Applying for Admission

Admissions Policy

Hesston College admits those students who will benefit from the educational environment of the college and who will contribute to the shared life of the campus community. Applicants seeking a degree from Hesston College must be graduates of an accredited high school or its equivalent to be eligible to attend. Admission is granted after careful review of the candidate’s academic promise, social character and potential for success, but without regard to age, gender, race, color, national/ethnic origin, religion or physical handicap. Gifted applicants with exceptional records who have not completed their senior year of high school may be admitted to the college by special action of the vice president of Academics. Applicants who have not completed high school but have taken the General Educational Development tests (G.E.D.) are considered for admission on the basis of official test scores. Each applicant to Hesston College shall be considered for acceptance based on the indicators below. Evidence of each indicator may include but not be limited to: official academic records, student information forms, personal reference forms or personal contact with the applicant. Absence of meeting any criterion may result in Academic Contractual Acceptance or rejection of application.

Academic Promise

  • High school transcript indicates GPA of 2.5 or above, and college transcript(s) (if applicable) indicates GPA of 1.75 or above
  • Transcript analysis shows successful completion of appropriate high school curriculum or GED certificate.
  • Standardized achievement test in the form of ACT or SAT is completed and results are reported to Hesston College.
    • ACT Reading Score is 15 or above and ACT Composite Score is 15 or above.
    • SAT Reading Score is 410 or above and SAT Cumulative Score is 1100 or above.
    • ASSET Reading scaled score of 38 or above (ASSET accepted for transfer students without an ACT or SAT score or students who have been out of high school for at least one year).
  • Shows academic readiness to do college-level work.

Social Character

  • Displays appropriate social interactions.
  • Will contribute to campus community in a positive way.
  • Able to live independently by managing such things as time schedule, self care and finances.

Potential for Success

  • Understands the expectations of Hesston College.
  • Expresses personal and academic goals for attending college.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria will be reviewed by an Academic Contractual Acceptance Committee chosen and chaired by the vice president of Admissions and will include: Student Life representative, success coordinator, faculty representative and admissions counselor.

Admission

North American applicants, including transfer students, who intend to earn a degree at Hesston College are asked to complete the following steps:

  1. Application. Submit a completed application form to Hesston College Admissions. Application forms are available from the Admissions Office or online in the Admissions section of the college website (www.hesston.edu). No application fee is required.
  2. Academic records. Arrange for official copies of the following records to be sent to Hesston College Admissions:
    1. High school transcript and/or General Education Development (G.E.D.) test results. Admission will be granted on the basis of a six or seven semester transcript. But a final transcript showing graduation date and grade point average must be on file before the student can attend classes. For academic records, home-schooled applicants are required to submit 1) an outline or transcript of coursework covered or a GED test score, and 2) standardized test scores. The Admissions office may also request a certificate of high school completion from the home state. This requirement is waived for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
    2. Transcripts of all previous college course work taken (if applicable).
    3. Results of all exams taken through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or other testing agencies (if applicable).
  3. SAT or ACT test scores. Arrange for scores from SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Tests) or ACT (American College Test) tests to be sent to Hesston College. The Hesston College codes are 6274 for SAT and 1416 for ACT. Non traditional students who have not completed one of these tests will be required to take a placement test before acceptance. This requirement is optional for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  4. Deposit. Upon acceptance, submit a deposit of $150. The fee is refundable upon request until May 1. For dormitory residents, $50 of the fee will serve as a room deposit, refunded upon termination provided the student’s dorm room is in good condition. The other $100 serves as a tuition deposit and is applied toward first term tuition expenses.
  5. References. Hesston College requires references for applicants to the nursing and aviation programs and students admitted on Academic Contractual Acceptance. References may be submitted from teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, pastors or employers who know the applicant well. Applicants for the Nursing program who are employed in health care must include one reference from the current employer. The college will not accept references from the prospective student’s personal friends or relatives. Prospective students may obtain reference forms from the Admissions office or from the Admissions section of the college website (www.hesston.edu).

Non-degree seeking applicants are asked to complete a part-time application. No application fee is required. If at a later date the student chooses to earn a degree at Hesston College, he or she is asked to complete the regular admissions process.

High school students may be admitted as special students to take courses while completing their high school requirements. Students will need to submit a completed part-time application form. A part-time student who has not completed high school or furnished the results of the GED will be considered a degree-seeking student once he or she has completed 24 hours of Hesston College credit. At that point, for any hours enrolled subsequently, the student shall be required to complete the regular admissions process.

International applicants are asked to complete the following steps:

  1. Application. Submit a completed application to International Student Admissions, Hesston College, Box 3000, Hesston, KS 67062 USA. No application fee is required. Application forms are available from the International Student Office or online in the Admissions section of the college website (www.hesston.edu).
  2. Academic records. Send a copy of the secondary school transcript (courses taken and grades earned) to Hesston College. If a national exam has been taken, send a copy of the results to the college as soon as available. If any university study has been completed, send a copy of that transcript as well. ACT and SAT scores are not required.
  3. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A TOEFL score is required in some cases. Minimum required score is 440 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT), 123 on the Computer-Based TOEFL (CBT), or 41 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT). Students who achieve scores above the following scores are not required to enroll in any English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Hesston College: 500 on the PBT, 173 on the CBT, or 61 on the IBT. The college also recognizes STEP EIKEN test results. Grade 2 is required for admission with ESL requirement. Grade Pre-1 or higher is required for admission with no ESL requirement. IELTS scores are also accepted.
  4. Financial statement. Submit documentation of financial resources for each year of study. Funds for a minimum of the first year of study must be assured before final admission is granted. A bank statement or bank letter showing sufficient funds is usually acceptable for this requirement.

Additional Documents Required

All applicants must provide the following documents, in addition to the academic records mentioned above, prior to the first day of classes. Failure to provide any one of them by the end of the second week of classes may result in dismissal.

  1. A payment plan must be in place for any outstanding balances. A financial aid file must be completed before any aid due the student can be applied to his or her account.
  2. Proof of coverage under a parent’s or own health insurance plan must be provided or the applicant must enroll in the Hesston College insurance program.
  3. All health records requested by the Student Life Office must be on file.

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