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About Hillsdale College
Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, Christian, residential liberal arts college with a student body of approximately 1,500. Its four-year curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Hillsdale’s educational mission rests upon two principles: academic excellence and institutional independence. The College does not accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of its operations.
Hillsdale continues to carry out its original mission today, both in the classroom and nationwide, through its many outreach programs, including its monthly speech digest, Imprimis; National Leadership Seminars; and not-for-credit online course offerings. A prayer written in the Bible that was placed inside the 1853 cornerstone of Central Hall reflects its continuing commitment: “May earth be better and heaven be richer because of the life and labor of Hillsdale College.”
Though established by Freewill Baptists, Hillsdale has been officially nondenominational since its inception. It was the first American college to prohibit in its charter any discrimination based on race, religion, or sex and became an early force for the abolition of slavery. It sent a larger percentage of its students to fight for the Union in the Civil War than any other American college or university except West Point. It was also the second college in the nation to grant four-year liberal arts degrees to women.
The liberal arts
A sound liberal arts education includes study in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. To prepare its students adequately in the liberal arts, then, Hillsdale College asks that they fulfill certain academic requirements in these areas.
Among the courses required of Hillsdale students in the core curriculum are the following: Classical Logic and Rhetoric, Great Books in the Western Tradition, Great Books in the British and American Traditions, The Western Heritage, The American Heritage, and The US Constitution, as well as courses in philosophy, theology, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the fine arts.
Hillsdale College’s liberal arts education and vibrant campus community help students form a foundation for the rest of their lives. A Hillsdale education is more than the study of what is good, true, and beautiful; it is in the practice of these things that education comes to life.
Beautiful campus and facilities
Located in rural southern Michigan, the nearly 400-acre Hillsdale campus includes both modern and historic buildings. In addition to excellent classroom spaces, the Mossey Library and Heritage Room, and arts, music, and science buildings, excellent facilities include a state-of-the-art health education and sports complex, the John Anthony Halter Shooting Sports Education Center, Slayton Arboretum and Hayden Park, the Dow Conference Center, the Searle Center, and comfortable residence halls. The Grewcock Student Union is the major hub of campus activity and houses the dining hall, a café, the College bookstore, and offices for student activities and publications. A chapel construction project is currently under way.
Students of the natural sciences can pursue their interests at the College’s G.H. Gordon Biological Station, a 685-acre field research laboratory located in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, DC, holds classes and provides support for students participating in the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program.
Vibrant student life
With over 100 clubs, organizations, and honoraries; seven nationally chartered Greek houses; 14 NCAA Division II athletic teams; intramural and club sports; choir, orchestra, and theatre; competitive speaking; a student newspaper, literary journal, and yearbook; spiritual life and volunteerism; and events hosted by the Student Activities Board, students never run out of things to do! The student life at Hillsdale ensures a memorable and enjoyable college experience.
Visiting Hillsdale College is the best way to experience the many unique elements of this undergraduate community, the highlights of which include a picturesque campus, an ambitious and active student body, and friendly, dedicated faculty and staff. Schedule a campus visit online at hillsdale.edu/visit.
• Every student signs The Honor Code, committing to participate fully in the mission of the College: “A Hillsdale College student is honorable in conduct, honest in word and deed, dutiful in study and service, and respectful of the rights of others. Through education the student rises to self-government.”
• Hillsdale students enjoy the highest academic profile of any national liberal arts college competing in Division II athletics.
• Three graduates recently clerked for US Supreme Court Justices.
• Hillsdale is consistently ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, Barron’s, Colleges of Distinction, National Review, The Princeton Review, Peterson’s, Kiplinger’s, and Forbes and is included in Colleges That Change Lives.
• Study abroad options include Argentina, England, France, Germany, Scotland, and Spain.
• 98% of Hillsdale College graduates are employed, enrolled in further education, or engaged in meaningful activity within six months.
• The average entering freshman academic profile is as follows: 3.82–4.0 GPA, 28–32 ACT, 1280-1420 SAT.
• Students come from 49 states, DC, and 14 foreign countries; 49% female, 51% male
• Freshman retention rate is 92%.
• Hillsdale offers an affordable yearly cost: tuition: $25,540; room, board, and required fees: $11,812
• Student-faculty ratio is 10:1; average class size is 15.
• The Hillsdale College motto, virtus tentamine gaudet, translates to “strength rejoices in the challenge.”
Departments & Programs
• Chemistry | biochemistry, chemistry
• Mathematics | applied mathematics
• Art | art, art history minor, graphic design minor
• Classics | classics, greek, latin
• Philosophy & Religion | philosophy, religion
• Rhetoric & Public Address | mass communication minor, organizational communication minor
• Theatre | dance minor
• Economics & Business Administration | accounting, economics, financial management, general business minor, marketing/management
• Education | classical education minor, early childhood education minor
• Sport Studies | exercise science, physical education, sport management, sport psychology
• American Studies
• Christian Studies
• Comparative Literature
• European Studies
• International Studies in Business & Foreign Language
• Political Economy
• Sociology & Social Thought
• George Washington Fellowship Program
• Herbert H. Dow II Program in American Journalism | journalism minor
• Allied Health Sciences
• Environmental Sciences
• Veterinary Medicine