Since 1827, Hanover College has committed to providing students with a world-class liberal arts education. By giving them a broad range of knowledge and strengthening the depth of their intellectual capital, we develop leaders for a world that constantly changes.

One aspect of our mission is transformative learning; something we believe comes with celebrating the many cultures, ethnicities and expressions of diversity that display the richness of the human experience. You’ll be able to grow with students who span the spectrum from vibrant cultural backgrounds and unique locations.

At Hanover, you can choose from a multitude of majors and fields of study, taught by an academically esteemed faculty. Develop your leadership skills in one or more of our 60-plus student led organizations or start your own.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to think creatively and from multiple perspectives, ready for success in a global community, because you’ll have experienced it here first.


Who is Benjamin Templeton?

Benjamin Templeton was the first African-American student to attend Hanover.  A free black man from Chillicothe, Ohio, he began his education in 1832 and spent five years at the College, graduating in 1837, merely 10 years after the College's founding in 1827 and a full 25 years before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Templeton went on to lead the free black community in Philadelphia where he served as pastor of the Second African Presbyterian Church.

Benjamin Templeton Chronology (PDF)

Benjamin Templeton Scholarship

To recognize Benjamin Templeton’s great academic achievements and accomplishments as a leader, Hanover has created the Benjamin Templeton Scholarship Program.

This four-year renewable scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and is awarded to 10 prospective first-year students on the basis of academic excellence and commitment to leadership, multiculturalism and social justice. Designed to identify and reward students who have made significant leadership and cultural contributions to their high school communities, this scholarship hopes to give those students the means to make a significant contribution within the Hanover community.

Learn more about the Benjamin Templeton Scholarship Program or read about it below in the Templeton Times.