Hope College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

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Hope College Admissions Overview:

Hope College uses the Common Application--see below for tips and articles about that process. With an acceptance rate of 84%, Hope College is accessible; successful applicants tend to have above average grades and standardized test scores. In addition to the application, prospective students must submit high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or ACT. 

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Hope College Acceptance Rate: 84%

Hope College Description:

Established in 1851 and chartered in 1866, Hope College is a private liberal arts college located in Holland, Michigan, an historic town on Lake Macatawa, five miles from Lake Michigan. The school is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, and about 17% of Hope students are from the RCA. Hope has wide-ranging strengths in the arts, sciences, humanities and professional fields. The school has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned Hope a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Hope is also one of the forty colleges distinguished in Loren Pope's College's That Change Lives.

In athletics, the Hope College Flying Dutch compete in the NCAA, within the Division III Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Popular sports include football, baseball, softball, track and field, and swimming.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,234 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,560
  • Books: $920 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,690
  • Other Expenses: $1,670
  • Total Cost: $43,840

Hope College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 91%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $14,686
    • Loans: $7,751

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Education, English, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology.

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming and Diving
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Lacrosse, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Hope College and the Common Application

Hope College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

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