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College Honors Program

College Honors Program Application Process



Applying to the College Honors Program


There is no separate application for the College Honors Program.   Candidates for the Program are selected from the pool of Freshman applicants who have been accepted for admission by January 15.   To be initially considered for membership into the College Honors Program, students must:


  1. Complete their application for admission to Messiah College by January 15th  of their senior year of high school;
  2. Receive, at minimum, a 1300 SAT (cumulative math and critical reading) or a 29 ACT score; and
  3. Rank within the top 10% of their high school class, if provided.





January 15 - Students in their senior year of high school who would like to be considered for the College Honors Program must complete the Messiah College application by this date.


January & February -  Selected students who have met the initial qualifications described above are invited to interview for entrance during Scholarship Days.


Please note: Not all initially qualified students will receive an invitation to interview.


March - At the conclusion of this interview process, students will be notified of the results and will find out if they have been accepted into the CHP in early March.


How many students are admitted into the College Honors Program?


Each year, approximately 100 students are admitted in the program and of those 100 students, seven are awarded Trustees' Scholarship and approximately 70 are awarded our President's Scholarship.  The remaining students are awarded the Provost's Scholarship.



College Honors Program scholarships


The Trustees' Scholarship is valued at the full cost of the first-year's tuition.  This amount is awarded for four years, provided students maintain a 3.3 GPA at the end of the first year, and a 3.6 GPA each following academic year.


The President's Scholarship is valued at 60% of the first-year's tuition. This amount is awarded for four years, provided students maintain a 3.2 GPA over the freshman academic year, a 3.4 GPA each following year.


College Honors Program participants receiving a Provost scholarship must meet the GPA requirements for the President's scholarship to continue in the Program.