More than a number

At Hanover, you are more than just a number. Hanover uses a holistic admission process that incorporates many factors to understand the potential of our students. Our application process allows Hanover to maintain its academic standards and ensure we admit students with the capacity to thrive at Hanover.

What does Hanover consider?

High School GPA

Your grade point average (GPA) is a strong indicator for college performance. Hanover will continue to use weighted GPAs in the admission process.


The classes you take in high school are also critical in representing college preparedness. Hanover will assess your high school curriculum choice in our admission process. We encourage you take advantage of the strongest curriculum available at your high school, including any Advancement Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), dual-enrollment or dual-credit classes.


Hanover encourages you to submit a resume of activities and at least two letters of recommendation that highlight your character. Our admission committee looks for involvement in a variety of clubs and organizations, service opportunities, athletics and arts. We care more about the depth of your leadership experience than the number of activities.

Should I Submit my SAT/ACT Test Scores?

If you feel that your standardized test scores are reflective of your academic success, feel free to submit them as part of your application.

  • If you choose to submit test scores, your scores will be considered in conjunction with other supporting documents (such as resumes and letters of recommendation). There is no preference for SAT or ACT scores.

If you feel that your application is stronger without your standardized test scores, feel free to not include them in your application.

  • If you choose not to submit test scores, you will not be viewed negatively. Test scores are not required for consideration in your acceptance or for merit-based scholarships. However, it is highly recommended that you submit a comprehensive resume and at least two letters of recommendation.

If you would like to discuss these options with your admission counselor, please call (800) 213-2178.

International Student Requirements

International students are still required to submit either the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE as part of the application. This requirement may be fulfilled by submitting an SAT evidence-based reading and writing score of 600+ or an ACT English score of 27+.

If you spent your most recent four years in a school setting where English is the sole language of instruction in all academic subjects (excluding foreign language and ESL/ELL courses), you are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement.