More Admission Policies

Admission on Academic Contractual Acceptance (ACA)

An applicant may be admitted contractually in the absence of meeting one or more criteria as described on the acceptance criteria rubric used for each admit. By the end of the first semester, students admitted on Academic Contractual Acceptance (ACA) who have completed a minimum of eleven credit hours with a 1.5 GPA are restored to full academic eligibility for the second semester. ACA students who have completed a minimum of 10 credit hours with at least a 1.25 GPA will be able to continue second semester on Academic Warning status. ACA students who have completed less than 10 credit hours or have less than a 1.25 GPA will be dismissed at the end of the first semester. Satisfactory Academic Progress is defined in the Academic Life section of the catalog.

Credit for Previous Education and Training

Transfer Credit. Courses taken at nationally or regionally accredited institutions may be applied toward a degree at Hesston College if they are comparable to courses offered at Hesston. Only courses with grades of C or better are considered. Transcripts are reviewed by the registrar and by academic departments as appropriate. Course work taken at non-accredited institutions will be reviewed after the student has completed one full-time term of study at Hesston. Credits from non-accredited international institutions must be reviewed by a transcript evaluation service. Transfer students seeking a degree must meet all Hesston College graduation requirements including those for residency and grade point average. Transfer credits are not included in Hesston College grade point average calculations. Students presenting 24 or more hours of acceptable credit at the beginning of a term are classified as sophomores. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree or a previous associate degree from Hesston College are generally considered to have met all general education requirements. Individual career programs reserve the right to require certain general education courses if appropriate to the needs of their graduates or if missing from the student’s previous experiences.

Credit for Examinations. Hesston College may grant credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams given by the College Entrance Examination Board with a score of 3 or higher, exams administered by International Baccalaureate (IB) schools with a Higher Level exam score of 4 or higher or a Standard Level exam score of 5 or higher, as well as comprehensive exams given by Hesston College instructors where the grade earned is equivalent to a B or better. Credit may also be granted for exams administered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) equivalent to a grade of C or better in the course. A maximum of 12 credits by CLEP exam may be applied toward a degree. See the Registrar’s Office for information about applying specific exam credits toward degree requirements.

Credit for Training. Hesston College may grant credit or course waivers for certain licenses held in practical nursing and in aviation. Contact the specific department for details. Up to 12 hours of credit may be granted for vocational training in other fields if the description is comparable to courses offered at Hesston College.

Credit for Service. See Credit for Service Policy in the Academic Life section of this catalog.


Students who have previously attended Hesston College may apply for re-admission by notifying the Admissions Office. The student’s original file will be reviewed and updated records may be requested.

A student who is dismissed for academic, student life or financial reasons may apply for re-admission to Hesston College after a minimum absence of one semester. The application for re-admission must be approved by the Student Success Team and the vice president of the department from which dismissal was required. The student must provide evidence of success in a job or in college course work at another institution during the time away from Hesston. If re-admitted, the student will return on academic probation.

A student returning to Hesston College after an absence of five years or more may be required to meet degree requirements stated in the catalog that is current at the time of re-admission.

Extended Enrollment

If a current Hesston College student seeks to extend their enrollment beyond the completion of academic goals/degree requirements, he or she must first apply for extended enrollment through the office of Academics before the end of the last semester prior to completing goals. If the request for extended enrollment is granted, the institutional financial aid would remain at the current level. If a student is not granted extended enrollment yet still chooses to return for another semester or year, his or her institutional financial aid may be reduced. Please see the Extended Enrollment Disclosure Form and the Extended Enrollment Request Form, both available through the office of Academics. Evaluation will be based on course availability for the following term(s), personal statement of goals, proposed schedule for the extended enrollment period, as well as the student’s academic progress as defined in the Academic Life section of the catalog, and the student’s social character and potential for success as defined in the Admissions section of the catalog.

Catalog 2019-20