Undergraduate Admissions

How to Apply

Admissions Process

All Hillsdale College applicants must provide:

  • A completed application form. Applicants may use, and equal consideration is given to:
  • Official High School Transcripts from all schools where credit has been granted.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores. Highest composite scores from a single sitting will be considered. Hillsdale College’s SAT code is 1295. Hillsdale College’s ACT code is 2010. A labeled high school transcript with complete scores is an acceptable substitution for an official score report if sub scores and testing dates are included.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation. If using The Common Application, a template is provided. No template is required for applicants using the Hillsdale application.
  • Essay and short answers are included in The Common Application form. Applicants using the Hillsdale College application will complete a separate Writing Supplement.
  • Résumé of extracurricular activities, leadership, and work experience is encouraged. Please include dates/class years for all items.
  • An Admissions Interview, though not required, is highly recommended for all applicants, especially those wishing to be considered for scholarship. Click here to learn more.

Students using The Common Application may submit all supplemental materials directly through The Common App. Students using Hillsdale’s applications may upload their Writing Supplement and Résumé via a Hillsdale Account after submitting an application form. Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation should be mailed directly to:

Admissions Office
Hillsdale College
33 E. College St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Application Deadlines

Early Decision: Apply by November 1 
Notification: Mailed early December 
Deposit Deadline: January 15 ($300)

Early Decision is a binding application deadline for fall term applicants. Accepted students are asked to withdraw application from other institutions.

Regular Decision: Apply June 1 – April 1 
Notification: Generally mailed within four weeks of completing an application file beginning late December 
Deposit Deadline: May 1 ($300)

Fall term applicants wishing priority consideration for academic scholarship should apply no later than January 1.

Spring Admission: Apply by December 1 
Notification: Generally mailed within four weeks of completing an application file on a rolling basis.

Academic scholarship consideration is granted to all applicants at all deadlines; no additional paperwork is required. Need-based aid applications require the Confidential Family Financial Statement; the FAFSA is non-applicable. Read more about Financial Aid.

Students may apply to Hillsdale College after completing the junior year of high school.

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Students with College Credit
Students wishing to receive Hillsdale College credit for any college coursework taken while in high school must submit official transcripts from the institution(s) granting credit. A student who has taken less than 12 credits will be considered a traditional freshman, and should select “Freshman” on the application. A student who has taken 13-23 credits should select “Freshman Transfer,” which will warrant treatment as a first-time college student.

Transfer Students
A transfer student has received at least 24 hours of college credit from another institution. In addition to the application requirements listed above, transfer students must submit:

Homeschooled Students
In addition to the requirements listed above, homeschooled students should be sure that:

  • Official high school transcripts come from a homeschool clearinghouse, guild, or association. If transcripts are unavailable, we encourage you to consider FastTranscripts.com, offered in concert with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Or, we will accept detailed course descriptions, along with proficiency levels and textbooks used.
  • Letters of recommendation should be written by individuals of no relation to you. If your primary educator is a parent, you may submit three letters of recommendation.

International Students
Candidates for admission from other countries follow the customary entrance procedures while also being responsible to submit all transcripts with English translation. If this service is not available, evaluations may be performed by one of the approved credential evaluation agencies, such as World Education Services (WES), or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Other reputable agencies can be found on the NACES website. Students whose first language is not English may demonstrate proficiency by submitting the results of the TOEFL or an equivalent test.

Guest and Special Students

  • Guest students should obtain an application form in the records office of their home institution, or by contacting Hillsdale’s Admissions Office
  • Permission is granted to a limited number of Special Students to enroll for fewer than the minimum number of credit hours carried by a regular student. These students pay the per-credit-hour tuition fee and enroll for not more than 11 hours of course work each semester. They must follow the standard application procedure.


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