Frequently Asked Questions
What is the academic profile of incoming freshmen?
The Fall 2019 entering class had a mid-range academic profile of ACT 29-33, CLT 96-109, SAT 1310-1450, and GPA 3.89-4.0.
Does a completed application require a standardized test?
In response to the extraordinary circumstances resulting from COVID-19, applicants to Hillsdale’s Spring and Fall 2021 terms have the opportunity to apply without submitting an ACT, CLT, or SAT score. Spring/Fall 2021 application files with standardized test scores and those without will receive equal consideration for admission and scholarship.
For those submitting scores, Hillsdale accepts the ACT, CLT, or SAT. An official transcript with scores is an acceptable substitution for an official score report if sub scores and testing dates are included. All test types are considered equally and will be reviewed using the highest composite from a single sitting; Hillsdale does not super-score (combine the highest subsection from multiple tests to form a new composite score).
How are applications reviewed?
The Admissions Office considers the following: GPA, rigor of high school coursework, ACT/CLT/SAT scores (we 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), writing samples, letters of recommendation, and optional interview.
Spring/Fall 2021 applicants who choose to apply without submitting a standardized test score will receive equal consideration for admission and scholarship.
Beginning May 1, submitted applications without all required materials will be reviewed with material on file.
When Are Applications Reviewed?
Where should I send application materials (those not submitted online)?
Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other accompanying application paperwork should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed directly to:
33 E College St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242
When should I apply to Hillsdale College?
Students applying for the fall term should apply by January 1 to receive priority scholarship consideration. Applications are accepted until April 1. Early Decision applicants should submit their application and all supporting documents by November 1. Spring term applicants should apply by November 1 for priority consideration, with applications being accepted until December 15.
When will I hear of my admissions decision?
We need four weeks to make our decision. The first regular decision letters will go out on December 15, so if you have completed your application on or before November 15, you will hear at that time. After December 15, it will be rolling. For example, if you finished your application on February 4, we will send our decision by March 4.
What courses do you recommend I take in high school?
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
- 4 years of math
- 3 years of biological and physical science
- 3 years of history/social science
- At least 2 years of a foreign language
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Program (IB) courses are given special attention in the selection process.
Does Hillsdale accept Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or CLEP credit?
More information about transferring credit by exam is available on the Registrar’s pages.
How much is the deposit?
Should you decided to enroll at Hillsdale College, we require a non-refundable deposit of $300 to hold your place. This money is applied to your student account.
If I was homeschooled, do I need to apply differently?
Applicants who have been homeschooled through high school may submit a third letter of recommendation from their primary educator (even if your primary educator is a parent). The other letters should come from people who are not related to you, but can speak to your character, work ethic, and academic ability.
Any transcripts submitted by a student’s parent or homeschool co-op should include course titles, number of credits, and the grades received. Cumulative GPA should also be included.
Students may include additional course descriptions and/or reading lists, but any descriptions should be brief.
Is there an advantage to applying Early Decision?
Students who complete their fall term applications by mid-November can benefit in the application process, but need not make a binding Early Decision commitment to receive priority consideration for admission or scholarship.
If admitted, may I defer my admission or take a gap year?
We do not allow applicants to defer their application or to take a gap year, though exceptions are made. A formal request must be made to your admissions counselor. The letter or email should explain why a student is taking a gap year, and how it will help prepare them for a liberal arts education.
Does Hillsdale offer study abroad programs?
We have study abroad opportunities in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, and Argentina. About 20% of students take advantage of those opportunities. Some of the programs are also offered (in an abbreviated way) during the summer.
Hillsdale College also has an extensive internship/study program in Washington D.C. (WHIP).
Though there is flexibility, we recommend that you study abroad your junior year.
How much does it cost to attend Hillsdale?
Total cost for the 2020-2021 academic year (presuming a student lives on campus and takes advantage of the highest meal plan) is $41,392. Tuition for two semesters is $28,170, room and board $11,910, and general fees $1,312. Because of Hillsdale’s privately funded financial aid packages, most students do not pay full costs.
How do I apply for merit-based scholarship?
Scholarship consideration is granted to all applicants at all deadlines. No additional paperwork is required. Letters of admission typically also include scholarship notifications. Strength of application is important for both admission and scholarship. Talent and need-based aid awards have additional requirements.
When should I visit Hillsdale? Which visit option should I choose?
Admissions welcomes visitors throughout the year, with options including individual visit itineraries, group visit programs, and summer tours. Individual visits are best for seniors and those visiting from a great distance, as they offer a more personalized experience. Group visit programs are excellent introductions for sophomores and juniors, or for those who might especially enjoy meeting other prospective students during their time on campus.
What is there to do for fun?
With more than two thirds of our students coming from outside of Michigan, Hillsdale is a lively place, and offers more than 100 social, academic, athletic, creative, spiritual, and service organizations. Explore some of these opportunities on the Campus Life pages of our website here: List of Clubs. The Student Activities Board also host campus-wide opportunities throughout the year to build community, including marquee events like Garden Party, Homecoming, President’s Ball, and Centralhallapalooza. Find SAB on Facebook at: @SABHillsdale and Instagram at: @hillsdale_sab.
Is Hillsdale an NCAA Division II College?
Hillsdale competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Read more about athletics on the Chargers website (Athletics Page) and fill out a recruit questionnaire for any varsity sports you may be interested in playing at Hillsdale.