Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
4.10 Average Rating

Messiah College is a private liberal arts and sciences institution based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It was founded by the Brethren in Christ Church and has a “more selective” admissions process. Students are required to sign a Community Covenant upon admittance to the school that states that the student is Christian and will show academic integrity and make responsible decisions. Messiah offers 3-year degree programs, online summer courses, and 90% of students study abroad.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Interdenominational
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
0
100
76%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
65%
Out-Of-State Students
35%
23%
Submitting ACT
92%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 27
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1213
0
1600

Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
3,370
Total Number of Undergrads
2,614
Academic Calendar

Semester

See your fit
Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
51%
20-39 Students
44%
40-99 Students
3%
0
100
76%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
81%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
13:1
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$28,141
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$37,180
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$37,180
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$10,900
Books and Supplies
$1240

Aid & Grants

0
100
77%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
21%
Average Aid Per Year
$19,932
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
21%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,216
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$18,068

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
71%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$9,533
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$23,000
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$248

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
40%
60%
Student Organizations
78
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
No
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
88%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Falcons
School Colors
navy blue and white
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes

After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Harrisburg
Philadelphia
Lancaster
New York
Washington
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
81%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$50,500

What Students Are Saying

4.10 Average Rating
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.
Ezequiel from Grantham, PA
Community with others and with God is a big deal on campus. There are many ways to met people and grow in your relationship with Christ. I can't imagine myself anywhere else!
Erin from Akron, PA

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