Hope College is a distinguished four-year liberal arts, undergraduate college, affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. It is located in Holland, Michigan, just a few miles from the scenic Lake Michigan.
This school aims to educate students to lead a life of leadership and service in a global society, through academic success and co-curricular excellence.
HC is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The institution also holds other disciplined-based accreditations from agencies such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the American Chemical Society, Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the National Association of Schools of Music, Michigan Department of Education, and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
This school offers a variety of courses in more than 85 majors leading to degrees such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The academic programs at Hope are offered in diverse areas of study including accounting, American ethnic studies, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, communication, economics, education and special education, French, geological and environmental sciences, history, and kinesiology.
This college is known for its outstanding pre-professional training programs such as Christian Ministry and Church Vocation, Law, Music, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Diplomatic and Government Work, Journalism, Social Work, and Teaching.
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Each year, HC boasts an enrollment of more than 3,200 students. Hope is a recognized leader in undergraduate research, and preparation. Knowledgeable faculty and talented researchers educate students in small classes and on a one-on-one basis. Freshman students seeking admission must submit the completed application form along with their official transcripts and ACT / SAT scores.
Students seeking a transfer must send all official transcripts from previously attended institutes. Also welcomed are international students from more than 30 foreign countries each year. The applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide an evidence of their proficiency in the language by taking any of the following tests: TOEFL or IELTS.
It is the belief of this school to provide a quality education to all and works with families to make a college education affordable. The financial aid package offered for students usually involves a combination of grants, loans, and student employment programs. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants and scholarships are a type of “gift” aid that does not require any repayment while loans must be returned with interest.
The federal and state grants offered to eligible students include the Hope Grant and the RCA Grant, Academic Achievement Award, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Smart Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Michigan Tuition Grant, and Federal Teach Grant.
Also offered are a variety of merit scholarships to its students, such as Trustee Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Distinguished Scholar Award, Valedictorian Scholarship, Alumni Honors Scholarship, and Distinguished Artist Award.
Eligible students can also opt for student loan programs. Some of the loans include Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized), Federal Direct Loan (Unsubsidized), and Federal Direct Plus Loan. The College also offers federal work-study programs to help needy and deserving students take up part-time jobs to pay for college.
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The Office of Student Life provides opportunities to actively participate in campus events, meet new people, encourage community spirit, and explore new ideas and interests. The campus is not just a place to pursue academic excellence; it aims to foster an overall development of students through an array of leadership experiences and entertainment events. The campus hosts a variety of events for the students to participate in such as the Dance Marathon, Nykerk, The Pull, Relay for Life/Colleges, and Against Cancer.
There are several on-campus clubs and organizations based on the varied interests of the students. Students can either join an existing group or create a new organization of their own. Some of the most popular clubs are Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), Ballet Club, Hip Hop Club, Hockey Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Habitat for Humanity, La Raza Unida, Black Student Union (BSU), and Outdoor Adventure Club. Greek life has a strong presence in the campus. Some of the fraternities and sororities are Arcadian, Phi Sigma Kappa, Knickerbocker, Alpha Gamma Phi, Kappa Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Theta, and Thesaurian.
Media and Publications
The Anchor is the student newspaper and Opus is the literary magazine of Hope College. Milestone is the yearbook and WTHS-FM 89.9 is the student-operated radio station.
The Office of Residence Life at Hope College houses 11 residence halls, 72 cottages, and 15 apartment complexes and buildings. Students can choose from a variety of residence halls such as Cook Hall, Dykstra Hall, Gilmore Hall, Durfee Hall, Kollen Hall, Lichty Hall, Phelps Hall, Scott Hall, Van Vleck Hall, Voorhees Hall, and Wyckoff Hall. Each of the accommodation units is well furnished and equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of the students.
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The athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in more than 15 intercollegiate sports. The College participates in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA); and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The colors are Blue and Orange. The sports teams are nicknamed as Flying Dutchmen / Flying Dutch.
Prominent alumni include:
- Richard Smalley, Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist
- Guy Vander Jagt, U.S. Representative
- Carol van Voorst, US ambassador to Iceland
- Robert H. Schuller, Founder of “The Hour of Power”
- Milton J. Nieuwsma, Emmy-Winning Film Writer-Producer
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