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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    NG
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    D
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    NG
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
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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
1280-1440
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
$20,382/ 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+

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
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,440Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
49
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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Hillsdale College Reviews

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I love this school! The classes and professors are outstanding and really push you to your limits. It is incredibly engaging and fascinating every day and I can honestly I was never bored in my classes. The professors are so kind and caring and invested in their students. Office hours seem a little daunting at first but as soon as you start talking with the professors you feel all the anxiety fade and take part in wonderful and enlightening conversations. I really do love the majority of the core classes here at Hillsdale because they allow you to experience just about every major area of study and open your eyes to new subject you never knew you liked. I cannot say enough good things about the school except for the food which is not quite as amazing. That being said, all other aspects of the school are truly outstanding in my opinion.
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There is no other college out there like Hillsdale. The community is incredibly close, the professors care, and the student opportunities are endless. It's not without its administrative issues, but the good far outweighs any bad. Don't worry if you don't come from an extremely conservative or religious background, because there is truly a place for everyone here, and the political/religious culture is not at all dominating if you don't want it to be (i.e. you have to seek it out). You can be a part of many different communities and organizations both on and off campus. The classes here are rigorous but doable, and professors genuinely care. The relationships I've built with professors, the involvement I've had in my department, and the leadership opportunities I've found on campus will all aide me in applying to graduate school and out in the real world. On top of that, the friendships and memories that I've made have given me the college experience I've always wanted.
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.