Undergraduate Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the academic profile of incoming freshmen?

The incoming class of 2017 (entered in fall 2013) averaged a high school grade-point average of 3.81, a composite ACT score of 29, and a combined SAT score of 1980. In addition, 56% of the incoming class of 2017 ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.

What is the application process?

Hillsdale College reviews applications according to three admissions plans: Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision. Applications are most commonly accepted online via the Hillsdale College Online Undergraduate Application or The Common Application and are supported by official ACT or SAT test scores, thoughtful essays, official academic transcripts, a résumé of extracurricular activities, leadership, volunteerism, work experience, and two letters of recommendation. A personal interview with an admissions representative is highly encouraged. The timing of admissions decisions is in accordance with the application plan through which a student applies. Additional information relating to the application process can be referenced here.

How are applications reviewed?

The Admissions Office considers the following: GPA, rigor of high school coursework, SAT/ACT scores (we will accept either one and will consider the highest composite score if you have taken the test numerous times), extracurricular involvement (leadership and volunteerism are important), interview, essays, and letters of recommendation.

What is the tuition cost at Hillsdale?

Tuition for 2015-16 is $23,840. The annual cost is $34,352, which includes tuition, room, board, and general fees. Books and course fees are additional expenses. A further breakdown can be referenced here.

When is the Admissions Office open?

Business hours during the academic year are 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday. Summer hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST) with a one-hour closing period at 12:00 p.m.

How do I arrange a visit to campus?

Visits to campus are requested online via the "Request an Individual Visit" button. Admissions offers tours, day visits, and overnight visits, and prospective students are hosted by a current Hillsdale College Student Ambassador. A typical itinerary during the academic year would include a tour of campus, class visit, lunch in the cafeteria, and an interview with an admissions representative.

Where should supplementary application materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) be mailed to accompany my online application?

Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other accompanying application paperwork should be mailed directly to:

Admissions Office, Hillsdale College
33 E. College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242

What high school curriculum is recommended by Hillsdale’s Admissions Committee?

Above all, Hillsdale College encourages high school students to follow a college preparatory curriculum that demonstrates academic motivation, ambition, and achievement. An aggressive college preparatory curriculum should include:

  • 4 years of English that promise facility in reading and verbal expression
  • 4 years of math
  • a strong foundation in foreign language, history, and biological and physical science

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Program (IB) courses are given special attention in the selection process. Prospective students interested in a reading list recommended by the College English faculty can reference such a list here.

I’ve been accepted and admitted to Hillsdale College. What’s the next step?

Refer to the Admitted Students page and additional Frequently Asked Questions for more information.