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Location
Mechanicsburg, PA
Undergrads
2,710
Tuition
$29,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Weather: For the past two years, the weather has been pretty average. We're in PA, so it gets pretty windy in the winter as expected, but we get quite a few nice, sunny days here and there.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's a lot colder than usual, here. Even faculty have acknowledged that the weather has "never been like this".

3 College Senior

Weather: It's often windy and rains frequently. Winters are generally cold.

College Freshman

Weather: The weather doesn't really change my campus experience. I grew up in New England, and the weather here isn't much different from Connecticut.

4 College Freshman

Weather: We had a delay one day because of snow but it didn't really affect getting to class.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 215th
    Coldest Winters
  • 240th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Hometown
Yardley, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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Autumn in central Pennsylvania is beautiful—warm and breezy weather with clear skies surrounds the campus during this season. Spring weather is great too and always brings students outside into the sun. Unfortunately, fall cools down fast and spring arrives late, which means that the majority of the school year is immersed in icky winter. Winters here are bitter cold and require heavy coats, gloves, hats, and scarves. Many nights are completely unbearable, and some students can’t handle it and remain in their dorms away from the cold.

Luckily, the campus is fairly small and it only takes a few minutes to get from building to building— quicker if you run—so you won’t have to bear the freezing temperatures for too long when walking to class or anywhere else on campus. One positive aspect of the winter is the snow it brings—and students at Messiah love the white stuff. A heavy snowfall will bring hundreds of people outside to build snow forts, have snowball fights, or go sledding down Cemetery Hill on Lottie trays.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 62 °F
Spring - Low: 42 °F
Summer - High: 84 °F
Summer - Low: 64 °F
Fall - High: 64 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 40 °F
Winter - Low: 25 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.83 in./month
Summer: 3.48 in./month
Fall: 3.41 in./month
Winter: 3.09 in./month
What to Pack
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Snow boots
  • Winter coat
Did You Know?
Every time it snows, students steal trays from Lottie to use as sleds. During the 2009-10 school year, so many trays went missing that Lottie workers had to remove all the trays for a week to prevent the theft!
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