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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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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have no problem with campus strictness.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: As part of Messiah College's "Community Covenant," all forms of drinking and drug use are prohibited both on and off campus. While restrictive (for those of legal age), this contributes to the sense of community on campus. Messiah's visitation policy is often frustrating, but not difficult with which to comply. The parking situation is by far one of the most frustrating of the policies that the college enforces, frequently ticketing mis-parked students.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: For a small Christian college, Messiah's policies are relatively lenient. If you are generally aware of the policies before you attend Messiah, you probably won't have a problem with them. The general policies are regarding alcohol & drug use, sexuality, and visitation in dorms. Students easily get away with breaking school policies off campus, and sometimes on-campus as well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Yes it is strict, but that's to be expected from Messiah. The only time when I personally feel that I can't do something I want is with visitation. It would be nice if girls could be in guys dorms past 1am on weekends- I keep missing the ends of movies! But even though there aren't any wild parties or anything on campus, we manage to have tons of fun.
There is a Community Covenant that every student must sign that obligates all students to adhere to their code of conduct. It means no dishonesty, stealing, alcohol, drugs, or sex.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1099th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1252nd
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Yardley, Pa.
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Students are asked to sign a Community Covenant when they apply to the College and again during welcome week of their first year. The Community Covenant, among other things, prohibits alcohol consumption, smoking, drug use, sex, dishonesty, theft, and violating visitation rules. Most freshmen uphold the covenant, but as first-year students become sophomores and sophomores become juniors, there is a noticeable decline in respect for the rules, perhaps because the covenant is no longer fresh in their minds or they simply realize how little supervision there actually is. If a student does get caught breaking the covenant, punishments are usually lenient. RAs are known to let people off with warnings, and first-time violations are met with an e-mail from the RD.

Messiah College may have many rules for its students, but they are rarely enforced. The campus operates on an honor code, and the majority of freshmen abide by this code. In fact, many are paranoid about religiously following the rules, without justifiable reason. However, with common sense, the only possible way to get caught breaking the rules is at the hands of a tattletale. And, obviously, don’t walk into your RA’s room with a bottle of Jack or go parading your boyfriend around at 2 a.m. Even though there are visitation rules, there are no routine room checks, visitors to dorms are not required to sign-in, and residents don’t need to show ID upon entrance.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Breaking visitation rules
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Parking in the wrong lot
  • Stealing food from Lottie
Visitation Policies
The visitation policy at Messiah (which includes visiting hours that dictate the times when students may enter a dorm room of someone of the opposite sex) is one of constant controversy among students. Some don't mind it, others are annoyed by it, some downright hate it, and some simply ignore it. There have many organized attempts to either disband the policy or have the hours expanded in dormitories, but to no avail. Visiting hours are the No. 1 most suffocating rule freshmen will need to endure, but the policy is lightened in upperclassman dorms and allows more visiting hours. Upperclassmen are also more open to breaking visiting hours and find that as their peers mature, they tattle less. Visiting hours in apartments are almost a non-issue because they are 12 hours a day.

Visiting hours in freshman dorms are Wednesday 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-12 a.m., and Sunday 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Visiting hours in upperclassman dorms are Tuesday and Wednesday 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 6 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m. During visitation in the residence halls, residents must keep their lights on and their doors open 2 feet. Visitors can meet up in residence hall main lounges 24 hours a day. Visiting hours in apartments, special-interest houses, and off-campus housing is daily 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Did You Know?
In 2008, MTV and BET were removed from the campus' cable channel lineup by the Cocurricular Education Council citing "quality of content." The council is made up of students, teachers, and administrators and evaluates the cable channel list every four years. Half of the students were outraged at the removal of these two favorites and many formed protests and petitions. The other half agreed with the change.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 84 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 109 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 8% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 51% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 39% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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