The application is available online; be sure to follow the links to apply as an international student. You must apply using the Messiah College application. We do not accept the Common Application.
As part of the application, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a given question.
Required documents for application
You must submit your academic record. This can be submitted one of three ways:
1. Official, original transcripts—these records must be in English and have the signature of a school official as well as a school seal. If your school participates in Parchment Exchange, you can request these online. If not, your school can send these to Messiah College through the post.
2. Certified copy—these records must be in English and must be certified through your local Education USA office.
3. Electronic transcripts may be sent on a case-by-case basis subject to approval. Please email email@example.com to determine eligibility.
Your transcript records must include grades for individual courses as well as diplomas or certificates required in your country as evidence of qualification for university. You are also required to submit the results of any national exams taken (IGCSE, West Africa Exam, CXC, SPM/STPM, A levels, etc.).
Standardized test scores
You are required to submit at least one official standardized test score from the following options:
80 ibt (internet-based test)/ 550 pbt (paper-based test)
IELTS: minimum 6.5
SAT or ACT: Messiah College reviews applications in light of several factors, one of which is a standardized test score. The average composite score of SAT is 1150 on critical reading and math and average composite ACT score is 25.
*If your TOEFL, IELTS or SAT/ACT score is low, you can be admitted through the Academic English Program.
The SAT I and ACT scores can qualify you for admission and impact your eligibility for scholarships. The TOEFL and IELTS can qualify you for admission, but will not help you qualify for additional financial aid. Test results must be submitted to Messiah College directly from the testing institution (see codes below) or verified by your school as part of an official transcript.
SAT code – 2411; ACT code – 3630; TOEFL code – 2411; IELTS - no code required, simply request that your scores be sent to Messiah College Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Suite 3005, One College Ave., Mechanicsburg PA 17055, U.S.A.
International financial aid form and supporting bank documents
If you are a non-U.S. citizen applying for an F-1 visa: The information you provide in the International Financial Aid form is needed both for immigration and financial aid purposes. In completing the form, each person or source of finances must supply supporting documentation or it cannot be considered as a source of financial support. These documents may be a certified letter from a bank showing the account balance or three months of bank statements showing a consistent balance. Access the International Financial Aid form.
Copy of passport photo ID page
Please submit a copy of your passport photo ID page. Non-U.S. citizens, if you are already in the U.S., please submit a copy of your visa. These items can be scanned and emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application fee is waived for students who submit their application and essay prior to Nov. 15. After Nov. 15, applicants must pay $20.
Nov. 15: Application fee waiver deadline
Jan. 15: College Honors Program scholarship deadline
May 1: Preferred international student application deadline
Students interested in starting classes during our spring semester (February), click here for more information.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis after all supporting documents are received. We make every effort to notify students of their admissions decision within 2-3 weeks after the file is complete.