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141 E 12th St
Holland, MI 49423-3607
p. 616-395-7000
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Hope College

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2464th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Campus Facilities

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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

Information Summary

Ranks 4th in Michigan and 130th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 3 0.09
Burglary 4 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.12

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 84 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 24 0.07
Robbery 10 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 221 0.67
Larceny 843 2.55
Vehicle theft 18 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Holland, MI 49423-3607
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population46,804 (39,868 urban / 6,936 rural)
Households16,234 (2.69 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,430
Families11,204 (3.22 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationReformed Church in America
Congressional District2602

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 640th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $28,550 $28,550 $28,550
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $170 $170 $170
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $440 $440 $440
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $40,050 $40,050 $40,050
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $34,330 $34,330 $34,330
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $31,660 $31,660 $31,660

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $27,020 $27,710 $27,020 $27,710 $27,020 $27,710
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $840 $870
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,260 $8,510
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,540 $1,590
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $2,500 $2,650
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,940 $2,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,940 $2,000

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,161 (1,650 male / 2,511 female)
Admitted 3,018 (1,151 male / 1,867 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 822 (311 male / 511 female)
FT Enrollment 822 (311 male / 511 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment3,388

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc

ACT Test Admission

222nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 30
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29

SAT Test Admission

145th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 14%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 660
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1050 / 1340

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,645
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$4,040
Board Fee$4,770

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 6 17 25 20 3 591 671
Accounting 19 19
Accounting and Business/Management 1 2 3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Art Teacher Education 4 4
Athletic Training/Trainer 4 4
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4 4
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 38 39
Business Administration and Management, General 2 2 2 2 44 52
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 1 2 39 42
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 2 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 5 6
Dance, General 1 7 8
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 4 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 3 4
Economics, General 4 4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 3 3
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 31 31
Engineering, General 1 1 19 22
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 29 32
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 21 22
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 2
French Language Teacher Education 1 1
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature 1 1
History Teacher Education 1 1
History, General 8 8
International/Global Studies 1 5 7
Japanese Studies 1 1 3 5
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 1
Keyboard Instruments 1 1
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 2 42 47
Mathematics Teacher Education 4 5
Mathematics, General 9 9
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 12 12
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 4 4
Philosophy 1 4 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 2
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 4 4
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 1 11 15
Psychology, General 1 2 4 59 67
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 1 33 36
Religion/Religious Studies 8 8
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 9 9
Social Work 2 2 1 21 26
Sociology 2 2 2 10 17
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 6 8
Spanish Language and Literature 2 8 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 3 1 1 28 36
Stringed Instruments 1 1 2
Voice and Opera 1 1 2
Women's Studies 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1469th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,315 ($72,691 male / $61,030 female)
Number of FT Faculty 255 (138 male / 117 female)
Number of PT Faculty 363
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $7,218,190

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