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Residential, Four-Year Presbyterian Education at Hastings

Hastings College appears in our ranking of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest.

Ranked America’s 164th best liberal arts school on Forbes, Hastings College maintains a 14:1 student-faculty ratio to deliver 43 bachelor’s majors and 14 pre-professional tracks plus a Master of Arts in Teaching at its close-knit Nebraska campus with 70 percent retention. For example, the B.A. Health Systems satisfies ARRT certification by partnering with the Mary Lanning School of Radiologic Technology for a 127-credit, JRCERT-accredited curriculum with ultrasound and nuclear medicine rotations. Chaired by Dr. Amy Black, the 127-credit B.A. Agribusiness offers a 2+2 Central Community College partnership and Omicron Delta Kappa membership plus nine-week internships, such as DuPont Pioneer, John Deere, or Tallgrass Energy. At the 25,000-square-foot Jackson Dinsale Center, the B.A. Art creates a 127-credit, four-year sequence with Mobile Glass Studio experience, Hastings Museum exhibits, and the O’Keefe Elevator Company Art Show. The 127-credit B.A. International Studies led by Dr. Robert Amyot has opportunities like joining Model UN, traveling from Israel to Malaysia, and interning at Willa Cather Foundation.

Other degrees include the B.A. Construction Management, B.A. Wildlife Biology, B.A. Physical Education, B.A. Finance, B.A. Marketing, B.A. Criminology, B.A. Communication Studies, B.A. History, and B.A. Computer Science.

About Hastings College

Hastings College originated on September 13, 1882, when the Kearney Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church welcomed an inaugural class of 44 to a former Post Office for civic liberal arts education. In 1883, McCormick Hall was erected to begin today’s 109-acre, 40-building Nebraska campus in Governor Charles Henry Dietrich’s hometown. By 1916, Hastings was formally accredited for the first four-year bachelor’s. One century later, Hastings College received its largest donation ever of $8.5 million from Kim and Tom Dinsdale. In 2019, the Hastings 2.0 Initiative will begin to give every on-campus undergrad a free iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Endowed for $59.8 million total, Hastings College boasts a 98 percent placement rate for 1,150 Broncos from 28 states who’ve joined 100+ clubs like Food4Thought and Artists’ Guild. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Hastings the Midwest’s 23rd best college and 20th top value. On Niche, Hastings College landed 244th for best dorm housing, 328th for most conservative students, and 489th for hardest admission nationally.

Hastings College Accreditation Details

On June 23, 2015, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) Institutional Actions Council mailed Hastings College a formal reaccreditation letter for Level III accreditation valid through 2025 under its 17th president, Dr. Travis Feezell, who earned the Spirit of St. Benedict Award. Headquartered 625 miles east via Interstate 80 in Chicago, this mega 19-state Midwest Region accreditor is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and Nebraska Department of Education. Since 1947, the Fine Arts Department has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Education Department was also reaffirmed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through December 2025.

Hastings College Application Requirements

Starting at Hastings College is classified “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s because 1,201 of the 1,688 Fall 2017 applicants were victorious for selective 71 percent acceptance. First-year Broncos must be finishing the 12th year of schooling with a college-prep diploma or GED equivalent. Minimum GPAs of 3.0 are required for unconditional admission. Scoring at least 20 on the ACT or 1000 on the New SAT is highly preferred. On average, freshmen present a 3.39 GPA, 1120 SAT, and 23 ACT mark. However, the Excel Program is available for a limited number of individuals with lower grades. Advanced Placement credits must be graded “4” or higher. Only 30 of the 127 total credits can be obtained through CLEP scores above the 50th percentile. The Honors College selects those with major GPAs above 3.7 only. Incoming transfers must have regionally accredited courses graded “C” or greater. The 65-credit B.A. Nursing considers licensed RNs who’ve culminated an accredited Associate of Arts. Master of Arts in Teaching cohorts need a minimum 2.5 bachelor’s GPA and passing ETS Core Academic Skills Test score.

Hastings College has suggested deadlines of July 1st for Fall, December 1st for J-Term, and January 1st for Spring starts. Tuition registration deposits are refundable until May 1st yearly. Non-U.S. residents should apply by April 1st for Fall term only. The Master of Arts in Teaching publishes important dates of April 15th and December 15th. Accordingly, complete the Hastings or Common Application online for $0 ($50 if graduate). Have registrars send official transcripts to 710 North Turner Avenue in Hastings, NE 68901. For test scores, select SAT/TOEFL code 6270 or ACT code 2456. Other steps might include the admission interview, immunization record, digital portfolio, two references, Praxis I exam, personal essay, and experience résumé. Learn more by contacting (402) 461-7315 or admissions@hastings.edu.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-2020, Hastings College is charging full-time Bachelor of Arts students $15,780 per semester or $31,560 annually. Initial tuition deposits are $200. Undergrads will pay $1,450 in mandatory yearly fees. Living at the Adams County campus’ dorms like Altman Hall and dining at Crimson Club adds roughly $4,995 per term. Hastings budgets $1,134 for supplies, $958 for transportation, and $2,836 for personal expenses each year. Starting in Fall 2019, textbooks will be included in tuition to save $4,000 over four years. Annual bachelor’s attendance equals about $44,678 on-site and $34,978 at home. Taking less than 15 credits will cost $1,143 per credit or $3,429 by course. Graduate costs for the MAT Program are $9,600 per year plus $1,450 for fees.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office in Hurley-McDonald Hall gets 94 percent of Hastings Broncos bucking for joy with $21,013 median assistance that totals $23.49 million yearly. Institutional funds include the Samuel Alexander Academic Scholarship, Freshman Merit Scholarship, Speech (Forensics) Scholarship, Music Scholarship, Media Arts Scholarship, Theatre Scholarship, Athletic Scholarship, T-L Irrigation Scholarship, Thom Business Scholarship, Presbyterian Church Matching Scholarship, Legacy Grant, and Rick Wilson Scholarship. Filing FAFSA applications coded 002548 opens Federal Pell, SEOG, and TEACH Grant consideration. Limited Work-Study positions, such as Perkins Library, pay at least $9.00/hour. Hastings College allows a maximum of $57,500 for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. In 2018, the Nebraska Opportunity Grant helped 12,849 residents statewide earn $1,354 on average. Others claim the Access College Early Scholarship, Aksarben/Horatio Alger Scholarship, or Marianne Beel Scholarship. Since 2007, Hastings Community Foundation has selected three annual 1st Lt. Kevin Gaspers Scholarship recipients too.

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