Messiah College

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Messiah College can be found in Mechanicsburg, PA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Over 3,700 students are enrolled at Messiah College.

Many of the students that got into this school had an SAT score between 1090 - 1310, or got accepted with an ACT score between 23 - 30. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Messiah College average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.28 - 3.64. Approximately 80 percent of all applicant were admitted at Messiah College, and from those that were granted acceptance about 30 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Messiah College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Messiah College was reported as 75.9% in Fall 2020 with over 2,640 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 23 - 30
  • Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into Messiah College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Messiah College is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Messiah College has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 79.5%
  • 2017-2018: 77.0%
  • 2018-2019: 78.9%
  • 2019-2020: 75.9%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 72.0%

How Does Messiah College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Messiah College is thirty-four percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Dickinson College40.1%
York College Pennsylvania69.0%
Elizabethtown College80.8%
Gettysburg College48.1%
Lebanon Valley College79.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Messiah College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 660
Math530 - 650
Total Score1090 - 1310
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 31
Math22 - 28
Composite Score23 - 30
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