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IPEDS ID: 213996
OPE ID: 00329800
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Messiah College
One College Ave, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055
General information:  (717) 766-2511
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,017 (2,798 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Diverse Fields
Religious Affiliation
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2012Full timePart time
Total faculty175130
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$27,480$28,356$29,460$30,4703.4%
Books and supplies$1,100$1,170$1,220$1,2300.8%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,160$8,420$8,760$9,0703.5%
Off Campus
Room and board--$8,760$9,0703.5%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$38,710$39,986$41,590$42,9903.4%
Off Campus$28,580$29,526$42,555$43,8903.1%
Off Campus with Family$28,580$29,526$33,795$34,8203.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2011-2012
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1695100%————
Grant or scholarship aid695100%$10,276,723$14,787
Federal grants15222%$622,999$4,099
Pell grants15022%$544,094$3,627
Other federal grants9814%$78,905$805
State/local government grant or scholarships19228%$571,291$2,975
Institutional grants or scholarships695100%$9,082,433$13,068
Student loan aid51674%$3,898,148$7,555
Federal student loans51174%$2,785,796$5,452
Other student loans10615%$1,112,352$10,494
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,73197%$38,007,148$13,917
Pell grants57120%$2,076,440$3,636
Federal student loans1,90468%$12,795,419$6,720
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$24,434$24,600$25,199
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2009-20102010-20112011-2012
$0 – $30,000$17,284$20,154$20,578
$30,001 – $48,000$18,591$19,761$19,098
$48,001 – $75,000$21,391$22,027$22,003
$75,001 – $110,000$23,755$24,753$25,085
$110,001 and more$27,112$26,984$27,947
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2012
Total enrollment3,017
Undergraduate enrollment2,798
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment73
Graduate enrollment219
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 39%
Female: 61%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 87%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 97%
25 and over: 3%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 58%
Out-of-state: 39%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2011.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 16%
Part-time: 84%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 92%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 5%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $20
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants2,8361,0311,805
Percent admitted66%68%64%
Percent admitted who enrolled35%37%33%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading520620
SAT Math510640
SAT Writing500620
ACT Composite2329
ACT English2230
ACT Math2328
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 86%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 88 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2012.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 76%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 70%
6-year: 75%
8-year: 76%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 73%
Female: 78%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 91%
Black or African American: 56%
Hispanic/Latino: 53%
White: 78%
Two or more races: 75%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 70%
Non-resident alien: 69%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Ethnic Studies0--
Category total0--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other0-0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General18--
Molecular Biology6--
Category total28-0
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General30--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other0--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General4--
International Business/Trade/Commerce11--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General14--
Restaurant/Food Services Management1--
Category total80--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia0--
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication5--
Radio and Television5--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric9--
Category total21--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science11--
Information Science/Studies4--
Category total15--
Art Teacher Education41d0
Biology Teacher Education3-0
Chemistry Teacher Education0-0
Early Childhood Education and Teaching19-0
Education, General-1d-
Elementary Education and Teaching26-0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education5-0
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education9-1
French Language Teacher Education0-0
German Language Teacher Education1-0
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-1d0d
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching6-0
Mathematics Teacher Education8-0
Music Teacher Education19-0
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching8-0
Physics Teacher Education0-0
Social Studies Teacher Education8-0
Spanish Language Teacher Education1-0
Category total1173d1d
Engineering, General31--
Category total31--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General17--
Category total17--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care and Support Services Management0--
Family and Community Services20--
Category total20--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature0--
French Language and Literature2--
German Language and Literature0--
Spanish Language and Literature1--
Category total3--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer11--
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist12--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-23d3d
Nursing Education-0d0d
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse48--
Category total7123d3d
History, General8--
Category total8--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies12--
Category total12--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies1--
Category total1--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General6--
Category total6--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other5--
Nutrition Sciences0--
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution1--
Sustainability Studies1--
Category total16--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science8--
Category total8--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science21--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies8--
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management3--
Category total32--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total3--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General2--
Physics, General0--
Category total2--
Psychology, General37--
Category total37--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work17--
Category total17--
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development0--
Economics, General1--
Political Science and Government, General8--
Category total22--
Theology and Religious Vocations
Bible/Biblical Studies4--
Religious Education18--
Youth Ministry-3d-
Category total223d-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation2--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production4--
Dance, General0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General7--
Fine and Studio Arts Management1--
Fine/Studio Arts, General17--
Music Performance, General319d0d
Music, General5--
Music, Other1--
Musical Theatre0--
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management0--
Category total4019d0d
Grand total629484
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
Field Hockey23
Track and Field, Indoor4354
Track and Field, Outdoor4354
Track and Field, X-Country2025
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1963 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
Didactic Program in Dietetics11/1/1976 -  Pre-Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels5/3/2003 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)10/1/2003 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1990 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)7/1/2007 -  Accredited
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2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations510
Liquor law violations5108
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations410
Liquor law violations5108
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible113
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible013
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate2.2%1.9%
Number in default1413
Number in repayment625652
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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