COVID-19 information and updates – current CARES level Alert

Visit the CDC COVID-19 website for health and safety precautions.


Campus visits

Admissions will continue to offer in-person visits for prospective students. These individual visits are by appointment only and require health screening, masks, disinfecting and physical distancing. There will be no overnight stays for prospective students until it is safe to do so. Virtual visits will continue to be offered for students who can’t travel to campus.

Open Houses

Open Houses are planned for the fall and spring semester, but may be canceled or changed to a virtual open house format if the situation warrants. The September 7 Labor Day Open House has already been canceled. All other Open Houses including the Lark Leadership Experience planned for November 14 are still expected to take place.

Counselor travel

High school visits, college fairs, church and youth group visits are a traditional part of Counselor work. Until further notice, there will be no unnecessary travel, including these visits.

Test-optional Admissions Information for 2021-22

In recognition of the challenges many students have faced in taking the ACT or SAT test during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hesston College has implemented a “test-optional” admissions policy effective December 15, 2020, for applicants who wish to enroll for their first-year of college in the fall 2021.

Hesston College continues to thoroughly review a student’s application, transcript(s) and any additional supporting application materials to make an admission decision. If more information is needed, your admissions counselor will reach out to you and let you know about the additional steps.

Students may still submit ACT or SAT scores for consideration in the application review process which will still benefit students in the following ways:

  • Provide important information to help us know how we can best support students
  • Assist in placement in classes
  • Provide supporting evidence for Honors Program qualification

Admission may be granted to first year applicants who have a high school grade point average of 2.5 or above (on a 4.00 scale), and a thorough review of the student’s application, transcript(s) and other supporting application materials.* Applicants who do not meet these criteria will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee; admission may be granted or denied. Non-academic criteria may also be considered in the admission process.

*Entrance into certain academic programs may have additional requirements.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are based on a student’s cumulative high school GPA and class rank. A separate application is not required. Students who qualify for an academic scholarship will be notified by their admissions counselor.