#29 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Messiah College

Grantham, Pennsylvania

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Messiah College overview
Location Grantham, Pennsylvania
Online messiah.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Interdenominational
Messiah College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Messiah University, located in Grantham, Pennsylvania, is a private Christian college founded in 1909, with a suburban campus spanning 471 acres in the scenic Cumberland Valley. Approximately 12 miles southwest of Harrisburg, the college offers a tranquil setting proximate to a state capital's resources. The institution is known for its liberal arts and applied sciences curricula and offers a range of undergraduate programs with particular strength in Health and Natural Sciences, Business, Education, and the Arts. Messiah features a distinctive architectural style, with modern facilities that complement the surrounding natural environment. It is characterized by moderate application selectivity. On-campus living is an integral part of the student experience, with a variety of housing options available. While Messiah competes in NCAA Division III athletics, it is particularly recognized for its strong programs in soccer and wrestling.

In the most recent statistical year 2,438 prospective students applied, and 1,936 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 587 enrolled in the school.  2,546 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 685 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $38,550 plus fees of $940. Messiah College is ranked 358 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Messiah College is rated within the top 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Messiah College overview
SAT 1090/1340
ACT 25/30
GPA 3.8

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Messiah College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,350
Other Fees$940
Room and Board $11,560
Budget for Other Expenses$2,550
Total One Year Cost$54,950

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

74% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Messiah College students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 19%
Business 13%
Health Professions 10%
Psychology 7%
Biology 6%

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