Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is a private, residential, coeducational, nonsectarian Christian, "Best Value" classical liberal arts college of 1,460 students located on a picturesque 400-acre campus in southern Michigan. All students enroll in a rigorous, structured core curriculum rooted in the enduring truths of the Western tradition. More than 100 student organizations, as well as athletic teams and fine arts ensembles, contribute to a vibrant student life that is animated by an Honor Code committing students to the goal of self-government. Graduates leave the College shaped by an experience purposed to "develop the minds and improve the hearts."

Academic Programs

  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Financial Management
  • French
  • General Business
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • Greek
  • History
  • International Studi

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Spiritual Life
  • Student Government
  • Newspaper
  • Radio
  • Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Theatre
  • Debate
  • Dance
  • Literary Publications
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • Volunteer Programs

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines

First-year

First year (or “Freshman”) applicants to Hillsdale College are currently enrolled in high school, or are high school graduates who have never enrolled full-time as degree-seeking college students.

Required documents:

  • Application form
  • Essay and short answer responses
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official high school transcripts (and college transcripts if dual-enrolled)
  • Official ACT/SAT/CLT scores (optional)
Strongly Recommended:
  • Admissions Interview
  • Resume of extracurricular activities, leadership, volunteerism, and work experience

Transfer

Transfer applicants to Hillsdale College have graduated from high school and are currently enrolled (or were once enrolled) full-time as degree-seeking college students.

Required documents:

  • Application form
  • Essay and short answer responses
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts
  • Official ACT/SAT/CLT scores (optional)
  • Dean of Students Transfer Form
Strongly Recommended:
  • Admissions Interview
  • Resume of extracurricular activities, leadership, volunteerism, and work experience

Additional Information

At Hillsdale College, we believe education is about far more than just preparing for a career. Our founders committed to providing an outstanding education that would offer “such moral, social and artistic instruction and culture as will best develop the minds and improve the
hearts of the students,” and to “teach by precept and example the essentials of the Christian faith.” At Hillsdale, you will immerse yourself in the rich spiritual and intellectual inheritance passed down through generations of Western Civilization and Christian communities, which will not only expand your mind, but also change your heart. 

The ideas you discuss in the classroom will provide new perspectives and help to shape your character. You’ll be guided by professors who care deeply about your growth, and by peers who will support and uplift you on your journey. You’ll develop the ability to distinguish liberty from
license and to use the knowledge you’ve acquired for the highest good. You will begin to make “earth better and heaven richer,” in the words of one of our oldest College documents. And as your years as a Hillsdale student come to an end, you’ll leave our beautiful campus better
prepared—heart and mind—to face the challenges ahead.
 

Visit us

Experience life at Hillsdale, where you’ll find a community of people pursuing the highest things. Individual campus visits are available by appointment Monday-Friday throughout the academic year, as well as select Saturday mornings. Visit programs are also available. Explore opportunities and schedule your visit online at hillsdale.edu/visit.

Students at Hillsdale go into all walks of life. What's important is that they all have something in common: that they have learned how to live.

Dr. Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location
Address

33 East College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242, United States of America

Phone number

(517) 607-2327

Region

Midwest

Midwest