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Why Hastings College?

The world has changed — and so have we.

We’ve reimagined everything with you and the future in mind, and aligned what we do with advice from CEOs, leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and others who advise, hire and work with students and graduates.

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Hastings College is one of the most innovative, best value, top teaching and top overall schools in the region. Rankings are from the US News & World Report (2020/2021). 

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Seriously affordable.

We reward your work. Every student who applies and is accepted to Hastings College earns at least $12,000 in scholarships. But most receive more, generally in the $15,000-20,000 range. These aren’t one-off gimmicky “visit” grants — they renew automatically each year. US News even ranked us a Top 10 value school in the Midwest!

Invested in you.

You may know private schools like us have higher tuition costs. But that means we invest more in you and your educational experience, including a teacher to faculty ratio of just 13:1.

A four-year plan.

We recognize it’s not always easy to choose a college. Or decide what to major in. That’s why we developed a plan to help you discover your own path, grow your strengths and be ready for wherever life takes you.

Master your strengths.

CliftonStrengths brand logoAt Hastings College, every student takes Gallup’s CliftonStrengths during their first few weeks on campus. With multiple Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches, we’ve built a culture designed to help you discover and build off what makes you exceptional. 

Your path, your way.

Launching your first year with CliftonStrengths is a perfect way to find a path that works for you — and just the first of four years of incredible learning opportunities at a school that’s reimagined everything college should be.

A plan to propel you into the world.

“What do you do with four years of college?”

Our four-year plan sends you out into the world in the most successful position possible.

  1. You’ll discover your strengths.
  2. Complete an internship or research opportunity.
  3. Travel and engage with the world.
  4. And then pull it all together with a capstone project.

You’ll become something you never thought possible. 

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Get ready for adventure.

Our curriculum includes a study away course for every student. The two-week travel class happens your third year on campus. We’ve designed these intentional experiences to push you out of your comfort zone — to challenge you in new ways. It’s transformational and the kind of experience that’ll help you grow (and the type of experience employers and grad schools love!).

We’ll cover the costs.

That’s right. This travel adventure opportunity is offered at no extra cost. We’re able to make this happen thanks to the financial commitment of donors who love Hastings College and share the belief that travel is transformational and boosts your drive for learning.

We’re preparing future leaders.

And we’re preparing you for life after Hastings College.

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Put tech to work. 

You’ve grown up in a world with the internet and information at your fingertips. So in keeping with the digital era, we’ll put some powerful tools in your hand that’ll help you engage more deeply.

Partnership with (i)Power.

We’ve partnered with Apple to provide every Hastings College student an iPad and Apple Pencil — at no additional cost. We’ll even load it with a curated set of apps that support learning in and out of the classroom, and help you collaborate at will.

Why Apple Pencil?

Research supports that writing down ideas and drawing (doodle that!) supports active learning in ways that typing doesn’t. Combined with an iPad and powerful apps, it makes digital paper and even digital lab books a reality.

“The iPad allows me to sketch whenever I want, look up artists as I read about them and be more efficient when studying while traveling with the soccer team.” – Maddie S. of Colorado

Books included!

Hearing about the high cost of textbooks? No more! We’re providing all required books as part of tuition, with many being ebooks synched right to your iPad. This will save you $4,000 — or more — over the course of four years!

The bottom line?

When everyone has the tools they need, there’s more accountability, fewer excuses and more success

It’s one way we help you level up.

Plus, you’ll be a Jedi Master of digital learning — setting you up for success as you’ll leverage mobile work throughout your career.

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Take {just} two.

What if you only took a class or two at a time? Could you focus more intently on each class? Could you dive in, absorb information and have a better learning experience. Yes, absolutely!

Building blocks.

To make this happen, we modernized the 16-week semester by splitting it into blocks: a two-week block, and two seven-week blocks.

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More time for you.

You’ll meet with professors every day, and you’ll have more time to learn and grow together. It reduces stress and students say their more connected to what their learning.

Professors call that being more engaged, and more engaged students do better.

“I realized how much less stress I have only having to focus on two classes at a time.” – Leah C. of Plattsmouth, Nebraska

This is the place for you!

Welcome to Hastings College, Nebraska’s Premier Private College

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