Admission and Retention
A maximum of 30 freshmen and transfer students are admitted to the Honors Program each year. All admissions to the Honors Program are solely at the discretion of the Honors Director. Students may seek admission after they enroll at Hillsdale; only rarely, however, will they be admitted following the beginning of their sophomore year.
Students admitted to the Honors Program as freshmen generally have a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or better. In most cases, they also have either a combined SAT score of 2130 or better or a composite ACT of 32 or better. Invitations to apply for the program are sent out to students who fit these criteria; prospective students may request additional information directly from Richard Gamble, the Honors Program Director. The Honors Program application consists of essays on topics set by the Honors Program Director.
The Honors Program Director may invite a small number of rising sophomores to apply for admission to the program when spaces are available. Students receiving invitations have achieved a grade-point average of 3.4 or better in their first semester at Hillsdale College and have been recommended by faculty members who have taught them in class.
All students in the Honors Program must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 and exhibit character and behavior consistent with the goals and purposes of the program. Students whose averages fall below 3.4, but who successfully complete all their courses, will be notified that they are on probation and given one semester to attain the required standard. Failure to do so will normally result in dismissal from the Honors Program.