B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    NG
  3. Diversity
    NG
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A
Hillsdale College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Christian (General)
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
33 E. College St
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Hillsdale College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
45%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1190-1440
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$20,817/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
  • $30-48k
  • $49-75k
  • $76-110k
  • $110k+
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.18 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
19%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,440Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
0%
Varsity Athletes
23%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.31 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Pursuing truth, defending liberty
    43%
  • Classical Liberal Arts
    21%
  • Traditional
    14%
  • Liberty
    7%
  • Respect
    7%
  • Strength rejoices in the challenge.
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    0%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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I have attended Hillsdale for almost a year now, and it has been great! The professors sincerely care about the students' education and are always there for them. Since it is a small college, the community is tightly-knit; students can hardly walk across campus without saying hello to at least one person, students have movie nights and mixers together, and sometimes will even be invited to dine at professors' houses. Hillsdale is academically challenging, which creates an excellence that allows students to self-govern, and discover how to think.
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Hillsdale College is a phenomenal choice for any student devoted to higher learning. The course load is rigorous so anticipate that the high school GPA which you have gotten used to will take quite a hit once you get on campus. Nevertheless, the top notch professors and well crafted curriculum makes all of the late nights and early mornings seem worthwhile.

Hillsdale is not a “party school”. You can still have fun on Friday and Saturday nights, but don’t expect to find any state-school-level darties come springtime. With the amount of time you will spend studying in order to maintain a decent GPA, you would be lucky to go out two nights a week anyway.

Hillsdale is a unique school to say the least. From the fact that it has one of (if not the largest) core liberal arts curriculum in the country to it’s trailblazing history of government independence, a strong sense of pride exists among the students and faculty for belonging to such an institution as Hillsdale College.
I'm very conflicted over how I feel about my college. I love the greek life and the classes that I am taking. I think the core curriculum is huge, but ultimately worth it. I appreciate the things that I am learning, but the school and administration is so conservative that they can be unwelcoming of other ideas and other people who speak up about issues that they do not agree on. The campus is gorgeous, but the diversity is essentially non existent.