Hastings College

Hastings, NE, USA

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Hastings College

3.93 Average Rating

Katie from Ewing, NE

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
As a liberal arts school, Hastings requires you to take a wide variety of courses. Although these courses may not pertain to your intended major, they do allow for you to broaden your horizons as a student. The small student to teacher ratio allows for all students to get the help they need in classes to succeed.
Am enjoying being here
The small town environment is really welcoming to all new students. While there isn't alot to do in Hastings, the town of Grand Island is a short 20 minute drive!
Bang for the buck
Hastings is a fairly expensive school to attend, but they do provide every student with scholarship opportunities or work study.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to have a major in mind before you attend this school. I'm a biology major, and I know alot of my peers who had to quit this major after the first semester due to the rigorous course work. Find out what your major program requires and talk to professors/other students in this area to find out if it's the right major for you to take up!
Great for these types of students
Alot of the students here are athletes. I'm one of those students, but there are alot of people here who don't participate in sports. The majority of the people who attend are from Nebraska and Colorado. This college is great for a student who likes the small town atmosphere and wants small class sizes.
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Kireina from Alamogordo, NM

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Hastings College is a family and has become my home. My professors are fantastic and want me to succeed. I know I will be prepared for the real world when I graduate.
Tips for prospective students
Don't procrastinate. Get everything done ahead of time so you don't feel stressed or overwhelmed.
Academic Rigor
My classes are challenging but not overwhelming.
Dorm Life
My dorm feels like home. Everyone is very friendly and loves to have fun. Everyone also keeps shared spaces clean so I never have to worry about cleaning up someone elses mess.
Food and Dining
The cafeteria is always open so I know I can get food at anytime but I am very picky so I don't always find food I like to eat.
What to do for fun
I love to hang out with my friends. Hastings College also has a weekend program so there is always something going on every weekend so we never get bored.
Bang for the buck
We have all kinds of extra perks like free laundry, free printing, and we have an extra semester in the month of January so you get to take a whole extra class without paying for it.
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Lisa from Hastings, NE

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Hastings College is a small college with a beautiful campus and friendly environment. The students and faculty are driven and always helpful. With it's capacity to help you develop a personalized degree and Liberal Arts Program, you really can pursue your passion.
Tips for prospective students
Plan ahead. There are many classes to choose from outside of your majors and minors that are worth taking. And taking the time to get involve in campus activities makes your stay more enjoyable.
Academic Rigor
The classes here can be tough, but once you find your groove it works out. The professors are more than willing to help you if you have questions, too.
Dorm Life
The dorms can get a little rowdy in the various lounges, but the floors have group activities that are a blast. Just get involved!
Food and Dining
There is a wide variety of food to eat at the Student Union. Along with regularly served meals, there are salad bars, a make your own sandwich counter, and ice creme. The food is delicious.
What to do for fun
HC does weekends often shows a movie on the lawn, dances, kick-ball tournaments, and much more. If you want to get off campus, the local YMCA and Champions (now part of the YMCA) and downtown area are full of different activities like go-karting, bowling, and concerts at the Blue Moon.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
New Student Days, the Melody Round Up parade for Homecoming, and stand cheers for the games are some of our more well known traditions, but we also have an annual health and fitness day and sing our Alma Mater after our football victories.
Great for these types of students
Because of our various facilities and majoring opportunities, Hastings College is open to everyone: athletes, musicians, computer wises, student leaders, actors/actresses, as well as your basic branches - math, English, and Science.
Clubs and Activities
You can choose to join the various clubs on campus - such as the Student Senate, The Communications Group (our Collegian, webpage design, radio and television hosts), the band and choir ensembles, the Religious and Political Organizations, and our Campus Conservative. If there is a club you would like to join but doesn't exist you can even start your own.
Greek Life
There are over a dozen Greek organizations to choose from, all of which are involve in the community and host their own activities.
Campus Safety
Safety is a priority at the college. One of our safety tools is the FOB (an electronic key) that allows you into your dorm building and grants access to different locations on campus.
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Taylor from Silt, CO

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Hastings College has a beautiful campus in a good neighborhood, the town of Hastings is also very nice with plenty to do. The professors truely care and take time to get to know each one of their students, they have small class sizes as well so you get plenty of one-on-one time with your professor. The curriculum is spectacular!! A variety of classes and countless opportunities!
Tips for prospective students
It is expensive, but very worth it. The school gives out plenty of scholarships as well to help students continue their education.
Academic Rigor
Challenging but not impossible
Dorm Life
Social, very homey. The dorms have a very home-like atmosphere, rather than sterile and impersonal.
Food and Dining
The food is usually pretty good, and there are plenty of options
What to do for fun
The town has museums (the kool-aid museum), restaurants, parks, lakes and a YMCA that offers free membership to Hastings College students.
Bang for the buck
Hastings is like a home away from home! I am so happy I chose Hastings College.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The school is full of old traditions and always open to new ones.
Great for these types of students
All kinds of people!! Their liberal arts program provides a curriculum that will satisfy anyone's interest.
Clubs and Activities
There are tons of clubs and campus wide activities available to everyone!
Greek Life
More subdued, no separate housing for fraternities or sororities.
Campus Safety
Small campus, very safe. 24/7 security, bronco bus for transpeortation if needed.
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Adam from Lincoln, NE

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Hastings College is a fantastic college overall. The teachers all care about their courses and their students. The students are all extremely kind to all other students.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you apply for as many Scholarships as possible, because the school is extremely expensive. There are quite a bit of scholarships you can receive through the college.
Academic Rigor
Since the teachers all enjoy their subjects, they expect the most out of their students. If you need help, most of the teachers have an open door policy, and all enjoy helping each student. There is also a department called the Learning Center that will help edit papers and are there for people who need help, including helping find tutors.
Dorm Life
There is always something going on in the dorms. As well, the Resident Assistants and the Resident Directors are always willing to help with anything needed.
Food and Dining
The college has a catering service come in and do all the cooking. A lot of the food is very delicious, but there is always the chance of getting something that is not.
What to do for fun
Most weekends the college puts on activities for the students to do. As well, all full time students receive a YMCA membership. Some weekends the local movie theatre has free movies for students.
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Brianna from Julesburg, CO

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Very friendly and positive environment. Great faculty that actually care about the success of their students. Wonderful location and a great learning environment.
Tips for prospective students
Apply, apply, APPLY for scholarships! This school is fantastic, but the price can drive people away.
Academic Rigor
It is a liberal arts college, so we become more well-rounded as students. However, that means hard classes and heavy workloads that can get stressful.
Dorm Life
Life is pretty average in the dorms. The dorm that I live in is very old and has had some heating and plumbing problems. Other than that, nothing to complain about.
Food and Dining
The food is good for the first few weeks, but it can get really, really old. This whole semester I have lived on a steady diet of grilled cheese and cereal. Luckily we are under new management, so the food has gotten a lot better. Most of it is edible, though.
What to do for fun
There is not much to do in the town of Hastings for fun, but just half an hour north of Hastings is Grand Island, and they have everything you could ever want.
Bang for the buck
Hastings College is a wonderful school, but I feel that the price is way too high. I was almost tempted to go somewhere cheaper, but thinking back I am glad that I didn't. They do give out a ton of scholarships and have many work-study opportunities for students.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The cafeteria at Hastings College is affectionately referred to as the HO. This is because the company that serves it is called Sudexo, and it used to be spelled Sudexho. The abbreviated name stuck, and I still get a funny look whenever I tell other people that I am eating at the HO.
Great for these types of students
You have to be motivated to come to Hastings College. You have to get your work done and study hard, or you will fail. However, for those driven individuals, your years at Hastings College will be well worth it, and will most likely be the best years of your life.
Clubs and Activities
There are over 50 clubs and activities to choose from, most created by students themselves. We have many intramural sports as well as more artistic clubs such as drama. You are encouraged to get involved.
Greek Life
I do not participate in greek life, but I know that we have many fraternities and sororities on campus. They do a lot of community service projects as well as activities here on campus.
Campus Safety
Campus safety is fabulous. They are so caring and nice, and really just want to keep all of us safe. For example, if you are walking around campus late at night and are feeling scared, you can call them and they will come to wherever you are and walk you back to the dorms or whatever building you need to go to.
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Evelyn from Avon, CO

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Hastings College is by far in the most welcoming and loving community that one could think of. The interest that both students and professors have towards you is absolutely amazing. The small college vibe is the best when it comes to making life-long relationships and completing college in the major of your interest.
Tips for prospective students
If you want to find a place that will help you be successful in many ways, this is it. HC has such a great way to get you involved and make you feel like you are at home. It is great to get involved and meet everyone on campus because that is the best way to get through college. My tip is to have fun, yet also learn and come to do what you want to do to succeed. Everyone should think about balancing their life with work and play, so that they enjoy every aspect of college life.
Academic Rigor
HC is always very concerned about one's success. They do everything in their power to help you be successful, whether it the professors making themselves available through their flexible office hours to work on you one-on-one or even helping you out through e-mail, which every single one of them is extremely good at that. There is also a great library, which helps with anything that a student needs and tutors in every single subject that can help you when you don't understand something. Their support system and help is incredibly helpful for each and every student.
Dorm Life
I think everyone is always very concerned about what dorm life will be like. Everyone has to sign a contract at the beginning of the year with their roomates which just explains what they both agree upon what is acceptable and vise versa. We have the privilege of having two awesome RA's for each floor in every dorm hall, one female and one male. Everyone is super helpful. They are always aware of what is happening in the dorms and are available at whatever time you need them, whether it is during super early or super late. They are basically considered a support system in bad times and authority as well and they do anything for us to have an awesome year in our dorms. I enjoy the fact that we always have dorm hall meetings where we do fun things with each other and get to know the people that we live with throughout the year.
Food and Dining
Breakfast is awesome. What I like the most, and may I speak for everyone as well, if the Omelette Bar in the mornings. You have a sheet where you choose everything you would like on your omelette and they make it for you. It's AMAZING! However, lunch and dinner is either a win or lose situation. It really depends on what you like or don't, but they do a good job with keeping your options open.
What to do for fun
Every weekend there are fun activities like game shows, movie nights outside on the lawn of my dorm hall, or crazy stuff like slip and slides. They do an awesome job with keeping us entertained.
Bang for the buck
I mentioned the community and I think it is important to repeat it again how amazing they really are here in Hastings. Even if someone doesn't know you, they always take the time to acknowledge you and ask how your day is going. The people here are so respectful and genuine.
Greek Life
Currentl\y I am in a sorority which is Chi Omega Psi. Everyone is so involved in Greek Life. For Rush Week we had about 75% of student body joining fraternities and sororities. All of them are amazing, it just depends of what you are looking for in a sorority.
Campus Safety
They are always around making sure that everything is okay. They are very good with keeping us up to date on situations that are happening around campus and that we should look out for. What I like the most is that every single student has a fob that they use to get into their own dorm hall, and when someone comes to visit you at your dorm, you have to sign them in just for everybody's safety.
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Nancy from Harvard, NE

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The college has the best psychology program, in my opinion. They are great with working with you on getting your work done.
Tips for prospective students
Sign up for a lot of scholarships. This private school can be pricey but in the end it is worth the time and money!
Academic Rigor
The professors work with you to fit your needs. On top of that they are really understandable to every circumstances you may possibly have. It is also a private college so classes are small and are more interactive.
Dorm Life
The dorm life is exciting and fun! You have programs you have to go to as a dorm, but most of the programs that are picked are really fun. Plus it's an easy way to make fast friends!
Food and Dining
There are a lot of choices for food, but honestly sometimes the food prepared isn't the best. The last thing it comes to is that, at least you have a wide variety!
What to do for fun
There is so much to do there! Once you are enrolled at Hastings College and you are currently living in the dorm. The dorm package actually pays for a FULL membership at YWCA!
Bang for the buck
Hastings College is pretty pricey. In the end with all of the programs they provide, the caring staff, and the wide range of personalities in the students that attend there, you will feel like you are in a comfort zone you wouldn't ever want to leave.
Campus Safety
They have a public safety crew on after 7pm til the offices open back up.
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Keegan from Lincoln, NE

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Honestly I love Hastings College. I rate them as a ten out of ten. I love the fact that I can call Hastings College my home.
Tips for prospective students
My first tip is to just be prepared for anything, especially classes. Find a good group of friends to associate yourself with and then the rest will follow. Lastly don't be afraid to talk to your professors they are there to help you when ever you need it. Any of your professors will tell you this multiple times.
Academic Rigor
Of course you are going to have some challenging classes, but it is all about preparation. If you are prepared for anything that could possibly come up in class or on a test then there is no possible way for you to fail. Preparation and determination is the key to success in college.
Dorm Life
The dorm life is amazing! I am currently an RA in Bronc Hall and it is a complete 180 from what it was last year. Resident life and all the RA's and RD's have really busted their butts to make this a better living area. They have come a long way and have made huge leaps in making Bronc Hall the best that they possibly can.
Food and Dining
Sodexo does an amazing job with the dining services. Granted sometimes the food isn't always the best, but I can always guarantee a warm welcoming as I walk in and a very polite goodbye as I leave. Their serving services is hands down better than some restaurants here in Hastings NE.
What to do for fun
In my spare time I am usually at football practice or something football related. Otherwise I am hanging out with guys in the dorm, playing videos games, or out having fun with the football team.
Bang for the buck
There is no doubt that Hastings College gives you the bang for your buck. This institution gives you so many opportunities to succeed in every aspect of your college career. If you need help with schooling you always have your professor along with Beth Funky in the Learning Center. Ms. Funky and her crew are the best in the business. They have so many tools for you to be in control of your future.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Hastings College has multiple fun traditions. Just last week we had our homecoming week. Then we have Boars Head along with mayfae. Another thing Hastings Does a great job with is HC does Weekends they are always putting on events that bring our student body closer and closer.
Great for these types of students
This campus is great for any kind of student. You can succeed so easily here at Hastings College. You just need a little effort and determination to take your college career by the horns and be in the driver seat so you can get to where you want to go with your life.
Clubs and Activities
There are so many clubs and different activities to participate in here on campus. The various opportunities on campus to be apart of something are endless you just have to go out and find these opportunities or just even look at your email on a daily basis.
Greek Life
Honestly in the past years the Greek life has kind of been lacking in my opinion. This year the college has made huge steps in making it better. Along with bringing it back to where it was in prior years. Hastings is definitely heading in the correct direction we just need the students to step up and take on the task at hand.
Campus Safety
The campus safety is amazing here. There is always someone you can contact if you need anything. There is always an RA that you can come to if you ever need anything. All of us have an open door policy. Any freshmen or new student should never feel like they are alone. There is just so many options to choose from if you need anything.
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