but they always have plenty of options for those who don't like what they are serving that day. They also offer several made to order food options, like omelets and panini. There is two other more restaurant type places on campus. The Falcon, offers really good sandwiches and soups. While the Union, offers a good assortment of normal college food. By far the best is their Chicken Sandwiches.

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  • 5
  • Poli Sci Student
  • I am a current student here

    Compared to other colleges, Messiah's food is fantastic! There are a few different dining options-- Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, the Larson Student Union, the Falcon Cafe, along with two coffee shops. Lottie has the greatest variety, and is all-you-can-eat. The Union and Falcon have a set menu, but you can order online and pick your food up.

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  • 3
  • Shannon from Round Lake, IL
  • I am a current student here

    For people with dietary restrictions, life is a little rough. Also, it's frustrating that not all the extra dining dollars carry over from fall to spring term. However, there are plenty of wonderful options in Lottie, the Union, and Falcon. Also, fresh fruit shouldn't cost the same price as a bag of chips if you want students to eat healthy.

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  • 5
  • Amanda from Union Bridge, MD
  • I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 3
  • Sarah from Sunbury, PA
  • I am a current student here

    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.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Sarah from Sunbury, PA
  • I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Andrew
  • I am a current student here

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

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  • 0
  • Rachel
  • I am a current student here

    There are no sororities or fraternities on campus.

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