Hope College

Hope College

Hope College is located in Holland, Michigan, United States. It was founded in the year 1851 as the Pioneer School. The college was officially chartered in the year 1866 and is now a member unit of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Hope College offers students degree programs in a number of subjects such as nursing, arts, science, and music.

The men's teams of Hope College participate in sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track, tennis, swimming, and soccer. The women compete in basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. Hope College also sponsors a large number of student clubs and organizations such as the Opus, Chapel Choir, and Symphonette. Some notable alumni of the college are Pete Hoekstra, U.S. representative; Sufjan Stevens, musician; and Richard Smalley, Nobel prize winning chemist.

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Contacting Hope College

Hope College
141 E 12th St
Holland , MI 49423
General Phone: (616) 395-7000

Hope College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts137Japanese studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Education and Teaching119education of emotionally disturbed, education of learning disabled, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, social studies teaching, ...
Business and Management90business management, accounting, managerial economics
Science85biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Media53communication studies, communication and journalism
Therapy and Counseling46psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine34registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy31exercise science, athletic trainer
Family and Social Work23social work
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion
Fine Arts15fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts12dance, drama
Music10music, music performance, piano, voice, jazz, violin, guitar, and strings
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Hope College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree69961

Hope College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Hope College had a total enrollment of 3,226 students (3,216 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 90%
Black 2%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 44%
20-21 43%
22-24 10%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%
(International Students)1%
New Jersey1%

Hope College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %

Hope College Room and Board (2007)

Hope College offers campus housing for 2,496 of its 3,216 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Holland, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Hope College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530650
SAT Math530660
ACT Verbal2330
ACT Math2328
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT25%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT91%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Hope College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,920
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,920
Room and board $ 7,650
Room charge $ 3,490
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,160
Books and supplies $ 772
Other expenses $ 1,490

Financial Aid:
Hope College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 227300)

Hope College Faculty

Hope College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2625
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2540

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year64$77,84328$71,708
Associate professoracademic year41$63,09429$62,043
Assistant professoracademic year33$51,67347$50,533
Instructoracademic year2*2*
All faculty totalacademic year140$66,767106$59,104

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Hope College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Hope College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
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
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Japanese Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Performance, General
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Hope College Apart:

Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Hope College Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Hope College Number of degree programs
Number of students
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 8%Hope College Number of students
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Hope College % of degrees in drama and performing arts
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Hope College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Hope College Salaries of full-time faculty
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Hope College Student SAT scores
% of degrees in music
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Hope College % of degrees in music
% of degrees in media
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Hope College % of degrees in media
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Hope College % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of degrees in science
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Hope College % of degrees in science

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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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