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Hillsdale College

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About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” It pursues the stated object of the founders: “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary, scientific, [and] theological education” outstanding among American colleges “and to combine with this such moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils.” As a nonsectarian Christian institution, Hillsdale College maintains “by precept and example” the immemorial teachings and practices of the Christian faith.

The College also considers itself a trustee of our Western philosophical and theological inheritance tracing to Athens and Jerusalem, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law.

By training the young in the liberal arts, Hillsdale College prepares students to become leaders worthy of that legacy. By encouraging the scholarship of its faculty, it contributes to the preservation of that legacy for future generations. By publicly defending that legacy, it enlists the aid of other friends of free civilization and thus secures the conditions of its own survival and independence.

Campus information

With over one hundred clubs, organizations, and honoraries, seven nationally chartered Greek houses, twelve NCAA Division II athletic teams, intramural sports, club sports, choir, orchestra, theatre, debate, and events hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB), you will never run out of things to do! The student life at Hillsdale ensures that you will have a memorable and enjoyable college experience.

Hillsdale College is located in southern-central Michigan. If you are traveling by plane, the nearest major airports are Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Toledo Express Airport (TOL), and Chicago O’Hare / Midway Airports (ORD / MDW).

From Detroit

Hillsdale College is 90 miles west of Detroit.

Take I-94 West to US-127 South (Exit 142). Proceed about 20 miles and turn right on US-12 West. Take US-12 West about 16 miles to Jonesville. Continue through downtown Jonesville and turn left onto M-99 South. Proceed about 4 miles to the third stoplight and turn left onto Fayette Street. Go to the flashing stoplight at Hillsdale Street and turn left. Follow the blue signs to campus.

From Toledo

Hillsdale College is 70 miles northwest of Toledo.

Take I-80/90 West to Ohio St. Rte. 15 (Exit 13) and proceed north toward Pioneer. The road number will change to M-99 at the Michigan border, and about 12 miles north will appear to end at a flashing red light. Turn left, and continue on M-99 for about 5 miles into Hillsdale. Proceed through downtown to the third traffic light and turn left onto Carleton Street (you need to be in the left lane). At the next light, turn right onto West Street and head north 4 blocks to main campus.

From Chicago

Hillsdale College is 200 miles east of Chicago.

Take I-80/90 East to Angola, Indiana (Exit 144). Follow I-69 North about 10 miles to Coldwater (Exit 13) and take US-12 East. Proceed straight through Quincy and Allen. In Jonesville, turn right onto M-99 South. Proceed about 4 miles to the third stoplight in Hillsdale. Turn left onto Fayette Street. Go to the flashing stoplight on Hillsdale Street and turn left. Follow the blue signs to campus.


One of the most rewarding and entertaining experiences of college, especially a small college like Hillsdale, is residence life. Students living in a residence hall or Greek house build friendships that last a lifetime, experience personal growth, and make memories that will be cherished for years to come.

All freshmen are required to live in a residence hall. Sophomores who have gone through recruitment may move into a Greek house, and juniors and seniors may apply for off-campus housing. However, you are guaranteed a room in a residence hall for all four years. Don’t worry; there will be time to explore life around campus.

All the residence halls at Hillsdale are single sex with the exception of the Suites, which features a men’s wing and a women’s wing separated by lobbies. Each dorm has a house director and student resident assistants, as well as housekeeping service to help reduce wear and tear on the buildings.

A mix of single- and double-occupancy rooms are available in most residences. Vending machines are available in all residences for those late-night munchies, as are laundry facilities, microwaves, toasters, and cable televisions.

As a campus community, we are committed to providing an enriching living environment conducive to success in both social and academic arenas.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 English Language 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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