Hanover Facts

Hanover College is a private, coeducational liberal arts, college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Founded in 1827, Hanover is the oldest private college in Indiana. The College is located in southeastern Indiana on 650 acres overlooking the Ohio River. Hanover College's student body - approximately 1,150 men and women from 36 states and 18 countries - earn their Bachelor of Arts degree in 31 academic programs.

Hanover Principles

Hanover College abides by a principle-based code of conduct, developed by Hanover students, faculty, and administration to aid campus living and make your experience here the most rewarding possible.


Hanover College is a challenging and supportive community whose members take responsibility for lifelong inquiry, transformative learning and meaningful service.


At Hanover, we are honored to be the oldest private college in Indiana. Learn more about our history and join us in our pride. Also don't miss our notable list of alumni.


A scenic area of natural beauty, Hanover is located in southeastern Indiana, overlooking the gentle sweeps of the Ohio River. Neighboring and historic Madison is just minutes away and has become a favorite relaxation spot for the College's students. Louisville, Kentucky, is 45 miles from campus; Cincinnati, Ohio, 70 miles; and Indianapolis, 95 miles. Feel like a weekend road trip? Chicago, St. Louis, and Nashville are easy one-day drives. Get directions to campus.

Parker Auditorium with the Ohio River as the backdrop


Hanover College is nestled on 650 acres overlooking the shining Ohio River. The campus' landscape consists of carefully tended grounds, all of whose major buildings are designed in the Georgian architectural style. See our campus map.


The Duggan Library, dedicated in 1973, houses the College's library collections that include 3,000 bound volumes, 314,000 government documents, 6,700 audiovisual items, and 52,000 microforms.  Additionally, the Library subscribes to more than 65 databases and 2,000 periodicals, both print and electronic, with online access to thousands of full-text articles.


Hanover's student body consists of more than 1,200 men and women. A large percentage of Hanover students finished in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. Nearly all students live on campus in a variety of housing.


More than eighty percent of Hanover's faculty holds a doctorate or other terminal degree. An estimated one-third of faculty members and their families reside on campus.

Students and Faculty

The small student-to-faculty ratio at Hanover College is one of our points of pride. With only eleven students per faculty member, each student gets to personally know and talk with his or her professors. Our average class size is 15 students. Take advantage of our small size to interact with your fellow campus members and benefit fully from all we have to offer.

Academic Calendar

At Hanover, we operate on a 4-4-1 calendar, which means that students take four classes during each fall and winter term and one class during spring term. Fall and winter terms are four months long each, whereas spring term allows for one-month of concentrated study devoted to a single class, whether on or off campus.

Areas of Study

The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded in more than 30 areas of study. At Hanover, you can find the following programs, though your studies are not limited to these: Anthropology, Art History, Studio Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies (Greek and Latin), Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Education (teacher certification available), English, Environmental Studies, Foreign Languages (French, German, and Spanish), Mathematics, Medieval-Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics (including Astronomy), Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theater, and Theological Studies. Our pre-professional programs also include medicine, law, dentistry, and seminary. Find out more about our academic programs to discover your area of interest.

Business Scholars Program

Passion vs. Practicality. Why should you have to choose between a major you’re passionate about or the practicality of a business degree? Through our Business Scholars Program you can combine both and make it adaptable and relevant for today’s world.

  • Pair one of our 32 majors with classes in management, marketing and finance
  • Work on a team consulting project with real businesses
  • Boost your resume with an individualized paid summer internship
  • Learn from faculty with corporate smarts
  • Get hired!

Off-campus Study Opportunities

Feel like getting off campus for a semester and exploring the world outside Hanover? Our study abroad program allows you to immerse yourself in another culture for a full semester. You will live and learn with students from around the globe, learning more about yourself and your own culture by fully experiencing another. Think about it: right now, there are Hanover students in Australia, Turkey, and Belgium taking classes in English, as well as Hanoverians studying in the native languages of Mexico, France, Spain, and Germany. Find out more about how you can study abroad.

Career Services

Unsure where to go after college? Visit our Career Center, which offers individual advising for career opportunities and life after Hanover. The center houses an on-campus recruiting program for employers, as well as an extensive alumni network that helps to connect our future Hanover alumni. More than thirty percent of Hanover graduates go on to a graduate or professional program after completing their Bachelor of Arts.

Student Organizations

Hanover students are encouraged to be active and interactive on the campus, invited to participate in student government, publications, theatre, music, and a variety of special interest clubs. Greek life on campus includes five fraternities (Beta Theta Pi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, and Sigma Chi) and four sororities (Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Phi Mu).

Intercollegiate Athletics

Hanover Panthers, both men and women, compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in a variety of sports. Men's sports are baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track. Women's sports are basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball.

Intramural Athletics

Students that wish to participate in sports but not intercollegiate athletics are encouraged to take part in our intramurals. Men's and women's choices include ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball, and softball. Facilities on campus are also open for racquetball, tennis, and other sports, and students may start intramural teams in other sports as well. The majority of Hanover students, often joined by faculty, participate in the friendly competition.


Latest pricing information may be obtained from our Office of Admission and Financial Aid at (812) 866-7021 or admission@hanover.edu.


Hanover's very strong financial base supports its rank in the top ten percent of the nation's colleges on an endowment-per-student basis.

Financial Assistance

96 percent of Hanover students receive some form of direct financial assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment. Read more about financial aid.


We offer competitive scholarships based exclusively on merit, as well as scholarships based on financial need. Every freshman applicant is automatically considered for our merit-based scholarships, so take a look to see your possible scholarships.


Hanover College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Hanover College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or on the basis of physical handicaps in its admission and educational policies, student financial aid programs, and other programs.