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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, Michigan

Developing Minds, Improving Hearts

 

Hillsdale College was 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 sound 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 derived from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture.

 

The College maintains its defense of the traditional liberal arts curriculum, convinced that it is the best preparation for meeting the challenges of modern life. The liberal arts are dedicated to stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity, to encouraging the critical, well-disciplined mind, and to fostering personal growth through academic challenge.

 

 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,485 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
48% male 52% female
66% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
135 full-time faculty
49 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty

Residence Life

Fall 2015
99% of first year students live on campus
71% of all students live on campus

School Location

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 movie theaters are all within walking distance of the campus.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning  
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

96% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

77.43% of students graduated in 6 years

Athletics

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

The Liberal Arts Core

A sound liberal arts education includes study in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. Hillsdale College students fulfill certain academic requirements in each of these areas. There are eight specific courses that every Hillsdale student must complete: Physical Science; Core Principles in Biology; Great Books in the Western Tradition; Great Books in the British and American Traditions; The Western Heritage to 1600; The American Heritage; The U.S. Constitution; and Physical Wellness Dynamics. In addition, a student will complete at least one course from each offered group in the humanities, one in the social sciences, and one Center for Constructive Alternatives seminar. The student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) will meet a requirement in foreign language. The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree candidate will place a heavy emphasis on laboratory science and mathematics courses.

Learn more about the Hillsdale College core: https://www.hillsdale.edu/academics/classical-liberal-arts-core/

Off-Campus Study Opportunities

In addition to a wealth of academic opportunities available on the Hillsdale College campus in Michigan, a number of off-campus opportunities exist for students as well. Students in the natural sciences can explore their interests at the College’s G.H. Gordon Biological Station, a 685-acre field research laboratory located in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The James C. Quayle Journalism Intern Program places students from Hillsdale’s Herbert H. Dow II Program in American Journalism in summer internships with a stipend provided by the College. Serious academic study and practical professional experience is available to students of any major as part of the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program, which takes advantage of the Hillsdale College Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. Study abroad options are offered in Seville, Spain; Córdoba, Argentina; Saarbrücken, Germany; Tours, France; Würzburg, Germany; and at Oxford University; Regent’s College, London; and the University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Learn more about off-campus study opportunities: https://www.hillsdale.edu/academics/beyond-the-classroom/

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

The College Faculty

The Hillsdale College faculty consists of 135 full-time members. No classes are taught by graduate students. The size and closeness of the College community enable personal attention and faculty mentorship inside the classroom and during office visits after class. Each student has a faculty advisor for core and major coursework who directs the program of study and provides academic and career counseling. Hillsdale’s faculty considers teaching their first priority. Many faculty members also engage in research and scholarly writing, supported by summer and sabbatical leaves funded by the College, and are often invited to comment on the national scene in lecture programs and media outlets.

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.

Academic Programs

Hillsdale College offers traditional majors in the following areas: Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Economics, English, Exercise Science, Financial Management, French, German, Greek, History, Latin, Marketing/Management, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Rhetoric, Spanish, Sport Management, Sport Psychology, and Theatre.

Interdisciplinary majors are offered in: American Studies, Christian Studies, Comparative Literature, European Studies, International Studies in Business and Foreign Language, Political Economy, and Sociology and Social Thought.

Pre-professional programs are available in: Allied Health Sciences, Dental, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Journalism, Law, Medicine and Osteopathy, Theology/Ministry, and Veterinary Medicine.

Learn more about academic programs: https://www.hillsdale.edu/academics/majors-minors/

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 183 200 112 27 2 2 0 526

Student Life

Four national fraternities, three national sororities, and scores of 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. The Student Activities Board and Campus Recreation Board sponsor all-College events like Homecoming, the annual Garden Party and President’s Ball, Centralhallapalooza year-end celebration, Color Run, and other all-campus entertainment. 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.

Athletics

Hillsdale’s Charger athletes compete in 14 intercollegiate NCAA Division II varsity sports as part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Hillsdale College sponsors varsity basketball, cross-country, swimming and diving, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball for women, and varsity baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, football, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field for men. Since 1998, the College has produced 107 athletic All-Americans and 28 conference champions, and Hillsdale teams have qualified for national tournaments nineteen times. Thirty-four athletes have earned national academic honors in their respective sports as well.

Hillsdale also enthusiastically supports men’s and women’s intramural sports programs, which include flag football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, racquetball, dodgeball, sand volleyball, and special events like Intramural Games. Hillsdale encourages and supports club sports, too, and currently has 11 recognized groups—rugby, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, firearms club, men’s golf, women’s volleyball, men’s volleyball, crew, equestrian club, cheerleading, and co-ed tennis. The College also sponsors a competitive shotgun team.

The Honor Code

All students at Hillsdale College sign an Honor Code that animates student life: “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.” Self-government is a challenge with the promise of a rich reward: liberty of the soul. A soul enjoys liberty when it is ordered—when its passions are ruled by reason and its habit is virtue.

Virtus tentamine gaudet. Strength rejoices in the challenge. This truth, the motto of Hillsdale College, means that to be strong in virtue, one must welcome a challenge. In offering its students the challenge of self-government, Hillsdale College asks its students to act at all times worthy of the blessings of liberty.

CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing X
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Preparation for a Life Well-Lived

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. 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, obtaining advanced certification, or otherwise meaningfully occupied 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.”

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Fall 2015

1,859 Total Applicants
930 Total Admissions
370 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
50.03% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing Date: April 1 
Priority Date: January 1 

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Interview
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Level of applicant’s interest

Important
Recommendation(s)
Volunteer work
Work experience

Considered
Talent/ability
Alumni/ae relation

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 620 750
SAT Math 580 660
SAT Writing 610 730
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 27 31
ACT Math 25 30
ACT English 27 33
ACT Writing    

Specifics

Students may apply to Hillsdale College after completing the junior year of high school. The College offers Early Decision (November 1) and Regular Decision (April 1) plans. January 1 serves as the priority application date for academic scholarship consideration. Applications on the Hillsdale College website or via The Common Application are available free of charge. Paper applications are available for a $35 processing fee.

A formal application to Hillsdale College includes: (1) a completed application form, (2) the scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), (3) an official transcript of high school grades (and post-secondary grades, if available), (4) thoughtful essay and short answer responses, (5) two academic letters of recommendation, (6) a résumé of extracurricular activities, volunteerism, leadership, and work experience, and (7) an optional current photograph. An interview is recommended, but not required.

TUITION AND COSTS

Net Price Calculator

https://www.hillsdale.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/tuition-and-costs/

TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-17

Expenses  
Tuition $24,670
Fees $852
Total $25,522
   
Room and Board (on campus) $10,200
Room Only $5,040
Board Only $5,160
Estimated Total On Campus $35,722

FINANCIAL AID

Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 Final

$13,793 First year students
$8,079 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 Final

65% on average, the percentage of need that was met
42% of financial need students that had need fully met

$8,079 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$6,463 Average need-based loan

Important Financial Aid Information

Hillsdale College is an institution of national prominence, a reputation due in large part to its complete independence from government funds. Hillsdale College does not accept, nor are its students permitted to receive, any federal or state financial aid, either directly or indirectly. Through the support of generous donors, Hillsdale provides alternative, privately-funded aid sources. 90% of new Hillsdale College students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment, with average aid packages around $18,000. An application for admission to Hillsdale College serves, too, as an application for scholarship; need-based aid consideration requires the Confidential Family Financial Statement (available online). The FAFSA is non-applicable.

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