The mission of Messiah College is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah College welcomes home-schooled students who are interested in learning at a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences and who have distinguished themselves as scholars, athletes, artists and leaders.
Is Messiah College home-school friendly?
Messiah College welcomes home-schooled students. Currently Messiah has nearly 150 students who were home-schooled during their senior year of high school and many more who were home-schooled at some point in their education. In fact, Messiah has an admissions counselor specially designated to helping home-schoolers and their families navigate the admissions process and answer questions they may have.
What do home-schoolers like about Messiah College?
Home-schoolers have been drawn to Messiah College's high academic priority and expansive academic and career options of more than 80 majors and pre-professional programs. "Peterson's Competitive Colleges" lists Messiah as one of the nation's "Top Colleges for Top Students." Outstanding education abroad, internship and career placement programs appeal to home-schooled students who have studied in a non-traditional setting. Home-schooled students have been impressed with Messiah's commitment to character development through diverse co-curricular opportunities.
What is the suggested high school preparation curriculum?
What is required for a home-schooled student to apply to Messiah College?
May I apply to Messiah College if I do not have a state-certified diploma or a GED?
Yes, a home-schooled student is not required to have a GED or a state-certified diploma to apply. The applicant's transcript, test scores, essay, life experiences and recommendation will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine if he or she exhibits the scholastic competence and excellence to benefit from and contribute to the Messiah College community.
Does Messiah College accept Advanced Placement or CLEP scores for credit?
College credit is typically granted for advanced placement scores of three or higher. Messiah also honors the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Official transcripts of both AP test results and CLEP test results should be sent to the Messiah College Office of Admissions for evaluation.
Will Messiah College accept college credits that have been completed during high school?
Messiah College carefully evaluates courses taken at other colleges. In most cases, core curriculum (such as history of western civilization, public speaking, etc.) are applied toward Messiah's General Education curriculum. Course work must be completed at accredited colleges or universities and only grades of C or better will transfer. Many home-schooled students are completing college courses during the high school experience. Along with the application, an official academic transcript from the college(s) attended must be forwarded directly to Messiah's admissions office. An evaluation of the transfer credit will be completed by our registrar after students have been accepted for admissions. Long distance learning credits are handled in the same manner if completed at an accredited college or university.
Please check out our Guide to Transfer Equivalencies for Messiah College General Education Requirement.
As a home-schooled student, will I be eligible for financial aid?
Home-schooled students who are accepted to Messiah College can apply for all federal, state and institutional aid. There are various ways for a home-schooled student to qualify for federal aid. Some students qualify by obtaining a state certified home-school diploma or by completing the GED. Home-schooled students can also qualify for federal financial aid if they have completed a secondary school education in a home-school setting that qualified as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under State law. In Pennsylvania, if a student meets the graduation requirements for federal aid, he or she should meet the graduation requirements for state aid.
Does Messiah College offer academic scholarships to home-schooled students?
Home-schooled students will be evaluated for academic scholarship in the same way as a traditional high school student. Scholarships for academic excellence and scholastic leadership range from $6,000 to full tuition and can be renewed yearly. A minimum SAT score of 1100, ACT score of 24 or a GPA of 3.5 or higher is required.
Who do I contact if I have further questions?
Please call the admissions office (800-233-4220) and talk with our home-school admissions counselor, Brian Sweeney, or email him at email@example.com