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Reviews 861 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Messiah is literally the safest campus... I have no problem leaving the door to my dorm unlocked at all times, leaving my computer on a table in the library (you'd be laughed at if you used a lock) while I go find a book or get coffee, or going for night-runs in the woods behind campus at 2am (I've done it multiple times). You don't have to worry whatsoever. Though there are campus public safety officers, blue-lights, and escort services (to drive you back to your dorm at night) readily available.

Health, I'd say the engle center is pretty good- they have a self-care room with single-serving medicine doses of tylenol, advil, cough medicine, and ibuprophen, as well as bandaids and burn/anti itch cream. I've used that a lot. I've never had to go there for anything else, but I know they have counseling service that is supposed to be really helpful, even if you're just really stressed and need help calming down/ someone to talk to.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I dislike the Messiah Bubble. Central PA is so boring, I would never live here, but I also want to work abroad, so this wouldn't suit my vocational goals anyways..Thankfully, we are only 25 minutes outside the capital (which is not to say that we aren't suburban/ rural) and can pop into Harrisburg for some more action. College life at messiah is really focused on-campus.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is none, in that sense.

Weekends mean hanging with friends in the Union or in someone's dorm. We have game night (yes, we play board games and card games... that Jungle Speed gets intense!) or movie night most weeks... there are also "Lost Films" offered every weekend (a movie that is in the void between theaters and out on DVD) that are really nice and only $2 and often the Student Activities Board has events- dances, concerts, theme nights, etc)

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you have a car, Panera Bread, Chick-fil-a and Sweet Frog (frozen yogurt) are about 10 minutes away. Without a car, it's a mile walk to anything (by anything, I mean a grocery store and Turkey Hill gas station.) We are located about 25 minutes outside of the capital city of Harrisburg, so if parents are in town and you want something a little nicer than Applebees, there is a ton of diversity of options downtown! Since I don't have a car, off-campus dining is rare. One of the favorite places though is Baker's, a fairly nice diner (they have tablecloths!) about 15 minutes from campus. It's open late and is great if you want food at like 1am

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is close to Harrisburg so there is a lot to do if you have a car. Otherwise sometimes weekends are super boring, but Messiah tries to do plenty of fun things to keep life interesting.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You get what you expect from a Christian school. No alcohol or drugs. No smoking. Visitation hours enforced in dorms.

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Diversity: Very little racial diversity. Mostly white.

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Computers: Good computer labs. Pretty terrible wi-fi.

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Parking: Campus security like to hand out tickets for parking in the wrong lot

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Off-Campus Housing: there is no off-campus housing

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great athletic program. Fantastic men's and women's soccer teams.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Do well in high school, and you will be accepted. Pretty standard application process. Visit the campus and get to know your admissions counselor.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the biology program. I enjoy it. It's a lot of work but for the most part the professors are good.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nothing in walking distance, but there are enough things to keep you occupied if you have a car.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Haven't had an security issues while on campus.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Currently undecided. Still figuring that stuff out.

College Freshman

Majors: Haven't had an internship opportunity yet.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Ethnic Diversity really sticks out.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid stuff can always be stressful.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I haven't seen enough to thoroughly assess.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have no problem with campus strictness.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Only downside are the athletic facilities.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't encountered drugs & alcohol personally since I've been here.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I've been able to eat at places I like to eat at.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: So far, I haven't come across anything crazy.


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Ashley Offenback
Yardley, Pa.
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Messiah College is what you make of it. Because of the school’s distinct beliefs and traditions, no student is going to love every aspect of the College. The rules will bind some but will set others free. A positive attitude and an open mind are definitely needed to be happy at this school. A passion for helping others and feeling connected will also make your years here more enjoyable because Messiah’s commitments to service and community are what make this school unique. The College greatly encourages service to others by presenting many service opportunities throughout the year, and there is a service requirement in the general education curriculum. As a freshman, be prepared to hear the word “community” repeated very often in chapel, class, and from your RA and RD.

Messiah wants to have an intentional community across campus, and promotes it through every aspect of student life. However, all of this community and togetherness sometimes drives people apart and into cliques and groups, and Messiah definitely has a problem with rumors, snobbery, and generally mean and exclusive behavior. If you find yourself in a situation with these types of people, it can be difficult to get away because of the close-knit community students live in. So, try to surround yourself with positive and uplifting people you meet in class and extracurricular activities, and ignore the downers. At Messiah, the class setting fosters an open atmosphere where students can work to define their beliefs. General education classes and chapel offer opportunities to discuss, challenge, and strengthen your beliefs. By the time a student leaves Messiah, they will know 100 percent what they believe and why they believe it—whether they hold similar views to the ones they came in with or had their convictions transformed completely.

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