Hyles-Anderson College

A.K.A.  HAC, Hyles-Anderson
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Hyles-Anderson College is a Baptist, Non-Profit, Religious, Institute established in 1972. The campus is located in Crown Point, Indiana, USA and hosts students with an endowment of $0 (2015).  
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Website:  www.hylesanderson.edu
Address:  8400 Burr Street, Crown Point, Indiana, 46307, USA
Phone:  (219) 365-4031
Email:  web@hylesanderson.edu
Institution Type:  Baptist, Non-Profit, Religious, Institute
Established:  1972
Campus Enrollment:  N/A
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Campus Endowment:  $0 (2015)
Tuition (Local):  $4,800 (2014)
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Mandatory Fees:  $900 (2014)
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Latitude:  41.467195
Longitude:  -87.404842
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8 Student Reviews of Hyles-Anderson College

  • I graduated from this college with honors. I even returned for a year of post-grad language studies. It’s easy to be misled when you are young. Quality : Can I give less than 1 star? The theological training was pathetic. I never heard the term, “exegesis” until after I left Hyles. The education degree I earned was horribly out of date, and doesn’t prepare students to function in a real school system. Quality of professors: they were mostly lazy and egotistical. The tests and homework were often a joke compared to a real college class. Networking and job opps: I know most of my fellow Hyles-Anderson graduates are working dead end jobs trying to make ends meet. An unaccredited degree is almost worthless in the real world. Area around campus: Not bad, not great. Affordability: Well, I wasted 5 years of my life and $30,000 dollars for a degree that is worthless, so you tell me. Nobody can afford to use up even one year of their life on something that doesn’t benefit them. In fact, I know many students who were run ragged to try to work 50 hour a week jobs, classes full time, and another 20 hours on weekends in a ministry. These friends suffered permanent health problems (and mental health problems) due to the exhausting pace and spiritual abuse they endured. So, no, I most people can’t “afford” all the hidden costs of Hyles-Anderson. Extracurricular opps: ministry opportunities were awesome, if you pick the one ministry that they present as “elite”. The bus ministry was an interesting learning opportunity, but it was dreadfully ineffective at actually helping people in disadvantaged Chicago neighborhoods. No other extracurricular opportunities were really offered, because most students didn’t have time for anything outside of work, school, and bus ministry. Teacher/student ratio: each teacher taught several classes, and rarely had time to actually interact with students. I can think of two teachers who did actually make time, though, so I’ll give this 2 stars. Admin: Well, the college chancellor (from when I was there) is now in jail for molesting a teen girl, so I’m going to give them a one star. Since they continue to cover up their history of abuse, I doubt the leadership has improved. Hotness factor: One star. As an adult highly involved in church ministry today, I can tell you that Hyles-Anderson prevented me from getting a real theological education. Women weren’t even allowed to study Greek or Hebrew, since those were “preaching” classes. After seeing such terrible bias against women (and minorities) at Hyles-Anderson, I now advocate for biblical egalitarianism. I suffered many nightmares for a few years after leaving Hyles-Anderson, because their rules were like a military camp, but with spiritual abuse on top of it all. This college still ignores the spiritual abuse Jack Hyles inflicted on his own family. His own daughter has spoken out about his sexual affairs and his manipulation to cover up his perverted behavior. Spiritual abuse, cover up, and manipulation continue to be the theme of Hyles-Anderson college. There is actually a facebook group for survivors who are still recovering from this place. I’m very sorry that I was blind enough to buy into it for so many years. I am passionate about theology and serving the Lord, so I am not saying this out of bitterness or rebellion against God. I say this as one who had to learn the hard way. Throughout history, people use the name of God to manipulate and control others. They make it look nice on the outside, but on the inside it is full of dead people’s bones. Were there people who “made difference” in my life? Yes, but it wasn’t a good difference. The people who “made a difference” were people who participated in covering up abuse. These same people deleted me from facebook when I began posting about non-IFB theology. They only care about you as long as they can control you. As long as you play their game. That isn’t real love. I do have a few friends who are still in IFB churches and continue to be real friends. Even they will admit there was and probably still is a lot of dysfunction going on at Hyles-Anderson. People talk about the “souls won to Christ”… but can they name one soul with whom they still have a relationship after 10 years? Or even 10 weeks? The majority of “souls won” were people who awkwardly agreed to pray in the street so they could get away from the enthusiastic “soul winner”. Truly making disciples is really hard work, and Hyles-Anderson idolizes numbers over relationships. You get demerits if you don’t present the Gospel to at least 2 “lost” people a week. No points and no glory for sitting with a teenager helping them with their math homework. Hyles-Anderson has missed the message of Jesus Christ. They glorify their own leaders as celebrities, and demonize every other Christian denomination. They tell you what to believe, but don’t teach you to understand the Bible in its cultural and situational context. They use 1950’s American culture as their lens through which to interpret the Bible. They never addressed racial issues or bias. In fact, in 2006 they still forbid black students from dating white students. But Hispanic or mixed students could date either, because the leadership at Hyles-Anderson doesn’t care about minorities intermingling. They just want to protect their white kids. I’m not even joking. Most of the same group are still there, in charge. They still cover up for the adultery of Jack Hyles. They excuse and explain away their sexism and racism. This is not the ministry that Jesus showed us. I pray any who read this are freed from the delusion of the IFB while continuing to seek a relationship with the Lord. God bless.

    Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
  • The college has more rules and more people watching you than a medium security prison. Some people will appreciate that, happy to give up their freedom for security. To others it will grind them down. It’s hard to develop trusting frienships when it is the duty of everyone on campus to rat everyone else out. This college is intended for those who wish to become pastors in the IFB movement, you do not come here to go into other fields. Your credits do not translate, the professors do not normally hold degrees in the non-religion related areas they teach, a huge disadvantage. You will be shocked at the number of “Drs” who haven’t even a BA. You can’t deny the cultish way everyone homogenizes into robotic characters. You can’t date without a couple of chaperones, you can’t hold hands, but the founder can have a 20 yr affair with a married woman as well as the former pastor sitting in jail for 12 years for having sex with a minor. Go figure, sexual repression can have weird consequences. The music program is excellent, choirs, trios, etc.and there are so kind, humble people, but universally the attitude towards women is primitive. Pressure to marry when a guy reaches his junior year is strong. Nice campus however.

    Overall Score: (2.09/5.00)
  • Hyles-Anderson College is an Independent Fundamental Baptist college. I attended from Fall ’08 to Spring ’12. I met my husband, James, at this college. I would say I didn’t believe in love at first sight, but that was exactly how I met my husband. He’s a keeper!

    HAC wasn’t my only college to attend. I attended Ivy Tech Community College with a focus on cooking for a single semester to learn new techniques in the kitchen. After HAC, I was an online student at College of Court Reporting in Hobart, IN before I left to addend the Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting in Dallas, TX. I am very pleased with his school. All that to say this: the English I was taught at HAC has FAR SURPASSED that which I’ve learned from the other colleges. At CCR, my English professor had a degree in English. My English teachers at Hyles-Anderson were far better and far more knowledgeable. Kudos to Belinda Gaona, Mrs Flesher, and Mrs Pfeiffer to name a few.

    One major factor that differentiates the college from others, besides their obvious religious background, is perhaps in their treatment of women. Male students are supposedly more reliable, trustworthy, and practical and therefore don’t need the strict, somewhat oppressing rules that the female student population needs, such as strict curfews and dress codes in the dormitories (or the rules are there but far more enforced on the women). Also, there is a degree for women called the Marriage and Motherhood Degree. Yes, such a thing exists. No, it doesn’t make you a more worthy wife and mother. Yes, there is a long-running joke among the students that the girls in that degree wind up as “nuns” because of the percentage of them who graduate without the prospect of a husband. Why a woman needs to go to college to learn how to set a table and make a wreath is beyond me. Where are the more practical skills such as budgeting a household’s finances, preparing your taxes, and learning how to supplement the household’s income in creative, profitable ways (for those women who decide against working outside the home)? After all, selling $67.50 of multi-level marketing makeup at a personal profit of $13.50 when it costs you $100 personal dollars a month just to maintain your “active” status is not a profitable venture when you quit after 6 months only to join a different company the next year. Further, I see it as a significant waste to teach a woman that the most noble profession she can take is that of a wife and mom when it is not equally stated that a man’s most noble profession is to be a husband and father. There may be an occasional chapel speaker who goes so far to say he’d never allow his wife to work outside the home, that men who do such are inviting the devil into their marriage. While I am a woman and respond to love, I’d still like to see respect from men. Sadly there are those who feel that our anatomy makes them far more superior. Blessings to my husband who both loves AND respects me.

    Personal opinions aside, there is one thing that the college teaches that you don’t get in many colleges: a disciplined, serving, Christ-honoring, hard-working, moral, and respectable way to live your life being taught on a daily basis. HAC will work you to the bone, you seldom have a day off as your weekends are spent helping others in ministries around the church, but you learn how to be a respectable, honorable citizen. There are some callous teachers who are foolish to boast that “they’ve never taken a day off and never will, and those that do are lazy!”, but there are also those that pray for you, with you. There are those who love you unconditionally. There are those like Dr Pete Cowling who, in one of my semesters, declared he did not want that month’s paycheck, that he had enough money to pay his bills that month and for the college to keep his check to use for other areas. That is Christianity. That is seeing that there is more to life than work and possessions. That is seeing an example of what it ought to be to be a Christian. You don’t get such selfless sacrifice at many other colleges. I think of Diane Robinson and her many years of service she spent in the dining hall kitchen. You could always tell when she wasn’t there because the food didn’t taste as good. Maybe the same recipe was used, but she had one ingredient she’d add: love.

    Maybe that is why I’m smiling as I write this review. Is HAC perfect? No. Is there any perfect university? No, not if you look hard enough. Could the college improve the way women are treated and evaluate some of their methods? Yes. But the one thing the college has above all others is LOVE for the students! Not every teacher or administrator will have that bond with you. But I guarantee you that not one student graduates or quits without saying that Mr So-and-So or Mrs You-Know-Who influenced my life and made a difference. That person CARED about me. I known of at least one half dozen teachers/administrators/etc. who pray for every. single. student. every. single. day. Wow. I mean, WOW!

    I grew up at the church and went through their school system. I no longer hold 100% of their teachings as my own. We all have to face a point where we determine what we believe. I listen to contemporary Christian music now and have more lax dress guidelines (though modest is hottest still), but I know that if I attended any other college, I would not have my work ethic, tenacity, heart for others, drive for success, or passion to please Christ. I thank every one of the employees of Hyles-Anderson College. If you are looking for a Bible college to train you how to be a preacher or preacher’s wife, HAC is a valid option. If not, then it may not be the place for you. If in doubt, make a point to attend for a solid year. The life lessons you’d learn would be worth more than the tuition.

    Overall Score: (4/5.00)
  • The absolute best days of my life were spent there at Hyles Anderson College from 1974 to 1981. ( I changed majors and was out with an illness for a while). I know HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of alumni who will stand and say AMEN to what I say here. I absolutely hurt for critics of this fine Godly institution. It was and still is a fabulous place for anybody who is serious about learning how to affectively serve Jesus. After all these years and all the criticism leveled against Hyles Anderson I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I shall never forget all the souls won to Christ, all the many thousands of hours of labor on the bus routes caring for my bus families and the wealth of Biblical knowledge gained there. Such a rare privilege to hear so many of the “old” preachers who are now all gone on to heaven. I met my wife Ruth Sanders there on the soul winning bus one day. After keeping the dating rules there at school and keeping our testimony pure, we have now been happily married for almost 36 years with one of our daughters having also graduated from Hyles Anderson college. If you come to Hyles Anderson with a burning desire to serve God you will not be disappointed. You will have the richest most memorable time of your life. If not, there are other institutions that would better suit your goals in life. I thank God for Hyles Anderson College. I thank God that He had mercy on me and led me to be influenced by Dr. Jack Hyles and all of the staff during my years there.

    Overall Score: (4.27/5.00)
  • It is a college for those who wish to serve God and have interest in wining others to Christ. There are some other fine schools to study the Bible and how to serve God, but my experience at Hyles Anderson was great.

    Overall Score: (4.81/5.00)
  • For a good understanding of this pretentious and unaccredited “school”, check out this article –
    It’s entitled “Hyles-Anderson College: an American Anachronism”.
    Of course… most students of HAC wouldn’t understand that, because elevated concepts are not taught at this sad excuse for a school.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • A different college experience. A college that is not for most.

    Overall Score: (2.81/5.00)
  • hyles anderson college is a good college the teachers and professors there really care about you and your grades

    Overall Score: (5/5.00)

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