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Hastings, NE
Undergrads
1,044
Tuition
$24,900
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 413 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is generally pretty good if there are no events going on in the school. Campus parking is free and so that's a plus for me, especially since I transferred here from a campus that charged me $360 for a year of maybe finding a spot somewhat close to the campus. That is not the case here, you can generally find a good spot to any building on campus.

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I don't eat on campus since I live off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Communication between the financial aid office and the students varies. For me personally it takes a few visits to finally get my aid right. I was able to go talk to them to get a little more aid than what they originally offered me. Overall, they are good at giving aid.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what I have seen, finding an apartment is not too hard in town and the prices are fairly reasonable. Definitely not a bad idea to get a couple of friends together to find an apartment to split the bills. The people and landlords are usually pretty good people to do business with.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Aside of when there's a lot of people online at a time, the internet speed is usually fast. You don't need to bring your own computer but sometimes it is handy to have it with you. No charge printing is definitely a plus, considering I transferred here from a college that charges 10c to print something, this is huge. There's computer labs and printers in every building and you can go from building to building to print something off through the network.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It gets old. You run out of things to try pretty fast and you're just left with whatever your favorite restaurant is or your favorite bar and whether you're willing to go to other towns to try something other than the usual.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I feel right at home here. I transferred here and I could not be happier with my choice. There's no feeling of being left out and everyone is open to talk and get to know you. It's a very welcoming campus.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't live on-campus and so I cannot give a good review or any review for that matter as to how dorm life is here.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Like any college, you are going to have some people who take drinking too far. As for this school, there's no real pressure to drink or anything like that and the people are ok with that. The general feeling is that if you drink, you drink and if you don't, don't interfere. But, again, I don't feel like its out of control.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Other than occasionally not having anything to do and the bi-polar weather, this town is very quiet and definitely has its small town charm. The community is very welcoming and it just takes some work to find something to pass time by.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are everything in this school. A lot of athletes tend to get passes on their courses or professors are quick to look the other way, as in other schools. But, I don't think that we are any worse at this than a lot of other schools so I personally do not see it as a big problem. Other than that, people here generally support our teams and love to cheer them on at their games.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: People are pretty accepting of other's religions here. People generally tend to look past that and they focus on other aspects of the individual. Those who have their beliefs tend to keep it to themselves and they don't go around shoving religion down the throats of others.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not personally in a Frat and so I wouldn't know how Greek life is and it's impact on campus. But, from what I've seen it's not too much of a huge impact. Those in Greek frats or sororities have their own thing going and those not in Greek life just do whatever they want. There's not too much mix between the two.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Not extremely diverse, but I think it's more the location of the college than the college itself. Hastings, Nebraska just isn't a diversity magnet.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I'm not much into bars or parties, but I do appreciate the more subdued options. Wine Styles is a favorite place of mine, it has wonderful options and a relaxing atmosphere.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Expensive. Hassle. stressful. Some of the people in the financial Aid/ business offices are very nice and helpful, others not so much.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great restaurants in town and in the next town over, with a fair amount of variety.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The sports program overshadows everything, to the point of being excessive. Most liberal arts schools are more about the academics, which is the point of attending college anyway but especially so at these schools. This is not the case here. The same year the school cut academic programs they put thousands of dollars into the sports program. They replaced the grass on the football field with turf, replaced the mascot costume despite the original being in good condition and not in need of replacement just to name a couple. We also have enough football players for 5 teams, and most players don't actually see game play until their junior year at least. They are also awarded more scholarships to play than is permitted for other students; the limit on school awarded scholarships is 2, however if you are on the football team you are awarded 3. And even after all this, the football team isn't even very good.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computers are relatively accessible, although they can be fairly slow at times.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town has a population of about 25,000, it is big enough to have a fair amount of attractions and things to do while still maintaining a small town feel. What is not available in the town can be easily found in the next town over which is about 20 minutes away.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The campus is relatively small and easy to get around on foot or bike. However, the school transportation is easily accessible and versatile when needed. They provide transport between campus and the school apartments, your job and pretty much anywhere in town. This is especially helpful in ensuring that students utilize a safe transportation service rather than driving while otherwise impaired.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school is neither overly strict nor excessively lenient.

4 College Junior

Academics: The program itself is great, it's a lot of hard work but it is definitely worth it in the end. The biggest problem is the lack of funding and administrative support. The art building is in dire need of renovations, but is very low on the list of priorities.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I honestly don't know, I am no part in a sorority

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: everyone is really good at getting along and people associate with everyone

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Emilie Powers
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English/Music
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Students at Hastings College are part of a family that has been growing for more than 125 years, along with the College's strong foundation of education and excellence. Hastings College's motto is "Pursue Your Passion." It's true that HC students are usually high achievers, and there are many things to take advantage of on campus. J-Term, a one-month class session in January, features many week-long (or longer) class trips to places including Australia, Africa, New York, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Not many students choose to study abroad, but the option is available. Through connections with past students who've studied abroad and by brainstorming with professors, students can come up with a number of options for international study. Students can also take advantage of a personalized program, which is created with the help of a professor and presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. The possibilities are endless, and not only in academics. Hastings College offers more than 70 student organizations. Students have to try hard not to find something to their liking to get involved in on campus.

The Hastings College family is less sappy sitcom and more comfort and satisfaction, from the relationships between students and teachers to dorm life and beyond. Other words students frequently use to describe Hastings College are "elite," "fun," "small," "proud," "individualized," and "exciting." Even some students who left before graduating still express similar positive thoughts about the College. Not every student is happy at Hastings, but those who put in the time and effort find they can get what they want out of the College if they only try. If you're not pleased with your living situation, the Director of Housing will help you work it out. If you have difficulty in a class, teachers will find you a reliable tutor or help you themselves. The College can't knock on every student's door and ask what they can do to help, but they welcome students who seek out solutions to problems. The Hastings College family is there for students, but students have to make it happen. You may not always be happy with your family, but you're going to love this one in the end for giving you the best educational, social, and life experience that money can buy.

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