June 3rd, 2016
College Choice recently named Messiah College #9 on its “50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges” list. The Office of Disability Services at Messiah College currently supports and accommodates nearly 200 students with physical, psychological and learning disabilities. As they state, “Messiah College is committed, not only to the legal requirements of the ADA but to the moral and ethical responsibility to treat all members of the community with fairness.” One interesting feature of the services offered at Messiah is the creation of an Accommodation Profile (AP) that is negotiated between the Director of Disability Services and the student seeking aid. Common assistance given as a result of the AP may include extended time on exams, proctored exams, note-taking assistance and alternative text forms. These primary services are free while more specialized assistance is available at the expense of the student.
The ranking highlight universities that have strong programming and solid support services for students with needs including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), visual and hearing impairment and those with physical needs that require special access, accommodations, service animals and/or alternative transportation. These exceptional schools are some of the best in the country at committing resources and funding to equipping their students with tools they need to not only become a successful student in the classroom but also a valuable member of the student body as a whole on the campus and in the community. The schools that made the list far exceeded the minimum legal requirements for accessibility and were also evaluated and ranked based on characteristics like academic reputation, student satisfaction, affordability, average financial aid awarded, and return on investment.
See College Choice’s full list and more information about the rankings here.
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April 28th, 2014
Messiah College student Ian Gallo ’14 is the recipient of this year’s Calvin B. DeWitt Leadership Fellowship, an Au Sable recognition of Gallo’s commitment to reforming agricultural systems. A sustainability studies major, Gallo has invested his efforts on campus to manage the community garden and lead the College’s composting efforts.
Read about Gallo’s Fellowship.
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April 21st, 2014
Politics major Jeffrey Stiles ’16 has won a Boren Scholarship to China. Courtesy of the U.S. government, Stiles will spend 2014-15 doing Chinese language study as well as taking courses in politics and economics at the Shanghai International Studies University. The Boren is administered by the Institute of International Education—the same agency that looks after the Fulbright—and is designed for undergraduates who wish to do a year of language training in countries that the U.S. State Department deems of national security interest. Stiles is Messiah’s second Boren scholar; Bianca Basch (2012) won for Thailand in 2010-11.
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February 14th, 2014
Colleges and universities on this list, according to U.S. News, “are doing a very good job at producing a top ranking for academic quality while carefully spending their available financial resources, as measured relative to other schools that may have greater sources of funding from states, tuition or endowments.”
U.S. News describes the criteria for the rankings: “U.S. News measures a school’s financial resources by taking into account how much it spends per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures. Financial resources have a 10 percent weight in the Best Colleges ranking methodology. Read the rest of this entry »
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October 17th, 2013
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival reviewed opening night of “J.B.,” presented by the Messiah College Department of Theatre and Dance. The Festival awarded the prestigious Certificate of Merit to Valerie Rae Smith, professor of theatre, and Tom Ryan, guest designer, for extraordinary achievement in direction and design, respectively.
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October 8th, 2013
Jonathan Bert `09, sound, lighting and event coordinator, accepted a WFX 2013 Solomon Award on behalf of Messiah College for the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The facility won the Best Church Design, New Project (1,000-2,000 seats) category.
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September 10th, 2013
Messiah College is the fifth ranked best regional college in the north, according to annual rankings released by U.S. News & World Report on Sept. 10. Additionally, Messiah continues to be ranked seventh as a “Great School, Great Price.” The rankings reflect Messiah’s consistent excellence when measured among the best public and private colleges and universities in the country.
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August 29th, 2013
Washington Monthly—the rankings that ask not what colleges are doing for you but rather what colleges are doing for the country—has ranked Messiah College #7 among baccalaureate institutions.
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May 1st, 2013
Messiah College is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles Messiah College in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The Company analyzed data from the survey about the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.
To learn more about Messiah extensive sustainability efforts, visit www.messiah.edu/sustainability.
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April 2nd, 2013
Lucy Barnhouse, a 2008 graduate of the Messiah College History Department, has won a highly competitive Fulbright Research Fellowship to do archival graduate research in Germany during the next academic year. Barnhouse is currently studying medieval history at Fordham University.
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