FAQs - Admissions Process
When is the application deadline?
Messiah College has rolling admissions, meaning there is no deadline by which to apply. The application is free from approximately July 1, when it is made available, through November 1st. For consideration for all scholarships, you should have your application and all materials in by January 15th.
How much does it cost to apply?
Our application is free from approximately July 1 (when the application is made available) through November 1, so apply early! After November 1, the cost is $50.
What score do I need to get on the SAT or ACT?
We don't have any required minimum scores for admission to Messiah. We consider the student on all merits, including GPA, test scores, essay and extracurricular involvement. The average SAT score for incoming first-year students is generally around 1160 on the math and critical reading sections only. The equivalent on the ACT is a 25. The essay is not required.
Do I have to take AP classes in high school?
While AP classes are a great way to get a jump start on college-level learning and earn credit, we do not require students to have taken AP classes while in high school. If you are considering taking or have taken AP classes, you can see how they will transfer to Messiah by going to the AP Equivalency page.
What are the scholarship deadlines?
Messiah College offers an unlimited number of merit-based scholarships to accepted students, so there is no deadline to receive those awards. For consideration of our top-tier academic scholarships, you must be accepted by January 15th.
Can I update my academic information for scholarship after I apply?
Yes! You can update your GPA and SAT or ACT scores by March 1 (first-year students) to potentially increase your scholarship award. If you're interested in qualifying for the President's, Trustees', Humanities or Martin Scholarships, you must send in updated information by January 15th for consideration.
How do I confirm my enrollment at Messiah?
We're so excited you want to join the community at Messiah College! To confirm your spot in the class, you'll need to submit your $200 pre-registration housing deposit. The earlier you commit to Messiah, the more likely your housing preferences will be honored.