Frequently Asked Questions

Hesston College students in Erb Hall

Questions about living in the dorms

Do all students live on campus?

Most students live on campus and it’s required for all students 23 years of age or younger unless they live with their immediate families.

How do I get a roommate?

Our student life staff will work with your admissions counselor to assign a roommate for you or you can choose your own. Hesston’s admissions counselors learn to know prospective students at a personal level and have insight into the personalities of students who plan to attend Hesston. You will also fill out a housing application that asks about your preferences about things like what time you like to go to bed or if you like to study with music/TV. Our goal is to provide you with an excellent experience and that includes matching you with someone with whom you can live comfortably and will also help you to grow.

What if I don’t get along with my roommate?

We will work with you first to resolve conflicts. This may include mediation, if necessary. If reconciliation is beyond the possible, we’ll work with you to arrange another option.

How big are the rooms?

Rooms in Erb Hall are approximately 12′ x 15′. Rooms in Kauffman Court are approximately 11′ x 13′.

Do I need to bring my own linens? What size are the beds?

Yes, you will need to bring your own linens. The beds are extra long twin beds. Mattresses are approximately 36 inches wide by 80 inches long and 8 inches thick.

What else should I bring with me?

Towels, blankets, clothes hangers, wastepaper basket, alarm clock, and pillow. Items that are useful but not required include a sleeping bag, bicycle, iron, laundry basket, bedspread or quilt, and personal items to make your room feel like home. While a computer isn’t required, it is recommended. (See below for information on connecting to the campus computer network, Internet, etc., from your dorm room.)

What can’t I bring with me?

Halogen lamps; guns of any sort (BB, paintball, firearm); pets (other than fish); fireworks or explosive devices; alcohol, illegal drugs, and items pertaining to alcohol or illegal drugs (including empty bottles or cans); microwave ovens, electric grills, fryers, and toaster ovens; electric heaters; ceiling fans or other similar items.

Do the dorms have cooking facilities?

Each mod (what is a mod? see below) is equipped with a microwave. You may keep a coffee maker and/or a small refrigerator in your room. Beyond that, cooking is not allowed in the rooms.

What is a mod?

Hesston’s dorms are broken into smaller units called mods (for modular living units). Each mod consists of five to eight dorm rooms housing nine to fifteen students. The college appoints a resident assistant to lead each mod, to serve as a communication link between students and the resident director, to direct mod activities during the year, and to assist the administration in the enforcement of college policies. Your mod will become a core group of friends even if just for getting a pizza and watching a football game on a Sunday afternoon. Each mod has mod parents–a home away from home in the Hesston community.

Are the dorms coed?

No. Men reside in Kauffman Court and certain sections of Erb Hall. Women reside in other, separate sections of Erb Hall. In addition Hesston College has established what we call “Open House Hours” during which men may visit the women’s dorms and women may visit the men’s dorms.

When do students move into the dorms?

Students may move into the dorms on the Friday morning of Opening Weekend in mid to late August, though some (members of the soccer and volleyball teams, Bel Canto Singers, aviation students, students participating in the jump start program) come earlier. Students who begin their Hesston studies in spring term move into the dorms in early to mid January.

Where are the laundry facilities?

Each dorm has coin-operated laundry facilities.

Where do students eat?

Boarding students eat in the dining hall in Bontrager Student Center. Off-campus students may also eat in the dining hall at a reduced rate or at the Larks Nest, Hesston’s snack shop.

Questions about campus lifestyle standards

Is alcohol allowed on campus?

No. Not even empty bottles or cans.

What about firearms?

No. Not even BB guns or paintball guns.

Not that I would or anything but what happens if I break the rules?

Most likely you will find yourself on lifestyle accountability and support (during which another rule violation can mean suspension or dismissal). Some violations carry immediate suspension or dismissal. The Resident Director Council or the Student Development Committee will hear the complaint and your response and decide consequences. The vice president of Student Life may choose to offer an option to address violations directly with you.

Other topics

What do students do for fun?

Our Campus Activities Board plans an event each weekend and several special events throughout the year. These include roller skating, movies, bowling, ice skating, coffee houses and Feast of Carols, Hesston’s Christmas formal.
The college also offers intramural athletics and the opportunity for you to compete against other students in volleyball, tennis, racquetball, softball, indoor soccer, floor hockey and basketball. Ultimate Frisbee is a campus tradition.
Drubers (a donut shop) and Newell’s (a truck stop) in Newton are favorite late night destinations for Hesston students
Nearby, Wichita offers access to a broad variety of attractions and cultural events including concerts, museums, restaurants, sporting events, and ethnic festivals.

Is there a place on campus that I can work out?

Hesston College has a weight room and facilities for basketball, volleyball, racquetball, indoor soccer, tennis, and sand volleyball. We also have a great campus for Rollerblading. Dyck Arboretum’s half-mile paved path is great for walking, jogging, or Rollerblading.
If you would like a more extensive collection of fitness and strength training equipment and classes, the Hesston Wellness Center at Schowalter Villa offers great facilities. It’s just a couple of blocks from campus. All resident students receive full memberships to the Hesston Wellness Center.

What will my mailing and shipping addresses be while I live on campus?

  Postal Address   Shipping Address
  (student name)

Hesston College

Box 3000

Hesston, KS 67062

  (student name)

Hesston College

325 S College Dr

Hesston, KS 67062