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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.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: What's important is that God loves us all, regardless of how attractive we may be to the opposite gender.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I really enjoy hanging out with all the people I'm friends with on campus. Everyone was so welcoming when I first started here and I've never made so many friends so quickly. The people are just wonderful.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The only downside to the guys at the school is that there are so few of them.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys have it nice with the 60/40 ratio if girls to guys. There are some amazingly cool, Godly women that attend Messiah. Lots of pretty girls who are modest, humble and genuine. Yes, there is the "ring by spring [of senior year]" joke-but-really-tradition at messiah because if you are in a relationship, it's usually for the long haul. you can go on a date, with out being dating, but even that requires high levels of interest. Hooking up, the idea of it, is laughably non-existent here.

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The girl-to-guy ratio has a major effect on dating. After freshman year, when the dating scene starts heating up, this 3:2 (and rising) ratio is all too noticeable. All the guys are taken—not just the good-looking ones—and a good amount of girls are left yearning for a boyfriend. The dreaded “ring by spring” mentality puts even more pressure and worry on these girls. As a result, many girls invest in long-term relationships with boys from home or pine endlessly over taken guys and pray for a break-up.

People at Messiah are generally not sexually promiscuous because sexual activity before marriage is prohibited in the Community Covenant. There are always a few who disagree with the covenant and have sex anyway, but this tends to be a difficult feat because of visiting hours and nosy floormates. In addition, finding a willing partner is probably harder than completing the task itself.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
61%
Male Undergrads
39%
Birth Control Available?
No
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Your dorm
  2. Clubs
  3. Church
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. The Yellow Breeches
  2. "Back Forty" field
  3. Off campus
Social Scene
There is a range of personalities at Messiah, but one thing is for sure: interaction between those of the opposite sex is minimal. Unfortunately, it is considered taboo with many students, especially freshmen, to have too many opposite-gender friends. In terms of the actual social scene, students like to watch movies in dorm rooms and hangout in lounges. Off-campus adventures take students to Sheetz or a hookah bar.
Hookups or Relationships?
At Messiah, hook-ups and casual relationships are very rare. It is much more common for students to be in exclusive and long-term relationships. Because girls outnumber guys almost three to one, single girls are plentiful but single guys are few. Every attractive guy is bound to be taken, whereas many attractive girls remain single by default. Because of this, many girls seek long-distance relationships with guys from back home. In addition, the campus dating scene operates with a 'ring by spring' mentality. This means that it is socially expected of students to be engaged by the spring semester of their senior year.
Dress Code
When dressing for class, most students opt for clothes that are modest and comfortable. As a result, jeans and hoodies abound. On the weekends, however, the clothing becomes more revealing and dressy, especially for the girls. Many will break out a miniskirt for Saturday night or a tiny dress for Sunday morning church, even in chilly weather. The boys generally dress the same for the weekend as they do for class, with the exception of Sunday mornings. The guys who choose to attend services dress up their style with slacks and ties. In addition, there is a growing bohemian trend sweeping across campus. The number of girls dressing in long flowy skirts, knit hats, Birkenstock sandals, and earthy scarves is ever increasing.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 65 responses

  • 22% None
  • 20% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 16% Long-distance relationship
  • 15% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 14% Casual dating at your school
  • 7% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Your dorm
  • 30% Clubs
  • 20% Church
  • 10% Classes

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 56% Get to know the other students on your dorm floor.
  • 22% Meeting students in class and activities
  • 11% Your orientation group. You'll have FYS with them.
  • 11% Any way works. People are very friendly.

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 0% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 50% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 50% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 20% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 54% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 23% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Community-oriented.
  • 33% Christian
  • 0% Boring and not that bright. Sorry.

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