No test scores needed for Hastings College academic scholarships, admission

To ease accessibility for students applying for fall 2021 enrollment, Hastings College academic scholarships will be based only on the student’s high school grade point average (GPA). By eliminating ACT or SAT requirements for this year’s high school seniors, students do not have to worry about taking standardized tests that have been cancelled across the country since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During this time we want to be especially supportive of students, and by eliminating test scores we hope it helps remove some of the stress seniors may have as they begin to apply to college,” said Chris Schukei, Hastings College dean of admissions. “In the end, the decision to eliminate test scores from our scholarship and admission requirements was easy because we want to continue fostering success without limitations.”

Research the College has done also shows that high school GPA is a better predictor of college success than SAT or ACT scores—and research from across the country supports those findings.

Academic merit scholarship amounts, shown below, are in addition to talent, leadership and other scholarships students are eligible to receive.

Academic Scholarship Amounts

  • 4.0 and above GPA qualify for the Crimson scholarship of $17,000 annually
  • 3.78-3.999 GPA qualify for the Ambassador scholarship of $15,000 annually
  • 3.20-3.779 GPA qualify for the Ringland scholarship of $13,000 annually
  • 2.65-3.199 qualify for the Pro Rege scholarship of $12,000 annually

Students who apply and are accepted to Hastings College, and qualify for the Crimson and Ambassador scholarship, will also be invited to Bronco Scholars Day in February 2021. Bronco Scholars Day is an opportunity for students to compete for an additional scholarship award, including being named a Scott Scholar, which covers 100 percent of tuition and fees plus room and board, and provides a $2,000 travel stipend to help cover costs to attend a conference, fund a research project or support an internship.

To learn more about academic scholarships at Hastings College, go to

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at

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