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Academics

At Hope College in the “lovely place” known as Holland, Michigan,” the “Christian culture,” “challenging academics,” and “11:1 student/faculty ratio” combine to form a “wonderful social and community atmosphere,” with “small class sizes” that “allow for collaboration in research” and “focused learning.” “There is no question” that Hope’s faculty is “its biggest asset.” Professors “care about and support their students,” and “serve as mentors” until well after graduation. “Our professors all teach very differently,” offering myriad opportunities to expand students’ perspectives: “I am very satisfied with the various ways I have been taught at Hope,” says one student, explaining that among her classes, some professors “did not have a single lecture the entire semester,” some would “lecture 80 percent of class time,” “some held class half the time to give us personal time to work on our research, and some had “student presentations for the majority of class time.”

Overall, the school “boasts great academic programs that are lead by professors that typically care about your whole personal development.” The pre-med, science, engineering and music programs are all “excellent” and are both “community-focused” and “focused on global learning.” Hope has one of the “greatest undergraduate research programs in the nation and it shows.” Students get “invaluable experience outside of the classroom here.” There are strong “off campus study programs, both internationally and domestically,” “arts programs,” and students praise the “authenticity and sincerity of staff…offering resources for whatever needs you could have.”

Student Body

The 3,500 or so students at Hope are “known for the friendliness.” Although the school is “affiliated with the Christian Reformed church, students are encouraged to find their own religious and spiritual path.” The majority of students claim Dutch heritage. There is “not that much diversity, but “people are helpful and genuinely care.” A few students said that they would “like to see Hope become a more welcoming place for people of different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religious backgrounds.” Despite the relative homogeneity, another student says there is a “mix of liberal and conservative values on campus, where you’re “just as likely to find a protest for pro-life as you are pro-choice.” Hope students, “if nothing else, are over-involved,” taking on “second and third jobs regularly,” “joining multiple clubs,” and still having “time for social lives.” “Being uninvolved is being out of sync with the campus,” says one student. Not only do students “wholeheartedly pursue academic success, but they put an equal amount of effort into service and leadership.” The student body “as a whole is very community-oriented.”

Campus Life

The “beautiful campus” in Holland is “in proximity to Main Street, which makes the college feel more connected to the city,” and quite close to Lake Michigan. Downtown Holland offers bars and “three excellent coffee shops where everyone goes to study,” as well as “multiple parks and green spaces for students to use freely.” “There are many places to go within walking distance. It is about forty minutes away from Grand Rapids, and about ten from the nearest beach.” Students “hammock in the Pine Grove,” go for “walks or bike rides” to the beach to see the sunset, go “sledding” in the winter, and “hiking” in the summer. The Student Activities Committee “plans events on the weekends that are very popular among students, including movie nights, trips for roller skating, dodgeball, …perform[ances], bubble soccer,” and so on. Plenty of students enjoy intramural sports, and “sororities and fraternities are popular.” There is a large “faith community” at Hope, and accordingly, the college offers “chapel services three times a week.” These aren’t by any means required, which students approve of as it “means that everyone who is there wants to be there, which makes a lot more passion.” Hope has “the best D3 athletics in the nation,” and students find the basketball games “a ton of fun.” There “isn’t much of a party culture” on campus, though on weekends, “many students go to parties in the campus-owned off-campus cottages,” and “about once a month, there is a no-alcohol dance party put on by a few students who cook delicious waffles and pancakes, paid for by Campus Ministries.”

Overview

Applicants
4,362
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average HS GPA
3.79

GPA Breakdown

69%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
355
with Terminal Degree
186

181
Women
174
Men
48
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Japanese Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Business/Management.
  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • German Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Voice and Opera.


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Robert H. Schuller
televangelist

Rob Malda
founder of Slashdot

Sufjan Stevens
musician

Terri Lynn Land
Michigan Secreatry of State

Annette Ziegler
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice

Max DePree
industrialist, author

Peter Hoekstra
Former U.S. Congressman

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,446

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,627

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,376

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,635

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,444

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,700
Required Fees
$310
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$950

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,425
Transportation for Commuters
$820

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,310
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,150
Foreign Countries Represented
35

Demographics

2.07%
Asian
2.60%
African-American
7.39%
Hispanic
82.36%
Caucasian
2.33%
International

62% female
38% male
67% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
79%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Support for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jeanne Lindell

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Psycho-educational evaluation used to diagnose the disorder and determine academic accommodations

Documentation Required for ADHD

Psycho-educational evaluation used to diagnose the disorder and determine academic accommodations

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
67
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
6

14% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

57% participate in intramural sports
17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Flying Dutchmen)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Flying Dutch)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Hope College Counseling and Psychological Services; Women's Studies

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Western Michigan University

Sustainability

85/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
5%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
percentage discount on Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mackenzie Miller
Visit Coordinator

Address
69 E. 10th Street
Holland, MI 49424

Phone
800-968-7850

Email
millerm@hope.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bultman Student Center
Dewitt Student & Cultural Center
Library
Paul A Schaap Science Center
DeVos Fieldhouse
Kletz - student grill, Martha Miller Center for Global Communication

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Beaches of Lake Michigan
Downtown Holland (2 blocks from campus)
Edge Ice Arena
Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: weekdays/saturday until noon
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
same as above

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
not during last week of class and finals

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi Bus Train Airport (45 min.) -- Grand Rapids Private Airport (Tulip City) in Holland

Driving Instructions to Campus
See Campus Visit Website

Local Accommodations
Haworth Center (on campus) Courtyard by Marriott, downtown Holland


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