Hesston College
Alliman Administration Center (2007)
Established1909 (1909)
Religious affiliation
Mennonite Church USA
Endowment$11.9 million (2016)[1]
PresidentJoseph Manickam
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

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
CampusRural, 40 acres (16 ha)
ColorsRed and Gold
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Hesston College is a private college in Hesston, Kansas, United States. It is associated with the Mennonite Church USA and has an enrollment of about 400 students who typically come from about 30 states and 15 other countries.


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

Mary Miller Library (2007)
Mary Miller Library (2007)

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, a softball field, 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.


The official mascot for the Hesston College athletic teams is the Larks. The Larks have 13 teams: baseball, softball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, track and field, and golf which was added for the academic year 2016–2017.[3] Hesston participates in the NJCAA, and was given full membership in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in 2018.[4]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). NACUBO.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  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 Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Josephson, Harold (1985). Biographical Dictionary of Modern Peace Leaders. Connecticut: Greenwood. pp. 607-8. ISBN 0-313-22565-6.

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