Hesston College

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Hesston College
Alliman Administration Center
Motto Start Here, Go Everywhere.
Established 1909
Type Private two-year
Affiliation Mennonite Church USA
Endowment $12.5 million[1]
President Howard Keim
Academic staff
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 Maroon and White
Mascot Larks
Website hesston.edu
Hesston College Nameplate.png

Hesston College, a two-year 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 450 students who typically come from about 30 states and 30 other countries. It has a faculty-student ratio of 1:14.


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 racketball 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.

Academic programs[edit]

Mary Miller Library

As a two-year college, Hesston's educational program is designed to meet a variety of student needs. Curricula are available for students interested in the first two years of a liberal arts program, various pre-professional programs, and other fields of study requiring four-year degrees.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are available in the following transfer programs:

In addition, the following Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences non-transfer degrees are available:

  • Aviation
  • Bible
  • Business
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Nursing
  • Pastoral Ministries


Official athletics logo.

The official mascot for the Hesston College athletic teams is the Larks. The Larks have 11 teams[3] and participate in the NJCAA, and in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference as an affiliate member.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ As of January 29, 2015. "Sortable Table: College and University Endowments, 2013-14". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ McMaster, Rachel (2014-09-29). "Campus welcomes an increase in new students for 2014-15 - Hesston College". Hesston.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-08. 
  3. ^ Lark Athletics
  4. ^ KJCCC Members

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