There’s a lot to know about Hastings College and everything available to you as a student here. The facts below give you some insider knowledge and may help direct you toward what you’d like to know more about as you explore Hastings.

The Basics

  • Location: Hastings, Nebraska.
  • Size of surrounding community: 25,000
  • Year founded: 1882
  • School colors: Crimson and White
  • School motto: Pro Rege (“For the King”)
  • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian Church
  • Mascot: Bosco
  • Nickname: the Broncos
  • Fight Song: “Bronco Fight”
  • School Song: “The Alma Mater” (YouTube)
  • Total cost (tuition and fees + room and board): $41,550
  • Total scholarships and grants awarded: more than $18 million last year
  • Percentage of students who receive financial aid: 100%


  • Most classes have fewer than 20 students, and the average class size is 13 students.
  • Student-faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Hastings College has 40+ majors and more than a dozen pre-professional programs.
  • Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Academic calendar: Two semesters divided into three blocks each (one 2-week and two 7-week blocks each semester)
  • All third-year students study away their second year on campus during the fall or spring 2-week block
  • Hastings students study abroad in places such as England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Peru, Honduras, Thailand, Canada, Russia and more.

Student Life

  • Number of sports teams: 24 (basketball, wrestling, cross country, track and field, golf, soccer, bowling, shotgun sports and tennis for men and women; football and baseball for men; and volleyball and softball for women); plus dance and cheer.
  • Hastings participates in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
  • There are 10 Greek organizations on campus (4 fraternities and 6 sororities), and 15-20% of students participate.
  • There are more than 75 clubs, organizations and honorary societies for students to join on campus related to student government, peer education, religion, special interests and more.
  • Campus media: HC Media, which converges student-produced video, audio and written reports and The Collegian newspaper.

Student Body

  • Number of students: ~1,100
  • Percentage of female to male students: 50% female, 50% male
  • Number of countries represented: 20
  • Number of states represented: 37

The Campus

  • Size: 120 acres, 40 buildings
  • There are five residence halls, houses and an apartment complex.
  • Twelve buildings on campus were added in 2017 to the National Register of Historic Places as a local historic district, known as the Hastings College Historic District.
  • The oldest building on campus, McCormick Hall (built in 1883), as been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.
  • The Daugherty Center for Student Engagement reopened in fall 2019 after a significant remodel. It houses the Admissions and Student Engagement teams, which includes our Career Services office. 
  • Hastings College is in south-central Nebraska and is 2.5 hours west of Omaha, 6 hours east of Denver and 5 hours northwest of Kansas City.
  • The 25,000 sq. ft. Jackson Dinsdale Art Center opened in August 2016. It is home to the nation’s premier collegiate glass blowing studio and many other disciplines.


  • With a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, our faculty get to know their students and have the opportunity to work with them one-on-one to help them succeed.
  • Our block-style semester schedule means faculty only teach one or two classes per block — so they work with fewer than 50 students at a time!
  • Our professors are knowledgeable in their fields and attended prestigious graduate schools across the country, including Harvard, Duke, Yale, Notre Dame, Rice, Purdue, Syracuse, Clemson and Vanderbilt.
  • Our faculty love what they do and are committed to your education. It’s why they chose to teach at a smaller college, where they can focus on student success.

After Graduation

  • Of our 2018 graduates, six months after graduation, 97% were continuing their education or were employed.
  • You’ll find graduates from the Class of 2015 at Goldman Sachs, Midwest Eye Care, the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, TD Ameritrade, First National Bank of Omaha, Mary Lanning Healthcare, the Grand Island Independent, Nelnet, Union Pacific, Hail Varsity Magazine, Altitude Sport and Entertainment and public schools across the country.
  • Some Class of 2015 graduates continued their education at schools such as University of Nebraska Medical Center, Pyatigorsk Linguistic University, Georgetown University, Creighton University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, University of San Francisco, Louisiana State University and Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research.
  • Our alumni network numbers more than 10,000 around the world.