Messiah College

Messiah College

Messiah College is located in Grantham, Pennsylvania, United States, after moving from its original location in Harrisburg. It was established in the year 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church. It was initially known as the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. Degrees and certificates are awarded to students through its five academic schools. These are:

  • Arts
  • Education and Social Sciences
  • Health and Natural Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics, Engineering, and Business

The male students of Messiah College particpate in sports such as baseball, wrestling, cross country, basketball, swimming, tennis, soccer, track and field, golf, and lacrosse. The female students participate basketball, softball, volleyball, track and field, field hockey, cross country, soccer, swimming, and tennis.

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Contacting Messiah College

Messiah College
One College Ave
Grantham , PA 17027
General Phone: (717) 766-2511

Messiah College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching96elementary school teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, family/home economics teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social studies teaching, ...
Liberal Arts90German language, French language, Spanish language, English, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management63business management, electronic commerce, accounting, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, human resources, international business, marketing, business and related services ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy50parks and recreation studies, exercise science, athletic trainer, recreational therapy, clinical nutritionist
Media44communication studies, journalism, radio and television
Science38biology, biochemistry, biopsychology, chemistry, physics
Religion and Philosophy35philosophy, religion, bible studies, religious education
Therapy and Counseling33psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine32registered nursing
Family and Social Work32family and community services, social work
Engineering31engineering, civil engineering
Fine Arts19fine arts, art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering17information science, computer science
Drama and Performing Arts9drama
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental science
Security and Law Enforcement5criminal justice and safety
Art Studies2arts management
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Messiah College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree61767

Messiah College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Messiah College had a total enrollment of 2,837 students (2,920 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 46%
20-21 42%
22-24 8%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey9%
New York9%
New Hampshire1%
(International Students)1%

Messiah College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %
Part-Time 100 %

Messiah College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520630
SAT Math510640
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2128
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT18%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Messiah College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,670
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,670
Room and board $ 7,610
Room charge $ 4,020
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,590
Books and supplies $ 960
Other expenses $ 1,830

Financial Aid:
Messiah College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 329800)

Messiah College Faculty

Messiah College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3523
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1119

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year36$78,10910$76,746
Associate professoracademic year39$63,63821$63,123
Assistant professoracademic year23$54,15926$53,764
Instructoracademic year2*1*
Lectureracademic year7$44,9558$49,008
All faculty totalacademic year107$64,99566$59,535

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Messiah College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Baseball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Track Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

Messiah College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Family and Community Services
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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