175 Years of Learning, Character, Faith & Freedom
Human beings have to be taught to see the world.
Learning is essential for the maintenance and prosperity of a free society. The liberally educated soul seeks to grasp the highest things and, with the help of others, to live in light of them. That is why we will always teach anyone who wants to learn from us.
In understanding what makes Western civilization possible, we also learn what it demands of us to preserve it. A liberal arts education liberates us from our wishful thinking—and all the other constraints on our understanding of reality. It is the surest way to direct individuals toward a life that is truly free.
We didn’t create high standards at Hillsdale—they already exist in nature.
It is our task and joy to be part of a community that continually reaches for the good. Our Articles of Association exhort us to develop the minds and improve the hearts of our students. “Virtus tentamine gaudet”—strength rejoices in the challenge—is our motto.
Intellectual virtue is meaningless without moral virtue. Education is a rigorous undertaking to pursue the good, the true, and the beautiful together. Our attention to moral character means we graduate men and women truly capable of self-government.
There are two chief ways of knowing: reason and faith.
There has never been a great university that has not been concerned with the question of God; there has never been serious Christian practice that has not been concerned with learning. At Hillsdale, faith and learning are integrated in pursuit of a common end.
As the founders of our nation and the founders of our college always knew, God is indeed the first authority and the motive toward which all learning moves.
Hillsdale college understands, as our nation’s founders did, that learning is essential to freedom.
The mission of Hillsdale College, as set forth in our Articles of Association, is to offer “sound learning” of the kind needed to preserve “the inestimable blessings . . . of civil and religious liberty.” A liberal arts education of the kind offered at Hillsdale was understood by America’s founders to be essential to free government.
The threats to liberty, self-government, and the rule of law today are many and severe. Proper education provides the surest defense.
Our country needs Hillsdale College now more than ever, which is why Hillsdale has adopted the strategy of radiating what occurs on its campus as far and wide, and to as many citizens, as possible.
Patrick L. Sajak
Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Campaign Co-chair
Stephen A. Van Andel, '78
Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Campaign Co-chair
The Four Pillars Campaign is your opportunity to support that rare institution that will do exactly what it says it will do.
Hillsdale does not accept even one penny of federal or state financial aid for grants, loans, or scholarships. When students receive a financial aid package from Hillsdale—and 96 percent of them do—it's the result of gifts from thousands of generous donors like you. Your scholarship gift lives on in the way our graduates raise their children, lead in the workplace, and exemplify principled citizenship on a daily basis.
Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment:
Master’s in Classical Education Scholarships:
General Operations: $201.7M
Year over year, we balance our budget, living within our means. But to reach out aggressively and with integrity, Hillsdale must have the fiscal flexibility made possible by generous gifts for immediate needs.
Student Extracurricular Activities
Program Endowments: $121.6M
For millions of people, Hillsdale is more than an outstanding college: we stand as a beacon in the world of education. By supporting online offerings, public forums, charter school development, and more, you help ensure that those who want to learn have the opportunity to do so, gaining the knowledge necessary to protect America’s founding principles.
Development of Online Education:
Graduate School of Government:
Capital Projects: $103.3M
Prudent care of our beautiful campuses ensures that Hillsdale’s infrastructure keeps pace with both our daily needs and our ambitious goals. Future capital projects range from modest renovations to major building expansions and new construction.
Student Professional Development Center:
On October 2–3, 2019, over 800 guests attended a gala celebration on Hillsdale’s campus to mark the College’s 175th year, dedicate Christ Chapel, and launch the College’s Four Pillars Campaign. Videos of the Chapel dedication and of speeches given during the gala can be found below.