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1 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Ethnic/racial diversity: Not much.

Economic diversity: Decent.

Political diversity: Not much.

Religious diversity: Basically none.

Sexual-orientation diversity: Zero.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: We don't have much religious diversity, because we are a private Christian college. Currently, our school is really expanding our international students program to make it more diverse in ethnicities.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Messiah College really isn't that diverse. I've met quite a few international students though, but overall, the ethnic and racial diversity, is not that strong.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Very little racial diversity. Mostly white.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Ethnic Diversity really sticks out.


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The diversity of people at Messiah is, well, lacking. But don’t take that to mean that the school doesn't try. Messiah College stresses the importance of diversity and puts forth a valiant effort to recruit international students and people from a variety of ethnicities. The Office of Multicultural Programs hosts an annual International Banquet in celebration of Messiah's international, missionary, and third culture students and the diversity of culture they bring to the College community.

Messiah students are very accepting of minorities on campus. Due to the homogenous student population, a little diversity in Grantham is always exciting. Most students enjoy hearing new and different ideas that may challenge their own beliefs and force them to re-evaluate their own opinions. Because of the nature of the school's beliefs, it is extremely common to hear people in a friendly debate at any time and any place on campus over deep issues such as atheism, gay rights, and sex. In fact, it is rare to go a few days without hearing or participating in a discussion of this kind. The lines of communication at Messiah are always open, and no topic is taboo. Many students take the motto to heart that no belief is strong until it has been challenged and all other possibilities considered.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 37%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 15%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 90%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
The Community Covenant that all Messiah students are asked to sign before their first year prohibits "homosexual behavior." However, many students on campus are accepting of LGBTQ students and a large percentage want the policy changed. Though no official LGBTQ student organizations exist on campus, there is an off-campus support group called Spectrum. Spectrum, led by Messiah alumni, seeks to offer support and encouragement to LGBTQ Messiah students.
Political Activity
Political beliefs on campus vary widely from very conservative to very liberal. It is interesting to note that a majority of the students describe themselves as conservative but only about a quarter say they think the campus as a whole is conservative. Obviously, most students perceive their fellow classmates to be more liberal than they actually are.
Economic Status
Although Messiah's tuition is regularly discussed, economic status is not. However, it seems like everyone is in the same boat-regardless of their economic status, the majority of students at Messiah are scrambling to afford their education during these tough economic times. In general, the majority of full scholarships are given to students accepted into the honors program, and boy, does it spark jealousy in other people.
Most Common Religions
Messiah College was founded on Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions. Because of the distinct beliefs of the College, the most common religion at Messiah is Christianity. The most common denominations include Protestant, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, and Lutheran. However, stray atheists can be found here and there, and they usually like to make themselves known. There are an increasing number of students who claim to have gone into Messiah a Christian and come out an atheist because of the practices of the College or its community.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs on campus are very active and hold frequent events and celebrations that are well attended by students. The Asian Student Association hosts an annual Asian-Pacific Islander night at the Union, and this event is much anticipated by the campus community. ASA hosts other events throughout the year, including a Lunar New Year celebration. La Alianza Latina hosts frequent parties and offers salsa dance lessons to students. The Black Student Union's most popular event is a black history month celebration that often brings musical talent to campus. All minority groups are united by the Multicultural Council, which seeks to bring knowledge of different cultures to the Messiah College community. The Multicultural Council is an important group, and campus-wide elections for it are held each year.
Did You Know?
  • The Rafiki House is a special-interest house for international students and students interested in international issues and cultures.
  • During the 2008 presidential election season, Messiah College hosted the Compassion Forum, an "unprecedented bipartisan discussion panel" devoted to critical moral issues facing the nation. All three presidential candidates were invited. Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama participated in the event, which was exclusively broadcast by CNN and covered by both mainstream and religious news media. John McCain declined the invitation.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 33% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 17% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 50 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 20% Moderate
  • 42% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 49 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 16% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 31% Conservative
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 50 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 50 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 33% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 17% Democratic
  • 67% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 50% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 17% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 17% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 83% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 17% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 17% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 0% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 50 responses

  • 40% Very accepting.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 16% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.


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