From the School

Hillsdale College is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women "grateful to God for the inestimable blessings resulting from the prevalence of civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety in the land, and believing that the diffusion of sound learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings." The College maintains independence from direct and indirect state and federal government aid. Far-reaching private support from a national constituency has enabled Hillsdale to continue its trusteeship of the intellectual and spiritual inheritance derived from the Judeo-Christian faiths and Greco-Roman cultures.

The undergraduate enrollment for fall 2011 was 1,400, of whom 48 percent were men. The College draws students from 47 states and 8 foreign countries. Approximately 40 percent of students are from Michigan. The entering freshman class in 2011 had an average high school grade-point average of 3.76 and mean test scores-ACT 29 and SAT 1980-well above the national averages. The Hillsdale faculty is in a 10-to-1 ratio to students and is comprised of 124 full-time members. Each student has a faculty advisor for core and major coursework who directs the program of study and provides academic and career counseling. While teaching is their first priority, faculty members also engage in research and scholarly writing supported by summer and sabbatical leaves funded by the College, and are often invited to comment on the national scene. Special student services provided by the College include a career planning and placement office, academic tutoring, and a health service staffed by a physician and a resident nurse.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
617 - 730
SAT Math
590 - 690
ACT Composite
27 - 31


Early Decision
November 15

February 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest


From The School

Hillsdale operates on a two-semester schedule. Two three-week summer sessions are also offered. The College believes that a sound classical liberal arts education includes study in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and each student is required to complete a structured core of courses in these areas. All students declare a major by the end of the sophomore year. To graduate, students must complete at minimum 124 hours of course work and fulfill the requirements of at least one major field. Each baccalaureate program is based on the completion of four years of study in the liberal arts. The B.A. program includes a foreign language proficiency requirement. The B.S. program requires additional studies in mathematics and the natural sciences.

The Honors Program enables exceptionally talented students interested in an interdisciplinary community of learning to develop their intellectual potential through an accelerated college core and Honors seminars in the junior and senior years. Discussions, guest lectures and travel opportunities contribute to the social cohesiveness of the group. All Honors students complete a senior thesis on an interdisciplinary topic of their choosing.

The Center for Constructive Alternatives conducts four weeklong symposia during the academic year and is one of the largest college lecture series in America. Each brings to the campus distinguished scholars and public figures of national and international renown in a diverse range of fields. All students are required to enroll in two full seminars for credit prior to graduation.

Students Say

Hillsdale College, “a classical liberal arts school,” instills “heritage and purpose” through a curriculum that “relies heavily on primary source documents and the classics,” “Socratic-style lectures,” and “a very strong reputation nationally [for taking] the idea of pursuing truth and liberty seriously.” Marked by “academic rigor” and the “Western tradition,” “learning isn’t a chore here, it’s a privilege,” and professors are always “accessible and are dedicated to teaching, not researching or publishing.” As one student explains, “I loved the idea of going to a school where a class on the U.S. Constitution was part of the core curriculum, where the student/professor ratio was ten to one…it was small enough that would never just be another number.” There also is “not any grade inflation” at Hillsdale; thus, “students spend a lot of time studying.” While there has been a trend in recent years “against the economics/business/accounting department and the sciences in favor of less technical education,” students find that because Hillsdale notably takes no government funding, it “remains one of two truly free institutions in the nation…uninfluenced by the whims of politicians and biased policymakers.” Privately funded scholarships make it possible for “a large segment” of the student body to attend Hillsdale, and the average aid package is more than $12,000.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Phil Crane
U.S. Congressman, IL

Chris Chocola
U.S.Congressman, IN

Jim Seward
Director of Cardiovascular Disease, Mayo Clinic

Howard Mudd
All-Pro, National Football League Coach

Ellsworth Brown
Director, Carnegie Foundation

Clinton B. Fisk
Founder, Fisk University

Jared Veldheer
Starting Lineman, Oakland Raiders


From The School

Annual tuition for 2012-13 academic year is $21,390, room is $4,290, board is $4,350, and mandatory fees are $540. Books, supplies, and personal expenses (including travel, recreation, and clothing) are estimated at $3,000 per year


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms


Bottom Line

Since it is a private college, there are no additional fees for those coming from out of state. Tuition is $22,920 with room and board being an additional $9,250 and the estimated costs of books being $850. However, with 91 percent of incoming freshman receiving financial aid, the cumulative indebtedness is around $25,502. The average aid package is high, thanks to what one student calls “an expansive and highly dedicated donor base.”

Bang For Your Buck

Hillsdale holds true to its conservative beliefs and does not accept any government money for funding; however, its loyal alumni usually dedicate large amounts of money leaving the average aid package around $12,000. There is also a work-study program and quite a few off-campus job opportunities for students looking to boost their income or help pay for supplies. Hillsdale also greatly encourages students to get more experience interning through its Career Services Office, which reaches out to alumni and creates exclusive opportunities for its students. The Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) is a professional sales internship program through the school that offers national placements to help students expand their networks.

Financial Aid Statistics

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Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

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Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Private Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Hillsdale's Charger athletes compete in 12 intercollegiate NCAA Division II varsity sports as part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). In the past 20 years, the College has produced 196 athletic and academic All-Americans, 28 conference champions, and 18 teams that have finished tenth or better nationally. An active intramural program is also available. Four national fraternities, three national sororities, and more than 70 other social, academic, spiritual and service organizations provide Hillsdale students with a diverse array of co-curricular opportunities. A resident drama troupe and dance company, a bagpipe and drum corps, a concert choir and chamber chorale, a jazz program with big band and combos, instrumental chamber ensembles from string quartets to percussion ensemble, and a College-community orchestra and band constitute the College's performing arts organizations.

Students Say

While “there are different types of students at Hillsdale,” most would describe the typical student as being “friendly, conservative, [and] religious.” Students “come from across the country and from a variety of backgrounds. Each student finds their own niche based on their interests.” The admissions process at Hillsdale is blind, therefore making “racial diversity…irrelevant.” Even with a “majority [of the student body] as Christian conservatives…Hillsdale is open to any faith or belief system and accepting of anyone who has justifications for why they believe what they believe.” “Some strange, narrow-minded fundamentalists still get admitted to the school,” but “they choose to remain in their own circles.” For the rest, Hillsdale “doesn’t have cliques. Greeks, athletes, thespians, homeschoolers, etc., are often one person who falls into multiple categories.” Community is shaped at Hillsdale through “a genuine love of learning…a grounding in the ideas that shaped Western society,” and students on the whole “are incredibly warm to one another and enjoy the experience of close bonding through intellectual and spiritual pursuit.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


52% female
48% male
66% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time


From The School

Located in rural southern Michigan, the nearly 200-acre stately Hillsdale College campus includes both modern and historic buildings. The Indiana and Ohio turnpikes are each 30 minutes away, and the College is within close reach of metropolitan areas as large as Detroit and Chicago. The town of Hillsdale is a county seat with a population of 10,000. Stores, churches, restaurants and movie theaters are all within walking distance of the campus.

Students Say

Hillsdale College’s “beautiful campus” offsets any disenchantment with the town of Hillsdale itself. While Hillsdale is “a small campus in a small town,” “there are always events to attend or things to do with friends,” and “you can find people whose idea of fun is across a wide spectrum.” Students spend their weeks “suffering under an endless mountain of homework and papers,” but on the weekends, “house parties in which students get together to sing, play games, read together, play music, and have a generally good time together are the norm.” As one student states, “There are some disparate groups on campus—the kids who have intellectual discussions in the union and the kids who go out and party on the weekends. There’s no animosity between different groups though.” “From Greek Life to Bible Study,” students “actively engage in student organizations” like intramural sports and embrace “adventures from…attempting to climb the water tower…to driving thirty minutes to an abandoned tourist trap [for] a fake woolly mammoth tusk.” Hillsdale also attracts students who want to “compete in Division II athletics” and appreciate “the self-sustaining religious sincerity” on campus. Through enforcement of an honor code, the administration has been according to students “a bit draconian” lately in “cracking down on any party culture.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

26% join a fraternity
37% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

35% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Chargers)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Chargers)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services



Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Margaret Braman
Visit coordinator

Office of Admissions
33 East College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
Quad (outdoor quadrangle)
Sage Center for the Arts
Howard Music Hall
Sports Complex

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Baw Beese
Broad Street Tavern
Checker Records (coffee house)
Jilly Beans (coffee house)
Super Wal Mart (shopping center)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The college provides a shuttle service to and from area airports (Detroit, Toledo) and the bus and train station in Jackson, MI.

Driving Instructions to Campus

Local Accommodations
Dow Conference Center at Hillsdale College $85/night Days Inn $75/night Grayfield Inn $100-$200/night Hillsdale Motel $60/night
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