Messiah College received its charter in 1909. Founded by the Brethren in Christ Church, its orientation to Christian service is reflected in its first name—Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. Originally located in Harrisburg, the school was moved to Grantham in 1911 following the construction of Old Main.
Messiah College is a nationally ranked private Christian college with a reputation for successfully integrating rigorous academics and Christian faith into all of our academic programs. Messiah's faculty are outstanding teachers, scholars and researchers who will mentor and advise you as you expand your possibilities.
Messiah College offers students a wide range of exciting and meaningful research opportunities across all academic programs. Our low faculty-to-student ratio makes Messiah an ideal place for you to collaborate with classmates, faculty, alumni and regional, national and global organizations. Together you’ll work to identify and create solutions to real-world problems and to contribute significant research in your areas of scholarship and interest.
From your first year to senior year, our career professionals help you determine your strengths, select a major, weigh your options, network with professionals, find internships and research graduate school and employment opportunities.
If you're ready to expand your living space after your sophomore year, you have the option to apply for a campus apartment. Four apartment-style buildings feature one- or two-bedroom living spaces that have their own bathroom, kitchen and living room. There is also special interest housing available just off campus if you're looking to live and learn around a common theme, such as social justice, sustainability or reconciliation.
The staff of the Engle Center know that taking good care of your physical health and your emotional wellbeing is a vital component of helping you to make the most of your time at college and our medical and counseling professionals are available to provide the support you need!
Messiah is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, just 12 miles from the state capital, Harrisburg, and just a short drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
In addition to NCAA athletics, there are many club sports to join and recreational leagues on campus. Our men’s club volleyball team is three-time national champions, and it’s always a fun competition to see which teams win the coveted rec sports league title.
Messiah's campus is an active, busy place. Students can engage their passions in any of the 70+ clubs and organizations within the Student Government Association, or SGA. These student groups play a crucial role in student's co-curricular education, offering them a place to serve, grow, and have fun outside of the classroom. The clubs and organizations are divided into nine categories below, and each includes a brief description of the club and a contact person you can reach for more information.
Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. Middle States is the highest accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several other locations internationally.
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