Hastings College is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Founded in 1882, Hastings College is an independent, co-educational, Presbyterian-related, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 1200 students. The student/faculty ratio is 13/1. The median ACT score of entering students is about 24. Hastings College is dedicated to high academic achievement, intellectual discovery and extracurricular exploration essential to life-long learning. Hastings (Population 25,370) is an attractive, residential community in South-Central Nebraska, 100 miles west of Lincoln and 15 minutes south of Interstate 80. The city enjoys good public and private schools, offers excellent professional and community services and serves as the cultural center for a large surrounding area.