An aspect of Messiah that immediately attracts prospective students is its beautiful and tight-knit campus. The grounds are covered with trees, gardens, and green hills, and everything is away from the traffic and noise of main roads. The area in use is relatively small, and all buildings are in quick walking distance of one another. The Yellow Breeches Creek that runs through campus adds to the aesthetics and list of available activities.
However, the buildings are old, outdated, and tend to take away from the appearance of the campus. The Larsen Student Union is the most modern-looking building on campus and is appealing to the eye. The quality of facilities inside the Union is decent enough to suit student needs. The Union offers ample seating for eating, doing homework, and relaxing and includes couches upstairs and restaurant-style booths downstairs. There is also a fireplace, stage, flat-screen TV, computers, radio-broadcasting studio, game room, and student organization offices. The athletic centers are adequate for general wellness but could offer more enhanced facilities for the school’s athletic teams. The library contains shelf after shelf of books and offers abundant assistance to students. Between Parmer Cinema, the Breeches, the Union, and the Student Activities Board, there is plenty to do on campus to keep students entertained.