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Messiah College Admission Requirements

Grantham, Pennsylvania

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Chances of getting into Messiah College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
78%
Admission Difficulty for Messiah College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Messiah College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Messiah College is 78%.  It ranks #55 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Messiah College is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 1,976 out of 2,549 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 percent (SAT 1080/1310 ACT 23/29). Messiah College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.8. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Messiah College application fee is $50 and applications are due by Jun 10.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Messiah College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 91% of students submitted SAT scores and 25% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

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 660
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Messiah College typically prefers 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 average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. Messiah College ranks #16 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >87%
1195 to 1310 Avg + 78%-87%
1080 to 1195 Avg - 65%-78%
965 to 1080 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 965 Low <50%
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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 21
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Messiah College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 29
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 #14 in Pennsylvania and #249 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Messiah College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Messiah College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >87%
26 to 29 Avg + 78%-87%
23 to 26 Avg - 65%-78%
20 to 23 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 20 Low <50%
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Messiah College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.8
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Messiah College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Messiah College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Messiah College was 3.8 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #9 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.8 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Messiah College accepts 78% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Messiah College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 54.0% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 20.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 13.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 5.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 4.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

62% 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 31%
Top 25% of class 62%
Top 50% of class 91%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Messiah College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,619 930 2,549
Accepted 1,258 718 1,976
Acceptance Rate 78% 77% 78%
Enrolled 371 243 614
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 34% 31%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 10, 2023
Days left to Apply
130

Applicants have 130 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jun 10, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Messiah College is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Messiah College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Messiah College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
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.

FAQs

Does Messiah College prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Messiah College?

78% 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.

What SAT score is required for Messiah College?

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.

What ACT score is required for Messiah College?

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.