Application process and criteria

Admissions criteria

Applicants must graduate from an accredited senior high school or the equivalent prior to matriculation. Course units from grades nine through twelve should include the following:

  • 4 units in English
  • 3 units in mathematics
  • 3 units in natural science
  • 3 units in social studies
  • 2 units in foreign language (recommended)

The academic requirements for admission listed above is recommended. 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 recommendations 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 counselor (if applicable).

Test Optional Policy

Messiah University's test-optional policy enables first-year students to receive admission, secure scholarships and compete for the Messiah University Honors Program without submitting standardized tests.

Learn more when you check out our Test Optional Policy FAQ.

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
Contact us 800-233-4220 717-691-2307

Mailing address: 

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


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