Hope College

An aerial view of the Hope College campus

“Hope is first rate across the board, attracting students because of the reputation of its programs. Hope raises higher education’s moral and intellectual level.
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Hope College
69 East 10th Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
616.395.7850 / 800.968.7850
⋅ 3,100 students
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, average class size is 20
⋅ More than 90 programs of study
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $44,320
⋅ Academic scholarships range from $4,500-$22,000 per year.
⋅ 73% of students receive an academic scholarship.
⋅ The average financial aid award (includes merit-based scholarship): $22,210

The Hope College campus on a summer day

A Hope College student plays lacrosse

Students walk across the Hope College campus

Hope College students walk along the lakeshore

Tulips bloom on the Hope College campus

  • Hope College inspires students to be fully alive in mind, body and spirit through an exceptional liberal arts education and a community grounded in a vibrant Christian faith.
  • This “big-small” college features a large variety of programs while ensuring personalized attention.
  • Scenic location: on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, about 30 miles from Grand Rapids, 150 miles from Chicago, 175 miles from Detroit and 225 miles from Indianapolis.

Worth Noting
  • As a liberal arts college offering education within the context of the historic Christian faith, Hope is a place of open inquiry, acceptance of intellectual challenge, rigorous engagement with challenging questions, and vigorous but civil discussion of different beliefs and understandings.
  • Hope is one of only 10 church-related colleges and universities nationwide highlighted in the book Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully. The institutions were included specifically for being “individually and collectively distinguished in fostering holistic student development.”
  • Hope is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, which selected Hope for inclusion in the third annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.
  • The College’s Phelps Scholars Program has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities among only 32 institutions nationwide as an exemplary diversity program in higher education.
  • Best Value: Ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in December 2017
  • America’s Top Colleges: Hope lands in the top 40% of Forbes’ 2018 list of “America’s Top Colleges” and ranks #54 in the Midwest.
  • Return on Investment: 94% of Hope graduates were in the workforce or graduate school within 6 months of graduation. The value of a Hope degree is cited as one of the top three factors contributing to employment. (Class of 2017 Graduate Survey Data)
  • Double or triple your preparedness: Across 90-plus programs, numerous rare double majors exist, such as chemistry and dance.
  • Challenging collaboration: Four-year liberal arts college with graduate school-style research opportunities that regularly pairs students with masterful teachers/researchers in all fields of study
  • Personal attention: 11:1 student:faculty ratio; senior professors often teach intro classes, too.

Faculty & Academics
  • Hope obtains more funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and NASA to support its undergraduate research program than any other liberal arts college in Michigan. Hope has one of the largest summer undergraduate research programs in the nation, involving approximately 180 participating students each year.
  • Such faculty-student research partnerships have been common at Hope since the 1920s. Over 90% of Hope science majors have at least one semester or one summer of collaborative research with Hope faculty. Government and foundation grants to individuals, to departments, and to the college demonstrate the quality of the institution: outside grants to departments and faculty have totaled more than $4.6 million in the past two years.
  • The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development recognized the college’s First-Year Seminar, Campus Ministries and Senior Seminar programs for providing leadership in character development.
  • Hope College is one of the few liberal arts colleges with accreditation in all four areas of the arts: art, dance, music and theatre. In each case, we meet or exceed national standards from the National Associations of Schools of Art and Design, Dance, Music and Theatre. Hope also has accredited programs in athletic training, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, education, engineering, nursing, and social work.
  • America’s Top Colleges: Hope lands in the top 40% of Forbes’ 2018 list of “America’s Top Colleges” and ranks #54 in the Midwest.
  • In the “America’s Best Colleges 2019” guide published by “U.S. News and World Report” Hope is listed in the first tier among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation (as opposed to region), placing 103 out of 233 institutions for 2019.
  • Major-related work experience: over 300 study abroad programs in over 60 countries; thousands of internships a year available locally; recent off-campus internships at a Nashville recording studio, a California urban ministry, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and New York City’s Dateline NBC.
  • Thousands of internships are available locally or through programs in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C, Oak Ridge (Tennessee), and El Paso (Texas). Recent internships have included the Mayor’s Office (Chicago), Late Night with Conan O’Brien (New York), the Philadelphia Eagles, and the American Bar Association (Washington, D.C.). 57% of the Class of 2017 indicated that they completed an internship during their time at Hope. Hope College’s Boerigter Center for Calling and Career supports students through their search of thousands of internship postings. The Boerigter Center for Calling and Career is a college-wide initiative that seeks to inspire students to engage in lifelong practices of career development by emphasizing discernment, preparation and pursuit.  Programming for the Boerigter Center is designed to enable all Hope students, beginning in their first semester, to understand their strengths, engage in experiences that directly connect to career preparation, discern vocational and life goals, and ascertain clear next steps toward their future.
  • Showcasing research and performance: 382 students presented 247 projects during Hope’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance in 2018. The Council on Undergraduate Research awarded Hope with its 2017 campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA). The award recognizes exceptional undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity programs. Hope is the only institution in Michigan to have earned the award.
  • Hope ranks in the top 100 of the “Best liberal arts colleges in the United States 2018” from the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings.
  • In 2017 rankings, Hope College ranked 11th — tied with Stanford University — among 1,061 public and private higher education institutions for the number of students who said they would choose their college again. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education asked 100,000 students, “If you could start over, would you still choose this college?”
  • Hope College is on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the “Top 300 Best College Values of 2018” for embodying exceptional academic quality and affordability.
  • Hope ranks #64 in Kiplinger’s list of 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges. Hope ranks #135 among all colleges.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors – Arts & Humanities
– Art History
– Studio Art
Asian Studies
Classical Studies
– Dance Performance/Choreography
– Dance Production
Ethnic Studies
Global Studies
Speaking Culture and Society
International Studies
– Social Witness
– Worship Leadership
– Youth Ministry
– Music Performance
– Jazz Studies
– Biblical Studies
– Christian History and Theology
– Ethics, Culture and Social Witness
Youth Ministry
Women’s and Gender Studies

Majors – Natural and Applied Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Computer Science
– Biochemical Engineering
– Biomedical Engineering
– Biomedical-Bioelectrical Engineering
– Biomedical-Biomechanical Engineering
– Chemical Engineering
– Civil Engineering
– Computer Engineering
– Electrical Engineering
– Environmental Engineering
– Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Science
Environmental Studies

Majors – Social Sciences
Accounting and Public Accounting
– Early Childhood Elementary
– English as a Second Language
– Secondary
– Special Education-Emotionally Impaired
– Special Education-Learning Disabilities
Exercise Science
Health Education
Peace and Justice Studies
Physical Education
Political Science
– Criminal Justice
– Social Work

Pre-Professional Programs:
Athletic Training
Christian Ministry and Church Vocation
Diplomatic and Government Work
Library and Information Services
Occupational Therapy
Physician Assistant
Physical Therapy
Public Health
Veterinary Medicine

Campus Life
  • Openly Christian and rigorously intellectual: valuing open-mindedness and respect for all opinions; historically affiliated with the Reformed Church of America; embraces religious diversity and home to the Union of Catholic Students and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
  • Championship athletics: winning tradition in 20 sports, emphasizing scholar-athletes and character-building; supportive local community.
  • Hope offers more than 80 clubs and organizations (including a number of service-oriented projects), as well as an extensive intramural program; 90% of students stay on campus during the weekends.

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association:
Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Football (Men)
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Volleyball (Women)

ACHA Division III Club Hockey

Life After College
  • More than careers – vocations: freshman and senior seminars focus on each student’s educational trajectory and shaping of a life plan before graduation.
  • Hope College, like all the CTCL schools, does a phenomenal job preparing students (who are pretty talented to begin with) for graduate and professional school and for creative and industry-changing careers. A quick perusal of Hope’s similar successes and outcomes gives clear evidence to that.
  • Approximately 94% of students are in the workforce or graduate school within six months of graduation. Over 86% of 2017 graduates were employed full time at a job related to their college major, and nearly 21% were enrolled in graduate school.
  • In addition to an excellent foundation for career or further education, Hope students also take with them a firm grasp of their role to be servants in the communities they join after Hope. This comes from a culture of giving that permeates the Hope community — both on campus and beyond. In a typical year Hope’s 3,200 students volunteer over 100,000 hours and raise over $1 million in actual dollars and sweat equity. In 2011, Hope was among the 115 colleges and universities recognized recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its community service and social responsibility.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Mean ACT composite score: 26
  • Middle 50% ACT composite scores: 23-29
  • Mean SAT composite score: 1217 (Critical Reading and Math)
  • Middle 50% SAT composite scores: 1110-1330
  • Mean GPA: 3.86
  • Middle 50% GPA: 3.52-4.0