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College Profile

Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 1,400. Its four-year curriculum leads to the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, and it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.




Hillsdale, MI

Type of College

Four-year, independent, liberal arts, coeducational, residential, non-sectarian

Size of Campus

400 acres, 75 buildings


Twelve single-sex residence halls and eight Greek houses


1,434 full-time undergraduates, 52% male, 48% female; 53 graduate students

Academic Year

Two semesters, late August to mid-December and mid-January to mid-May

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, MA in Politics, PhD in Politics


143 full-time instructors, 93% with terminal degree in their discipline; 72 part-time instructors

Student-Faculty Ratio


Average Class Size

13 students per 3-credit course

Majors Offered

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, Spanish, Speech, Sport Management, Sport Psychology, and Theatre.

Art History, Classical Education, Dance, Early Childhood Education, General Business, Graphic Design, and Journalism are offered as minors only.

Interdisciplinary Majors

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

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Allied Health Services, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Environmental Sciences, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Ministerial, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Off-Campus Study Programs

Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program in Washington, D.C.; Hillsdale College at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland; Hillsdale in Seville, Spain; Hillsdale College in Córdoba, Argentina; Hillsdale/Oxford program at Keble College, Oxford University; Hillsdale College/Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany; Hillsdale College Summer School in Würzburg, Germany; Hillsdale College at Regent’s College, London

Admissions Profile, Fall 2017

ACT Composite Average Score: 31

SAT Composite Average Score: 1370

GPA, High School Average: 3.89

First Time / Transfer: 95% first time in college, 5% transfer students

Acceptance Rate: 41.5% of applicants were admitted, 42.9% of admitted enrolled

Undergraduate Geographic Profile: 25% from Michigan, 75% from other states, 1.5% from foreign countries


NCAA Division II Affiliation; Member of GMAC (Great Midwest Athletic Conference)

Varsity Sports, Men

Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track

Varsity Sports, Women

Basketball, Cross-Country, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball

Popular Student Activities

Academic Honorary Societies, Coffeehouses, College/Community Orchestra, Concert Choir, Debate Club, Hillsdale Christian Fellowship, Intramural Sports, Student Federation, The Collegian (student newspaper), Tower Players (theatre), Young Life

Greek Life–Fraternities

Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Chi

Greek Life–Sororities

Chi Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi

Lecture Series/Outreach Programs

Center for Constructive Alternatives, National Leadership Seminars, and Imprimis monthly speech digest

Unique Features

Hillsdale Academy (K-12 private school), Mary Proctor Randall Preschool, Slayton Arboretum, Edward Everett Prize in Oratory, Honors Program, Herbert H. Dow II Chair and Program in American Journalism

Scholarship and Financial Aid

Merit-Based Aid: scholarships offered for achievement in academics, arts, athletics, leadership

Need-Based Aid: grants and loans offered

Freshman Discount Rate: 67%

Past Commencement Speakers

Dr. Kenneth Wells (1970), Dr. George C. Roche, III (1971), Leon Edward Read (1972), Henry Regnery (1973), Rep Philip M. Crane (1974), Rep. Jack Kemp (1975), John V. James (1976), Robert M. Bleiberg (1977), Frank Shakespeare (1978), Rene C. McPherson (1979), Malcolm Toon (1980), Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (1981), Richard Allen (1982), Lee Anthony Iacocca (1983), Malcolm S. Forbes (1984), Dr. Russell A. Kirk (1985), W. Clement Stone (1986), Paul F. Oreffice (1987), Daniel Oliver (1988), Russell L. Nichols (1989), Warren Burger (1990), Jeffrey H. Coors (1991), Kenneth Y. Tomlinson (1992), William B. Allen (1993), Robert L. Bartley (1994), Jeane J. Kirkpatrick (1995), Honorable Frank Shakespeare (1996), Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. (1997), Honorable J.C. Watts, Jr (1998), The Honorable William E. Simon (1999), Paul Harvey (2000), Ward Connerly (2001), Dr. Laura Schlessinger (2002), Dr. Robert P. George (2003), Edwin J. Feulner (2004), Dr. Kenneth Starr (2005), Harvey Mansfield (2006), Mitt Romney (2007), Judge Louis J. Freeh (ret.) (2008), Dr. Hadley Arkes (2009), Mr. Edwin Meese III (2010), Mr. Mark Helprin (2011), Roger Scruton (2012), Ted Cruz (2013), Eric Metaxas (2014), Michael Ward (2015), Justice Clarence Thomas (2016), Prof. Anthony Esolen (2017), Vice President Mike Pence (2018)

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