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Want the scoop on Messiah College? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Messiah offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Messiah College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Messiah College was awarded 28 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Messiah is ranked #253 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Messiah held the #320 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Messiah is also ranked #26 out of 123 schools in Pennsylvania.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Messiah?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Messiah College is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 77%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to Messiah submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Messiah College  ( 560 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Messiah College  ( 540 to 650 )
Messiah received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Messiah College  ( 22 to 29 )

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Messiah College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Messiah is an impressive 12 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Messiah College is 54%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  54 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Messiah College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Messiah College has a freshmen retention rate of 88%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Messiah for first-time, full-time students is 71%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  71 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Messiah College.

Average Overall Diversity at Messiah

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,759 undergraduates at Messiah with 2,637 being full-time and 122 being part-time.

Messiah Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

Messiah scored 45.68 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  45.68 out of 100
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How Much Does Messiah College Cost?

The overall average net price of Messiah is $27,200. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Messiah

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,592 $20,748 $23,119 $27,521 $30,502

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Messiah, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Messiah, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $9,566 a year. That adds up to $38,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Messiah is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Messiah Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Messiah with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,100 in their early years. This is good news for future Messiah graduates since it is 11% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Messiah College make the most money.

Location of Messiah College

Located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah College is a private not-for-profit institution. Messiah is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of Messiah College

Contact details for Messiah are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One College Ave, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: 717-766-2511

Messiah College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 53 majors graduated from Messiah College. Of these students, 671 received undergraduate degrees and 147 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Engineering 72 $54,800
Business Administration & Management 39 $41,000
Nursing 38 $61,500
Teacher Education Grade Specific 37 $40,500
Health Sciences & Services 33 $25,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 30 $33,200
Human Development & Family Studies 29 $26,000
General Psychology 28 $23,900
Accounting 27 $52,700
Social Work 22 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Messiah College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Messiah

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 549 students took at least one online class at Messiah College. This is an increase from the 535 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 549 463
2016-2017 535 491
2015-2016 481 450
2014-2015 447 408
2013-2014 407 319

Learn more about online learning at Messiah College.

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