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Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania4-yearPrivate

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Campus location

Campus Setting


One University Ave
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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A sample of courses for this department

ACCT 449 Financial Accounting and Reporting

Comprehensive review of the knowledge of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) for business enterprises, not-for-profit-organizations, and governmental entities, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge. Content covered in this course includes financial accounting concepts and standards, and their application.

ACCT 448 Regulation

Comprehensive review of federal taxation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, and business law and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.

Local area

Hershey/Harrisburg Region

Messiah’s suburban location offers the best of two worlds – the energy of an urban center with a small town feel.

Top things to do

Harrisburg, PA (Pennsylvania State Capitol)

Just a short drive from campus, you'll find plenty of restuarants, shopping, musuems, coffee shops, entertainment venues to explore.

City Island

A favorite destination, City Island features Harrisburg Senators Baseball, mini golf, arcade and batting cages, and many free parks.

Hershey Park

Enjoy a day at an amusement park, full of rides and attractions and most importantly chocolate!

Appalachian Trail / Yellow Breeches Creek

Hike the Applalachian Trail, just off campus, or swim or canoe in the Yellow Breeches Creek that runs through campus.

Non-academic facilities

Messiah University is primarily a residential campus. All single, full-time students under the age of 23 are required to live on campus. Campus housing is generally limited to students who are registered for at least 12 credit hours. Exceptions to the residency requirement are granted to students who meet the commuter criteria and have signed a commuter housing contract

Freshmen allowed to have a car on campusNo
Freshmen required to live on campusNo
Offer suite style housing for freshmenNo

Religious life

Messiah University is an educational community profoundly committed to worshipping, loving and serving God. The University’s motto, “Christ Preeminent,” points to our community’s full, rich shared understanding of Jesus Christ and how the Christian faith is relevant to every dimension of life. At Messiah we’re committed to personal faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and to pursuing the exemplary nature of Christ's life as a model for our own lives. This common Christian conviction shapes every aspect of students’ experiences in the Messiah community.

Religious affiliation

Brethren in Christ
Sacred spaces and religious facilities

Calvin & Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Hostetter Chapel

Spectator sports

In addition to 22 NCAA DIII athletic teams, there are many club sports and recreational leagues on campus, like Ultimate frisbee, ice hockey and more. Club teams compete against other colleges and universities, while our recreational teams compete against each other for the coveted campus rec sports league title.

Conference affiliation

Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC)

2021 Homecoming White Out March


Student groups

Student-run groups and organizations

Beyond the Ceiling


Chinese Club


Social Work Club


Society of Women Engineers


Messiah University Fly Fishing Club

Campus Activities

Spoke N' True Bike Shop

Special Interest Groups

Study away & study abroad

Featured programs

LCC International University, Klaipeda Lithuania.

Located in Lithuania, this program offers a wide variety of courses for students to take, specifically general education courses, Bible classes, economics classes, English classes, and various social science courses. All courses are taught in English, and students also get to participate in many excursions to countries like Russia, Latvia, and Estonia.

Location: Klaipeda, Lithuania

ISA/Veritas Granada, Granada Spain

This program is especially popular for those who have a major or minor in Spanish language. Spending a semester in southern Spain, students will be able to take classes in both English and Spanish, have the option to live with a host family, and participate in educational excursions to places such as Madrid, Cordoba, and Morocco.

Location: Granada, Spain


Candlelight Services

Messiah students and families experience two meaningful candlelight worship services—one at the end of first-year move-in and one at Baccalaureate the night before Commencement. These powerful ceremonies are a meaningful way to bookend your time at Messiah—and to reflect on all that God has done in your life.

Powderpuff Football

The women gear up for a fun football game while the men take on the role as cheerleaders in this fun Homecoming tradition. The competition pits seniors against first-years and sophomores against juniors.

Service Day

Each spring, Messiah hosts Service Day where students and employees have a day off and serve together as a campus community. This is done either as a volunteer for Special Olympics (hosted on our campus) or with any one of many outreach opportunities throughout the local area.

White-Out March

Before the Homecoming soccer games, students are given white (free!) T-shirts. The spirited crowd—dressed in white and led by a bagpiper—marches across the Covered Bridge to the soccer field where they inspire Falcon fans to cheer on the big game!

Great Music

Messiah has a reputation for great music. We bring a variety of artists representing diverse genres to campus each semester, and students enjoy free B-Sides concerts featuring up-and-coming artists on Wednesday nights. Throughout the semester, the Student Activities Board (SAB) and other groups offer bigger-name shows—like Unspoken, CROWDER, Mat Kearney, Twenty-One Pilots, August Burns Red, Magic! and Needtobreathe. Of course, students can also show off their musical talents at our widely popular Coffeehouse events or as part of the Powerhouse worship team.

Grants and scholarships

Provost's Scholarship

Honors Program Scholarships

Multicultural Student Programs Scholarships

Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

Messiah University Scholarships

Merit Scholar Recognition

Phi Theta Kappa

Annual cost

Out-of-state Tuition$37,430
In-state Tuition$37,430
Room & Board$11,220
Books, supplies, and other fees$940