Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal, MO

Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal, MO

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Unapologetically Christian

Unapologetically Christian
While HLGU is affiliated withthe Missouri Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist), every major denomination is represented on campus. Students who choose Hannibal-LaGrange recognize the added value of a Christian university. They seek a sense of community among fellow students who share similar ideals.

More than a motto
Knowledge for Service is more than just our motto—it drives everything we do. We believe in the importance of a well-rounded education, with training that equips you mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. Knowledgeis just half the equation—service is what brings meaning and purpose to your life.

Finding purpose
The professors at Hannibal-LaGrange University know you want to have a sense of purpose in life. At HLGU, we want to help you determine, develop, and live out your purpose. That’s why the personal attention our professors give you is so important. Along with that personal attention are opportunities for service that equip you to make a difference.

Our University
Founded in 1858, Hannibal-LaGrange is a Christian university fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We currently have students from 24 states and 16 countries. HLGU’s campus provides spacious facilities for its diverse student body, including a state-of-the-art science center and a newly renovated student center, home to The HLGU Loft. This new café is located on the top floor of the student center and has the best views of campus. The space offers students a place to hang out, enjoy concerts, play games, watch TV, and get a cup of coffee, a smoothie, or a snack. 

Just the right size
The student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Honors and awards
Hannibal-LaGrange University has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Christian Colleges” for 15 consecutive years and consistently receives the honor of being recognized as a Champions of Character® “Five-Star Institution.”

An affordable investment
HLGU is one of the most reasonably priced private universities in the Midwest—98% of our students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study.

Central location
Hannibal-LaGrange is located in “America’s Hometown,” Hannibal, Missouri. The community combines the charm and security of a midwestern setting with international appeal as people from all over the world visit Hannibal to relive Mark Twain’s childhood adventures. The campus is located just minutes from downtown Hannibal and within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and fast-food establishments. HLGU’s historic campus is just 100 miles north of St. Louis, situated on 110 acres of scenic hills and woods on the bluffs above the Mississippi River.

Honors program
For gifted and highly motivated students, HLGU offers an honors program that focuses on a rigorous course of study in literature, history, science, and Christianity. Honors classes encourage personal creativity and insight as students and professors interact in an atmosphere that promotes original thinking. 

See for yourself
Tour the campus, meet professors, and spend some time with HLGU students. Come and get to know Hannibal-LaGrange—a university that equips students with Knowledge for Service.  


Traveling Ensembles
Praise Song: Voice and instrumental ensemble performing a mix of traditional hymns, praise songs, and contemporary Christian music

Chamber Choir: A team of men and women who present sacred a cappella music and songs with acoustic instruments as a worship ministry

Theatre Troupe
The New Edition: Traveling repertory theatre troupe specializing in Christian theatre

Volunteer Opportunities
Local Service Projects (Jerusalem
Projects): Volunteer projects performed by HLGU students for individuals and nonprofit agencies

• Mission Trips: State, regional, national, and international mission trips during fall, Christmas, spring, and summer breaks

NAIA Division I and NCCAA Athletic Programs
Men’s: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, golf, shotgun sports, soccer, track & field, and wrestling

Women’s: Basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, golf, shotgun sports, soccer, softball, track & field, and volleyball



Military Friendly Badge

Named a 2020–2021 Military Friendly School

University Research Review badge

Named a 2020 “Best Value School” by University Research & Review


Named a 2020 “Best Regional College” by U.S. News & World Report


Degrees and Majors

Division of Business and Computer Information Systems
• Business Administration (emphases in General Business, Information Systems Data Analysis, Management, and Marketing)
• Computer Information Systems

Division of Christian Studies
• Christian Studies (concentrations in Bible and Christian Ministry)

Division of Exercise and Sport Science
• Exercise Science (concentrations for students pursuing an exercise-related career or graduate school)
• Sport and Recreation Management

Division of Teacher Education
• Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE)
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Middle School Education (certifications in English, Math, and Social Science)
Secondary Education (certifications in Art, Biology, Business, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Science, Speech and Theatre—Grades 9-12, and Vocal or Instrumental Music with K-12 Certification)
- Special Education

Division of Fine Arts
• Art
• Christian Theatre
• Graphic Design
• Music (concentrations in Instrumental, Vocal, and Worship)
• Theatre

Division of Humanities
• Communication Studies
• English
• History
• Public Relations 

Division of Natural Science and Mathematics
• Biology (emphases in Pre-chiropractic Care, Pre-dental, Pre-med, Pre-optometry, and Pre-veterinary)
• Life Sciences
• Mathematics

Division of Social Science
• Criminal Justice
• Psychology (concentrations for students pursuing a social services career focus or graduate school)

• PN (certificate)
• RN to BSN (online program) 

Graduate/Online Division
• Master of Arts in Leadership
- Business Management 
- Christian Ministries

• Master of Education in Education Administration (MEd)
- Elementary Principalship (K-8)
- Secondary Principalship (9-12)
- Special Reading K-12

• Master of Science in Education (MSE) with tracks in:
- Special Education Director
- Special Education with Initial Certification
- Teaching and Learning
- Teaching and Learning with Initial Certification 

16 NAIA athletic teams

35+ organizations and clubs

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