Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning in Hillsdale, Michigan, dedicated to teaching the liberal arts. The College is convinced that these arts are the best preparation for meeting the challenges of modern life and that they offer to all people of all backgrounds not only an important body of knowledge, but also timeless truths about the human condition.
The College was established by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings resulting from the prevalence of civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety in the land” and who believed that “the diffusion of sound learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” As a nonsectarian Christian institution, Hillsdale College maintains “by precept and example” the immemorial teachings and practices of the Christian faith. Hillsdale was the first American college to prohibit in its charter any discrimination based on race, religion, or sex, and it became an early force for the abolition of slavery. Holding to its core policy of nondiscrimination, Hillsdale College rejects federally funded grants and loans and instead supports its students with privately funded grants, loans, and scholarships.
The College also considers itself a trustee of our Western philosophical and theological inheritance tracing to Athens and Jerusalem, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law. As part of its core curriculum, Hillsdale College requires each of its students to take a course on the United States Constitution.
Hillsdale continues to carry out its original mission today, both in the classroom and nationwide, through its many outreach programs around the country; its Barney Charter School Initiative, which has helped to establish 19 classical charter schools nationwide to date; its online courses, which have been taken by over two million people; and Imprimis, which reaches more than four million readers every month.