College is an exciting transition!

Significant change is ahead for you and your family as you prepare to transition your student to college. Undoubtedly you are experiencing a mixture of emotions—excitement for this important next step in your child’s life, sadness at the rapid passing of childhood, anxiousness about affording college and concern for your student’s health and safety once they’re no longer living at home. We assure you that you’re in good company. It is not unusual for parents—and students—to be overwhelmed and excited during this transition.

A hospitable community

Within minutes of arriving on campus to move your student into a first-year residence hall, you will be greeted by an eager group of Messiah College students, employees, alumni and sometimes even trustees who are ready to carry every single item from your packed vehicle to the assigned room. You’ll be overwhelmed with hospitality over and over again—during the registration and check-in process, in the dining hall, when exploring campus and during the traditional candlelight ceremony at the end of move-in day.

A nurturing community

This kind of hospitality isn’t just reserved for Move-In Day. When you return on Family Weekend, Little Sibs Weekend, for a casual visit, to attend your student’s concerts, performances, research presentations and athletic competitions and when you watch them march across Shoemaker Field on graduation day, you will be reminded that Messiah College is a supportive community that nurtures students—spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally.

Integrating faith and learning

Nine out of 10 past parents say they would choose Messiah College again. When asked why, many parents identify Messiah’s Christian environment and how it challenged their student both academically and spiritually.

At Messiah College you student will begin to “see anew” through engaging in rigorous academic coursework, a campus ethos of service, spiritual formation, Career Center services, relationships with faculty and peers and through participating in our nationally recognized internship and international study opportunities.

We keep in touch.

Messiah College parents are well-informed too during their child’s four-year experience. You will receive monthly e-newsletters with news of particular interest to parents as well as our quarterly magazine, The Bridge. You can stay in the loop about college good news and see campus pictures by following us on Facebook and Twitter. And, of course, you can contact us anytime you have a question or concern.

Peggy and Lindsey '15 Koach

For students, the next four years will include new experiences, friendships and paths toward adulthood. Parents, too, find themselves standing at the crossroads of beginnings and endings during this time.


“Messiah College was all I could have hoped for in my child’s education. It combined academic, spiritual, friendship, global travel, and fun.”