Admission FAQ

When should I apply?
We encourage students to apply by our early admission (non-binding) application deadline, which is December 1. Students who apply by this date will have a decision mailed to them by December 20. Apply Online.

How do I set up a campus visit?
You can call 1-800-213-2178 or 1-812-866-7021 and set up an individual visit anytime during our regular office hours 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during the academic year and 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. during the summer. We also encourage you to attend one of our campus events for prospective students. Campus Visits and Events.

Can I get in?
At Hanover, we are looking for motivated students who have succeeded both in and out of the classroom. When reviewing applications, we evaluate candidates holistically. Standardized test scores are considered but the weight of applicant evaluation focuses on curriculum and grade point average. Other factors included in our evaluation are the high school attended, letter of recommendation(s) and participation in extracurricular and community activities. In addition to achievement and participation, Hanover College values cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity in its student body.

Profile for the graduating class of 2015:
Number applied: 3,062
Number admitted: 2,079 (68%)
SAT score (middle 50%, critical reading & math sections only): 1030 – 1210
ACT score (middle 50%) 23 – 28
Average GPA: 3.68
Percent in top tenth of class: 30%
Percent in top quarter of class: 70%

How do I apply for financial aid & scholarships?
Your application for admission to Hanover College is also your application for most of our scholarship opportunities. We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about tuition costs, financial aid & scholarships.
What are my housing options?
First-year students live in dormitory style residence halls with other first-year students. After that, your housing options will increase with the opportunity to reside in suite style living, theme houses, or Greek houses (fraternities or sororities). See Student Life / Housing.

What percentage of the student body lives on campus?
More than 98% of our students live on campus.

What athletic teams are offered?
Hanover has nine men's and eight women's NCAA Division III varsity teams that compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference:
Baseball (M) Basketball (M, W) Cross Country (M, W) Football (M) Golf (M, W) Lacrosse (M)  Track (M, W)  Soccer (M, W) Softball (W) Tennis (M, W) Volleyball (W).

How safe is campus?
The Hanover College campus is extremely safe. The College maintains a campus security staff that is on-call and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The College benefits from its location in that there are no public streets running through the campus. In addition, the town's police headquarters sits just outside one of the entrances to the College. You can get yearly crime statistics by visiting Campus Safety on MyHanover.

What is there to do outside the classroom?
Hanover offers 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports (approx. 35% of students participate), 65+ student clubs/organizations, five fraternities and four sororities (45% of students join), or if that’s not enough, you can start your own club or organization! There's also 650 acres of nature, Clifty Falls State Park & Madison, the largest historic district in the state of Indiana.

We are also 45 minutes from Louisville, 1.5 hours from Cincinnati and 2 hours from Indianapolis and any of these cities make for fun and easy day trips. Our Omnibus trips program lets students take advantage of events in all of these cities.

How can I get an internship?
If you're interested in an internship, there are a number of avenues to pursue. The best starting point is the Office of Experiential Learning, which offers a variety of outstanding resources and assistance in securing internships.

Another option is the Business Scholars Program, which requires students to do an internship during the summer after their junior year. The program is open to all majors and the staff will work with you to get you the internship that best suits your interests and future plans.

You'll also find out about internship opportunities by working with various faculty and staff members around campus. Furthermore, we have over 11,000 Hanover alumni who have signed up to offer career advice and guidance to students like you.

Will my AP / IB credits transfer to Hanover College?

See Transfer / Additional Credit.


We try to give you all the information you need on our website but if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your admission counselor directly, send an email inquiry to or give us a call at 1 (800) 213-2178.