Science & Engineering Profile

About Hillsdale College
Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential Christian 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 itis accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Hillsdale Highlights
• 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 of graduation.
• The average entering freshman academic profile is a 3.82–4.0 GPA and 28–32 ACT, or 1280–1420 SAT.
• Students come from 49 states and Washington, DC, plus 14 foreign countries; 49% female, 51% male
• The freshman retention rate is 92%.
• Hillsdale offers an affordable yearly cost.  Tuition: $25,540; room, board, and required fees: $11,812
• The student-faculty ratio is 10:1; the average class size is 15.
• The Hillsdale College motto, virtus tentamine gaudet, translates to “strength rejoices in the challenge.”


• Aquatic Ecology and Palaeoecology
• Behavioral Ecology
• Developmental Genetics and Toxicology
• Microbiology/Molecular Biology
• Molecular Ecology
• Plant Ecology
• Virology

• Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biology honorary
• Cadaver Lab for undergraduate students
• G. H. Gordon Biological Station at Rockwell Lake (largest private college biological station in the state)
• Graduate-level equipment
• LAUREATES research program

Chemistry and Biochemistry
• ACS-Certified Chemistry (major)
• Chemistry (major)
• Chemistry (minor)

• American Chemical Society (ACS) chapter
• Graduate-level instrumentation
• Iota Sigma Pi honorary for women in Chemistry
• Mentored research project
• Option to earn an ACS-certified degree

• Calculus
• Chemistry
• Electronics
• Experimental physics
• Quantum mechanics
• Theoretical physics
• Thermal physics

• Astronomy club
• Flexible Pre-engineering options
• Senior thesis and research/publishing opportunities
• Sigma Pi Sigma honor society for Physics students
• State-of-the-art equipment

Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
• Applied Mathematics
• Mathematics (major)
• Mathematics (minor)

• Actuarial Club pre-professional organization
• Kappa Mu Epsilon national mathematics honorary
• Opportunity for presentation and publication of research findings
• Problem-Solving Seminar

Pre-medicine and Pre-health Professions
• Chiropractic
• Dental
• Medical
• Optometry
• Pharmacy
• Physical Therapy
• Veterinary

• Dedicated pre-professional advisor
• High rates of acceptance to premium medical schools
• Option to apply to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in freshman or sophomore year

Recent Admission to Programs at:
• Case Western Reserve
• Columbia University
• Indiana University
• Mayo Clinic
• Michigan State University
• Ohio State University
• University of Michigan
• University of Toledo

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.”

Rich heritage
Though established by Freewill Baptists, Hillsdale has been officially nondenominational since its inception. It was the first American college to prohibit any discrimination based on race, religion, or sex in its charter and became an early force for the abolishment 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, Hillsdale College asks that they fulfill certain academic requirements in these areas.

Among the courses required of Hillsdale students in the core curriculum are 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.

Visit Hillsdale
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