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Why Messiah College

Why Messiah?

We can think of many reasons why Messiah College might be the right choice for you. But rather than overwhelming you with statistics and examples our national recognitions and distinctives (we proudly do that elsewhere!), we thought you might want a few straight-up answers as to why Messiah is an excellent place for motivated, Christian students to spend their college years pursuing vocation, developing meaningful relationships, traveling, serving and learning to see their life, faith, world and possibilities in exciting new ways.

So, why choose Messiah?

Because our students—95% to be exact—find themselves employed or in graduate school within six months after graduation.

Employers seek out Messiah grads for their proven competence, excellence, work ethic and values. In fact, students in some majors—like accounting and engineering for example—are heavily recruited by national firms and are often employed a full six months before graduation.

Because you’ll solve real world problems as a student.

Your Messiah education isn’t just about classroom lectures and exams; it’s also about creatively meeting real world needs. Messiah students have done things like design and construct clean water systems for persons with disabilities in remote African villages; systemize a campus-wide composting program that makes the dining hall a zero food waste facility; code and implement a computer program so students and employees can order online at campus restaurants; and create math lessons for at-risk youth enrolled at a local elementary school. Your Messiah education makes an impact on the world before you graduate.

Because you’ll automatically have one thing in common with every single person—your Christian faith.

If you ask us that’s pretty good common ground—to grow spiritually and to build a solid foundation for long-lasting friendships and relationships.

Because this isn’t an “anything goes” campus.

We intentionally and thoughtfully live in community together which means we collectively agree to certain standards and boundaries so we can authentically connect what we believe, the way we live and the way we learn.

Because our educators and other employees genuinely care about students.

Our low student to faculty ratio makes it possible and even likely for your teachers to also be research partners, active advisors, mentors and references who really know you. It’s common to see students and professors chatting over a cup of coffee. Our president is extremely hospitable, often hosting student groups at her home and frequently engaging with students at events and on Facebook. And employees—from the grounds crew to the dining services team to folks in the registrar’s office—truly want you to have a great Messiah experience, so they do their jobs with excellence and a shared dedication to the College’s mission.

Because our location is ideal

a scenic and peaceful campus with plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities just minutes from Harrisburg and a short trip from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Nine out of 10 current students and current parents at that time said they would choose Messiah again

Because in a survey conducted a few years ago, nine out of 10 current students and current parents at that time said they would choose Messiah again. Why? Because their experience here was transformational. It changed the way they see the world and their place in it.

Because we have a strong and loyal alumni network.

With more than 25,000 alums all across the globe, Messiah has an extensive network of graduates who are eager to assist fellow Falcons. Interested in living and working in Boston? We’ll put you in touch with Messiah grads in the city. Want to know what it’s like to work for a professional athletic team? No problem; we’ll connect with you one of our alums in that field. Looking for opportunities to network? We’ll provide them—on campus and off campus—with local alums from a variety of professions.