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Messiah College Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Messiah College? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 1,950 out of 2,469 applicants or 79% 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. Messiah College typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 1,554 915 2,469
Accepted 1,229 721 1,950
Acceptance Rate 79% 79% 79%
Enrolled 425 266 691
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 37% 35%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Messiah College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Messiah College regularly accepts students with ACTs of 21 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. 29 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Messiah College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 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 975. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1205 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 94 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1090 1320
SAT Reading 550 660
SAT Math 540 650
ACT Composite 21 28
ACT English 21 29
ACT Math 21 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >87%
24 to 28 Avg + 79%-87%
21 to 24 Avg - 70%-79%
18 to 21 Reach 60%-70%
Less than 18 Low <60%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >86%
1205 to 1320 Avg + 79%-86%
1090 to 1205 Avg - 69%-79%
975 to 1090 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 975 Low <57%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. 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 Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

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

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.



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