Undergraduate Admissions

How to Apply

Admissions Process

All Hillsdale College applicants must provide:

  • A completed application form. Applicants may use, and equal consideration is given to:
  • Official High School Transcripts from all schools where credit has been granted.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores. Highest composite scores from a single sitting will be considered.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation. If using The Common Application, a template is provided. No template is required for applicants using the Hillsdale application.
  • Résumé of extracurricular activities, awards, and achievements
  • Essay and short answers are included in The Common Application form. Applicants using the Hillsdale College application will complete a separate Writing Supplement.
  • An Admissions Interview, though not required, is highly recommended for all applicants, especially those wishing to be considered for scholarship. Click here to learn more.

Students using The Common Application may submit all supplemental materials directly through The Common App. Students using Hillsdale’s applications may upload their Writing Supplement and Résumé via a Hillsdale Account after submitting an application form. Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation should be mailed directly to:

Admissions Office
Hillsdale College
33 E. College St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Application Deadlines

Application Plan Application Deadline Notification Date Deposit Deadline
Early Decision November 15 December 1 January 15
Early Action December 15 February 15 May 1
Regular Decision February 15* April 1 May 1

Early Decision is a commitment-based plan for students whose top choice is Hillsdale College. Students who are admitted must deposit by January 15, and withdraw their applications to other schools. Early Decision is a priority deadline for scholarship consideration.

Early Action offers applicants the benefit of receiving notification from Hillsdale College earlier than our Regular Decision plan, but does not obligate them to enroll if admitted. Early Action is a priority plan for scholarship consideration.

Regular Decision is the final deadline for Fall applications.

*Applications received after February 15 will be considered, though priority will be given to those received by the deadline.

Rolling Admission is used for Spring applicants, guest students, and special students.

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Students with College Credit
Students wishing to receive Hillsdale College credit for any college coursework taken while in high school must submit official transcripts from the institution(s) granting credit. A student who has taken less than 12 credits will be considered a traditional freshman, and should select “Freshman” on the application. A student who has taken 13-23 credits should select “Freshman Transfer,” which will warrant treatment as a first-time college student.

Transfer Students
A transfer student has received at least 24 hours of college credit from another institution. In addition to the application requirements listed above, transfer students must submit:

Homeschooled Students
In addition to the requirements listed above, homeschooled students should be sure that:

  • Official high school transcripts come from a homeschool clearinghouse, guild, or association. If transcripts are unavailable, we encourage you to consider FastTranscripts.com, offered in concert with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Or, we will accept detailed course descriptions, along with proficiency levels and textbooks used.
  • Letters of recommendation should be written by individuals of no relation to you. If your primary educator is a parent, you may submit three letters of recommendation.

International Students
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must:

  • Submit all transcripts with English translation
  • Demonstrate English proficiency using either the SAT or TOEFL test, if English is not the native language

Guest and Special Students

  • Guest students should obtain an application form in the records office of their home institution, or by contacting Hillsdale’s Admissions Office
  • Permission is granted to a limited number of Special Students to enroll for fewer than the minimum number of credit hours carried by a regular student. These students pay the per-credit-hour tuition fee and enroll for not more than 11 hours of course work each semester. They must follow the standard application procedure.


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