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Reviews 942 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience so far was pretty great! My tour visit was during the summer and the tour guide was very friendly. I loved the campus, it was so beautiful! I thought the food tasted good too, I met with one of the Professor for my major. And he has a book that really interested me, it was a book about psychology and religion together. My second experience there was an overnight stay and I loved it! My host was in a triple and us 3 (the other roommate was out for the night) got dinner together and we actually met up with more of my host's friends and we had a great night. I really enjoyed my night there. My third and last experience I had at there was Student Acceptance day and it was very organized. The parents had information they needed to know and the students attended little mini classes of their major. My experience made me very excited to attend in the fall.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had a great time at Messiah so far. The professors are awesome, and so far there havent been any that I didnt like. There were a couple classes that I didnt care for, but the professors that taught them still did a decent job trying to make a rather boring topic more exciting. The people for the most part are pretty nice, just like any other school there are people who are really outgoing and friendly, and others who keep to themselves, but I think there is a good mix of those type of people here. The food could always be improved, and there could be more on campus activities, but overall I have had a very good first year at Messiah and I am really looking forward to returning in the fall.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Probably the best thing about this school. Fantastic safety. You can leave your wallet, phone, and computer lying around, leave for ten minutes, and come back to find them lying untouched in exactly the same spot. It's incredible.

I have walked across campus by myself at 3 in the morning and never had anyone bother me (I'm a girl).

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: No criteria for getting in.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I did not like my major. I went in very excited about the field but came out wanting nothing to do with it.

1 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I got zero help finding an internship.

I have had internships, but not through the school.

1 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Ethnic/racial diversity: Not much.

Economic diversity: Decent.

Political diversity: Not much.

Religious diversity: Basically none.

Sexual-orientation diversity: Zero.

1 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I did not like my major.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: 50/50. The buildings are eh but the creek is GORGEOUS.

1 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There's literally nothing to do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Wouldn't do it again. I do not feel I received a good education at all.

Favorite experiences included study abroad; the study abroad program used to be very good and even after funding cuts it's still pretty decent.

Other positives include nice people and a beautiful campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Almost all the professors are very nice. Some of them are very good.

Class sizes are reasonably small and there's a nice variety of courses.

But overall I found the program I graduated from severely lacking. I have attended other institutions and the quality of instruction at all of them was FAR superior to Messiah's.

1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Horrible, horrible, horrible. Unless you are graduating with a degree in engineering or nursing, a degree from here will most likely do nothing for you. I felt more confident about my job prospects BEFORE I got a degree from here. They say they have a lot of connections, that the school is well-regarded, and that there are a lot of job prospects. That's only true if you want to live in about a 50-mile radius around campus. Go anywhere else, and no one will have heard of it (unless it's because they heard about the hate crime against a gay student that happened a few years ago.)

The faculty and staff swore I would not be judged for having a degree from a blatantly religious school and I naively believed them. It's partly my fault for being stupid enough to think that was true. But they also should have been forthcoming about it in the first place.

I went to the career center with concerns about how much my higher-ups looked down on me for going to a place called *Messiah* College and asking what I could do about it. Their response? Essentially, 'suck it up; you should have thought of that before coming here'. The problem is bad enough to begin with but getting that kind of blasé attitude about it from the very people who are supposed to be concerned with helping me find a job infuriated me.

I got to go here for free and I still don't think it was worth it!

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most Messiah guys are nice. But the gender ratio is 70% girls, and what guys there are just do not talk to girls.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Great soccer. No football, but that's fine with me.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Nice variety. You have to drive a longish way (15+ minutes) to find anything besides Baker's and fast food, though.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I personally had no problems with the financial aid system, but a lot of people I know did.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food is so bad it literally gave me medical problems. I had food poisoning on multiple occasions.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There's a disgusting-smelling sewer plant that you can smell from basically anywhere on campus 40-50% of the time.

Living on campus is so boring you'll think you're going insane.

Positive notes: The apartments are very good.

The dorms and apartments are quite spacious as they go.

The campus is very safe.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The few housing options for off-campus living that are available are located close to campus.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are not very many parties but that is ok because I would not go to them always.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food around campus is pretty good and there is a decent variety.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Messiah is strict about these things but it is needed for a Christian College to have strict rules.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarships that they have are good, but it is hard to find scholarships for white males.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depending on the day the food can be either really good or really bad. Although the food can sometimes get boring, it is still of a fairly high quality.


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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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