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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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Hillsdale is a highly rated private, Christian college located in Cambria Township, Michigan. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,440 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Hillsdale acceptance rate is 45%. Popular majors include Economics, History, and Political Science and Government. Hillsdale graduates 81% of its students.
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

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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
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.24 responses
17%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.24 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,440Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
0%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
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  • High acheiver
    24%
  • Curious about everything
    18%
  • Friendly
    18%
  • Studious
    18%
  • Well-rounded
    18%
  • Religious
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.34 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.37 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Pursuing truth, defending liberty
    41%
  • Classical Liberal Arts
    18%
  • Strength rejoices in the challenge.
    12%
  • Traditional
    12%
  • Liberty
    6%
  • Respect
    6%
  • Strict
    6%

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.
Amazing education, environment, and teachers. They truly care about who you become and that you’re completely being educated. The students are for the most part studious yet very fun. The culture is great. It is also in a beautiful location. There is a lake nearby with trails for hiking, running, biking, etc. You can rent canoes and paddle boards for the lake. While it is a small school, sports can be very exciting and the school has a lot of spirit. Overall great experience. Would completely recommend, just as long as you go there expecting to be challenged. Expect to work hard. You will be rewarded. The teachers take time to get to know you personally; you are not just a number in the books. Some of the classes are also based off of student participation which adds a great element to learning.