33 E. College St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242
554 men/544 women
13 men/27 women
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33 East College Street,
Hillsdale, Michigan 49242
Recently refurbished Central Hall with its magnificent clock tower is the focal point of campus and is surrounded by various academic and administrative building
Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian college for about 1,200 students. Located just off M-99 in the small southern Michigan city of Hillsdale, it lies between Detroit and Chicago and offers easy accessibility to interstate highways and a variety of metropolitan areas. Hillsdale students represent 47 states and 12 foreign countries, with about half of the student body coming from Michigan. Hillsdale has traditionally upheld two concepts: academic excellence and institutional independence. The College does not accept federal monies for its operations. This has set it free to offer a unique kind of education. Hillsdale College proudly adheres to the nondiscriminatory policy regarding race, religion, sex and national or ethnic origin that it has maintained since long before governments found it necessary to regulate such matters.
An intimate academic environment is a hallmark of the Hillsdale experience. Hillsdales average class size is 21 students, and the student/faculty ratio is 11/1. The colleges academic calendar consists of two 16-week semesters, and students may pursue either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree. Hillsdale College maintains its defense of the traditional liberal arts curriculum, convinced that it is the best preparation for meeting the challenges of modern life. The liberal arts are dedicated to stimulating students intellectual curiosity, to encouraging the critical, well-disciplined mind, and to fostering personal growth through academic challenge. There are six specific courses which are part of Hillsdales core curriculum: Physical Science, Biological Science, Freshmen Rhetoric and the Great Books I and II, The Western Heritage to 1600, and The American Heritage. In addition, a student will be taking at least one course from each group in the humanities, two in the social sciences, one Center for Constructive Alternatives seminar during his first two years and one during his last two years and two semesters of physical activities classes. Hillsdale students complete these core courses in addition to meeting the requirements for their chosen major(s) and minor(s).
Programs of Study
Majors: Accounting, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Computational Mathematics, Economics, Education (ECE, Elementary and Secondary), English, Financial Management, French, German, History, Marketing Management, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Speech and Theater
Interdisciplinary Studies: American Studies, Christian Studies, Comparative Literature, European Studies, International Studies in Business and Foreign Language, Political Economy
Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Allied Health Services, Pre-Dental, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Environmental Sciences, Pre-Forestry, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine and Osteopathy, Pre-Ministerial, Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Off-Campus Study Programs: Washington Journalism Internship and Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program in Washington DC; Hillsdale in Seville, Spain; Hillsdale/Oxford Program at Keble College, Oxford University; Hillsdale College/Universit_t des Saarlandes, Saarbr&Mac217;cken, Germany; Hillsdale College Summer School in W&Mac217;rzburg, Germany; Hillsdale College at Regents College, London.
Campus Life and Activities
Hillsdale is a residential campus, with about 85% of the students living in one of the ten single-sex dormitories or eight Greek houses. All residences are staffed by house directors and resident assistants who work to maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic study as well as safety and privacy. At Hillsdale College the events taking place outside the classroom are an integral part of a college students educational experience, thus the College offers many opportunities for involvement. Some of the most popular student organizations include the Greek system (four national sororities and four national fraternities on campus), Christian fellowship groups (InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Catholic Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes), varsity and intramural athletics, community service organizations (a total of over 17,000 volunteer hours were recorded last year), Student Federation, the fine arts (choir, orchestra, theater, etc.), academic honoraries, and student publications (newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine).
Facilities and Services
Hillsdale College grounds and facilities cover some 200 acres. The main quadrangle of campus is principally devoted to academic and administrative facilities. Recently restored Central Hall with its magnificent clock tower is the focal point of campus, and is flanked by new faculty and administrative office buildings Delp and Moss Halls. Classes are held in the Kresge Center as well as Strosacker Science Center and the Herbert Henry Dow Science Building. The Dow building is a 32,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art science facility that includes classrooms, a math and science computer lab, seminar rooms, numerous laboratories, faculty offices, and an animal suite. The Sage Center for the Arts houses the departments of art, music, theater and speech and features art studios, classrooms, private practice rooms, a radio studio, dressing and makeup rooms, a graphics lab, a costume shop, an art exhibit gallery, and an auditorium/theater. Hillsdales Michael Alex Mossey Library holds the colleges collection of over 250,000 volumes, 1,500 periodical subscriptions, and more than 6,000 audio-visual items. These collections are supplemented by more than 30 million items available from the 3,000 institutional members of the OCLC library cooperative. There are 22 computer workstations and many private and group study areas provided in the three floor library. The Knorr Student Center is home to various student organization offices, as well as the Student Union/Snack Bar, the Career Planning office, the Bookstore, the Chaplains office, and Information Technology Services.
Sports / Athletics
The Health Education and Sports Complex is Hillsdales athletic facility. This impressive 60,000-square-foot facility is home court for the Chargers and is available for use by all students. It includes an indoor and an outdoor track; basketball arena; a pool with diving area; racquetball courts; a weight room; tennis courts; football, baseball, softball, and soccer fields. Hillsdale is a division II member of the NCAA and also belongs to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. There are nine varsity sports offered for men and nine for women, and athletic scholarships are available. A variety of club and intramural sports including basketball, football, volleyball, softball, and swimming are also offered.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
About 75% of students at Hillsdale receive some form of financial aid. While Hillsdale does not participate in any federal financial aid programs, they have been able to replace those funds with their own institutional aid. There are four types of aid that a student can receive: academic, need-based, athletic, and talent/departmental. This aid may come in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, or work-study. Students who want to be considered for academic scholarships must submit their completed application for admission by January 2 of their senior year. Those who are seeking need based aid will need to complete Hillsdale Colleges Confidential Family Financial Statement. This form is available to a student once he is accepted for admission. Students from Michigan also need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid because in doing so they may qualify for state of Michigan grants and scholarships. Hillsdale has a priority filing deadline of March 15 for all financial aid paperwork.
Admission to Hillsdale College is a privilege extended to students who are able to benefit by and contribute to, the academic and social environment of the College. Important determinants for admission are intellectual curiosity, motivation, and social concern. Accordingly, grade average, ACT and/or SAT scores, class rank, strength of curriculum, extra-curricular activities, interviews, and recommendations are all reviewed carefully and are, consequently, important in the evaluation process. The college reviews applications on a rolling basis, and a decision is usually made within 4-6 weeks of receiving the completed application. An interview with an Admissions Counselor is not required for admission but is recommended.
All students considering attending Hillsdale College are encouraged to visit campus. During the Fall and Spring semesters, visits can include attending classes, meeting with professors, and staying overnight in a dorm, as well as a campus tour and an informal interview with an Admissions Counselor. Visits are scheduled on an individual basis Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. During the summer, campus tours and interviews can be scheduled from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
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