Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, MI

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, MI

International Profile

Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty since 1844.

The founders of Hillsdale College set out to provide “a literary, scientific, [and] theological education” combined with “such moral and social instruction [that] will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils.” Through our rigorous core curriculum, you’ll study the great ideas and thinkers that have defined Western Civilization from ancient times to the present. You’ll strengthen your faith as you engage in respectful dialogue with students of other faith traditions and participate in student-led religious services and activities. You’ll shape your character through our vast array of student life organizations and community volunteer opportunities. You’ll find that the education you receive at Hillsdale gives you the freedom to pursue a multitude of paths after graduation. Hillsdale equips you not only to lead but to live a good life in your home, your workplace, and your community.

Visiting Hillsdale College is the best way to experience the many unique elements of our undergraduate community. Schedule a campus visit online at hillsdale.edu/visit.



Ranked among the top 100 liberal arts schools in the nation | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation for “best value” | Kiplinger’s Personal Finance


One of The Best 386 Colleges in the nation | The Princeton Review


One of the “Top 50 Colleges in the Midwest” | Forbes


#5 “Best College Newspaper in the Nation” | The Princeton Review


Nestled in the rolling hills of rural south-central MICHIGAN near the Indiana and Ohio state borders, downtown HILLSDALE is a short walk from campus and offers unique small-town shops and restaurants. Outdoor, four-season recreation abounds in the area with trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing as well as numerous lakes.

Hillsdale At A Glance

Type of School: Independent, coeducational, residential Christian liberal arts college

Size of Campus: 400 acres

Number of Students: 1,573 total undergraduate students

Number of Faculty: 157 faculty members; 90% with a terminal degree

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 36 major fields of concentration as well as 39 minors; the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, offering MA and PhD degrees in Politics; the Steve and Amy Van Andel School of Government in Washington, DC, offering an MA in Government

Geographic Diversity: Students representing 49 states, DC, and 12 foreign countries, 28% from Michigan, 72% from outside Michigan

International Student Services: International students may access the same services available to domestic students, such as academic tutors, the writing center, health services, mental health counselors, and more.

Financial Aid: International students are eligible for merit scholarships based on the strength of their application. There are also some scholarships available specifically for international students. These awards are based on academic achievement and financial need. Aid may cover up to the cost of tuition. Financial aid from Hillsdale College is awarded without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or national or ethnic origin. 

Test Score Requirements: Proof of English-language proficiency required through one of the following:
• Level 108 ESL: 15 (proficiency and motivational score)
• TOEFL: Score of 83 (iBT) or 560 (PBT)
• MELAB: Score of 83

Application Deadlines and Fees: The application fee is waived with our online application at hillsdale.edu/apply. Students may also apply using the Common Application. Paper applications may be downloaded from our website. There is a nonrefundable $35 fee that must accompany applications submitted via postal service. A $300 admission deposit is required to secure your place in the incoming class. 
• Early Decision deadline: November 1
• Regular Decision deadline: April 1
• Spring admission deadline: December 15

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The people who come to Hillsdale—the influence they have on you and the good example they set—are very important to me. Everyone is just kind, gentle, and helpful. "

    • Juan Vargas-Hernandez ’21
  • “Professors] are always full of ideas and ways to help you and guide you in your life."

    • Bilyana Petkova, ’16
  • “If anyone is interested in big ideas and discussing them with others who care—honestly care—that their ideas have consequences and are striving to find the best ones, I know of no place better for their education than Hillsdale. ”

    • Josiah Kollmeyer ’14
      Harvard Law School
  • “My Hillsdale education has given me an understanding of how ideas connect and helped me find my niche.”

    • Breana Noble ’18