Hastings College

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710 N. Turner Avenue

Hastings, NE 68901-7621

Phone: (402) 463-2402
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#15 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Hastings College is a private institution that was founded in 1882. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,077, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Hastings College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 15. Its tuition and fees are $25,520 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in Hastings, Nebraska, Hastings College is a private, residential four-year college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Currently, more than 1,200 students study at HC, where they can choose from 43 majors in 32 areas of study and 13 pre-professional programs. HC also awards a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Hastings College employs faculty members who pride themselves on classroom teaching and maintains a 13:1 student/faculty ratio. In this environment, Hastings College students build lifelong relationships with their professors. They work together not only in the classroom but also as students seeking internships, secure international study opportunities and research grants, apply to grad schools and conduct job searches. Among the truly unique opportunities HC provides is the Irish Fellows program which allows students to formulate a research question and design an independent research project to explore that question. Students, while living in Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland, for a month, attend lectures and field trips and are encouraged to independently explore. They make contacts and conduct research.Through its unique J-Term session in January, Hastings College encourages discovery, innovation and unforgettable learning experiences. During this three-week session, students take interdisciplinary courses,many of which are taught by distinguished visiting faculty - travel overseas and complete internships. In 2011, Washington Monthly ranked HC 40th among 249 liberal arts colleges across the country based on the number of students actively serving the community and total service hours.Hastings College draws students from diverse backgrounds. They call Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and several other states and countries home. Some are Presbyterian; most are not. Ethnic minorities currently comprise a record 11.8% of the student population. Students raised on ranches and farms learn and live with students from metropolitan areas.As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), Hastings College offers 19 sports including a rodeo team. In 2010, the HC Bronco Men's Soccer team won the NAIA National Championship and was runner-up in 2011 while the HC Bronco Women's Soccer team earned their second consecutive national tournament appearance. HC student athletes consistently earn academic honors at the national and conference levels. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Hastings College students earned 50 All-American Scholar-Athlete honors. Most Hastings College students live on campus for at least three years, where they participate in traditions such as Homecoming, Trick-or-Treat Street, the Boar's Head Dinner and the Perkins Library All-Nighter held before finals. Through the Student Association and HC Does Weekends, the campus offers entertainment opportunities, including performances by comedians and bands, movies, bingo for groceries and dodgeball tournaments. For more intellectual pursuits, the Artist Lecture Series (ALS) hosts nationally-recognized speakers, while the ALS Student Committee hosts a student-organized symposium each year. With 25,000 people, the City of Hastings maintains a strong relationship with the College. Many local businesses and nonprofit organizations host HC students as interns and hire them as employees.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1882
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $66,194,922


When applying to Hastings College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hastings College is 13:1, and the school has 68.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hastings College include: Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 47%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 28%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Psychology 9%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 8%
Social Sciences 8%

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Student Life

Hastings College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,077, with a gender distribution of 52.1 percent male students and 47.9 percent female students. At this school, 70 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30 percent of students live off campus. Hastings College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,112
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Hastings College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Hastings College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hastings College, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hastings College.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hastings College, 74.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,973.

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Tuition and fees $25,520 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,270 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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