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Messiah University is in session this fall with flexible in-person and remote learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.


Application process and criteria

Admissions criteria

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited senior high school or the equivalent. Course units from grades nine through twelve should include the following:

  • 4 units in academic English
  • at least 2 units (preferably 3 or more) in academic mathematics
  • at least 2 units (preferably 3 or more) in academic natural science
  • 2 or more units in academic social studies
  • 2 or more units in foreign language
  • 4 units in additional electives.

The academic requirements for admission listed above are minimum requirements. Students applying for admission to Messiah University are encouraged to enroll in as many academic and college preparatory courses as their high school schedule will allow. Most students who apply exceed the requirements as listed.

Application process

Your application file is complete and ready for review when we have received your: 

As you are preparing to complete Messiah’s online application, it would be helpful for you to have handy the email address for your high school guidance counselor (if applicable).

Test Optional Policy

Messiah University introduced a new test-optional policy in July 2020 that enables first-year students to receive admission and secure scholarships without submitting standardized tests.

At this time, standardized test results are required for admission for the Master of Occupational Therapy Accelerated Program at Messiah University, Doctor of Physical Therapy Early Assurance Program at Messiah University and the Messiah University Honors Program.

Admission decisions and deadlines

The Admissions Committee seeks to admit those applicants who are most likely to benefit from and contribute to the Messiah community.  Once all application documents are received, admission decisions are processed on a rolling or continuous basis.  The applications have no deadline or due date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the admissions process? Check out our admissions process FAQ.


Contact us
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Mailing address: 

Messiah University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
One University Avenue Suite 3005
Mechanicsburg PA  17055


Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, disability or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other University-administered programs. Messiah University does reserve the right to revoke admission or readmission in the event of an applicant’s misrepresentations in any phase of the application process.


Messiah University's Campus Security Report and Safety and Security Information are posted on the Department of Safety web site here. Information includes statistics regarding the incidence of campus crime over the past three years, as well as details about our safety and security practices. Related material can be found on the U.S. Department of Education website at

If you would like additional information, clarification or a paper copy, please contact the Department of Safety at 717-766-2511, ext. 6005.


This serves as notification to current and prospective students that, pursuant to Section 486 of the Higher Education Act, Messiah University's six-year graduation rate and other retention/graduation data are available online. A hard copy will be provided upon request by contacting the Institutional Research Office. View the statistics online.