Messiah College is a four year Christian college dedicated to providing a faith based education to its students. The school is rooted in the Anabaptist, Wesleyan and Pietist traditions of Christianity. Messiah College was founded in 1909 in Grantham, Pennsylvania. The school has expanded over the last hundred years, offering more programs and opportunities. The school aims to educate young men and women and turn them into good Christians and model citizens.
Messiah College offers bachelor's degrees in the liberal arts and sciences for over 55 programs. The academic curriculum is provided in a Christian context and is augmented through off campus study, internships, individualized majors and research opportunities. Messiah College is nationally ranked, providing a top quality education for its students.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions decisions are based on a candidates preparation for college, the relative strength of the student's academic program, SAT or ACT test scores, the application essay and the program of study desired. Applications are approved based on a first come first serve basis, with a review pending once all materials are received.
Financial aid opportunities are available to eligible students. Individuals should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and consult the financial aid office to discuss eligibility, availability and opportunities.
The Messiah College Falcons participate in the NCAA division III mid-Atlantic conference:
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the applicants Messiah College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Messiah College is about 3,300. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 21% enrolling as graduate students and 85% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition is estimated to range between $31,000-$38,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- Per unit charges are around $1,400 for part time students
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||100%||$17,454|
|Receiving Student Loans||70%||$9,318|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Messiah College may offer services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
With a high graduation rate of around 76%, Messiah College is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||71%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||4%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||0.7%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Dietetics Program
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Theatre Program
Messiah College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division III (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation)
- Basketball (Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation)
- Field Hockey
- Track and Field, Indoor
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Messiah College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
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- Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in Shippensburg, PA (29 miles away)
- Millersville University of Pennsylvania in Millersville, PA (35 miles away)
- Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Schuylkill in Schuylkill Haven, PA (54 miles away)
- Towson University in Towson, MD (57 miles away)
- Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD (60 miles away)
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Messiah College for official up-to-date information.