Aviation Program Application Process

In an effort to provide each aviation student with the most productive and efficient learning environment, the Hesston College Aviation program is capacity limited.

Application Deadlines

Priority Admission

Priority admission will be considered for all eligible applicants who have completed and submitted all required documentation prior to April 1.

Open Admission

After April 1, all applications will be reviewed, and ranked for consideration.

Program Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma and an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or above OR a GED certificate. For any completed higher education work, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for consideration.
  • For consideration, an applicant must have achieved one (1) of the following: a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT, a minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 990 on the SAT, ACCUPLACER Next-Gen Score of 255 in reading and 255 in writing – only one ACCUPLACER retake allowed.
  • English language proficiency – All Hesston College Aviation students, in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 61, must be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language in order to meet the minimum eligibility criteria established by the FAA for airman certification. The FAA’s determination of English proficiency directly correlates to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s established criteria for Level 4 Operational Proficiency. For international students, a minimum total score of 513 on the paper TOEFL or 65 on the Internet-based TOEFL or equivalent is required to begin flight training.
  • Airman Medical Certificate – Each Hesston College Aviation student must obtain a First Class (1st Class) FAA Airman Medical Certificate issued by a FAA-authorized Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Further information about obtaining an Airman Medical Certificate will be communicated upon acceptance to the Hesston College Aviation program.


Complete and submit the Hesston College Application for Admission.

Apply online

Applicants will participate in an informal interview/discussion with the Director of Aviation or his assigned delegate prior to acceptance. This discussion may be accomplished during an applicant’s campus visit or may be scheduled via video conferencing.

For questions or clarifications with your application, contact one of our admissions professionals.

Submit the following

  • Two (2) personal references – If you are employed within the field of Aviation, one (1) of your references must be completed by your current employer. References from personal acquaintances or relatives will not be accepted. Ask your references to complete the form at hesston.edu/reference.
  • Official high school or GED transcripts
  • Official ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER test scores
  • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities or other schools attended

Applicants who have initiated flight training prior to their acceptance must provide the following documents for review. This information will aid in establishing one’s placement within the flight training program.

  • A copy of the Airman’s Pilot Certificate (Student, or Private)
  • A copy of a current, valid and unrestricted Class 1 FAA Airman Medical Certificate
  • A copy of the last page of the applicant’s pilot logbook

Upon the completion of review of all documents and interviews, Hesston College Aviation will provide a formal written notification of its disposition for acceptance.

Contact Admissions

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact us!