Hillsdale College

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Hillsdale College, often referred to as Hillsdale, is a liberal arts college located in Hillsdale, Michigan.

Most people who are at all familiar with Hillsdale recognize the institution as a major force for American conservatism. Since its founding in 1844, the college has been a staunch proponent of the conservative movement. U.S. History and Western Heritage, as a product of Judeo-Christian religion and Greco-Roman culture, are at the center of the core curriculum and education at Hillsdale. Among non-military U.S. colleges, Hillsdale is one of the few that requires all students to complete an intensive course in the U.S. Constitution as part of its core curriculum. Hillsdale is also a strong supporter of the Heritage Foundation, an American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Hillsdale is well known for being one of the few U.S. colleges to refuse any government funding and for its ultra-conservative publication, Imprimis, that is distributed to over two and a half million readers each month. Hillsdale is also the first college in the United States to prohibit in its charter any and all discrimination or prejudice based on sex, religion, or race. The National Review (NR), a semimonthly conservative magazine, characterized Hillsdale College as a “citadel of American conservatism.”

Located on 200 acre campus, Hillsdale is is home to thirteen residence halls, an athletic complex, multiple educational facilities, four fraternities, three sororities s, an art center, music center, conference center, preschool, hotel, and a beautiful arboretum.

Campus Life

Hillsdale has more than 30 student clubs, including the Accounting Club, Investment Club, the Federalist Society and the 1844 Society. Intramural sports range from beach volleyball and dodgeball to racquetball and ping pong.

The campus is also home to several performing arts groups, such as choir, orchestra, jazz big band and an opera workshop. Hillsdale’s four official publications include the Collegian, Winona, Tower Light and The Forum.

Degrees and Certificates

Hillsdale College offers an array of pre-professional, certificate, teacher education, liberal arts and journalism programs at the undergraduate level. With only 1,400 students, Hillsdale College is small in comparison to other four-year colleges and universities. Hillsdale has 124 full-time faculty and professors.

Degrees include:

Fine Arts

European Studies
Philosophy & Religion
Rhetoric and Public Address

Interdisciplinary Studies
American Studies
Christian Studies
International Studies in Business & Foreign Language
Political Economy
Sociology & Social Thought

Early Childhood Education
General Business
Graphic Design

Pre-Professional Programs

Sciences and Mathematics
Applied Mathmatics

Social Sciences
Financial Management

Sport Studies
Exercise Science
Physical Education
Sport Management
Sport Psychology

Tuition and Costs

For the 2018-2019 academic year, tuition and costs are as follows:
Tuition: $26,300
Room: $5,440
Board (Knorr Family Dining Room): $5,560
General Student Usage Fee: $316
Technology Fee: $246
Student Center and HESC Fee: $716
Total: $38,578

Hillsdale offers a variety of financial aid, need-based aid and scholarships for students.

Admissions Information

Hillsdale has three main deadlines year-round: November 1 (early decision), April 1 (regular decision), and December 1 (spring admission).

In addition to the application, prospective students must also submit their official high school transcripts; official ACT, CLT (Classic Learning Test), or SAT scores; and two letters of recommendation.

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Hillsdale College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (517) 437-7341
Website: https://www.hillsdale.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://apply2.hillsdale.edu/apply/
Address: 33 E College St, Hillsdale, MI 49242
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,526
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 85%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 1,526 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $28,368
Out-of-state Tuition: $28,368
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $18,548

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Hillsdale College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Hillsdale College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 4
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 4
Philosophy and Religious Studies 4
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 511
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 3911

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Hillsdale College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $28,368
Out-of-state $28,368
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $24,930
Out-of-state $24,930

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 330 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 327 96% $18,548
Student loan aid 123 36% $11,705

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,439 98% $19,821
Federal student loans 0 0% $0

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Hillsdale College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Hillsdale College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,593 819 774
Percent admitted 100% 48% 49%
Percent admitted who enrolled 22% 22% 21%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Hillsdale College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,526
Undergraduate enrollment 1,468
Graduate enrollment 58

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Hillsdale College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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