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Significant change is ahead for you and your family as you prepare to transition your child 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 child’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.
Within minutes of arriving on campus to move your student into a first-year residence hall, you will be swarmed 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.
This kind of hospitality isn’t just a ruse to make a good first impression. 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.
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 child both academically and spiritually.
At Messiah College your 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.
Messiah College parents are well-cared for too during their student’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
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations