Hesston College

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Hesston College
Alliman Administration Center
Motto Start Here, Go Everywhere.
Type Private two-year
Established 1909[citation needed]
Affiliation Mennonite Church USA
Endowment $11.9 million (2016)[1]
President Joseph A. Manickam
Academic staff
51[citation needed]
Students 428[2]
Location Hesston, Kansas, U.S.
38°08′05″N 97°26′00″W / 38.1348°N 97.4332°W / 38.1348; -97.4332Coordinates: 38°08′05″N 97°26′00″W / 38.1348°N 97.4332°W / 38.1348; -97.4332
Campus Rural
Colors PMS202Red & PMS130Gold
Mascot Larks
Website hesston.edu
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Hesston College, a college founded in 1909, is located in Hesston, Kansas, United States, 35 miles (56 km) north of Wichita. The college has an enrollment of about 400 students who typically come from about 30 states and 15 other countries. It has a faculty-student ratio of 1:9.


In 1909, the Mennonite Church founded the Hesston College, because many of the early settlers were Mennonite farmers.

In 1981, the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains was founded at the college.

Educational facilities[edit]

The main 50 acres (20 ha) Hesston campus consists of 12 buildings, including two residential dormitories, an administration building, library, a number of academic buildings, and two gymnasiums. It also has a baseball diamond, soccer field, two racquetball courts, a weight room, and four tennis courts.

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is a 25 acres (10 ha) Arboretum located blocks from the main campus.

The aviation program has facilities at the Newton City-County Airport east of Newton, Kansas.

The Nursing program, in addition to facilities on the main campus, has affiliations with local hospitals, including Newton Medical Center and Prairie View Mental Health Center in Newton, Schowalter Villa in Hesston, and Via Christi-St. Francis Campus, Via Christi-St. Joseph Campus, and Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Mary Miller Library


Official athletics logo.

The official mascot for the Hesston College athletic teams is the Larks. The Larks have 13 teams: baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, tracks and field, and golf which was added for the academic year 2016-2017 [3] and participate in the NJCAA, and in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference as an affiliate member.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College, 1909–2009; John Sharp; 2009; ISBN 978-1931038645.
  • A Pillar of Cloud the Story of Hesston College; Mary Miller; 1959; ASIN B000JEMKR8.

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