Hillsdale College

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Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college with a student body of nearly 1,400. It is known for being a progressive school dedicated to the Western Tradition. While students can choose from more than 30 majors, all are required to complete a core curriculum that focuses on the Great Books and the United States. Constitution, as well as physics, biology, and chemistry.

  • Hillsdale is the first American institution of higher education to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or gender.
  • It is the second liberal arts school to grant four-year degrees to women.
  • It emphasizes self-governance: incoming students are required to sign an honor code dedicated to this principle.
  • Because Hillsdale refuses to participate in federal Title IV laws, students at the college are not allowed to receive any government aid. 
    • 97% of students at Hillsdale receive some form of financial assistance because the school provides its own institutional grants and loans.
  • Students at Hillsdale join a long tradition of political activism.
    • It had a higher percentage of students enlist in the Civil War than any other school in the West.
  • Students are also very active on campus, with more than 100 Student clubs and seven Greek chapters.