Professors at Messiah College are attentive, helpful, and readily available to assist students struggling with the subject matter. All hold regular office hours and are willing to stay after class, and many even give out their home phone numbers. The small class sizes ensure that professors get to know their students on a personal level, and many strive to not only support their students academically, but spiritually and emotionally, as well. However, because of the small student body, very few sections of each course are offered every semester, and classes fill quickly as a result. This can be especially frustrating for freshmen because they are last to register. However, if you absolutely need a course that semester, professors will usually allow you into a closed section.
The quality of advising at Messiah varies widely. Each student is assigned an adviser from the academic department of their major. Some advisers are excellent and make every effort to ensure the success of a student during their college career. These advisers get to know their advisees on a personal level and counsel them on everything from homework and time management to internships and study abroad. Other advisers believe it is a student’s responsibility to ensure his own successful college careers. These advisers only do the minimum requirement of one meeting per semester to discuss class scheduling. The workload at Messiah is heavy and will seem especially difficult during a student’s first year. However, the curriculum at the College is unique because it strives to connect every academic subject with religion and spirituality.