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Hillsdale College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1844
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,346
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $237,219,962
Admissions Address

33 E. College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: February 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Mr. Jeffrey S. Lantis
Admissions office telephone: (517) 607-2327
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: February 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 1
Early action
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: January 20
Application fee: $35
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? No
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.hillsdale.edu/admissions/application/apply.asp Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 4 4
Science 3 3
Lab 1 1
Foreign language 2 2
Social studies 1 1
History 2 2
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 16 16

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 15
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 75%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 75%
Early-action acceptance rate: 75%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 75%
Total applicants: 1,240
Total acceptances: 929
Total freshman enrollment: 410
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 65%
Male applicants: 574
Male acceptances: 409
Male freshman enrollment: 195
Female applicants: 666
Female acceptances: 520
Female freshman enrollment: 215
Out-of-state freshmen: 62%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 25
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 20
Students enrolled from waiting list: 2

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 43%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 74%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 98%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 56%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
First-year students submitting GPA: 99%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 45%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 640 – 710
Math: 580 – 660
Combined: 1220 – 1370

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 35.0% 16.0%
600-699 50.0% 48.0%
500-599 13.0% 33.0%
400-499 2.0% 3.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 55%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 24 – 29
Math: 24 – 30
Composite: 24 – 30

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 26.0% 32.0% 16.0%
24-29 55.0% 45.0% 58.0%
18-23 19.0% 23.0% 26.0%
12-17 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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