With an average annual enrollment of just over 3,200 undergraduate students, Hope College is a relatively small- to medium-sized liberal arts college that resides in downtown Holland, Michigan, just a stone’s through away from Lake Michigan. The college was founded as the Pioneer School in 1851 by Dutch immigrants and matriculated its first class of students nine years later in 1862. However, Hope College did not receive an official charter as a higher education institution from the state of Michigan until 1866.
While the college is no longer directly affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (a Reformed Protestant denomination), it continues to hold fast to its Protestant roots and the school maintains a conservative Christian atmosphere. Hope College is situated on a 91 acre campus in downtown Holland that it shares with Western Theological Seminary, a professional and graduate school.
Hope College offers over 90 undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. In addition to its main campus in Holland, the college offers courses and programs at locations in several other cities, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago. For students looking to experience a new culture, Hope College offers study abroad programs in several overseas countries, including Vienna, Austria.
Hope College was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for having one of the best undergraduate research programs of any liberal arts college in the nation. It was also recognized as the only small liberal arts college in the United States to receive national accreditation for its dance, music, art, and theater programs.
The faculty at Hope College are ranked 4th in the nation among all liberal arts colleges and universities based on the number research publications they’ve produced and 14th among American liberal arts institutions for the impact of those publications as reported by the Science Citation Index.
The college currently has about 3,205 students and a very attractive faculty-to-student ratio of 1:13. It is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, a consortium of 13 liberal arts colleges that reside in the Great Lakes region.
69 East 10th Street
Holland, MI 49422-9000
Fax: (616) 395-7130
Contact: William Vanderbilt
Vice President for Admissions
PO Box 9000
Holland, MI 49422-9000
Total undergrads: 3,238
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 808
Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,153
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)
Percent applicants admitted: 82%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 90%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Japanese Studies B
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Art Teacher Education B
Engineering – General B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Foreign Language & Literature
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages B
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
History – General B
Mathematics – General B
Global Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Philosophy & Religion
Psychology – General B
Public Administration & Services
Social Work B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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