“A Hillsdale College student is honorable in conduct, honest in word and deed, dutiful in study and service, and respectful of the rights of others. Through education, the student rises to self-government.”

Honor Code

In keeping with the original and abiding mission of Hillsdale College, each entering freshman signs the Honor Code, committing himself or herself to participate fully and honorably in the College’s mission.

Guided by faculty, staff, and their parents, Hillsdale College students learn to cherish the liberty of the soul; to defend, as the College founders declared, the “civil and religious liberty” of the American order; and to live with “intelligent piety” as self-governing citizens and scholars.

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Hillsdale is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college that enrolls 1,400 students. Fully accredited, it graduates students with the degree of bachelor of arts or bachelor of science and prepares them for graduate study, for professional schools, for teaching, and for many vocational and cultural pursuits.

Hillsdale’s founders opened the College’s doors to all, regardless of “race, sex, or national origin,” in 1844. It was the first college in Michigan, and the second in the United States, to admit women on par with men. Its cosmopolitan student body comes from forty-seven states and eight foreign countries.

Hillsdale College is also fiercely independent. To maintain that independence, Hillsdale accepts not one penny of federal or state taxpayer funds—even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. Instead, the education Hillsdale provides to both students on-campus and millions of Americans across the nation is made possible by the generous support of donors nationwide.

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