Hope College

Students arrive at Hope College for Anchor Days

“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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It’s no secret – the best way for you to get to know Hope is to spend time on our campus. Times may be different now, but our goal is the same! We’re ready to create a personalized in-person or online visit experience that’s tailored for you. Our office is currently offering individual visits, group visit days, and more. 

To learn more about our on-campus and online visit options, please visit hope.edu/visit or email visits@hope.edu. We can’t wait to show you around!

Hope College
69 East 10th Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
616.395.7850 / 800.968.7850
3,061 students from 36 states and 29 countries
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio (every single class is taught by a professor)
⋅ 90+ fields of study and programs
⋅ Historically Underrepresented Students: 19%
⋅ International Students: 4.4%
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $47,270
⋅ Academic scholarships range from $5,000-$24,000 per year.
⋅ 85% of students receive an academic scholarship.
⋅ The average financial aid award (includes merit-based scholarship): $26,111

the Bultman Student Center on Hope College campus

Graves Hall at Hope College

Hope College football players

Hope College's Miller Center for Musical Arts

Tulips bloom in front of Hope College's Dimnent Chapel

  • 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
  • In 2018, Hope College launched the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, a center that integrates advising, experiential learning, and alumni engagement to maximize graduate outcomes. The center equips 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. While only a few years old, the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career has established itself as an innovative resource for students alumni, well-positioned to distinguish Hope and its approach to a liberal arts education.
  • Hope is in the top 100 of the “Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States” from the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings.
  • Outstanding research: Hope ranked #24 and is one of only 56 colleges and universities recognized for providing exceptional undergraduate research/creative project opportunities, counted among universities like Yale, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Northwestern, Michigan, Amherst, and Wooster.
  • Among the best in the nation: Hope places 48th out of 71 in the listing of Best Undergraduate Teaching among national liberal arts colleges. In Michigan, Niche ranks Hope #1 Best Liberal Arts College, #1Best Christian College, #1 Top Private College, and #1 Best Small College.
  • Renowned Arts: The first private, four-year, undergraduate liberal arts college in the country to achieve national accreditation in all four of the arts.
  • Strength in engineering: Hope’s engineering program is ranked 75th in the overview of 205 ABET-accredited programs at institutions where the highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s.

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 most extensive 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 biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, education, engineering, nursing, and social work.
  • America’s Top Colleges: Hope is included in Forbes’ 2021 list of “America’s Top Colleges” and ranks #89 in the Midwest.
  • 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.). 94% of the Class of 2020 indicated that they participated in experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, off-campus study, and collaborative research. 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.
  • 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 400 Best College Values” for embodying exceptional academic quality and affordability. Hope ranks #62 in Kiplinger’s list of 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges. Hope ranks #124 among all colleges.

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

Majors – Arts & Humanities
– Art History
– Studio Art

Art and Humanities
American Ethnic Studies
– Art History
– Community Art Pedagogy
– Studio Art
Asian Studies
Chinese Studies
Classical Studies
– Dance Pedagogy
– Dance Performance/Choreography
– Dance Production
– Writing
Environmental Studies
Global Studies
– Social Witness
– Worship Leadership
– Youth Ministry
– Music Performance
– Jazz Studies
– Biblical Studies
– Christian History and Theology
– Ethics, Culture and Social Witness
Women’s and Gender Studies

Social Sciences
Accounting and Public Accounting
– Elementary
– English as a Second Language
– Secondary
– Special Education
Exercise Science
Global Health
Organizational Leadership Practice
Peace and Justice Studies
Physical Education
Political Science
Social Work
– Criminal Justice
Special Education
– Emotionally Impaired
– Learning Disabilities

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

*ACS certification available in Chemistry. Engineering programs are ABET-certified.

Pre-Professional Programs
Genetic Counseling
Library and Information Services
Occupational Therapy
Physician Assistant
Physical Therapy
Public Health
Speech-Language Pathology
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.
  • From the 2018 Graduate Survey, approximately 96% of Hope grads were in the workforce or graduate school within six months. 93% of grads who applied were accepted into their first or second choice of grad school, and 87% of grads were employed in their field of study. 90% had participated in experiential learning opportunities, including research, while at Hope.
  • 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

Class of 2024

  • Average ACT: 26
  • Middle 50% ACT composite scores: 23-30
  • Average SAT: 1190
  • Middle 50% SAT composite scores: 1190-1290
  • Average high school GPA: 3.85