Admissions FAQs


StudentsQ - What is Messiah’s campus like?
A - Messiah College is located in the rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania, minutes from the state capital of Harrisburg. The campus is surrounded by the Yellow Breeches Creek, a wooded nature trail and has its very own covered bridge. A smaller, self-contained and bicycle-friendly campus, students can walk from one side of campus to the other in about 10 minutes.

Q - How many students are enrolled at Messiah College?
A - Messiah enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 300 graduate students each year.

Q- What is Messiah’s acceptance rate?
A - Approximately 64 percent for first-year students.

Q- What is the male to female ratio?
A - 39 percent male / 61 percent female

Q- What are the guidelines for Messiah student conduct?
A -  Messiah bases its standards of conduct on the broader principles of the Community Covenant, a document that fully outlines expectations for students living in community together. Messiah’s campus is an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free environment. There are more specific expectations for living in on-campus housing, which you can find in the Student Handbook.

Q - What are the College’s retention and graduation rates?
A - The retention rate (first-year students who return for their sophomore year) for Messiah College is 86.5 percent. The four year graduation rate is 73.6 percent and the six year graduation rate is 76.2 percent.

Q - Does Messiah College run on a semester system?
A - Messiah College is based on a two-semester calendar. The fall semester usually begins in late August and extends through mid-December. The spring semester begins with J-Term (January Term) and extends through early May. An integral part of the second semester, J-Term gives students an opportunity to concentrate on a single course for three weeks. Cross-cultural travel programs in a variety of disciplines are among the innovative courses offered at this same period.

Q - What is the Messiah College mascot?
A - The Falcon. We've named him Fandango.

Q - What are the school colors?
A - Navy blue and white