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Hillman College is a fictional, historically Black college that is located in the state of Virginia. The exact locality of the school is never revealed, but it is alluded to be halfway between Richmond and the Hamptons Roads area. Visual shots of the Hillman campus that were used in the series were actually filmed at two real-life Black colleges, Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College, both in Atlanta, Georgia.

The first references to Hillman on The Cosby Show were made during season one, when it is mentioned as the place where Cliff Huxtable and Clair Hanks went to school while they were engaged. Cliff's father Russell is also a Hillman alum. The school made its first on-screen appearance in the third-season finale of The Cosby Show, titled "Hillman", when Cliff and Clair and their family attend a Hillman commencement ceremony which also honored a retiring professor.

The campus newspaper is the Hillman Chronicle.


  • Gilbert Hall (all-girl)
  • Libby Hall (all-girl)
  • Matthews Hall (all-boys)
  • Height Hall (co-ed)
  • McLurkin Hall (all-boys)
  • Brooks Hall

Fraternities and Sororities[]

  • Kappa Lambda Nu
  • Alpha Delta Rho