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Hope College Overview

Hope College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Holland, Michigan. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Hope College Known For?

816 Undergraduate Awards
$36,223 Avg Cost After Aid
78% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Hope is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Hope is the bachelor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Hope bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $46,200 a year. That's about 13% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Hope student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Hope College Rankings

Hope is ranked #221 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #6 out of 67 schools in Michigan.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Hope has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#223 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Hope.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#16 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Managerial Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#109 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#129 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Hope has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#27 Best Special Education Schools College Factual
#33 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Schools College Factual
#34 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#54 Best Education Schools College Factual
#63 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#172 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Hope College?


Contact details for Hope are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 E. 8Th Street, Suite 260, Holland, MI 49422-9000
Phone: 616-395-7000

How Do I Get Into Hope?

You can apply to Hope online at:

Admission Requirements for Hope

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Hope?

78% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
71% Submit SAT Scores
Hope has an acceptance rate of 78%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.

Average Test Scores

About 71% of students accepted to Hope submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Hope College  ( 550 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Hope College  ( 540 to 650 )
Hope received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 30. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Hope College  ( 22 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for Hope College  ( 22 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Hope College  ( 23 to 29 )

Can I Afford Hope College?

$36,223 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Hope is $36,223. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Hope, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $8,266 a year. That adds up to $33,064 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Hope is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Hope College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,908 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,061 undergraduate students at Hope, with 2,908 being full-time and 153 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,908 full-time undergraduates at Hope, 37% are male and 63% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Hope College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 56
Black or African American 83
Hispanic or Latino 211
White 2,390
International Students 60
Other Races/Ethnicities 108

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Hope College. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 36 countries are represented at Hope. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Hope College

216 Took All Classes Online
1,251 Took At Least One Class Online
5,375.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,251 students took at least one online class at the school.

Online Affordability Rankings of Hope

The following table shows how Hope is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Chemistry #7 #7
Area Studies #10 #10
Physical Sciences #15 #13
Ethnic Studies #31 #28
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #43 #40

Online Growth Rankings of Hope

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Hope College was 5,375.0%. This is the #28 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Hope regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Hope College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 94 94
General Psychology 87 87
General Engineering 57 57
Communication & Media Studies 48 48
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43 43
Nursing 43 43
General Biology 36 36
Health & Physical Education 29 29
Accounting 28 28
Sociology 25 25
Social Work 24 24
Political Science & Government 23 23
Teacher Education Grade Specific 22 22
Romance Languages 22 22
General English Literature 21 21
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 20 20
Economics 15 15
Fine & Studio Arts 15 15
Special Education 14 14
Chemistry 14 14
Computer Information Systems 13 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 12 12
Mathematics 11 11
Religious Studies 11 11
Business/Managerial Economics 10 10
Dance 10 10
History 9 9
International Studies 9 9
Drama & Theater Arts 8 8
Area Studies 7 7
Philosophy 7 7
Music 7 7
Classical Languages & Literature 6 6
Geological & Earth Sciences 5 5
Allied Health Professions 4 4
Ethnic Studies 3 3
Physics 3 3
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1 1
Germanic Languages 0 0
TOTAL 816 816


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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