Home-schooled Students

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?

  • 4 units in academic English
  • 2 or more units in academic mathematics
  • 2 or more units in academic natural science
  • 2 or more units in academic social studies
  • 2 or more units in academic electives, preferably in foreign language
  • 4 units in additional electives

What is required for a home-schooled student to apply to Messiah College?

  1. Complete an application form and submit it to the Messiah College Office of Admissions with a $20 fee. You may download an application in PDF format or access and complete our application online.
  2. Submit a comprehensive transcript of your senior year academic program as well as your courses and course evaluations of the ninth through eleventh grades. If you do not receive grades, please explain your method of evaluation of course content. If you have an independent evaluation of your academic progress by a qualified educator, please include that with your transcript.
  3. Scores from the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) should be sent directly to the Messiah College Office of Admissions. Testing information can be obtained from your local high school counselor or you can contact testing services directly.
    Messiah College does not require SAT II subject examinations.

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 bsweeney@messiah.edu


Above: Messiah College faculty members, like Gary Emberger, professor of botany, provide an environment that nurtures students both spiritually and intellectually.

At Messiah College you'll also find:

  • A dedicated admissions counselor for home schooled students
  • A competitive Honors program
  • Summer school opportunities for homeschooled students