Hesston College has transfer agreements with Baker University (Baldwin City, Kan.), Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.), Bluffton (Ohio) University, Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), Friends University College of Adult and Professional Studies (Wichita, Kan.), Goshen (Ind.) College, Kansas State University, Kansas State University Salina, Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina, Kan.), Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.), Newman University (Wichita, Kan.), Sterling (Kan.) College, Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) and the University of Kansas (Lawrence).
Baker University guarantees admission and transfer of all Hesston College 100-level or higher credits with a grade of C or better for students who graduate with an associate of arts or associate of science degree and a 2.60 or higher GPA. Other than one or two specific courses, all 100- and 200-level general education requirements at Baker University are satisfied through the completion of either of these Hesston College degrees, and such students automatically qualify for a Baker University academic scholarship.
Bethel College accepts the associate of arts degree as meeting the Bethel College lower-level (100- and 200-level) general education requirements. All competencies and upper-level (300- and 400-level) general education requirements must be met on the same basis as any other Bethel College student. The Bethel College Cross-Cultural Learning (CCL); Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies (PJCS) and Basic Issues of Faith and Life (BIFL) requirements must be met during the junior or senior year. Some Bethel College degree programs have specific general education and grade point average requirements. Hesston College graduates entering these programs must meet these requirements to be part of these degree programs. Hesston College students who anticipate transferring to Bethel College should plan their general education programs accordingly. The Hesston College associate of applied arts and sciences graduates are not included in this agreement. Bethel College will assess the records of these graduates on an individual basis. An additional agreement outlines the transfer of students into the Athletic Training program.
Bluffton University assures the acceptance of any Hesston College associate of arts or associate of science graduate and assures junior standing. All lower-level general education requirements at Bluffton are satisfied by either of these Hesston degrees. Some upper-level requirements may be satisfied as well. All other competencies, prerequisites and upper-level general education requirements must be met on the same basis as any other Bluffton student.
Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) accepts the associate of arts, associate of science and associate of general studies degrees as meeting all Core Curriculum requirements except Christian Identity and Witness, the cross-cultural learning requirement and Senior Seminar. Hesston College graduates with an A.G.S. or A.S. degree may also be required to fulfill a research writing requirement. Only Hesston credits with a grade of C or better will be accepted or contribute to Core Curriculum requirements. Some EMU departments have separate admission standards and minimum grade requirements. The Hesston College associate of applied arts and sciences degree is not included in this agreement. Graduates holding this degree will be considered on an individual basis and courses will be assessed on a course-by-course basis.
Friends University guarantees the admission of Hesston College graduates with an associate of arts, associate of science or associate of general studies with junior standing. All general education requirements at Friends are satisfied, except eight credits of foreign language (B.A.) or six additional science or math credits (B.S.). Students may transfer up to 64 credits to the College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education, and up to 78 hours for the adult undergraduate degree programs. Hesston credits must be at the 100 level or above, with an earned grade of C or better.
Goshen College assures the acceptance of any Hesston College associate of arts, associate of science or associate of general studies graduate with junior standing. All CORE curriculum requirements at Goshen are satisfied with the exception of the Study Service Term, Global Issues Seminar and the E-Portfolio. Hesston graduates must meet any admission standards for specific degree programs, as well as competencies and specific courses for professional programs with external licensure standards.
Kansas State University College of Business Administration has provided a two-plus-two distance education program that enables students to meet the requirements for the associate of arts degree in business administration at Hesston College and the bachelor of science degree in general business at Kansas State. Both institutions agree to provide student support services including admissions, academic advising, library access, technical support and other services. The staff at both institutions will coordinate their students services to assure a smooth transition from one institution to the other.
Kansas State University Salina assures the acceptance of designated courses that satisfy associate of science degree requirements at Hesston College, provided that the final grades meet prerequisite requirements. Those courses, along with additional courses at K-State Salina, may be used to obtain a baccalaureate degree in engineering technology with options in computer systems technology, electronic and computer engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology. Students may use the services of a K-State faculty advisor who will facilitate the transfer process.
Kansas Wesleyan University assures the acceptance of any Hesston College associate of arts and associate of science graduate as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student with junior standing. Hesston credits will transfer as a block to cover all needed general education requirements. Transfer students must meet all other prerequisite, program, degree and residency requirements as described in the KWU academic catalog. The associate of applied arts and sciences and the associate of general studies degrees are not included in the agreement.
Messiah College assures the acceptance of any Hesston College associate of arts graduate into its degree programs with junior standing providing that students follow the prescribed Messiah College baccalaureate degree requirement, earn an associate degree in the transfer program at Hesston College with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, submit the Christian Life Recommendation form and sign the Community Covenant. These students are assured admission to Messiah College with a junior level standing. The determination of specific program requirements for a baccalaureate degree shall be the responsibility of Messiah College. Hesston College students will be treated the same as other students transferring to Messiah College of equal class standing when applying for financial aid and in the award and distribution of funds; will receive consideration for campus housing on the same basis as native Messiah College students of equal class standing and will receive equal opportunity to pre-register for classes and have access to other student services on the same basis as native Messiah College students of equal class standing.
Newman University assures the acceptance of any Hesston College associate of arts and associate of science graduate as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student with junior standing. Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, Newman University accepts the associate of ats degree and the associate of science degree as meeting the skills and general education requirements of the Newman Studies Program except for philosophy and theology which will be evaluated separately. Hesston College associate of applied arts and sciences graduates are not included in this agreement.
Sterling College assures the acceptance of the Hesston College associate of arts degree and the associate of science degree students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or highter as having automatically met the general education requirements at Sterling College with the exception of the Theology Ministry, Foundations and chapel requirements needed to graduate from Sterling College. Sterling College will guarantee the acceptance of all transferable credits (not to exceed 65 credits). Students will be required to complete degree specific requirements upon transfer.
Tabor College assures the acceptance of any Hesston College associate of arts or associate of science graduate into its degree programs with junior standing. All lower-level general education requirements at Tabor are satisfied by the Hesston degree. Tabor’s Intercultural Awareness Requirement can be met at either Hesston or Tabor. A maximum of nine hours of credit earned with a grade of D will be accepted. Some Tabor degree programs may have special general education requirements that the Hesston transfer must meet. An additional agreement with Tabor College outlines a smooth transfer curriculum for students studying youth ministry. A separate agreement assures the acceptance of any Hesston College associate of applied arts and sciences in nursing graduate into its bachelor of science in nursing program.
Hesston College Credit for Service Policy
Participants in voluntary service assignments with Mennonite service agencies may earn academic credit through Hesston College. The participant must be admitted as a part-time student, enroll in Soc 150 Service Learning and design the learning contract prior to the beginning of the service term. One hour of credit may be earned for each month of full-time service up to a maximum of six hours. The learning contract is drawn up between the participant and the vice president of Academics or an instructor appointed by the vice president of Academics. The participant may use the full length of the service term or 12 months, whichever is shorter, to complete the requirements of the contract. A special tuition rate applies, with full payment due at the time of enrollment. Participants are eligible to enroll in additional online Hesston College courses at the same discounted rate.
Mennonite Disaster Service
Hesston College and Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) cooperate to provide a program of study that prepares students for leadership in MDS projects. See the plan of study under Disaster Management.
Central American Study and Service Program
The Central American Study and Service program (CASAS) of Guatemala City, Guatemala, welcomes Hesston College students interested in learning Spanish in an integrated, inter-cultural, faith-based context. A variety of options exist to earn credit in Spanish Language as well as other courses at different schedules during the year. Students may also participate without receiving college credit. Contact the Hesston College registrar for details.
College Consortium – Online Courses
Through the College Consortium, Hesston College has agreements with several instutions to make online courses available to students. Courses are pre-approved by the Hesston College academic office in order to supplement existing course offerings. In order to register for a course under the agreement, Hesston College student must be degree-seeking and in good academic standing. Participating students pay all academic tuition and fees to Hesston College and courses taken are transcripted by Hesston College. Course dates including add, drop, and grading periods shall be defined by the teaching institution, and the teaching institution reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose conduct requires such action. Standard Hesston College withdrawal policies also apply.