Located in various campus locations in Texas, Hill College was established in 1923 and is a comprehensive community college. It was originally known as Hillsboro Junior College, which was the first municipal junior college chartered in the state of Texas. For several years during the 1950's, the college was closed after efforts to start a county-wide college system failed, but the school reopened in 1962.
Hill College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its campuses are located in Hillsboro, Burleson, Cleburne, Meridian, and Glen Rose, Texas. The institution focuses on core values of Integrity, Educational Excellence, Respect, Enthusiasm, Student Success, and Collaboration.
A wide selection of Associate Degree programs are offered at Hill College. General Studies areas include Art, Agriculture, Biology and Pre-Professional Health, Chemistry/Physics, Child Care and Development, Criminal Justice, Drama, English, Geography, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Music, Nursing, Social Sciences, Speech and other areas.
There are a number of Transfer Degrees also offered at Hill College. These programs can be continued at four-year colleges and universities for students who want to pursue a Bachelor's Degree. Transfer Degrees at Hill College include Behavioral Science, Business, Communication, Languages, Physical Education, and many more.
Hill College also offers Technical Training programs in Automotive, Cosmetology, Echocardiography, EMS Professions, Fire Protection, Management, Office Administration, Sonography, Welding, and more.
Hill College is known for its Texas Heritage Museum, which is divided into three divisions, namely Galleries and Collection, Historical Research Center, and Hill College Press. The Texas Heritage Museum Galleries and Collection features various exhibits that show the rich history of Texas, including depictions of the Texas Revolution and
Medal of Honor collections. The Historical Research Center is an extensive collection of books, maps, microfilm, photos, and other archives related to the Civil War.
Meanwhile, the Hill College Press, founded in 1964, is a publishing venue for works of original and interpretative history in line with the mission of Texas Heritage Museum and the regions of Central and North Texas. The press has published over thirty-nine full-length books as well as six monographs. The Hill College Press also supports exhibits and programming related to its mission.
The Performing Arts are a big part of campus life at Hill College. There are various instrumental and vocal ensembles on campus, under the auspices of the Music Department, including a Concert Band, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Community Chorus, Men's and Women's Ensembles, and more. These groups regularly perform at various events and also hold at least two concerts each year.
Students are also encourage to participate in any of the Student Organizations and groups on campus. Groups include Baptist Student Ministries, Phi Theta Kappa, Rebels with a Cause, Sigma Phi Imega, Hill College Players, United Christian Fellowship, and more.
Students at the Hillsboro and Cleburne campuses of Hill College can also spend time relaxing and kicking back at the Student Center. The Hillsboro Student Center includes ping-pong and pool tables, facilities for basketball and volleyball, board games, video games, and TV screens. At the Cleburne Student Center, meanwhile, there is a TV lounge and pool tables, as well as weight lifting and cardio equipment so you can work out.