Admissions Process

FAQs - Admissions Process

Messiah University 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 Nov. 15.  For consideration for all scholarships, you should have your application and all materials in by Jan. 15.

Our application is free from approximately July 1 (when the application is made available) through Nov. 15, so apply early!  After Nov. 15, the cost is $50.

We don't have any required minimum scores for admission to Messiah. We consider the student on all merits, including GPA, test scores (if submitted), essay and extracurricular involvement.  The average SAT score for incoming first-year students is generally around 1200 on the math and critical reading sections only.  The equivalent on the ACT is a 26. 

Messiah has just recently adopted the CLT (Classic Learning Test) as part of our accepted standardized tests. Feel free to send them to us if you choose to submit scores or are applying to a program requiring score submission!

Messiah accepts dual enrollment credits. These will be reviewed by the Registrar’s Office once the transcript is received. Please see our transfer page for further details about transferring credits to Messiah.

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.

Messiah 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 Jan. 15. See our scholarship pages for more details.

Yes!  You can update your GPA and SAT,  ACT or CLT scores by May 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 Jan.15 for consideration.

We're so excited you want to join the community at Messiah University!  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.