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.
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.
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.
Admissions decisions are generally mailed within four weeks of completing an application beginning November 15.
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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.
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
If using the Common Application, a template is provided. No template is required for applicants using the Hillsdale application.
Essay and Short Answers
Applicants completing the Common Application or the Hillsdale College online application must complete and submit essay and short answer responses included as a supplement for that application.
Applicants opting to use the paper application must complete and submit a separate form for essay and short answer responses, found below.
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.
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.
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 FastTranscripts.com, 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 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:
33 E College St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242
Students using the Common Application may submit all supplemental materials directly through The Common App.