Messiah College is a private Christian college located in Grantham, Pennsylvania. It was founded by the Brethren in Christ Church as the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home in 1909. Its original site was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It initially offered a high school curriculum and several Bible programs. It changed its name to Messiah Bible School in 1921 when it became a junior college. The present name was adapted in 1951 when it started offering four-year college programs. The high school program was eventually discontinued as liberal arts programs were added. Messiah College is currently a non-denominational Christian college but continues to be influenced by the traditions of its founding church.
The faith base of Messiah College is broadly evangelical and it welcomes a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions. Its own traditions are influenced by the Anabaptist, the Pietist, and the Wesleyan Holiness Movement. The college considers Jesus Christ as the ground for personal salvation as well as the pattern for life and service. It defines its Christian character in five ideals consisting of the unity in faith, learning and life; importance of the person; significance of community; disciplined and creative living; and service and relocation.
The academic programs at Messiah College are offered by the college’s four divisions consisting of the School of Arts; the School of Business, Education, and Social Science; the School of Humanities; and the School of Science, Engineering, and Health. Each major falls within any of these four divisions. Offered majors include Accounting, Adventure Education, Art Education, Art History, Athletic Training, Biblical and Religious Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biology with Teaching Certification, Biology and Environment, Biopsychology, Broadcasting, Business Administration, Chemistry, Chinese Business, Chinese Studies, Christian Ministries, Communication, Computer and Information Science, Dance, Digital Media, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, English with Secondary Teaching, Environmental Science, Ethics and Area Studies, Family and Consumer Science, French, German, Health Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education, History, Human Development and Family Science, Humanities, International Business Journalism, Marketing, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Music, Music Business, Music Education, Music Performance, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Service Management, Nutrition Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Anthropology, Spanish, Spanish Business, Sports Management, Studio Art, Sustainability Studies, Teaching Certifications, and Theatre.
Pre-Professional Programs are likewise offered in Law, Dentistry, Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary. Messiah College also offers Master’s Degrees in Higher Education, Youth and Young Adults Ministries, Education, Art Education, Counseling, and Music in Conducting. Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Tuition to attend Messiah College is $13,768.00 per semester while overload tuition is $525.00 per credit for credits beyond 18. Financial aid is provided through scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. Students are highly encouraged to research on which form of financial assistance they are eligible for and apply accordingly.
The athletic teams of Messiah College known as the Falcons compete in 22 different intercollegiate sports events in the NCAA Division III. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling while women’s sports include basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
The total student population of Messiah College is about 2,932 including undergraduate and graduate students, 39% of which are male and 61% are female. There are about 175 full-time academic staff at Messiah College.