How To Apply

Admission 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 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:
  1. Complete and mail an Application for Admission to: Hesston College Admissions, Box 3000, Hesston, KS 67062. You may choose to download the application or apply online .
  2. 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 mail 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. 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. This requirement may be waived for students with an associate degree or higher.
  3. 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 (preferred) or download and print the aviation and air traffic control reference form (58KB pdf) or the nursing reference form (58KB pdf), complete the “Applicant” portion of the form and send it to the two you have asked for references. Ask them to mail their responses to Hesston College Admissions, Box 3000, Hesston, KS 67062.
  4. Upon admittance, send a $150 deposit to Hesston College. This is refundable upon request until May 1. If you plan to live on campus, $50 of the deposit will serve as a room deposit. This is refunded upon termination at Hesston College provided that your room is in good condition. The other $100 serves as a tuition deposit and is applied toward your first term tuition expenses.

Test Scores*

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.

*During this time when we are experiencing the effects of COVID-19, we understand that some ACT and SAT tests have been postponed or cancelled. We don’t want this reality to prevent students from applying for admission and pursuing their acceptance for admission to Hesston College.

For this reason, we are suspending the test requirement for admission to Hesston College for fall of 2020. Although the test will not be required for admission, submitting test scores already taken, taking the June ACT test for the first time, or retaking the June ACT test 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
  • May also positively impact a student’s financial aid

International Student Admissions

  1. Application for Admission (no fee is required) You may apply online or request a paper application
  2. Photo (passport-style photo)
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.