Hillsdale College

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33 E. College Street

Hillsdale, MI 49242

Phone: (517) 437-7341
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Hillsdale College is a private institution that was founded in 1844. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,434, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hillsdale College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 82. Its tuition and fees are $22,890 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Hillsdale College distinguishes itself from most other academic institutions by its rigorous, traditional, liberal arts, core curriculum and its principled determination never to accept federal taxpayer funding. Hillsdale's core curriculum contains the essence of the classical liberal arts education. Through it, our students are introduced to the history, the philosophical and theological ideas, the works of literature, and the scientific discoveries that set Western Civilization apart. As explained in the Hillsdale mission statement, "The College considers itself a trustee of modern man's intellectual and spiritual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law".

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1844
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Hillsdale College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are January 1 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Hillsdale College is $35. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 49 percent and an early acceptance rate of 41.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 49.0%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hillsdale College is 10:1, and the school has 77.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hillsdale College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; History; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 65%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Social Sciences 16%
English Language and Literature/Letters 12%
History 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%

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Student Life

Hillsdale College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,434, with a gender distribution of 47.1 percent male students and 52.9 percent female students. At this school, 85 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15 percent of students live off campus. Hillsdale College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,447
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Hillsdale College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Hillsdale College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hillsdale College, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Hillsdale College.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Hillsdale College, 40.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,958.

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Tuition and fees $22,890 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,000 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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