About Hanover College

Nestled in 650 acres of a wooded campus and located on the banks of the scenic Ohio River, Hanover College is a private, liberal arts institution where brains and beauty truly intersect. Our rigorous interdisciplinary academic program with 34 majors attracts the best and the brightest from across the region and beyond.

Our students start companies, create social movements and examine wildlife in the wild – and that’s just while they’re here. After they leave, they join a powerful alumni network of high achievers with connections to jobs in every field.

A typical Hanover student is usually in the top 20% of their graduating high school class, with a well-rounded history of extracurricular activities in the service, sports, and academic arena. But their Hanover experience, however, is anything but a typical college experience.

At Hanover, students can design their own major, start their own club or organization, and spend May Term immersed in a single course – often abroad. Hanover students leave here with a professional resume, already full of authentic work from their undergraduate internship, combined with practical meets technical experience in their chosen field.

Three students talking at the fountain

Hanover graduates leave with a professional resume, already full of authentic work from their undergraduate internship, combined with practical-meets-technical experience in their chosen field.


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

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.

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.

Vision Statement

As we enter our third century, Hanover College will be an institution known for its ambitious commitment to student success, academic innovation and community impact. With one foot steeped in tradition and the other stepping forward to the future, we will integrate a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with the necessity of career readiness; the desire for human connection with the accelerated use of technology; and a transformative undergraduate experience with innovative graduate professional programs. Hanover College will be poised for its third century to be its best century.

Read Hanover’s Strategic Plan

Read “A Place to Belong,” a strategic plan for equity and diversity at Hanover College


Princeton Review

  • 2024 The Best 389 Colleges
  • 2024 Best Regional
  • Most Beautiful Campus

Washington Monthly

  • Best Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Best Bang for your Buck
    in the Midwest

U.S. News & World Report

  • National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Top Performers on Social Mobility

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

  • Top US College Rankings 2022


  • Best College Values


  • 2022 Best Colleges



Hanover is located just outside historic Madison, Ind., and is close to Louisville (45 minutes), Indianapolis (95 minutes), and Cincinnati (70 minutes).






Hanover College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Hanover’s teacher-certification programs for elementary and secondary education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Indiana Department of Education.

Academic Programs

Hanover offers 34 majors in the liberal arts plus a design-your-own major.


1,027 total enrollment
162 multicultural enrollment
462 Greek life enrollment


84 full-time teaching faculty (94% with terminal degree)


Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


Hanover is situated just west of historic Madison, Ind. Once a major river port for the state, Madison (population 12,000) has maintained its sense of 19th century heritage with 133 city blocks on the National Register of Historic Places, designating it as the state’s largest historic district. Midwest Living magazine recently listed Madison as the 4th best small town to visit.


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


majors + design your own


employed or in grad school after graduation


private college in Indiana


What makes Hanover unique?

100% of Business Scholars earn a paid project-based internship

Campus aerial photo

Admission Office Address: 
484 Ball Drive
Hanover, IN, 47243

Mailing Address:
517 Ball Drive
Hanover, IN, 47243

Student/Package Mailing Address:
517 Ball Drive + unit number
Hanover, IN, 47243


Long Administration Building:
495 College Avenue

Horner Center
(houses Collier Arena):
100 Morse Lane

Brown Campus Center:
517 Ball Drive

Lynn Center for Fine Arts
(houses Fitzgibbon Recital Hall):
151 Scenic Drive

Science Center
(houses Tinker exhibit):
607 Ball Drive


Most major airlines fly into Cincinnati (CVG), Indianapolis (IND) and Louisville (SDF) airports. Prospective students are encouraged to fly into Louisville International Airport. Transportation to campus for these students can be arranged by calling the Office of Admission in advance of a visit at (800) 213-2178.


After turning into Hanover College’s Main Entrance, off of Highway 56, continue straight for approximately 1 mile to the Admission Parking Lot on the right.

Example map of Hanover College