In 1873, a number of the leading citizens of Hastings, Nebraska, itself a community just a few years old, came together with the shared idea of founding a Christian college for their nascent city. Many of these founders had come from the East and envisioned their school in the tradition of that region’s esteemed liberal arts colleges. Hastings College was officially established in 1882 and was from the beginning intended to provide the kind of academic excellence, community service and civic leadership to the Midwest as its predecessors were already known for in the East.
Today, that vision and those goals have been well met. The Princeton Review lists Hastings among “The Best of the Midwest” in addition to ranking it among the top 25 percent of colleges nationwide. In 2014, the U.S. News and World Report rated Hastings as 18th out of colleges in the Midwest. This small liberal arts college is known for unique academic programs like J-Term, three intensive weeks in January spent studying abroad, participating in service learning or taking an immersive class outside the student’s major to explore learning in new and life-changing ways. Hastings College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and states its commitment to its religious heritage and to a learning environment that encourages students to understand the role of faith in a higher purpose for their lives.
Hastings College Accreditation Details
Hastings College is primarily a baccalaureate-level institution but also confers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association has accredited the college from 1916 onward.
Hastings College Application Requirements
As of the 2016-2017 academic year, tuition and fees for full-time study at Hastings College amounted to $28,250. For students living on campus, the costs of room and board amounted to $8,880.
In spite of its private school status, Hastings College prides itself on financial accessibility, and its success in this area has caused outside authorities and experts to take note. Money Magazine lists Hastings as one of the most affordable private colleges in the nation, and Barron’s named Hastings a “Best Buy in College Education.” Behind these accolades lie Hastings generous endowments and ambitious scholarship initiatives. In 2015, a truly impressive 100 percent of enrolled students at Hastings College received some type of financial aid out of the more than $18 million in scholarships and grants awarded by Hastings that year.
Hastings College awards scholarships on the basis of academic performance and/or talent and grants based upon factors such as financial need and legacy status. Hastings distributes need-based grants after considering factors such as the student’s FAFSA data and personal or family circumstances, and also offers part-time on-campus employment opportunities to students with demonstrated financial need. The academic merit scholarships at Hastings range in value from the $10,000 Pro Rege Scholarship to the $14,000 Crimson Scholarship. These award amounts are determined by high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores, with established cut-off points for each award. All are fully renewable – plus, Crimson Scholarship recipients are eligible to complete for additional awards at Crimson Scholars Day.
Hastings College also recognizes – and rewards – students with outstanding talent in athletics, music, art, theatre, media or forensics (speech). Recipients of these awards are expected to contribute to the campus community by doing something they love, and get help with college expenses in the process. For example, media scholarship students may cover live Broncos sports via radio or television broadcast, write for the campus newspaper or help maintain the college’s website. Alternatively, students with exceptional potential in a specific academic area and who have not received a talent scholarship are eligible for a $2,000 departmental Samuel Alexander Scholarship.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Be sure to check with a Hastings College admissions representative for up-to-date admissions information and answers to any questions you may have throughout the application process. Hastings College encourages all prospective students to visit campus before applying, if possible. The following guidelines will help you to plan your application:
- In 2015, Hasting’s Class of 2017 had an average high school GPA of 3.5 and an average ACT score of 24.
- Hastings College utilizes a one-step application process that automatically enters each prospective student into consideration for scholarships. There is no application fee for Hastings College.
- First-year applicants should submit official high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
- Hastings College welcomes transfer students and provides support, advisement, scholarship opportunities and maximized transfer of credits to incoming students from other colleges through the Broncos Transfer Program. Transfer applicants will need to submit official transcripts from every college attended.
- The 22-Plus Program at Hastings College is designed for non-traditional students age 22 or older.
- Hastings College reviews applications of a rolling admissions basis, meaning that applications are reviewed as they are received and offers of admission will be made as long as space remains in that year’s class. SAT and ACT scores must be received by the final deadline of August 15.
Just as important as academics to Hastings College’s approximately 1,200 undergraduates are the tight-knit community and vibrant student experience to be found on their historic campus. The majority of undergrads reside on campus, choosing between co-ed or single-sex dormitories in their freshman and sophomore years and then living it up in apartment-style housing at The Broncos Village as juniors and seniors. Students get to know each through a variety of clubs and activities, and they get to know their professors too, whether in small classrooms – Hastings maintains a student/faculty ratio of 12:1 – or when taking part in college traditions like New Student Day or the Boar’s Head Dinner. Many compete as Broncos in one of Hasting College’s 23 sports teams. Hastings is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference and of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) governing varsity sports at Christian colleges.
With over 60 undergraduate majors offered at Hastings, it’s difficult to choose just one standout program, but the variety of activities and professional experience opportunities available to Journalism and Media Arts students make that department a strong contender. Journalism and Media Arts majors at Hastings College choose an emphasis in Sports Reporting, Public Affairs or a personalized Custom Emphasis. Student-run media is taken quite seriously on the Hastings campus. There’s the student-produced paper The Collegian, there’s the Bronco News Now radio and television coverage of Broncos sports, and new media is not to be forgotten either, with campus activities and interest stories for students, parents and alumni alike covered via podcasts and webstreaming formats for HC Media Online. Of course the most exciting opportunity for Hastings College media arts majors is the chance to cover the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Each year, Hastings College students are responsible for providing all the media coverage for this event – shooting all the video, taking all the photography, developing all the radio and print content, managing all the social media and creating and managing the tournament website.