Hillsdale College
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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, Michigan

Developing Minds, Improving Hearts 


Hillsdale College is a small, private institution in south-central Michigan nationally recognized for the strength of its classical core curriculum and its independence from government funding. Its Mission dates to 1844: to train the young in the liberal arts, preparing them in heart and mind to be leaders worthy of the legacy of the Western Tradition.



Student Profile

1,460 full-time undergraduate students (48% male, 52% female); 47 states, D.C., and ten foreign countries represented.

Faculty Profile

135 full-time faculty. 10:1 student/faculty ratio. Average class size is 15.

Residence Life

74% of students live on campus.

School Location

Hillsdale, Michigan—90 miles west of Detroit, 70 miles northwest of Toledo, and 200 miles east of Chicago.


NCAA Division II, GLIAC Conference (G-MAC Great Midwest Athletic Conference, effective July 2017). Men’s Varsity Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Football, Tennis, and Track & Field; Women’s Varsity Basketball, Cross Country, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.

Academic Programs

Accounting, American Studies, Applied Mathematics, Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Christian Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, English, European Studies, Exercise Science, Financial Management, French, German, Greek, History, International Studies in Business and Foreign Language, Latin, Marketing/Management, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Economy, Politics, Pre-Allied Health Sciences, Pre-Dental, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Environmental Sciences, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine and Osteopathy, Pre-Theology/Ministry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, Religion, Sociology and Social Thought, Spanish, Speech, Sport Management, Sport Psychology, Theatre

More Distinctions

  • Hillsdale College is consistently ranked a top liberal arts and “Best Value” institution by national college guides. The College’s national reputation is attributed not only to the strength of its classical liberal arts core curriculum, its independent operations from government aid, and the success and maturity of its graduates, but to outreach efforts connecting millions to ideas finding their foundation in the Hillsdale Mission. Recent recognition includes: 

    • Colleges That Change Lives
    • Forbes Magazine
    • Kiplinger’s
    • Peterson’s Guide
    • Princeton Review
    • U.S. News & World Report


Hillsdale College students are known for the seriousness they bring to their academic work, but they are also passionate about the community they share. The College believes that the social collaborations and contributions of its students are vital to a complete educational experience, and that developing student leadership is integral to campus life. Hillsdale students become part of a vibrant community in which they study the highest things and to which they contribute in turn. 

An Active and Rigorous Experience

  • Hillsdale offers its students a number of exciting study-abroad options, including programs in St. Andrews, Scotland; Seville, Spain; Cordoba, Argentina; University of Oxford, England; Saarbrücken and Würzburg, Germany; Regent’s College, London; and Tours, France.
  • Domestically, students participate in Hillsdale’s many internship programs. These include the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP), offering students an unparalleled opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. at the Hillsdale College Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship. In addition, Biology majors take advantage of a summer marine biology course offered in the Florida Keys, an internship opportunity with the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, and Hillsdale College’s 685-acre Gordon Biological Research Station in Luther, Michigan, the largest private college biological station in the state.


Students at Hillsdale College embrace a classical liberal arts core curriculum led by a committed teaching faculty and purposed to cultivate the moral and intellectual virtues. Faculty advisors, departmental and campus-wide academic support, accomplished visiting scholars, and other unique opportunities all contribute to a rigorous academic experience. 

A Philosophical Habit of Mind

  • Hillsdale College classes average around 15 students, with an overall student-to-faculty ratio of ten-to-one. Nearly 90 percent of Hillsdale faculty members hold terminal degrees in their field. Popular undergraduate majors include English, History, Economics, and Biology. The College also has a graduate school for Politics, where students can earn an MA and PhD.


Every Hillsdale student forms strong relationships with peers and faculty members. Each student’s experience is impacted academically, socially, and spiritually by the people that surround them. 

A Cosmopolitan Mix of Students, Activities, and Beliefs

  • Hillsdale College is proud of its history as the first American college to prohibit in its charter any discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or gender. Hillsdale has always been nonsectarian, but was founded in 1844 by Freewill Baptists and emphasizes even today the importance of an education that forms both the hearts and the minds of students. The College considers itself a trustee of the spiritual and intellectual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law.
  • Student life at Hillsdale College is colored by an Honor Code signed by all which establishes a partnership on campus: “A Hillsdale College student is honorable in conduct, honest in word and deed, dutiful in study and service, and respectful of the rights of others. Through education, the student rises to self-government.”
  • About 75 percent of students live in campus housing. Residence halls are single-sex, with the exception of one upperclass residence hall featuring separate wings for men and women. About one in three students joins a fraternity or sorority, and some choose to live in fraternity or sorority houses.
  • Varsity athletics are an integral part of the Hillsdale College community, and in recent years, a number of teams have achieved considerable success at the Division II level, including men’s football, track and field, basketball, and women’s volleyball. 
  • Hillsdale College has long extended its educational outreach beyond the campus community, most notably by publishing Imprimis, a national speech digest reaching more than 2.9 million readers monthly. The College continues to expand its outreach, both by instituting new programs and by widening the scope and influence of existing ones. Highlights include the College’s free, not-for-credit online courses, the Barney Charter School Initiative, the annual Free Market Forum, the Center for Constructive Alternatives campus lecture series, National Leadership Seminars, and the year-long programming of the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.


Far-ranging by design and incisive by method, study at Hillsdale College is intellectually demanding. Students work closely with faculty who guide them in their studies and prepare them for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and success. 

Our Evidence of Success

  • Hillsdale College alumni, parents of current and former students, and even friends of and benefactors to the College’s Mission are devoted supporters of Hillsdale and its students. Many are actively involved in the recruitment of new students in the Admissions process and later in their recruitment to graduate and professional undertakings. 
  • According to recent surveys, 98 percent of graduated students are employed, enrolled in graduate or professional schools, or obtaining advanced certification within six months of graduation. Graduates consistently leave Hillsdale to study in prestigious graduate programs and to work for Fortune 500 companies; they become artists, scientists, lawyers, journalists, doctors, military officers, teachers, ministers, and more. “Students go into all walks of life,” remarks College President Dr. Larry P. Arnn: “What’s important is that they all have something in common – that they have learned how to live.”


The application process strongly encourages an interview with an admissions counselor. This allows Hillsdale to know each student and their academic background, their personal achievements and goals, their interests outside the classroom, and their desire to enter Hillsdale College. This interview marks the beginning of the personal attention that is a Hillsdale hallmark.

Admission Application Deadlines

Hillsdale offers Early Decision (Nov 1) and Regular Decision (April 1) plans. January 1 serves as the priority application date for academic scholarship. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due by Jan 15th for Early Decision, and May 1st for Regular Decision.

Financial Aid

Basic expenses for the 2015-2016 academic year are as follows:

Tuition: $23,840
Room: $4,800
Board: $4,960
General Fees: $752

Total: $34,352

To supplement a family’s contribution and make every student’s private education affordable, Hillsdale College offers private scholarships and grants based on academic performance, extracurricular involvement, athletic ability (as a NCAA Division II school), and fine arts talents. In addition to performance-based scholarships and grants, Hillsdale also offers need-based scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans, all without government funding of any kind. Almost all students receive some form of aid that may even include self-help options like campus employment. Recent aid packages averaged $16,700, with $14,300 in gift awards.


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