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 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 at Hesston College, but without regard to sex, age, race, color, national origin or physical handicap.
For additional details, read the college’s Admissions Policy in the Hesston College Catalog.
How to Apply for Admission
Students are advised to apply for admission at least 6 to 10 months before planning to attend college, though applications are accepted through August. Early enrollment improves the chances of getting preferred programs, classes, scholarships, grants, loans, student jobs and campus housing.
Steps to follow when applying for admission:
- Submit an Application for Admission to: Hesston College Admissions, Box 3000, Hesston, KS 67062. You may choose to download the application or apply online .
- Request official transcripts from your high school counselor (and from the registrar of any college you have attended, if applicable). Ask your counselor (or registrar) to send your transcripts directly to Hesston College. For high school students, admission will be granted with a 6 or 7 semester transcript that includes courses taken and grades earned. Upon graduation, a final transcript (including date of graduation, class rank, and grade point average) should be forwarded to Hesston. All transcripts must be on file in the Hesston College Registrar’s Office before you can attend classes. This requirement may be waived for students with an associate degree or higher. For academic records, home-schooled applicants are required to submit 1) an outline or transcript of coursework covered including grades earned or a GED test score, and 2) standardized test (ACT/SAT) scores. The Admissions office may also request a certificate of high school completion from the home state.
- If you are applying to enter the Aviation, Air Traffic Control or Nursing program, please provide references from two adults who know you well. References may come from employers, supervisors, teachers, coaches, pastors, etc. References from peers or relatives are not accepted. Ask your references to complete our online form at www.hesston.edu/reference.
- Upon admittance, send a $200 deposit to Hesston College to secure your spot at Hesston, be first in line to register for classes and be placed in a dorm room. The deposit is applied toward your first term tuition and expenses.
Test scores are used at Hesston College to assist in academic advising, career counseling and in determining scholarship eligibility and probationary status.
Students age 21 and younger are required to have ACT or SAT test scores on file in the Registrar’s Office and are advised to take these prior to their first term at Hesston.
Students over 21 years of age who have taken the SAT or ACT test should have scores sent to Hesston. Those who have not completed one of these tests will be required to take a general purpose placement test when they arrive on campus.
Test-optional Admissions Information for 2022-23
In recognition of the challenges many students have faced in taking the ACT or SAT test during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hesston College has implemented a “test-optional” admissions policy for applicants who wish to enroll for their first-year of college in the fall 2022.
Hesston College continues to thoroughly review a student’s application, transcript(s) and any additional supporting application materials to make an admission decision. If more information is needed, your admissions counselor will reach out to you and let you know about the additional steps.
Students may still submit ACT or SAT scores for consideration in the application review process which will still benefit students in the following ways:
- Provide important information to help us know how we can best support students
- Assist in placement in classes
- Provide supporting evidence for Honors Program qualification
Admission may be granted to first year applicants who have an unweighted high school grade point average of 2.5 or above (on a 4.00 scale), and a thorough review of the student’s application, transcript(s) and other supporting application materials.* Applicants who do not meet these criteria will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee; admission may be granted or denied. Non-academic criteria may also be considered in the admission process.
*Entrance into certain academic programs may have additional requirements.
Academic scholarships are based on a student’s cumulative high school unweighted GPA and class rank. A separate application is not required. Students who qualify for an academic scholarship will be notified by their admissions counselor.
International Student Admissions
- Application for Admission (no fee is required) You may apply online or request a paper application
- Photo (passport-style photo)
- A copy of the secondary school transcript (courses taken and grades earned). If the applicant has taken any national examination, a copy of the results must be sent. If the applicant has completed any university study, that transcript should also be sent.
- Evidence of English language proficiency required in most cases. Hesston College accepts these minimum scores: 400 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT), 32 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT), 4.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Pre 2 on the STEP EIKEN test, 350 on the TOEIC
- Evidence of adequate financial resources (bank statement or bank letter, etc.) which shows the availability of funds for a minimum of the first year of study at Hesston College.
Admission without Graduation from High School
Gifted students with exceptional records who have not completed their senior year in high school may be admitted by special action of the Dean’s Office.
Persons who have not completed high school but have taken the General Educational Development tests are considered for admission on the basis of their GED test scores.
Students who have previously attended Hesston College may apply for readmission by notifying the admissions office. The student’s original file will be reviewed and updated records will be requested as needed.
Students who have been dismissed from Hesston College must apply for readmission through the Academic Development or Student Development Committee.
Students whose studies at Hesston College have been interrupted by five years or more may be required to meet requirements of the catalog at the time of re-admission.
Transfer of College Credits to Hesston
Hesston College recognizes certain course work completed at other colleges and universities. Certified transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Office at Hesston from the issuing institution. Transcripts are reviewed by the registrar and academic advisors. Accepted courses are recorded on the student’s Hesston College transcript after the student has successfully completed one term of study at Hesston.
Transfer students planning to earn a degree from Hesston College must complete one term of residency with a minimum of 12 credit hours at Hesston. Only six hours may be transferred in at the end of a student’s experience at Hesston to complete degree requirements.
College level course work completed at accredited institutions may generally be transferred if (1) it is equal to or substitutes for a specific course required in a degree program at Hesston and if (2) the hours of credit transferred plus the hours to be completed at Hesston do not exceed the number of hours required for a degree. Only courses with a grade of C or better are considered. Credits from non-accredited institutions will be reviewed after the student has completed one term of study at Hesston.
College credit may be awarded for certain advanced high school courses approved by the Mennonite Secondary Education Council (MSEC) and Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM). Requests for credit should be made to the Registrar.
Credit by Examination or Experience
Hesston College may grant advanced placement and/or award credit for satisfactory completion of the following:
- Advanced Placement (AP) exams given by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB)
- Exams given by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Term of service with Youth Evangelism Services (YES)
- Prearranged experiences with Mennonite voluntary service agencies
- Certificates earned in licensed practical nursing and aviation
- Comprehensive course exams given by Hesston College instructors
Students desiring credit should have exam scores and other pertinent records sent directly to the Admissions Office at Hesston by the issuing institution. A maximum of 12 hours may be accepted (16 for licensed practical nurses.) Accepted credits are recorded after the completion of one term of study at Hesston. A fee is charged for recording the credit.
Students are classified at the beginning of each school year for the entire year. Students with less than 30 hours of college credit are considered freshmen. Students with at least 30 hours of credit when fall term begins or who likely will meet graduation requirements by the end of the academic year have sophomore classification. Students entering Hesston College with a prior college degree and part-time students not pursuing a degree are unclassified.