posted September 28, 2000

Hope Named a Best Buy

Hope College has been named a "Best
Buy" by "The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2001."

Hope is one of only 40 private or public colleges
and universities in the United States and Canada named to
the "Best Buy" list. The "Best Buys" are selected from the
more than 300 schools that the guide describes as among the
"best and most interesting" colleges and universities in the
United States and Canada. Hope and Calvin College of Grand
Rapids are the only schools from Michigan on the "Best Buy"
list.

The colleges and universities included in "The
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2001" were identified by the
publication as among "the best and most interesting
institutions in the nation--the ones that students most want
to know about." The "Best Buys" were chosen for offering
"remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest
cost."

The guide presents essays concerning the schools
it features, with each covering academics, campus setting,
student body, financial aid, housing, food, social life and
extracurricular activities. The write-ups also include
statistics ranging from enrollment, to the SAT or ACT score
ranges of the middle 50 percent of the students, to relative
cost.

"This liberal arts college aims to provide its
2,900 students a solid education and a deeper understanding
of their purpose in life," the guide says of Hope. The
guide identifies Hope as an "inexpensive" private school.

"The Fiske Guide to Colleges" is an annual guide
that has been published for nearly two decades, and is
edited by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of "The
New York Times." Hope has appeared in the guide regularly
since the book debuted in the early 1980s. It is the third
time that Hope has been identified as a "Best Buy" since the
guide added the "Best Buy" category in 1995; the last time
was in 1997.

The late summer/early fall is an active season for
the publication of college guides. Hope is one of more than
1,100 colleges and universities nationwide profiled in the
"Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog 2001." Hope is on the
guide's "recommended" national listing for schools that
offer a high level of individual academic attention from
faculty.

Hope is included in Time/The Princeton Review's
"The Best College for You" as a "TIME 500" school. The
guide profiles more than 1,500 colleges and universities,
and presents more detailed entries on the "TIME 500" schools
for being in the top third of all four-year schools
nationwide in their "Selectivity Rating," a general
assessment that includes factors like the class rank and
average test scores of entering first-year students. Hope
is also cited in the article "Faculty Face Time" in the
guide for giving students an opportunity to conduct research
with faculty members.