Larry Arnn speaking during the 2014 Freshman Convocation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the academic profile of incoming freshmen?

The incoming class of 2016 averaged a high school grade-point average of 3.81, a composite ACT score of 30, and a combined SAT score of 1980. In addition, 56% of the incoming class of 2016 ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.

What is the application process?

Hillsdale College reviews applications according to Early Decision (November 1) and Regular Decision (April 1) application plans.

January 1 serves as the priority scholarship application deadline.

Spring semester applicants should apply no later than December 1.

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How are applications reviewed?

The Admissions Office considers the following: GPA, rigor of high school coursework, ACT/CLT/SAT scores (we will accept any one and will consider the highest composite score if you have taken one or more tests numerous times), extracurricular involvement (leadership and volunteerism are important), interview, writing samples, and letters of recommendation.

What is the tuition cost at Hillsdale?

Tuition for 2016-17 is $24,670. The annual cost is $35,722, which includes tuition, room and board, and general fees. Books and course fees are additional expenses.

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When is the Admissions Office open?

Business hours during the academic year are 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday. Summer hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern with a one-hour closing period at 12:00 p.m.

How do I arrange a visit to campus?

Admissions offers tours, day visits, and overnight visits, and prospective students are hosted by a current Hillsdale College Student Ambassador. A typical itinerary during the academic year would include a tour of campus, class visit, lunch in the cafeteria, and an interview with an admissions representative.

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Where should supplementary application materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) be mailed to accompany my online application?

Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other accompanying application paperwork should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed directly to:

Admissions Office
Hillsdale College
33 East College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

What high school curriculum is recommended by Hillsdale’s Admissions Committee?

Above all, Hillsdale College encourages high school students to follow a college preparatory curriculum that demonstrates academic motivation, ambition, and achievement. An aggressive college preparatory curriculum should include:

  • 4 years of English that promise facility in reading and verbal expression
  • 4 years of math
  • a strong foundation in foreign language, history, and biological and physical science

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Program (IB) courses are given special attention in the selection process.

I’ve been accepted and admitted to Hillsdale College. What’s the next step?

Refer to the Incoming Students page for more information.

Does Hillsdale accept Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or CLEP credit?

More information about transferring credit by exam is available on the Registrar’s pages.


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