Hope College

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PO Box 9000

Holland, MI 49422-9000

Phone: (616) 395-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Hope College is a private institution that was founded in 1866. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,343, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hope College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 100. Its tuition and fees are $28,720 (2013-14).

Hope College is a private liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan, about five miles from Lake Michigan. Students at Hope College can choose from more than 90 academic majors and minors. Outside the classroom, Hope students can get involved by exploring more than 60 organizations and participating in campus events such as comedy shows, dodgeball tournaments and hoedown dances.

Student athletes can get involved at the intramural, club and intercollegiate levels. The blue and orange Hope College Flying Dutchmen (men’s) and Flying Dutch (women’s) varsity teams compete in the NCAA Division III Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The team nickname reflects the school’s history: Hope College was founded by settlers from the Netherlands in 1866, and its current mascot, named "Dutch," sports a Hope T-shirt and wooden shoes. Notable Hope College alumni include musician Sufjan Stevens, former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and Rob Malda, creator of the Slashdot technology news website.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The mission of Hope College is to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith. Hope is recognized nationally for its emphasis on active learning through collaborative research and creative performance; for its strength in the stem fields and production of future PhD's and MD's; for the scholarly production of its faculty; for its solid liberal arts core curriculum; for its ten accredited programs including music, dance, theatre and art; for its senior seminar program; and for its outstanding athletic programs.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1866
Religious affiliation Reformed Church in America
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $150,928,124


When applying to Hope College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 31. The application fee at Hope College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 85.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 85.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hope College is 12:1, and the school has 56.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hope College include: Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 67%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 7%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6%

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Student Life

Hope College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,343, with a gender distribution of 40 percent male students and 60 percent female students. At this school, 81 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 19 percent of students live off campus. Hope College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,343
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Hope College offers a number of student services including placement service, health service, and health insurance. Hope College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hope College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Hope College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hope College, 63.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,796.

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Tuition and fees $28,720 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,810 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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