Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Messiah College is one of the one hundred nine private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Pennsylvania. The campus is located in a suburb, in Mechanicsburg.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 3,331 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 665 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 585 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 88%). Every year 81% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Messiah College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $33,320, and fees were $840. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $33,320 and $840 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students3,331
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate88%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 0 11
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 95.3%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1963 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
05/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1100 to 1310
ACT22 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $30

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,390/credit
In State Students$1,390/credit
Out of State Students$1,390/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$645/credit
In State Students$645/credit
Out of State Students$645/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $62,550 $62,550 $62,550
ADN 70 $97,300 $97,300 $97,300
BSN 125 $173,750 $173,750 $173,750
FNP 50 $32,250 $32,250 $32,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Messiah College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 19% $3,801
Other Federal Grant 9% $1,222
State Grant & Scholarships 31% $3,394
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $16,223
Federal Student Loans 70% $5,595
Private Loans 22% $12,983


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$21,592
$30,001 to $48,000$20,748
$48,001 to $75,000$23,119
$75,001 to $110,000$27,521
Over $110,000$30,502

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
Messiah College
One College Ave
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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