Campus Activities

Asking “what is there to do at Hesston College?” is a pretty silly question, but you’d have to have been here to know that. Our student body is as active, engaged, and fun-loving as you’ll find anywhere.

Students play Bunco, a dice game, at a CAB event during Homecoming weekend.
Students play Bunco, a dice game, at a CAB event during Homecoming weekend.

Campus Activities Board

Most of the planned activities on campus are organized by the Campus Activities Board (CAB)—which is student run. Throughout the year the CAB coordinates movie and game nights, coffee houses, Feast of Carols (our winter formal) and more.


Each year students enjoy a variety of gallery exhibits and displays, sometimes featuring the work of Hesston alumni and faculty. Shows typically feature architectural displays, ceramics, drawings, graphic designs, illustrations, paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs. And the Annual Student Art Exhibit features the work of students, the culmination of a year’s work.


Music is a very big deal at Hesston. Our main choirs—Bel Canto Singers, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus—perform locally and at major campus events, as well as on extended tours during breaks throughout the year. European Chorale forms every other year for an extended tour after the end of spring term, spending more than three weeks in Europe.

Hesston College spring 2018 musical - Hands on a Hardbody
The Hesston College spring 2018 musical – Hands on a Hardbody


Students at Hesston take part in a variety of theatrical productions throughout the year…acting, directing, choreographing, building the sets, designing costumes and makeup. Recent productions include Hands on a Hardbody, And they Dance real slow in Jackson, A Year with Frog and Toad, Fools and Working. On top of that, the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series schedules five events during the year with world-renowned performers.


A big part of our mission at Hesston is to serve the world around us—whether it’s in our own backyard or half a world away. Students have a number of volunteer service opportunities to choose from, related to mission, service and peace. Many of these are arranged through Campus Ministries, and include prison and hospital ministries, grandparent adoption, Big Brother/Big Sister programs, Mennonite Disaster Service, and Mennonite Housing.

Recreational Facilities

For a school our size, the number and quality of recreational facilities at Hesston is really pretty remarkable.

  • Yost Center houses two hardwood basketball and volleyball courts.
  • The Campus Activities Center offers basketball courts, volleyball courts, an indoor soccer pitch and a weight room.
  • Outdoor facilities include four lighted tennis courts, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, a lighted sand volleyball court and a disc golf course.
  • Dyck Arboretum features a scenic, half-mile paved path that is great for walking, jogging and rollerblading.

And all students who pay room and board at Hesston get a membership to the nearby Hesston Wellness Center, a fitness center with exercise equipment, an indoor pool, a whirlpool and free classes such as kickboxing, aerobics and cardiox.

Special Events

Throughout the year, a number of cool, exciting annual events take place, including:

  • Mod Olympics
  • Alumni Homecoming Weekend
  • Christmas Festivities
  • Grandparents Days
  • Commencement Weekend