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Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate77%
Acceptance Rate77%

About Messiah University

Messiah College is a nationally ranked, private Christian college with a student body of 3,375 undergraduate and graduate students. Our scenic 471-acre suburban campus is located in central Pennsylvania, just 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg. he College was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church. Today, the College’s faith base is broadly evangelical and includes students and employees from a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions. At Messiah, we integrate rigorous academics and Christian faith into all of our academic programs. Our faculty are outstanding teachers, scholars and researchers who will mentor and advise you as you expand your possibilities. We offer bachelor's degrees in 85+ majors and feature off-campus study, research, service-learning, internships, and three-year degree options. Coming July 2020: Messiah University!

Messiah University is a private, religious college in the town of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Messiah University was founded in 1909. The college currently enrolls around 3,276 students a year, including 2,495 undergrad students.

Messiah University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Messiah University. Messiah University admitted 77% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 2,458 applications received in 2022, 1,902 students were offered admission.

Messiah University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 77%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.8
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 57%

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Messiah University is locatedin Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania,.

If you want to see Messiah University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Route 15 to Mechanicsburg, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Harrisburg International.

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College Info

Messiah University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Messiah University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Messiah University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Messiah University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1335


Math SAT Range

540 - 670


Reading SAT Range

560 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1335 and Above


1130 to 1335


1130 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Messiah University students is 1225. Applicants with SAT scores of 1335 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Messiah University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1335 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Messiah University.

Messiah University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Messiah University is like? There are approximately 3,276 students enrolled at Messiah University, including 2,495 undergraduate students and 781 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 66% percent are from PA and 34% percent of students are from other states.


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