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Messiah College Admission Requirements

Grantham, Pennsylvania

Chances of getting into Messiah College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
78.9%
Admission Difficulty for Messiah College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Messiah College and can I get accepted? The school has a 79% acceptance rate ranking it #80 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,996 out of 2,530 applicants were admitted making Messiah College an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 percent. Messiah College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Messiah College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1080-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
91%
SAT Scores for Messiah College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1080
SAT Scores for Messiah College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1200

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Messiah College?

Messiah College typically requires applicants to be in the top 45 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1080 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 960. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #19 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 91 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Messiah College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >86%
1195 to 1310 Avg + 79%-86%
1080 to 1195 Avg - 69%-79%
965 to 1080 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 965 Low <57%
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Messiah College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
25%
ACT Scores for Messiah College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Messiah College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Messiah College?

Admission data indicates that Messiah College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Messiah College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Messiah College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >86%
26 to 29 Avg + 79%-86%
23 to 26 Avg - 69%-79%
20 to 23 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 20 Low <57%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.73
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Messiah College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Messiah College was 3.73 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.73 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Messiah College accepts 79% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Messiah College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 62% Good
3.50 to 3.75 18% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 9% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 5% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

68% of Messiah College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Messiah College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 36%
Top 25% of class 68%
Top 50% of class 92%
Bottom 50% of class 8%
Bottom 25% of class 1%

Admission Statistics

Messiah College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,522 1,008 2,530
Accepted 1,216 780 1,996
Acceptance Rate 80% 77% 79%
Enrolled 401 246 647
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 32% 32%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Messiah College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Messiah College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Messiah College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=213996 IPEDS survey data for Messiah College.

Frequently Asked Questions

91% of students submit their SAT scores to Messiah College. 25% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

79% of those who apply are granted admission to Messiah College. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1080 and 1310. 91% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 25% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.