1. The college is named after Mother Colette Hilbert, who, in 1897, established the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, which became the college's founding congregation. In 1957, the community founded a teacher training college for its members.
2. The land where the campus is located used to be an apple orchard. Mother Colette Hilbert led the development of the original motherhouse for the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and that included the apple orchard on the adjacent land.
3. Hilbert College is the institution’s third name – beginning in 1957 as Immaculata Teacher Training Academy and then Immaculata College, before changing to Hilbert College in 1969.
4. Career-ready and prepared for life. Over 95% of the 2016 graduating class is employed, performing service work, or continuing their education. Now that is The Hilbert Difference!
5. According to a study from The New York Times, Hilbert ranks 43rd out 578 selective private colleges on overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at Hilbert moved up two or more income quintiles.
6. Our NCAA Division III athletics program boasts an 88% retention rate. In fall 2016, 10 of our 13 teams had a cumulative team GPA over 3.0, and 12 student-athletes earned 4.0 that semester.
7. One-hundred percent of the Class of 2017 graduates completed service learning as part of their coursework, realizing our mission: to become informed citizens committed to serving and strengthening our communities. Hilbert’s commitment to community and service is more than mission-driven, it is the way we live the Hilbert values.
8. In 2009, Hilbert opened Trinity Hall, the college’s first new residence hall in nearly 40 years. Along with St. Joseph Hall and the Campus Apartments, Hilbert residence halls were named the third best in NYS by Niche (2017).
9. In 2017, Hilbert celebrated its 60th anniversary with a number of college events, commemorative magazines, an online scrapbook and True Blue Homecoming Weekend.
10. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a four-year college experience that will bolster student involvement and leadership potential. The ‘blueprint’ begins with the Foundations Seminar – a key piece to the First-Year Experience, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and concludes with the Senior Capstone.
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