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Study at 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.

Profile of Hope College

Hope College is in a small city, in Holland, MI. The school has a Reformed Church in America religious affiliation. Hope College is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at the school earn degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at Hope College than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. The most common major fields study at the school include science, music, and drama and performing arts.

Hope College Selectivity

Hope College does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 530 to 650 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 540 and 650.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here Hope College does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at Hope College are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 3, 226 students (3, 140 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Hope College is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. Hope College makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for major sports.

Hope College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching137English teaching, education of learning disabled, music teaching, social studies teaching, education of emotionally disturbed, art education, math teaching, history teaching, . . .
Liberal Arts122English, political science, Spanish language, history, interdisciplinary studies, sociology, international studies, French language, . . .
Business and Management105business management, accounting, managerial economics
Science71chemistry, biology, geology, physics
Therapy and Counselling58psychology
Media47communication studies, communication and journalism
Nursing and Emergency Medicine42registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy27exercise science, athletic trainer
Drama and Performing Arts23dance, drama
Family and Social Work23social work
Religion and Philosophy22religion, philosophy
Music14music, music performance, jazz, violin, guitar, and strings, piano, voice
Fine Arts7fine arts, art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering5computer and info science
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science

Contact: Hope College

Hope College

141 E 12th St

Holland, MI 49423

General Phone: (616) 395-7000


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