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Messiah University Overview

Messiah University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Messiah is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Messiah University Known For?

636 Undergraduate Awards
$32,513 Avg Cost After Aid
77% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Messiah have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Messiah is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 54% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Messiah bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $45,100 a year. That's about 11% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Messiah student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Messiah University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Messiah.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Value General Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best General Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Music Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Value Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Messiah has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Value Colleges for General Engineering College Factual
#10 Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Teaching Degree Search
#51 Highest Paid Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates College Factual
#107 Best Value Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is Messiah University?

Location of Messiah University

Contact details for Messiah are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One University Ave, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: 717-766-2511
Website: www.messiah.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MessiahCollege
Twitter: https://twitter.com/messiahcollege

How Do I Get Into Messiah?

You can apply to Messiah online at: www.messiah.edu/applynow

Admission Requirements for Messiah

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Messiah?

77% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Messiah University is 77%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 74%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to Messiah submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Messiah University  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Messiah University  ( 540 to 650 )
200
800
Messiah received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 30. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Messiah University  ( 22 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Messiah University  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Messiah University  ( 22 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford Messiah University?

$32,513 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
1.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Messiah is $32,513. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Messiah, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $9,365 a year. That adds up to $37,460 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Messiah is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Messiah University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,545 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,709 undergraduate students at Messiah, with 2,545 being full-time and 164 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Messiah

There are also 665 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,545 full-time undergraduates at Messiah, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Messiah

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Messiah University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Messiah Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 62
Black or African American 75
Hispanic or Latino 145
White 2,050
International Students 110
Other Races/Ethnicities 103

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Messiah University. At this time, 29 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 32 countries are represented at Messiah. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Malaysia, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Messiah University

463 Took All Classes Online
549 Took At Least One Class Online
10.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 549 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Messiah has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 81st most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Messiah

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Messiah University was 10.4%. This is the #1,316 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Messiah regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Messiah majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 10%
Education 13%
General Education 26%
Health Professions 11%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Messiah ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Messiah.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Education #72
Nursing #276
Education #354
Business Administration & Management #431
Health Professions #461

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Messiah University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Other Health Professions 0 18 63 81
Business Administration & Management 38 1 23 62
General Engineering 50 0 0 50
Teacher Education Grade Specific 44 1 0 45
Nursing 39 0 5 44
Music 14 2 27 43
Teacher Education Subject Specific 40 1 0 41
General Education 0 18 20 38
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 31 31
General Psychology 29 0 0 29
Health Sciences & Services 25 0 0 25
Human Development & Family Studies 24 0 0 24
General Biology 21 0 0 21
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 8 12 0 20
Computer Science 19 0 0 19
Accounting 18 0 0 18
Marketing 15 0 0 15
General English Literature 15 0 0 15
Political Science & Government 15 0 0 15
Religious Education 15 0 0 15
Allied Health Professions 14 0 0 14
Social Work 13 0 0 13
Biopsychology 11 0 0 11
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11 0 0 11
Fine & Studio Arts 11 0 0 11
International Business 10 0 0 10
Public Relations & Advertising 10 0 0 10
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 10 0 0 10
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 9 0 0 9
Communication & Media Studies 9 0 0 9
Educational Administration 0 0 9 9
Sustainability Science 8 0 0 8
Criminal Justice & Corrections 8 0 0 8
Drama & Theater Arts 8 0 0 8
History 7 0 0 7
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 7 0 0 7
Health & Physical Education 6 0 0 6
Economics 6 0 0 6
Sociology 6 0 0 6
Mathematics 5 0 0 5
Philosophy 5 0 0 5
Chemistry 5 0 0 5
Romance Languages 4 0 0 4
Natural Resources Conservation 4 0 0 4
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 4 0 0 4
Journalism 2 0 0 2
Communications Technology 2 0 0 2
East Asian Languages 2 0 0 2
Physics 2 0 0 2
Biblical Studies 2 0 0 2
Dance 2 0 0 2
Other Business, Management & Marketing 1 0 0 1
Ethnic Studies 1 0 0 1
Germanic Languages 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 636 53 178 867

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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