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Convinced that it is the best preparation for meeting the challenges of modern life, Hillsdale offers a traditional, classically based, liberal arts education with teaching faculty and a strong core curriculum.

Hillsdale College is a private, independent, nonsectarian Christian institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women who described themselves as "grateful to God for the inestimable blessings" resulting from civil and religious liberty and as "believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of those blessings." The College has maintained institutional independence since its founding by refusing to accept aid from or control by federal authorities. Far-reaching private support from a national constituency has enabled Hillsdale to continue its trusteeship of the intellectual and spiritual inheritance tracing to Athens and Jerusalem. The undergraduate enrollment for Fall 2017 was 1,463, 51 percent men and 49 percent women, from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 14 foreign countries. Approximately 34 percent of students are from Michigan. The entering freshman class in Fall 2017 had an average GPA of 3.87, ACT of 30, and SAT of 1347. All Hillsdale students sign an Honor Code challenging self-government and committing them to honesty, duty, and respect. Students are housed in dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and various off-campus dwellings. Single and double rooms are available on campus; there are no coed dormitories. Each College-owned residence hall is supervised by a resident director and resident advisers. All freshmen (except commuters) are required to live on campus; upperclass students seeking to live off campus must apply to the dean of men or dean of women for this privilege. Special student services provided by the College include career planning and placement counseling, academic advising and tutoring, and a health service staffed by a physician, a resident nurse, and counselors.

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Overview

Applicants
2,080
Acceptance Rate
41%
Average HS GPA
3.87

GPA Breakdown

82%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Regular — April 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Interview
Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
199
with Terminal Degree
130

143
Men
56
Women

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
71%
Graduate in 5 years
84%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • European Studies/Civilization.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
  • Sports Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Christian Studies.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Economy.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

Hillsdale College is home to "Socratic-style lectures," and "a very strong reputation nationally [for taking] the idea of pursuing truth and liberty seriously." Professors "hold the students to a very high (yet not unattainable) standard of quality in their work and contributions to discussion." 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." Students feel that "Hillsdale has a very strong core curriculum, ensuring that students are proficiently educated in a variety of subject matter as well as advanced in their major field of study" and "promotes a high academic standard, ensuring that success is earned, not granted." 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," and makes up for this via privately funded scholarships. Students reported that they came to Hillsdale to "study 'the good, the true, and the beautiful' with others, both professors and fellow students, who would be equally dedicated to pursuit of these things."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Phil Crane
U.S. Congressman, IL

Chris Chocola
U.S.Congressman, IN

Jim Seward
Director of Cardiovascular Disease, Mayo Clinic

John Stapleton
Chief Financial Officer, General Motors North America

Howard Mudd
Three-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro, and Super Bowl Champion (XLI) NFL

Steve Van Andel
Chairman, Executive Committee, US Chamber of Commerce & Chairman Amway

Clinton Fisk
Civil War soldier and statesman, and namesake of Fisk University

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
71%
Graduate in 5 years
84%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,735

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,471

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,996

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,171

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,711

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,512
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

49% female
51% male
65% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

The students here are incredible, but very religious. This makes them believe that certain people (homosexuals, those of different religions) are wrong, and somewhat inferior. The typical student is a "straight-laced Christian" and "conservative" with people "fitting in groups formed through shared interest and religious beliefs." There is, however, "room for all ideas," although "some strange, narrow-minded fundamentalists still get admitted to the school," but "they choose to remain in their own circles." The admissions process at Hillsdale is blind, therefore making "racial diversity…irrelevant." At Hillsdale, "the rigor of classes combined with Midwestern disingenuousness creates an incredibly fluid intellectual climate, with minimal competitive nastiness and little egocentric fear." "Swing dance club is very popular as well as the College Republicans." Students at Hillsdale "often fall into three categories (Greek, athlete, or intellectual); these categories overlap all the time and there is no animosity between them." Some students feel that "Hillsdale isn't as conservative as it sometimes claims to be."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
69%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Students Say

There isn't, frankly, a ton to 'do' in the area, but "Hillsdale students are good company, and going out to dinner with some good friends, attending a sorority or fraternity function if you're a member, going to an informal reading group at a professor 's house, seeing the visiting theater performance or a student performance, taking the occasional road trip to Ann Arbor or a fancy mall—these are kinds of things the Hillsdale students I know do in their spare time." "If given the opportunity, students will often travel to Ann Arbor to get foods like Chipotle," and most students feel they "have yet to be bored." Some students think that the town of Hillsdale is "uninspiring," but others "love the quaint, small town feel. Other than the plethora of on-campus events, Hillsdale township boasts a movie theater, bowling alley, skating rink, and a recently upgraded bar with nightly music." Students at Hillsdale appreciate "the self-sustaining religious sincerity" on campus. Students note that "time management is ESSENTIAL" and that "relaxing on the weekend usually consists of drinking because there isn't really anything else to do," while noting furthermore that "since the administration is strict on drinking and partying, people often host parties at off campus houses and drink there."

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Upon admission, students may submit documentation from their physician to the Accommodations Coordinator to request assistance for any learning differences or disabilities.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Upon admission, students may submit documentation from their physician to the Accommodations Coordinator to request assistance for any learning differences or disabilities.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
No

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
124
Number of Honor Societies
30

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
6

24% join a fraternity
34% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Chargers)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Chargers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health

Sustainability

65/99

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Margaret Braman
Individual Visit Program Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
33 East College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Phone
517-607-2227

Email
admissions@hillsdale.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
Classrooms/Labs
Sage Center for the Arts
Howard Music Hall
Sports Complex

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Baw Beese
Broad Street Market
Checker Records (coffee house)
Jilly Beans (coffee house)
Downtown Hillsdale

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
517-607-2227

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@hillsdale.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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.

Local Accommodations
Dow Conference Center (on campus) Hillsdale College Home Connection Days Inn Hillsdale Motel Rooms at Grayfield Munro House America’s Best Value Motel The Rocking Horse Inn Quigley’s Log Home Bed and Breakfast Comfort Inn Hampton Inn Red Roof Inn Super 8 Baymont Inn The Claddagh Holiday Inn Country Inn & Suites Fairfield Inn Ramada Inn & Suites


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