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Hillsdale College is preoccupied with fund raising andEnglish
Hillsdale College is preoccupied with fund raising and political and religious prostelytzing.
The students have been prioritized to the back since the late 1970's .
Whereas once the dale had some measure of influence in the business world, it now seems to be a red flag for employers.The school is not held in esteem by alumni, quite the contrary. We mourn the passing of what once was a unique school that truly encouraged free thinking.
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I regret going to Hillsdale.Biology
I regret going to Hillsdale. The opportunities available were few and snatched up by overeager homeschoolers who are now using their english degrees to be stay at home moms, English teachers at classical schools or baristas. The majority of students rush to get married right out of school sometimes even before graduation. This is a pitiful school where the professors seem to promote this sort of lifestyle.

The professors play favorites and I was never one of them even though I double majored and received honors in both. I made no friends at Hillsdale even though I was extremely involved in many activities. If you are a hyper conservative hoping to stay in that bubble the rest of your life and never be successful it is a great school.

The professors and most students applaud endlessly the liberal arts and the notion that only at Hillsdale can these things truly be taught. That is completely false. One does read the great books and learn a great deal of western heritage. The professors speak ad nauseam about the importance of such topics, but because of the small size of the school its hard to build relationships. Most of the students are rude and stuck up.

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I graduated from Hillsdale College in 2007.Finance
I graduated from Hillsdale College in 2007. I wouldn't trade my overall experience for anything. I made some very good friends, had a great time and got a good education. Some pros and cons:

PROS: The academics were top notch. My class sizes were small enough all my professors knew my name and were always willing to stay after classes if anybody needed individual attention or help. The professors by and large were very good, most of the courses were challenging and interesting.

I played basketball, which was one of many D2 (read: athletic scholarship) sports Hillsdale offered which was a wonderful experience. I never had a hard time finding parties, they were mostly small (no 10 keggers or anything) but still very fun. Not everyone there is a socially backward homeschool kid (some of those homeschool kids actually end up partying suprisingly hard) and if you are a sociable person you will make a lot of good friends.

There are lots of lakes around there for fishing, hiking, etc.
Hillsdale has great name recognition. When I tell a prospective client I went to Hillsdale they usually respond: "Really, that's a great school!".CONS: Hillsdale is small. The school is small and so is the town. If a huge school and bustling town are what your looking for, this place would be hell. You are never anonymous. If you do something stupid everybody knows about it. Also they treat you like children. "House moms" routinely search your dorm rooms for contraband like beer, etc. Any trace of marijuana (yes a decent number of people smoke weed there) gets you instantly expelled. The girls dorms are policed extremely tight. They will right you a ticket if you stay in a girls room past ~9:00 p.m. on a weeknight. However, if you eventually get off campus (you have to have a signed permission slip from mommy and daddy) you can do whatever you want.

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