Hillsdale College Admissions

Hillsdale College Admissions

Hillsdale College Admissions Overview:

Hillsdale College admits half of those who apply each year, making it neither selective nor open to all applicants. Applicants will need to submit scores from the SAT or ACT along with their application--the school accepts the Common Application, as well as a school-specific application. Additional materials include letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and high school transcripts. Be sure to check out the school's website for detailed requirements and important deadlines.

Admissions Data (2015):

  • Hillsdale College Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 620 / 750
    • SAT Math: 580 / 660
    • SAT Writing: 610 / 730
      • (what these SAT numbers mean)
    • ACT Composite: 27 / 31
    • ACT English: 27 / 33
    • ACT Math: 25 / 30
      • (what these ACT numbers mean)

Hillsdale College Description:

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in Hillsdale, Michigan. The college is known for being the first American college to prohibit discrimination in its charter. Hillsdale also refuses all federal and state government funding. The nearly 200-acre campus in rural southern Michigan is a blend of historical buildings and modern facilities and technology. The college has a 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 15. Students can choose from 37 undergraduate majors and several pre-professional programs, including dentistry, engineering, law and veterinary medicine. Hillsdale also offers a graduate program in political philosophy and American politics through its new Graduate School of Statesmanship. Student life is an integral aspect of Hillsdale, with more than 100 student clubs and organizations and seven Greek houses. The Hillsdale Chargers compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,526 (1,490 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $25,522
  • Books: Not Reported
  • Room and Board: $10,200
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $38,922

Hillsdale College Financial Aid:

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85%
    • Loans: 43%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $14,865
    • Loans: $10,077

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Classical Studies, English, Pre-Law, Pre-Med
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Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics.

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Hillsdale College Mission and History:

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"Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” It pursues the stated object of the founders: “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary, scientific, and theological education” outstanding among American colleges “and to combine with this such moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils.” As a nonsectarian Christian institution, Hillsdale College maintains “by precept and example” the immemorial teachings and practices of the Christian faith."