Hiram College

Hiram College students stand arm-in-arm on campus

“Concern for the student’s personal as well as academic welfare is one of the qualities that makes Hiram such an exceptional college.
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Hiram College
P.O. Box 96
Hiram, Ohio 44234
330.569.5169 / 800.362.5280
⋅ 875 students; 50% women, 50% men
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio; average class size: 13
⋅ Minority students comprise 19% of the student body.
⋅ Students are from 31 states and 14 countries.
⋅ Tuition: $31,440
⋅ Room Average: $5,150
⋅ Board: $5,040
⋅ 99% of students receive financial assistance.
⋅ Average award exceeds $21,000.
⋅ Hiram College offers students a Tuition Guarantee that locks in a student’s rate of tuition and fees for four years, enabling students and families to more accurately predict their annual college costs.

Hiram College students tutor elementary-age students

Hiram College students walk across campus

Hiram College students stand in front of the fitness and recreation center

A Hiram College student studies outside

Hiram College students talk together outside

  • Founded in 1850, Hiram College is a private, liberal arts college with a proud tradition of educational innovation and excellence.
  • Hiram, Ohio is 35 miles southeast of Cleveland in the rolling hills of the beautiful Western Reserve region.
  • 110-acre campus lined with red brick buildings plus a 360-acre biology field research station located three miles from campus
  • Students at Hiram begin their journey of becoming leaders of their chosen field through the close interaction between faculty, staff and fellow students.
  • “First at Hiram” reflects the individualized education students get when they choose Hiram.
  • The Hiram Community are deeply involved in the learning and responsibility of each student.

Worth Noting
  • Hiram College welcomed its 22nd President, Dr. Lori Varlotta, in July 2014.
  • Hiram offers domestic and international faculty-led study trips to numerous destinations on six continents. The trips are designed for the students and involve many aspects of civic engagement, research, global and local issues, culture exchange and of course, adventure. Recent trips have included The Galapagos Islands, Sailing in the Caribbean and Global Healthcare in Zambia.
  • Known as the 12-3 Hiram Semester Plan, our academic calendar is comprised of two 15-week semesters divided into a 12-week traditional session and a 3-week session dedicated to a single course of study.
  • Hiram is pleased to offer a Tuition Guarantee. Every student will know that once at Hiram their tuition will not increase over their four years of study at Hiram.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing offered at Hiram is a direct-admit program. Students will begin their nursing coursework in their first year and clinical studies during their second year.
  • Hiram is included in the 2014 edition of Princeton Review’s “The Best 378 Colleges,” placing it in the top 15% of private and public colleges in the United States and also is considered a “Best in the Midwest” school.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked Hiram highly in its 2014 National Liberal Arts College rankings and among its “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” a strong indicator of student satisfaction and the success of our personalized attention approach to education.
  • Recognized in the 2014 edition of Forbes’ “America’s Best Colleges.”
  • Based on the economic value for students, Hiram was ranked first in Ohio in The Washington Monthly “Best Bang for the Buck” 2013 rankings of liberal arts colleges.
  • One of only 10% of all U.S. colleges and universities to house a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society in the United States.

Faculty & Academics
  • 73 full-time faculty; 90% hold the most advanced degree in their field
  • 11:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Average class size of 16
  • 31 majors and 37 minors, including pre-professional programs in Medicine, Law, Veterinary, Physical Therapy and Dentistry with the most popular majors including Biomedical Humanities, Psychology, Accounting and Financial Management, Computer Science, Political Science and Nursing
  • Dual-degree plan in engineering between Hiram and the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Affiliated with the Washington Center, a Washington, D.C.-based independent nonprofit organization that offers academic seminars and internship opportunities to students interested in politics
  • The Hiram Plan 3-Week session allows students to pursue a focused study in one area. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in a given topic, internship, study abroad or faculty-led research.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors & Minors
Accounting and Financial Management
Applied Computer Science
Art History
Asian Studies (minor)
Biomedical Humanities
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Education, Teacher Licensure
Educational Studies
Entrepreneurship (minor)
Environmental Studies
Ethics (minor)
Exercise/Sport Science (minor)
Gender Studies (minor)
International Studies (minor)
Photography (minor)
Political Science
Pre-Dentistry, Medical, Law, Veterinary, Physical Therapy, Optometry, Podiatry Studies
Public Leadership (minor)
Religious Studies
Spanish for the Professions
Studio Art
Theatre Arts
Writing (minor)

Campus Life
  • 90% of students live in campus housing, which range from apartment-style Townhouses, Suites, Dorms and the first Veterans-only residence hall in the Midwest.
  • More than 90 student-run clubs and organizations, including the Intercultural Forum, Investment Club, Theatre Guild and Greek Life.
  • Hiram’s NCAA Division III offers 16 intercollegiate varsity sports for men and women. Students can participate in the various intramurals and club sports, including rugby, sailing, volleyball and mixed martial-arts.
  • Strong dedication to the Arts, with opportunities to participate in various musical, theatrical and artistic endeavors.

Varsity Sports

16 varsity sports for men and women in the NCAA Division III, North Coast Athletic Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Football (Men)
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • Hiram College prepares students to become leaders of their chosen fields.
  • Hiram alumni include James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States; poet Vachel Lindsay; Bill White, former president of the National League of Baseball; Emmy winner Dave Bell Sr.; CNN news anchor Jan Hopkins; and Lance Liotta, chief of pathology at the National Cancer Institute.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 31% of incoming first-year students are in the top 10% of their class.
  • Median ACT score: 22
  • Average GPA: 3.24