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What can you tell me about Housing and when do I find out who my roommate is?

For answers to these questions and more, please visit the Office of Residence Life Frequently Asked Questions webpage, found at


Should I open a bank account in the Mechanicsburg/Grantham area?

If you wish to open a bank account in the Grantham area, there are several local banks and a credit union near the college that offer no fee bank accounts. For students working on campus direct deposit into a bank account is encouraged.   There are several ATMs on campus.  If you have questions concerning local banks and credit unions please feel free to contact the Business Office at (717) 691-6004. For more information concerning the Student Financial Services office you can visit

What services are provided at the Engle Center for Counseling and Health Services?

The Engle Center offers medical and counseling support to Messiah College students. The center is located in the heart of campus, right behind the Jordan Science Center, and is open 8am to 5pm with additional evening hours scheduled for physician appointments. For further information see The Engle Center.


When can I buy textbooks?

Textbooks and the textbook list are available in the Textbook Express at the start of each semester. Both new and used textbooks are available from the Textbook Express. The textbook return policy is distributed at the time of purchase. To find out what textbooks are required for your courses, log on to MCSquare and select the Campus Life tab. The textbook list will be posted on the Campus Store & Textbook Express channel.

How safe is Messiah's Campus?

The Department of Safety has officers on duty 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. They are available for escort service from parking lots to residences and are on-call for emergencies. See


When will I know my class schedule for the Fall?

You will receive a packet of course registration information this summer. A login name and password will be provided to you for registering on-line.  If you do not have access to the Internet, you may return the registration form listing your course preferences. Using the information we provide, you will choose classes and register for them on-line.



When will I know my Financial Aid package?

For students planning to enroll in the fall, the Messiah College Financial Aid Office begins to create financial aid packages around March 10. If we have received the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by that time, and there are no outstanding issues with your FAFSA, you will receive your final financial aid award shortly thereafter. If there are issues to be resolved with your FAFSA, we will send you a letter or email outlining those issues. Then, after you have submitted any additional documentation that is required to resolve the issue(s) and we have had time to review your FAFSA results and make any necessary corrections, we will send you a final award notice. If your FAFSA results were not received by the time we start to create financial aid packages, you will receive your award notice within a few days of the time your FAFSA results arrive. For students who continue to have outstanding issues, an estimated award letter, based only on your initial FAFSA results, will be sent toward the end of March. Contact the Financial Aid Office at if we can help you with specific questions you may have regarding your package. (

How do meal plans work and what are my options?

There are several meal plans students can choose from. You can find more detailed information at

What does the Library have to offer?

With its on-line catalog, interlibrary loan connections and various other resources, the Murray Library is one of the greatest assets to the college. The friendly staff can help you with just about any question you may have and the Library even has the ability to e-mail your reference questions directly to the librarians. You can find out more at

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