Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College campus on a fall day

“People here believe that by examining the biggest, most powerful ideas in history, a student can learn not just how to think critically and solve problems but also to discover truth and, in that discovery, to find and embrace virtue.
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Hillsdale College
Admissions Office
33 East College St.
Hillsdale, Michigan 49242
⋅ 1,450 undergraduate students
⋅ National student body: 34% from Michigan, 66% representing 48 other states and 12 foreign countries
⋅ Student population is 48% male, 52% female
⋅ 96% freshman retention; Four-year graduation rate of 81%
⋅ Most popular programs: Business and Economics, Biology/Pre-Med, Pre-Law, English, History, and Politics
⋅ Tuition: $24,670
⋅ Room, Board, and Fees: $11,052
⋅ Over 90% of students receive financial assistance.
⋅ Average gift aid package: More than $16,000

Hillsdale College students work among greenhouse plants

Hillsdale College students and faculty work together on a sculpture

Hillsdale College students cycle across campus

A Hillsdale College football player runs with the ball

Hillsdale College students have class outside

  • Independent, co-educational, residential, Christian, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1844.
  • Located in south-central Michigan, Hillsdale draws a national student body to its rural campus.
  • Hillsdale College boasts rigorous academics and a distinctive core curriculum anchored in the Western Tradition, drawing upon the Greco-Roman culture and Judeo-Christian faith.
  • All enrolled students sign Hillsdale’s Honor Code, pledging themselves to the goal of self-government. Students are asked to go beyond basics like not cheating or stealing and to give serious thought and effort to the practice of virtue and the pursuit of honor.
  • Hillsdale was the first college in America to prohibit in its charter any discrimination based on race, religion or sex. It was the second college in the country to grant four-year degrees to women and an early force for the abolition of slavery.

Worth Noting
  • Hillsdale operates independently of federal and state funding, yet flourishes financially, thanks to the past and continuing generosity of supporters nationwide.
  • Though Hillsdale is religiously unaffiliated, it identifies as Christian. Spiritual life is important to both faculty and students who come from a variety of faith backgrounds. All of the many ways to experience faith on campus reflect the lives and moral journeys of people seeking to understand their own beliefs.
  • Unique courses in Hillsdale’s core curriculum include Western and American Heritage, Great Books in the Western Tradition, Great Books in the British and American Traditions, Classical Logic and Rhetoric, Western Philosophical Tradition, Western Theological Tradition, and the U.S. Constitution.
  • Hillsdale conducts numerous outreach efforts promoting civil and religious liberty, including free, not-for-credit online courses, public lectures and lecture-series on campus and at the Washington, D.C.-based Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, and Imprimis, a national speech digest with a circulation of more than 3.4 million.
  • Hillsdale is regularly recognized nationally for quality and value, including recent rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review, Forbes, Colleges of Distinction, and Kiplinger’s.

Faculty & Academics
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1, the average class size is 15, and faculty teach all Hillsdale courses themselves — there are no teaching assistants.
  • Of 127 full-time faculty, 95% hold the highest degree in their disciplines, and 86% serve as student advisors at the core or major level.
  • Hillsdale’s faculty are recognized for excellent teaching and scholarship, as well as for having high expectations of their students. Students can meet these expectations by taking advantage of readily available office hours and by developing mentorship relationships with their teachers, which is common here.
  • Students have the opportunity to spend a semester or more at Hillsdale’s Washington, D.C. hub, the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship. Students can opt to take core courses while living in D.C., or participate in for-credit internships at places including the U.S. House and Senate, the White House, national security agencies, policy organizations, news outlets, and private companies.
  • Study abroad options are formally available in France, Germany, Spain, Argentina, England, and Scotland. Custom programs can also be arranged.

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

Applied Mathematics
Exercise Science
Financial Management
Marketing / Management
Physical Education
Sport Management
Sport Psychology

Interdisciplinary Programs
American Studies
Christian Studies
Comparative Literature
European Studies
International Studies in Business and Foreign Language
Political Economy
Sociology and Social Thought

Pre-Professional and Special Programs
Allied Health Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Herbert H. Dow II Program in American Journalism
Law (Pre-Law) Pre Law
Medicine and Osteopathy (Pre-Med) Pre Med
Theology / Ministry
Veterinary Medicine (Pre-Vet) Pre Vet

Art History
Classical Education
Early Childhood Education
General Business
Graphic Design

Campus Life
  • Over 75% of students live on campus in 11 single-sex residence halls and eight Greek houses.
  • Hillsdale College offers 14 NCAA Division II varsity athletic teams and also offers opportunities in club and intramural athletics.
  • There are more than 100 clubs, organizations, honoraries, and other activities to join at Hillsdale. Some of the most popular include Spiritual Life, Greek Life, Competitive Speaking, and the Performing Arts.
  • All student organizations are led by students and approved by the Student Federation. New clubs and organizations are invariably started annually based upon student interest.
  • Conscientious citizenship is important to Hillsdale and its students — almost all students are involved in serving the campus or community through one of our numerous volunteer organizations.
  • Students take advantage of the many all-campus events sponsored by the Student Activities Board and Campus Recreation Board, like the Garden Party, Color Run, Homecoming, President’s Ball, and Centralhallapalooza year-end celebration.

Varsity Sports

14 NCAA Division II varsity athletic teams, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference:

Men’s Varsity
Track & Field

Women’s Varsity
Track & Field

Life After College
  • Hillsdale grads are prepared not only to live well, but to pursue their vocations. Within six months of graduation, 96% are employed or attending graduate school.
  • 21% of students attend graduate school immediately after Hillsdale, with an even greater number doing so some time later. A sampling from the 2015 graduating class includes Medieval Literature at Oxford University, Molecular Development Biology at the University of Michigan, Cinematography at the New York Film Academy, Philosophy at Villanova, Public Health at Columbia University, Classics at the University of Virginia, Neuroscience at Texas A&M, Law at Yale, and Medicine at Michigan State University.
  • Hillsdale routinely sends students to top law schools across the country, including Harvard, Yale, University of Virginia, University of Chicago, and Notre Dame. Four recent Hillsdale alumni have served as clerks to Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Companies hiring Hillsdale College graduates in 2015 included General Motors, the United States Department of Defense, United States Forest Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Touche, Stryker, and Amway.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • The average transcript shows a record of advanced coursework with a GPA of 3.85.
  • Mid-range ACT composite score is 28-32.
  • Mid-range SAT combined score is 1830-2130 (old) / 1300-1480 (new).