Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange University is a private nonprofit four-year Christian liberal arts institution located in Hannibal, Missouri. “Knowledge for Service” is the motto of Hannibal-LaGrange and its mission is to provide a superior liberal arts education in an individually Christian learning environment to prepare students for career and personal success. The university is highly devoted to Jesus Christ and it is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention. Hannibal-LaGrange University offers over 30 majors at the bachelor’s degree level and various pre-professional programs at the associate degree level. It also offers a master’s degree program in education.

Hannibal-LaGrange University’s Online College offers online courses to meet the educational needs of working adults and other students with busy schedules. A variety of general education courses are available for an 8-week term. The online division also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement program entirely online. The online courses are flexible and presented in asynchronous format, but regular participation and some synchronous sessions are required. Students must attend scheduled chat times, contribute to discussion forums, and submit assignments according to the course schedule. Students can contact instructors and fellow students through email, discussion boards, and chat rooms. Some courses administer tests, but students are typically graded on papers, reports, and projects. The online learning environment requires all online students to complete a tutorial before beginning an online course. Online courses are presented through Learning House software that provides students access to the online bookstore, library, and additional resources. Students also have access to a help center that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Wyaconda Baptist Association founded the university as LaGrange College in 1858. In 1928, citizens of Hannibal pledged a great sum of money for the founding of a Baptist college. The two colleges merged and became Hannibal-LaGrange College. In 1957, the Missouri Baptist Convention gained control of the college. Hannibal-LaGrange College gained accreditation at a four-year institution in 1975 and it received full senior college status in 1981. Today, the university enrolls around 1,150 students.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Schools of Education

Division of Business and Computer Information Systems: offers bachelor’s degree and minor programs in business administration, accounting, and computer information systems.

Division of Christian Studies: offers bachelor’s degree and minor programs in bible, Christian education, missions, youth ministry, and music ministry.

Division of Education: offers bachelor’s degree programs in early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education with a variety of certifications.

Division of Fine Arts: offers associate degree, bachelor’s degree and minor programs in art, music, church music, vocal performance, instrumental performance, piano performance, theatre, and Christian theatre.

Division of Humanities: offers bachelor’s degree and minor programs in communication arts, speech communication, broadcast communication, journalism, and public relations.

Division of Innovative Programs: offers weekend college and the ADVANCE program in administration of justice and organizational management as well as college credit for high school students, dual credit courses, early enrollment, and adult continuing education.

Division of Natural Science and Mathematics: offers associate degree, bachelor’s degree, and minor programs in biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, pre-chemistry, pre-dental hygiene, pre-engineering, pre-medical technology, and pre-pharmacy.

Division of Social Science: offers associate degree, bachelor’s degree, and minor programs in administration of justice.

Evelyn Scarborough Linebery Division of Nursing and Allied Health; offers associate degree, bachelor’s degree, minor, and certificate programs in nursing, emergency medical services, respiratory care, emergency medical technician, and emergency medical technician-paramedic.

Scholarships Offered

Hannibal-LaGrange University offers a variety of scholarships including the Academic Scholarships, Achievement Award, Transfer Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Athletic Scholarships, Performance Scholarships, Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship, Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship (Bright Flight), Access Missouri Program, and Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship.

Financing Options

Hannibal-LaGrange University participates in a variety financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, National Science and Math Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, and Federal PLUS Loan. The university also offers the Gamm Nursing for nursing students and a deferred payment plan is also available.

Credit Earning Options

Hannibal-LaGrange University grants credit for previous coursework completed at another accredited college or university. In general, a maximum of 64 credit hours can be transferred from a community or junior college. Some students may be admitted with advanced standing with credit for examinations, military experience, and other experiences. Students are able to receive up to 30 credit hours from examinations including the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), and Advanced Placement (AP). Students seeking credit for military experiences and other prior learning must submit a written request and full documentation. Transfer students must submit official transcripts, a statement of good standing, and any other relevant information.

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