How to Apply

To make the process as easy as possible, we provide three different methods of applying. We consider all these application methods equally and give them the same consideration, so please choose the method that is most convenient for you.

Application process for: International students, Transfer students

Start your online application as well as apply to any other programs or scholarships that Hanover currently offers.

Paper Application
Print our admission application to submit via postal mail.

Common Application
Apply via the Common Application.

Admission Deadlines

Fall Term

  • October 15: Early Admission I (non-binding)
  • December 1: Early Admission II (non-binding)
  • March 15: Regular Decision

Winter/Spring Term

  • November 1: Regular Decision

Remember, Hanover makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis, which means the sooner you submit your completed application the sooner we can tell you whether or not you have been admitted.

What we look for

We are looking for well-rounded students so our admissions office evaluates 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, participation in extracurricular and community activities, and the submitted writing sample. In addition to achievement and participation, Hanover College values cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity in its student body.

Profile for class of 2015

  • Number applied: 3,062
  • Number admitted: 2,079 (68%)
  • SAT score (middle 50%, critical reading and 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%

Admission Requirements

As a selective liberal arts college, Hanover is looking for those students who have completed a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have completed the following high school courses:

  • Four years of English (literature and composition)
  • At least two years of foreign language
  • At least two years of mathematics, including Algebra II

The following courses are recommended as part of a well-rounded college-preparatory curriculum:

  • At least three years of laboratory science
  • At least three years of social studies
  • At least one year of fine or performing arts

Students who have taken AP, IB and dual-credit courses may be eligible for Hanover College credits.

Hanover College has adopted a test-optional admission policy. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, there is no preference for either the SAT or ACT. Hanover College’s school code for the SAT is "1290" and our ACT code is "1200". For international applicants, the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT-I score minimums must be met.