Messiah College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Messiah College

Messiah College is a private evangelical Christian college situated in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The institution has a large selection of 80 plus undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students. Students are backed by a robust 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via over 70 clubs and organizations. The Messiah College Falcons play in the NCAA Division III Median Atlantic Conference (MAC).


  • Total Enrollment: 3,375 (2,734 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male/61% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $36,120
  • Books: $1,280
  • Room and Board: $10,580
  • Other Expenses: $2,320
  • Total Cost: $50,300

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 72%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,420
    • Loans: $6,697

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Engineering, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Family and Community Services

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 16%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 74%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Messiah College Admissions

Messiah College has an acceptance rate of 79%, making it not highly selective. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Messiah College Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550/650
    • SAT Math: 530/660
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 23/29
    • ACT English: 23/30
    • ACT Math: 22/28

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Messiah College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Messiah College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Pace University, University of North Texas, San Jose State University, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Washington State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Messiah College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Seton Hall University, University of Houston, San Diego State University, University of California, Riverside, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, Florida International University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Messiah College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Texas at Dallas, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy

Applying to Messiah College

Application Deadline: Rolling

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