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Hillsdale College Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Hillsdale College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is April 1 and the application fee is $35.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Hillsdale College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Hillsdale College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Mean SAT Score 1366
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 41%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 53%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Hillsdale College?

Hillsdale College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

The early decision acceptance rate at Hillsdale College is 48%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 36%. In 2021, Hillsdale College admitted 97 of the 203 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Hillsdale College?

Getting into Hillsdale College is extremely difficult. Hillsdale College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Hillsdale College accepted 36% of students, around 727 of the 1,993 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Hillsdale College, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

In 2021, Hillsdale College waitlisted 210 students. Of those, 51 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important to Get In to Hillsdale College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Hillsdale College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Hillsdale College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Hillsdale College must submit the following items. Double check with Hillsdale College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.5
Other Requirements campus visit, college prep courses
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hillsdale College?

Students admitted to Hillsdale College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 0% submitted a class rank.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Hillsdale College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 0%
3.75 and 3.99 24.34%
3.50 and 3.74 6.45%
3.25 and 3.49 2.93%
3.00 and 3.24 0.88%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Hillsdale College does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Hillsdale College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 41% of Hillsdale College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 53% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Hillsdale College?

To be competitive with other Hillsdale College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1310 and 1450 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hillsdale College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1450 and 25% of scored lower than 1310, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Hillsdale College student is 1366.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hillsdale College students scored 723 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hillsdale College students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Hillsdale College?

To be most competitive at Hillsdale College, you should strive to earn between 29 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hillsdale College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hillsdale College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

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Transferring to Hillsdale College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Hillsdale College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Hillsdale College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Hillsdale College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hillsdale College?

Students who are admitted to Hillsdale College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Hillsdale College accept transfer credits?

Hillsdale College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Hillsdale College accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does Hillsdale College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Hillsdale College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hillsdale College?

No, Hillsdale College is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Hillsdale College's acceptance rate?

Hillsdale College's acceptance rate is 36%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hillsdale College?

Hillsdale College's early decision acceptance rate was 48% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Hillsdale College? Hillsdale College is a selective institution. The Hillsdale College acceptance rate is 36%. This means that the institution accepts 36 out of every 100 applicants.



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Hillsdale College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hillsdale College is Apr 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hillsdale College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hillsdale College ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


29 to 33


29 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Hillsdale College is 31. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Hillsdale College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Hillsdale College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1310 - 1450


Math SAT Range

640 - 723


Reading SAT Range

650 - 740

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1450 and Above


1310 to 1450


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Hillsdale College students is 1366. Applicants with SAT scores of 1450 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Hillsdale College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1310 to 1450 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1310 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Hillsdale College.

Hillsdale College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hillsdale College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.93. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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