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Location
Mechanicsburg, PA
Undergrads
2,710
Tuition
$29,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: I love my major. Music education is what I want to do. I have amazing professors who are always willing to take the time to help us with whatever we need.
My major is a REALLY big workload. It's not easy. But it is so worth all the hours of practice.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I really like it because it offer the best opportunities for me personally. I am looking into adding a TESOL minor to my Music Education major, and it looks like I'd be able to fit it. If I couldn't, I know I could talk with my adviser and other faculty and they would be totally willing to sit down with my and figure out how to make it work.

5 College Freshman

Academics: SUSTAINABILITY IS FANTASTIC!! I love it!! It means to reconcile Society, Economy and the Environment through best management practices that hold each system at an equal level. There are 3 concentrations: Public Policy, Community and Urban Development and Sustainable Agriculture. All three are super interesting and engaging. requires a mix of sociology classes, biology classes, and Econ. internship requirement can be fulfilled abroad.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Messiah has a challenging curriculum for it's level. My classes are interesting and engaging with out being too easy. Professors are very available during office hours or by appointment and show an interest in you success. Because of the small class size, your teachers will often invite your class to his/her home for a meal, and will be able to develop a personal relationship with you. There are some really interesting topics for classes such as Human Trafficking, Ecology and Sustainability,Economic development, History of Missionaries in Africa, etc. Registration isnt too bad, depending on your registration time. Popular study area: library. Great study area: Jordan Science center study lounges! (They have a soft white noise compared to the louder library with obnoxious starbucks coffee machine!) You can rent (for free) a study station in the silent area of the library for the whole semester. You can leave your books and post-it notes there all semester (because let's face it: it's messiah!!!) which is really nice.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: There are great academics focussed on a BA degree.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 100th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 122nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 291st
    Best Course Variety
  • 310th
    Smartest Professors
  • 384th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Hometown
Yardley, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
177
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
110
Total FT Faculty
177
Faculty with Terminal Degree
81%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,985
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
76%
Programs/Majors Offered
84
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 45%
  • 20 to 49 students: 51%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Business, Education and Social Sciences
  • School of Science, Engineering and Health
  • School of the Arts
  • School of the Humanities
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Messiah College began offering online courses in 2008 and continues to provide students with this option during an eight-week summer term. The courses include a limited number of the most in-demand general education and major classes. The format of class lectures varies by faculty member. All communication between students and professors takes place through an online learning management system known as Sakai.
Best Places to Study
  • Boyer Hall
  • Downstairs in Murray Library
  • Lottie Nelson Dining Hall
  • Residence hall floor lounges
  • Residence hall floor study rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Always schedule your day and learn good time management.
  • Don't feel awkward around the opposite sex. Believe it or not, there is a large population of Messiah freshmen who don't like to have friends of the opposite sex and criticize others who do so. If a friend wants to hang out with someone of the opposite gender, let him/her! Do not make fun of them or think they will eventually date or get married. Opposite-gender friends can be very beneficial and bring different perspectives. This isn't the third grade anymore; no one has cooties!
  • Get to know your professors. They are knowledgeable and will be very helpful if you ever need a favor.
  • Study! That cannot be stressed enough. It will be VERY easy to get caught up in making friends and having fun your first year and lose focus on academics. However, if you do poorly in your classes, you may lose your scholarship or be forced to drop out, and then all opportunities for fun will be kaput.
  • Take time to meet people from other floors in your dorm. It may be easy to rely on your own floor for friends and socialization, but when you need a change of pace, you will be happy to know others nearby.
Did You Know?
  • Freshmen are required to take the course, "Created and Called for Community." The objective is to introduce students to the mission of the College through the exploration of creation, community, and vocation. This class is often treated as a joke because many students think it's just a venue for the College to push its views on the students, but after taking the course, many say it was more enjoyable than originally thought and laced with a few valuable lessons.
  • Messiah's Philadelphia campus is a great option for students seeking a semester or year in an urban environment. Students live in Messiah-owned housing in the heart of Philadelphia and take classes at Temple University. Major, minor, and general education credits can be earned while studying in Philadelphia, and certain majors even require a semester or year at the campus.
  • Messiah College's study abroad program is top-notch. In fact, the Institute for International Education ranks it 11th in the nation. Messiah's study abroad program offers more than 40 programs in 40 countries and is very popular among students.

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