Academic Services

Success at a rigorous liberal arts college like Hillsdale requires personal responsibility, but if all of those lectures, reading assignments, papers, and exams start to feel overwhelming, Academic Services can help you find the support you need for academic excellence.

We’ll help you develop practical habits and skills that will serve your learning, and introduce you to mentors that will help you make the most of your Hillsdale experience.


Douglas H. Hawkins Academic Services Center
Lower Level, Knorr Student Center
33 E College St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242


Director of Academic Services

Christy Maier

(517) 607-2753

[email protected]


The Writing Center

Visit the Writing Center in Academic Services for free writing tutorials Sundays through Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Our trained peer tutors will work with you at any stage of the writing process—brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing—to develop and improve your skills as a writer. Appointments on Handshake are strongly recommended, although you’re welcome to drop-in if our tutors are available. The Writing Center can also be used as a quiet study space.

Professor Assistance

With a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and average class sizes of 15, Hillsdale students benefit from the personal attention of their professors, and office hours with them can be your first line of defense if you find yourself struggling in class. You can usually find office hours listed on your course syllabi, but Academic Services can also help you identify them.

Departmental Tutoring and Research Assistance

Many academic departments provide peer tutors, and we can help you find these and other free sources to keep the semester running smoothly. If additional one-on-one help is needed, we offer a limited number of tutor referrals as well.

Freshman Lecture Series

A series of lectures at the start of the new semester help acclimate new students to Hillsdale’s community of learners. Upperclassmen speak on strategies for time management, study skills, and formatting in the Chicago Manual of Style.

Academic Counseling

With the help of the Deans and Associate Deans of Women and Men, free, personalized academic coaching in time management, test prep, study strategies, or managing specific learning disabilities is available for those who need accountability or extra help with identifying and achieving their academic goals.