About the Philadelphia Campus
MCPC began in 1968 when celebrated educators Ernest Boyer and Ray Hostetter responded to the increasing globalization and urbanization of American society. These Messiah College educators worked to purchase buildings on Broad Street, begin Messiah's satellite campus and create a partnership with Temple University.
Today, students continue to expand their worldview at MCPC. Daily exposure to multiple cultures, mingling with urbanites of every description on the streets of the city, and involvement in a variety of urban churches and ministries all contribute to the educational ideals of Messiah College. Students grow as they sample the vast network of educational, cultural, and artistic resources available throughout the city.
MCPC combines the intimate spiritual community of Messiah College and the diversity of a large urban institution, Temple University, with a multitude of opportunities in the city of Philadelphia. Our Guided Discovery Program integrates these experiences through inquiry and instruction embedded in the context of our learning community and the city in which we dwell.
Messiah College Living-Learning Community
Students learn how to challenge and support each other in issues of faith, Christian vocation, life choices and experiences, city culture, and coursework. MCPC students often create an intimate environment with each other and live in intentional community.
Messiah's unparalleled partnership with Temple University provides students from a small Christian college with the opportunity to experience the diversity of a large urban institution. Temple's agreement with Messiah accords students at MCPC with all "benefits, privileges, accesses and services provided to regular Temple students." Essentially, Messiah students have "dual citizenship," that is, they are recognized as full-time students at both institutions. The wide variety of courses offered at Temple University supplement courses available to students at Messiah College and provides students with a number of venues to enrich their academic pursuits. Students may satisfy major/minor requirements (in consultation with their advisors or departments) or meet general education requirements. MCPC students may also participate in Temple University student organization.
City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia offers a rich historical heritage, cultural and ethnic diversity, a variety of social and outreach opportunities, and many helpful connections for future employment and graduate work. Philadelphia is an exciting environment in which to live and study. Students do not get bored when living in such a vibrant city.