From the School

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 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 2016 was 1,486, 50 percent men and 50 percent women, from 48 states and 13 foreign countries. Approximately 35% of students are from Michigan. The entering freshman class in Fall 2016 had an average GPA of 3.8, ACT of 30, and SAT of 1983. Hillsdale 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. Hillsdale’s Charger athletes compete in 14 intercollegiate NCAA Division II varsity sports as part of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). An active intramural program is also available.


From The School

Admission is a privilege extended to students who will benefit from, and contribute to, the academic, social, and spiritual environments of the College. Important determinants for admission are intellectual curiosity, ambition, leadership, and volunteerism. Accordingly, grade-point average, test scores, class rank, strength of curriculum, extracurricular activities, interviews, self-evaluations, writing samples, and recommendations are all reviewed carefully and are important in the evaluation process. An admissions interview is strongly encouraged. Although some factors are necessarily more important than others, seldom is any single criterion, however important, decisive. Transfer students must submit the standard application, including the high school record, SAT, ACT or CLT (Classic Learning Test) scores, transcripts from all colleges previously attended, and a transfer form from the dean of students of the most recent college attended. Applications by transfers are evaluated similarly to non-transfers. Candidates for admission from other countries follow the regular entrance procedures. Students who come from a non-English-speaking country must complete the ACT or SAT to demonstrate proficiency in English as well as academic preparedness. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan Test of English Proficiency are recommended to help further demonstrate English proficiency. Students may apply to Hillsdale College any time after the completion of the junior year of high school. A formal application includes a completed application form accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $35 (free if submitted online) and all required credentials. Students may apply under one of two plans. Early Decision is a binding application deadline, where students are asked to withdraw applications from other institutions should their application be accepted by Hillsdale. The due date for Early Decision candidates is November 1. All other students may apply under Regular Decision. The deadline for Regular Decision is April 1, and students are notified of a decision within four weeks of finalizing their application (beginning December 15). Students wishing to be considered for priority scholarship should apply no later than January 1. Hillsdale College has been distinguished since its founding in 1844 by voluntarily adhering to a nondiscriminatory policy regarding race, religion, sex, and national or ethnic origin—long before the government began regulating such matters.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 730

Concordant SAT Scores

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


Early Decision — November 1

Regular — April 1

Other Admission Factors


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Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities
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Academic Programs

Hillsdale operates on a two-semester schedule, with the fall term beginning in late August and ending in mid-December and the spring term beginning in mid-January and ending in mid-May. Two 3-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 junior year. To graduate, students must complete a minimum 124 hours of course work and fulfill the requirements of at least one major field. The B.A. program includes a foreign language proficiency requirement. The B.S. program requires additional studies in mathematics and the natural sciences. The Collegiate Scholars Program enriches the academic experience of high-performing students by providing opportunities to become broadly and deeply versed in the contents and methods of inquiry of the liberal arts, preeminently of the Western intellectual tradition of humanistic and scientific learning in a manner consonant with the aims of the College’s Core Curriculum. A combination of special seminars, campus lectures and discussions, retreats, subsidized foreign travel to a destination relevant to the Program’s purpose, and the completion of an interdisciplinary senior thesis help to meet this goal. The Center for Constructive Alternatives conducts four weeklong symposia during the academic year and is one of the largest college lecture series in America. These programs, with themes ranging from historical to political, business, science, and the arts, bring to the campus distinguished scholars and public figures of national and international renown. All students are required to enroll in one seminar for credit.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Hillsdale awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting, art, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, classics, economics, English, exercise science, financial management, French, German, Greek, history, Latin, marketing/management, mathematics, music, philosophy, philosophy and religion, physical education, physics, politics, psychology, religion, rhetoric, Spanish, sport management, sport psychology, and theatre. Interdisciplinary majors are also available in American studies, Christian studies, comparative literature, European studies, international business and foreign language, political economy, and sociology and social thought. Pre-professional programs are offered in allied health sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, law, medicine, ministry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

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



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


  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.


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


  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.


  • English Language and Literature, General.


  • 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, General.


  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.


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


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


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


  • Psychology, General.


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


  • 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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
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


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Annual tuition for the 2016-17 academic year was $24,670, room was $5,040, board was $5,160, and general fees were $852. Books, supplies, and personal expenses (including travel, recreation, and clothing) are estimated at $3,200 per year.

Financial Aid

Financial aid at Hillsdale is available in many forms. Academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, regardless of financial need, to students who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class and have standardized test scores in the top 10 percent according to national test norms. The priority deadline for academic scholarship consideration is January 1. The application for admission also serves as the Hillsdale application for merit-based aid. Athletic scholarships are available on a competitive basis in men’s baseball, football, and golf; men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, track, and cross-country; and women’s swimming, softball, and volleyball. The departments of art and music also award a select number of scholarships based on strength of portfolio/audition. To apply for aid on the basis of financial need, students are required to file Hillsdale’s Confidential Family Financial Statement (CFFS) in January or February of the year of prospective enrollment at Hillsdale. Grants and loans are available from the College.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms


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Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

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From The School

Four national fraternities, three national sororities, and more than 100 other social, academic, spiritual, and service organizations provide Hillsdale students with a diverse array of cocurricular opportunities. A resident drama troupe and dance company, 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 symphony orchestra and band constitute the College’s performing arts organizations. 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 and a resident nurse.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


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."


From The School


Hillsdale College is located amidst the hills, dales, and lakes of south-central Michigan. The Indiana and Ohio turnpikes are each 30 minutes away, and the College is within close reach of such metropolitan areas as Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Toledo, Ft. Wayne, and Indianapolis. The town of Hillsdale is a county seat with a population of 10,000. Stores, churches, restaurants, and coffee shops are all within walking distance of the campus, and a movie theater within a 5-minute drive.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Hillsdale College Mossey Library is a three-floor facility with a collection of more than 2,000,000 volumes. In addition to the main study and research collections, the Library also contains a number of rare and special holdings, including the Ludwig von Mises, Russell Kirk, Richardson Heritage, and Richard Weaver collections. Connected to other Michigan libraries through MelCat, and with college libraries nationwide via interlibrary loan, students have access to almost any material necessary for on-campus research. Numerous individual study areas and group study rooms are available for students, as well as computer research terminals. Lane and Kendall Halls at the front of campus serve as the primary academic facilities in the humanities and social sciences and contain classroom space and faculty offices, as well as a special laboratory for experimental psychology. The Strosacker Science Center houses the departments of biology, chemistry, and physics. The Joseph H. Moss Family Laboratory Wing, completed in 2008, is a 17,000-square-foot addition that includes a microbiology/cell biology lab, anatomy/physiology lab with human cadaver access, conservation genetics lab, water lab, greenhouse, and organic/general chemistry labs. The 32,000-square-foot Herbert Henry Dow Science Building provides additional classrooms, research laboratories, animal rooms, and a computer lab. The Mary Randall Preschool is a circular laboratory school in which nursery school children are taught by students specializing in early childhood education and psychology. Experts in the field have called this building “a model for the nation.” The Hillsdale Academy, a K–12 private model school, provides additional opportunities for classroom observation. The Roche Sports Complex is a facility available to varsity athletes and the general student body alike. The building houses the 60,000-square-foot Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena, which features a student fitness center and basketball/volleyball courts. The building also houses the John “Jack” McAvoy Natatorium for swimming and diving, an exercise physiology and sports medicine facility, four racquetball courts, extensive locker room space, and a weight/fitness room. Adjacent is the 7,000-seat capacity Frank “Muddy” Waters Stadium, which features an artificial surface football field; all-weather, Olympic-quality eight-lane running track; outdoor tennis courts; and fields for soccer, baseball, and women’s softball. The new Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center houses a six-lane track and four tennis courts. The Sage Center for the Arts is home to the departments of art, theatre, and rhetoric and public address. This 47,000-square-foot facility contains studios, classroom space, an exhibition gallery, a prop and scene-construction shop, a sound studio, graphics lab, black box theatre, and the Markel Auditorium, a 353-seat performance hall (with orchestra pit). Completed in 2003, the 32,809-square-foot Howard Music Hall houses office, studio, classroom, rehearsal, and performance space for the John E. N. and Dede Howard Department of Music. Notable features include the McNamara Rehearsal Hall, Conrad Recital Hall, and studio space for percussion and jazz studies. Lower-level practice rooms are available to students during business hours without reservation. Dedicated in January 2008, the 53,000-square-foot Grewcock Student Union is the center of student life. The two-story structure houses the cafeteria, bookstore, student mail center, offices for student activities and publications, a lounge with a 100-inch flat screen television, a formal lounge and conference room, AJ’s Café, and a game area.

Off-Campus Opportunities

For forty years, the Washington Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) has provided students the opportunity to participate in full-time, academically intensive internships in the nation’s capital. The program has been significantly bolstered with the 2008 establishment of the Hillsdale College Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. Past interns and fellows have been placed in locations as challenging and rewarding as the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the White House, various think tanks including the Heritage Foundation, news and media outlets, national security agencies, lobbying firms, international trade and relations organizations, and private sector companies. Through the College’s affiliations with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Oxford Study Abroad Program, Hillsdale students are able to study abroad for a summer or a year at one of the more than thirty colleges of Oxford University. Hillsdale offers a summer business program in cooperation with Regent’s College in London, England, and the opportunity to study at the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. Science students benefit from Hillsdale’s 685-acre field research laboratory in northern Michigan, as well as from a marine biology program in the Florida Keys, and internship opportunities with the Omaha Zoo. Foreign language students frequently study abroad in Argentina, France, Germany, and Spain. Qualified individual students who wish to study in another country for a semester or a year are assisted by their faculty adviser and the registrar in planning a program that enables them to gain academic credit as well as take full advantage of their experience.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
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

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

24% join a fraternity
34% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Chargers)
8 Sports

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

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services




Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

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Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Campus Visits Contact

Margaret Braman
Individual Visit Program Coordinator

Office of Admissions
33 East College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
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
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

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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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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