More Admission Policies

Admission on Academic Contractual Acceptance (ACA)

An applicant may be admitted contractually to Hesston College in the absence of meeting one or more of admissions criteria. Students admitted on ACA must complete the semester with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above to achieve full academic eligibility and return to Hesston College for the second semester. Should a student fail to achieve a 2.00 GPA, it may be possible in certain circumstances for a student to be placed on academic warning for the second semester.

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. 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 from a regionally acrcredited college or university are generally considered to have met all general education requirements. Individual career programs (aviation, business management, engineering and nursing) 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. Students seeking re-admission to nursing or aviation should contact those departments directly.

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 chair of the department from which dismissal was required and the academic dean. The student must provide evidence of success in college course work at another institution during the time away from Hesston College. If re-admitted, the student will return on Academic Warning.

A student returning to Hesston College after an absence of five years or more will 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, they 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, their 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 2023-24