History & Tradition

Hanover College is a small, independent undergraduate liberal arts college, related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Established in 1827, it is the oldest private college in Indiana.

Hanover College is dedicated to creating a distinctive intellectual community within which students are challenged and nurtured to take responsibility for their learning and their lives and to develop their unique abilities to their highest levels.

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

The achievement of these purposes requires personal commitment, a willingness to accept responsibility, and discipline in exercising it. Academically, Hanover College emphasizes the importance of oral and written expression, intellectual curiosity and sound judgment.

Hanover College expects its students to be motivated by a strong sense of purpose as they join in the campus community. Certain policies, regulations and procedures are established which may concern all aspects of the relationship between the student and Hanover College, and a positive force in developing this relationship is the exercise of self-discipline.

Campus Traditions

See our long standing campus traditions.