Application Process

Application Process

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students may apply to Hillsdale College after completing their junior year of high school. All students are automatically considered for academic scholarships; no additional paperwork is required. Need-based aid applications require the Confidential Family Financial Statement; the FAFSA is non-applicable.


Application Deadlines

Early Decision

November 1

Early Decision is a binding application deadline for fall-term applicants. Accepted students are asked to withdraw application from other institutions. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions in early December.

Regular Decision

April 1

Fall-term applicants wishing priority consideration for academic scholarship should apply no later than January 1. Admissions decisions are generally mailed within four weeks of completing an application beginning December 15.

Spring Admission

December 1

Admissions decisions are generally mailed within four weeks of completing an application beginning November 15.

Admissions Counselors

 Application Checklist

Applicants have three options for applying: the Hillsdale College Online Application, The Common Application, and the Hillsdale College Paper Application. Equal consideration is given to each.

Apply OnlineApply Via The Common ApplicationDownload Paper Application

In addition to the application, applicants must also submit the following materials:

Official High School Transcripts

Please submit official transcripts from all schools where you have received credit.

Official ACT or SAT Scores

The 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

Students applying via The Common Application will use the Common Application recommendation template. Students applying via the Hillsdale online or paper applications can have their recommenders use the form below.

Download Recommendation Template

Essay and Short Answers

Applicants using The Common Application will respond to a Common Application essay prompt and Hillsdale Member Screen short answer questions. Applicants using the Hillsdale application online will respond to a Hillsdale essay prompt and short answer questions via a Writing Supplement form.

Applicants using the paper application will include their essay and short answer questions with their application submission as additional pages.


Applicants are encouraged to submit a résumé of their extracurricular activities, leadership, and work experience. Please include dates/class years for all items.

An Admissions Interview

Though not required, an admissions interview is highly recommended for all applicants, especially those wishing to be considered for scholarship.

Special Instructions

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 and received one or more college credits but has never enrolled at another institution seeking a degree should select “Freshman Transfer” on the application, which will warrant treatment as a first-time college student with college credit (AP tests do not apply to this definition).

Transfer Students: A transfer student is any applicant who is presently or was once enrolled at another institution working towards a degree. In addition to the application requirements listed, transfer students must submit official transcripts from any institutions at which college credit was received, as well as a Dean of Students Transfer Form.

Download Transfer Form

Homeschooled Students: In addition to the requirements listed above, homeschooled students should ensure that official high school transcripts come from a homeschool clearinghouse, guild, or association. If transcripts are unavailable, we encourage you to consider, offered in concert with the Home School Legal Defense Association. We will also 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 & Special Students: Guest students should obtain an application form in the records office of their home institution, or by contacting the 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 eleven hours of course work each semester. They must follow the standard application procedure.

How to Submit Application Materials

Hillsdale College Application

Students using the Hillsdale online application will have the opportunity to upload most supplementary items using their application account.

Transcripts, additional items, or students submitting paper applications can mail materials to:

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

Common Application

Students using The Common Application may submit all supplemental materials directly through The Common App.


If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, or need help submitting an application, please contact us by phone during regular office hours, or by email.

Phone: (517) 607-2327Email: