As I write this post, students at Hanover have concluded their first week of class for the new academic year. For some reason, the phrase drop/add has come to mind this week. Certainly, students are thinking about classes they plan to drop and add, so I thought about how I could apply the notion to my daily work in enrollment.

What’s new to Hanover College admissions that we’ve added?

  • Early Decision – deadline of November 1. This is a binding Early Decision admission program.
  • Pre-reads – if students are considering Early Decision, but are uncertain about their financial position, can contact Hanover admission directly to request a “pre-read”. These students receive an early indication of their financial aid package, similar to our Net Price Calculator, but have the added benefit of working directly with our Executive Director of Admission, Rachel Schmidtke, in the process. If students/families are pleased with the results, they have the option to apply Early Decision, as long as it’s prior to November 1, or can opt for the Early Action (non-binding) admission process.
  • Early Action I – also a deadline of November 1, but this admission decision is non-binding. For students interested in Hanover’s Crowe Scholars Competition on December 7, you must apply and be admitted by Nov. 1.
  • Early Action II – deadline of December 1, also non-binding and for students interested in Hanover’s Crowe Scholars Competition on February 8.
  • Regular Decision – March 1 deadline.

What’s not so new—unchanged from last year?

  • Students still have the opportunity to audition for music scholarships (instrumental and vocal)
  • Students interested in programs that promote diversity, human rights or social justice for race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, should consider and apply for Hanover’s Benjamin Templeton Scholarship program—December 1 is the application deadline.

This is all to say that unfortunately, or fortunately, for prospective students, there’s not much we dropped from last year. We still offer robust merit scholarship opportunities—check the scholarship grid here—and for those who believe their test score is not an indication of their ability, you can apply test optional. A new process for test optional students are a series of five short answers essay prompts. In addition to merit awards, Hanover has a full line-up of need-based grants and legacy scholarships, geographic-based awards and our Pell Promise award for Indiana state residents.

Hanover College admission officers are out on the road now, so make sure you schedule to meet with one of our counselors at a high school visit or college fair. If you miss us while we’re in your area, you can always schedule your campus visit.

It takes courage to add new elements when you’re not dropping old ones, but we do so in an effort to serve better prospective students and their family.

As vice president for strategy and enrollment, Chris Gage serves to guide the institutional enrollment objectives and strategic plan in consultation with all stakeholders. Gage is an experienced enrollment professional with progressive leadership responsibilities at Hanover College.