Hope College

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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.

General Information

Admission Office

69 East 10th Street

Box 9000

Holland, MI 49422-9000

(616) 395-7850

(800) 968-7850

Fax: (616) 395-7130

Contact: William Vanderbilt

Vice President for Admissions
Main Address

PO Box 9000

Holland, MI 49422-9000

(616) 395-7000


Total undergrads: 3,238

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 808

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,153


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 82%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 90%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Japanese Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Education of Emotionally Handicapped B
Education of Learning Disabled B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Latin Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B


Engineering – General B
Engineering Physics B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages B
Classics B
French B
German B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geochemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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