College Profile

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, 51 buildings


Thirteen single-sex residence halls and six Greek houses


1,451 full-time students, 48% male, 52% female

Geographic Representation

35% from Michigan, 65% representing 47 other states and nine foreign countries

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


135 full-time, 49 adjunct; 88% hold highest degree in their disciplines

Student-Faculty Ratio


Average Class Size

15 (excludes Center for Constructive Alternatives, music lessons, thesis, choir, orchestra, and independent studies)

Freshman Retention


Graduation Rate



97% of graduates are employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation

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-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

Freshman Profile

Average test scores: 29 ACT, 1976 SAT, 54% in the top 10% of their graduating classes, average incoming GPA of 3.8


NCAA Division II Affiliation; Member of GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)

Varsity Sports, Men

Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Indoor and Outdoor Track

Varsity Sports, Women

Basketball, Cross-Country, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor 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

Need-based, athletic, fine arts, and need-blind academic awards available

CPA Pass Rate