Why I Chose Hillsdale: Katie Kortepeter

I love my grandpa. When I was a freshman in high school, he was already scheming to get me into an Ivy League school. “Brown or Harvard would be great,” I remember him saying. “Or you could go to Canada! The healthcare there is terrific.” One day, when I was fifteen, he made me sit on his lap and firmly explained why the one school I must never, ever apply to was Hillsdale College.

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Why I Chose Hillsdale: Emma McCormick

I visited Hillsdale College this February during Scholars Weekend. At that time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come to Hillsdale, because of its small size and what I assumed was a lack of diversity. My visit is the reason I chose Hillsdale in the end.

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Cultural Immersion: High Schoolers Study Abroad

The Hillsdale College High School Study Abroad program gives high school students the opportunity to study and travel abroad with Hillsdale faculty.

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From Mindless Parroting to Deep, Independent Thinking

By my freshman year of high school, I had decided that I would attend Hillsdale College. When people asked me why Hillsdale and not any other school, I answered “’Cause I want to learn how to think, not what to think!”

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Hillsdale is a Home

At the beginning of the year, you get asked the same five questions over and over again: name, year, potential major, hometown, and why you chose Hillsdale. Through this litany of questions, I began to realize that the way I had found and chosen Hillsdale College was perhaps not the most typical amongst my peers.

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Continuing the Legacy of Hillsdale Mentors

I was in eighth grade the first time I heard about Hillsdale College. My band teacher and middle school track coach graduated from here. Back then, I played the clarinet and ran the 800. I attended The Classical Academy—a K-12 charter school founded by parents in my home-town of Colorado Springs. My teachers all believed in classical liberal arts educational values, and I grew to believe in them as well.

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Mary Blendermann and the Three Bears

For Mary Blendermann, Hillsdale College was a happy medium between the larger Liberty and dwarf Patrick Henry.

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I will come out of Hillsdale a different person

After arriving on campus for freshman orientation, Hillsdale has been exceeding Claudia Sladick’s expectations. She aspires to study Politics and Economics and has already gotten involved in groups such as the Conservative Women’s Club and Praxis.

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The Hillsdale College High School Study Abroad Program

Over the summer the last thing any student wants to do is go back to class. It doesn’t matter if they love Literature, History, or Politics; no one wants to fill their only warm, summer days of freedom in a classroom listening to a professor drone on – right? Not if they’re a student in The Hillsdale College High School Study Abroad program!

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The Economics of Tuition: Why Hillsdale Makes the Cut

Over the last thirty years, tuition prices for higher education in the United States have drastically increased. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average annual cost of going to an accredited four-year institution has risen from just over $8,700 in 1980 to well over $21,000 in 2010 after inflation. This 247% increase in tuition represents an unprecedented growth in costs paralleled by few other sectors of the economy. What is the cause of this massive price inflation, and what is the cost to students?

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Paul Mittermeier

Paul Mittermeier, Student Federation’s Greek representative for the freshman class, first heard about Hillsdale College through his involvement with the Cincinnati Tea Party and the local liberty groups in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. As a high school junior, he was just beginning the college search but didn’t have a fixed idea of what he wanted in a school yet: “I kind of had an idea of a larger school in a city as my ideal vision, but at the same time, I was also dreading progressive academia and the dreaded idea of ‘indoctrination,’ so I wanted primarily a school that had a similarity of view in values.”

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Aubrie Lupo on Personal Essays

Writing the personal essay can be one of the most daunting parts of the college application process. As a significant portion of the college admissions application, the personal essay is meant to display the unquantifiable elements of a prospective student’s personality, character, ability, and life experiences.

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