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Messiah University

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

Messiah University Admissions

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Messiah University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Messiah University's admissions stats.

Messiah University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33%
Mean SAT Score 1225
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 57%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist Yes

Messiah University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Messiah University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Considering Applying Early to Messiah University?

Messiah University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Messiah University Admissions

How To Get Into Messiah University

It is moderately difficult to get into Messiah University. Messiah University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Messiah University accepted 77% of all applicants, around 1,902 of the 2,458 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Messiah University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Messiah University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Messiah University

Messiah University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Messiah University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Messiah University

What does Messiah University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered

Make sure to check with Messiah University for more information on admission factors.

Messiah University Application Requirements

To apply to Messiah University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Messiah University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Messiah University?

Students admitted to Messiah University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. Messiah University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 61% submitted a class rank. At Messiah University 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 64% were in the top 25% and 86% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Messiah University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 54%
3.75 and 3.99 18%
3.50 and 3.74 13%
3.25 and 3.49 7%
3.00 and 3.24 4%
2.50 and 2.9 3%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Messiah University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Messiah University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Messiah University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 57% of Messiah University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Messiah University?

To be competitive with other Messiah University applicants, you should strive to score between 1130 and 1335 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Messiah University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1335 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Messiah University student is 1225.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Messiah University students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Messiah University students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Messiah University?

To be most competitive at Messiah University, you should strive to earn between 23 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Messiah University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Messiah University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Messiah University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Messiah University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Messiah University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Messiah University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Messiah University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Messiah University.

Does Messiah University accept transfer credits?

✅ Messiah University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Messiah University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Messiah University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Messiah University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Messiah University?

❌ No, Messiah University is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Messiah University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Messiah University is 77%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Messiah University?

❌ Messiah University does not offer early decision.

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Messiah University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Messiah University? Messiah University is a somewhat selective institution. The Messiah University acceptance rate is 77%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.


Messiah University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Messiah University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.8. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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