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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

“If you come to Hillsdale College, be prepared to work,” students say about this “academically intense” liberal arts college in Michigan. The Hillsdale College motto is “strength rejoices in the challenge,” and Hillsdale students clearly take great pride in rising to the occasion. They praise Hillsdale’s “rigorous and diverse core curriculum,” “small class size,” and “dedicated faculty.” Philosophically and pedagogically, the college focuses on developing “self-government and leadership” skills. Students appear to be uniformly attracted to the “classically liberal” and “traditional” approach to education, which they praise as distinctive among liberal arts colleges in the 21st century; this sentiment is reflected in the words of one student: “Hillsdale does not conform to society, liberalism, fads, or mainstream media.” Faculty members are “extraordinarily tough graders” but “fair” and generally “accessible.” Students describe their professors as being “incredibly patient, kind, and willing to go out of their way to help students learn and understand the material.” Most offer classes that dig into “deeply interesting questions” with assignments that one student describes to be “driving us to fight for ideas that matter to us, rather than just being summaries of the reading.”

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

Greek life is popular at Hillsdale with one student estimating that nearly one third of the students participate. The other half of this small student body is the “prototypical Hillsdale student”—“fundamental Christians” who tend to “stay in the dorms,” and “love to talk about politics [and] philosophy.” Students note that groups do overlap, and there is a solid sense of community across campus. “Hillsdale College attracts authentic people,” says one student, “and promotes authenticity among students through the Honor Code and Mission Statement, both of which most students take seriously.” The majority of students, faculty, and the administration are “morally conservative.” Many students argue that they “respectfully disagree with the LGBT lifestyle” while remaining “accepting.” Nevertheless, some students report “discomfort and anxiety” with the administration’s “openly anti-LGBT stance” that “prohibits engaging in samesex relationships.” Demographic and political diversity is limited (“a clash of ideologies is a debate between a Libertarian and a Republican”) but students are also “intellectually diverse and curious” and “near[ly] impossible to offend.”

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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

Weekends at Hillsdale College provide ample opportunity for socializing and engaging in special activities. In addition to intramural sports and Greek life, the “student activities board puts out a lot of fantastic events, from big semester events (such as an end-of-the-year music party modeled after Lollapalooza) to small weekly events (coffee and painting in the Union and Friday night cookouts).” Students also spend a lot of time in the student union, where they can play indoor games or watch TV. Popular organized activities on campus include various film clubs and dance clubs: “swing club is very popular, and ballroom dance is catching on.” Hillsdale lies in a rural area of Southern Michigan, so students note that food options off-campus are “limited,” but “meal times in the cafeteria are a major social event.” Hayden Park and Lake Bawbeese “provide great outdoor recreation.” Many students “are very religiously and politically involved. Hillsdale students are “more often than not over committed.” Each day, “most people attend a Bible Study and/or do a devotional.” In the warmer months, “kayaking, hiking and volleyball” are popular outdoor activities. Many students “leave campus and go home to Detroit, Lansing, or Toledo to get back to a bigger city” or travel to nearby Jackson, Coldwater, or Ann Arbor to see concerts.

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

62/99

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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