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Information for Students Who Wish to Transfer into the

Messiah College Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

We welcome students who wish to complete their undergraduate nutrition, food service, or dietetics studies at Messiah College.  However, it is important to recognize that planning ahead is vital for transferring successfully.   Many of the upper level Nutrition and Dietetics courses have required prerequisites and are offered every other year.  Students hoping to transfer to Messiah should follow the Course Scheduling Guidelines for the major they are interested in to ensure that they have completed required courses and prerequisites.   Transfer students who have not completed the suggested major courses (especially those noted as critical on the course planning form)  will probably need to take summer courses and/or spend a fifth year in college to complete their major coursework.   

In addition, please be aware that academic rigor and work expectations vary considerably from one college to another.  Students at Messiah College are expected to spend approximately 3 hours per week for each course credit they are taking – i.e. 36 hours per week for a 12 credit course load.  Due to the academic workload, most Messiah students find it difficult to work more than 10 – 12 hours per week while they are taking classes.   If you need to work much more than this, you should consider being a part-time student. 

If you are interested in transferring into the Messiah College Nutrition and Dietetics major, please contact the transfer admissions counselor at  If you want to know how a particular course you have taken will transfer, check the database of transfer course equivalencies at ( 

This database contains courses which have already been approved as the equivalent of specific Messiah courses.  You can also obtain an unofficial transcript evaluation from Bryanna Boone, the transfer student coordinator (, when you come for a campus visit.   

After you have applied and been accepted to Messiah College, an official transcript evaluation will be done by the registrar’s office.  Once you have received this transcript evaluation, contact Kay Witt, Department Chair ( for advice about planning your course schedule.  To ensure a smooth transition, you should apply to Messiah College at least 5 – 6 months before you plan to enroll in classes. 

Unfortunately, students who attempt to transfer in at a late date may find that they are missing needed prerequisites, or that classes they need are filled with continuing students. 




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