Life on campus
College is more than just going to class and studying. You’ll receive an outstanding education during your time at Messiah--but you’ll also experience fun, excitement and make lifelong friendships. As an undergraduate residential or commuter student, you’ll realize Messiah’s campus is buzzing with activity and that there’s always something to do. In fact, many of these experiences become meaningful traditions for our students and make Messiah a really hard place to leave when you graduate.
Student life profile
60+ Clubs and organizations
2,586 Undergraduate students
78% of students live in on-campus housing
There’s no place like home.
At Messiah University, “home” is a universal term to students and alumni. From the very first moment you drive onto campus as a new student, volunteers are ready to help you settle into your residence hall. You’ll quickly become familiar with faces and spaces that will make Messiah feel like home.
Living on campus
Living on your own for the first time can be a big adjustment. Residence Life is here to make that transition as smooth and fun as possible. As a first-year or transfer student, you’ll have access to an intentional environment that helps you build lasting relationships with peers who are experiencing the same things as you. Your resident director and resident assistants work hard to host events and activities to help you get to know other students and form a sense of “home.”
First-year residence halls
Frequently asked questions—you asked, we answered!
Are there specific behavioral guidelines I will be required to follow while enrolled at Messiah University?
Yes, as a Christian university, Messiah communicates behavior expectations for students that focus on our relationship with God and each other, and the practical implications of community life. Before coming to Messiah, students are asked to review these expectations and agree to live by them if they choose to join the Messiah community. You can learn more about Messiah's community standards in our student handbook to see if Messiah University is a good fit for your values and the way of life you want during your college experience.
Can first-year students have cars on campus?
Yes, first-year students who live on campus are permitted to park a car on campus. Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis as designated by a student’s enrollment deposit date, and participation in the parking lottery.
While the University strives to offer parking to all first-year students who would like it, the demand for on campus parking spaces may exceed the number of available spaces.
After the first year, any student may have a car on campus. Complete information about parking regulations at Messiah is available from the Department of Safety website.
How many students are enrolled at Messiah University?
Messiah enrolls nearly 2,500 undergraduate and more than 700 online graduate students each year.
Do I have to live on campus my first year?
All single, full-time students under the age of 23 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:
- The student is living locally with parents.
- The student is living locally with family members (i.e. grandparents, aunts/uncles).
- 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).
- The student is married.
Good food: an essential for college students. Messiah University provides a wide variety of great-tasting and nutritious foods in enjoyable environments to socialize, study and of course, eat. Our award-winning program offers fresh, tasty foods at each of our different locations. We take food very seriously here, which is why we have four different meal plan-approved locations. Bon Appétit!