Messiah College is primarily a residential campus. All single,
full-time students under the
age of 22 are required to live on
campus. Campus housing is generally limited to
students who are registered for at
least 12 credit hours. Exceptions to the residency requirement are
granted to students who meet the commuter criteria and have signed a
commuter housing contract.
Commuters are those students who meet one of these criteria:
A commuter student is a student who is living locally (within a 50-mile distance) and at
least one of the following criteria applies:
The student is living locally with parents
The student is living locally with family members (i.e. grandparents,
The student is classified as having independent status by the Office of
Financial Aid and is living locally.
The student has non-traditional status (23 years of age and over or married).
A limited number of junior and
senior students who are not considered commuters may be granted an
exception to this residency requirement. In order to qualify for this
exception, junior and senior students must complete the off-campus
application process outlined on page 58 of the handbook.