By Maddie Conley, Online Editor
Besides the conversation about upcoming campus construction with the Admissions and Welcome Center, there’s been buzz about Messiah’s upgrade to a university.
According to a statement on Messiah’s website, the switch to university “better reflect[s] our comprehensive mix of undergraduate and graduate programs—including our expansion in recent years to master’s and doctoral programs.”
The change is a big step in the school’s growth and many students still have questions. Look no further, we’ve got the basics of what you need to know about what’s to come.
Messiah officially becomes a university on July 1, 2020.
All your “Messiah College” sweatshirts and t-shirts are about to become a collector’s item! First-Year students in the fall of 2020 will be the first incoming class to Messiah University.
If you graduate before university status takes effect, you can request a “Messiah University” diploma.
Seniors, don’t sweat it! You can get a university diploma. The University Implementation Team is working with the Registrar’s Office to finalize this process. More information to come.
The new logo is still under wraps.
As bad as we all want to see the new look, the logo will not be publicized until July 1, as well.
Tuition is going up, but not because of this.
Messiah’s rising cost structure led to a $900 tuition increase for this school year, however, this was not due to Messiah becoming a university, the College stated.
There’s a University Implementation Team of 13 leaders on campus including four subcommittees.
The team includes President Kim Phipps, as well as Student Body President Tetsuo Takahara and other faculty, staff
For more information, visit https://www.messiah.edu/info/23361/messiah_university_transition.