Exterior of Dow Hotel.

Dow Hotel and Conference Center

A hotel with all the amenities right on campus.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Searle Center, the Dow Hotel and Conference Center, or Dow Center as it’s commonly known, offers 36 hotel rooms and nine conference rooms to serve the hospitality needs of the College as well as the community. The Dow Center also coordinates operations of the College’s Rockwell Lake Lodge, a ten-suite lodge located on the grounds of Hillsdale’s G.H. Gordon Biological Station in Luther, Michigan. Dow Hotel guests can enjoy a quiet respite or immerse themselves in the Hillsdale College campus experience with ready access to other campus facilities and events.


22 East Galloway Drive
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Opening Hours

School Year
Sunday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Information and Booking



 (517) 437-3311

 [email protected]


As Hillsdale’s student body grew in the late 1950s, the need for a dining hall and a student union became apparent. The addition of a third facility for business leadership seminars, connected with the other two buildings under one roof, would create a unique conference complex that could be utilized by Hillsdale College for multiple educational purposes.

Groundbreaking took place in June 1963 after Hillsdale received a major grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation of Midland, Michigan. In 1964, the facility was completed.

In its early years, the Dow Center became a nationally-renowned conference facility where thousands of business leaders received training through in-depth leadership and management development seminars.

In 1972, the College established the Center for Constructive Alternatives seminar series (CCA), in which political and business leaders, scholars, authors, and journalists come to campus to deliver speeches on a variety of topics.

In addition to the CCA series, the Dow Center hosts the Ludwig von Mises Lecture Series, the Distinguished Visiting Fellows Programs, and the summer Hillsdale Hostels. Thousands of guests pass through the Dow Center each year for these and many other programs and events.

Dow Hotel and Conference Center

Dow Hotel and Conference Center

Dow Hotel and Conference Center

Dow Hotel and Conference Center