posted September 13, 2010

Hope Enrollment Tops 3,200 for Fifth Consecutive Year

The Hope College campus continues to operate at capacity with enrollment above 3,200 for the fifth consecutive year.

Hope has enrolled 3,202 students this fall, the fifth time since the fall of 2006 that enrollment has topped 3,200.  Last year's enrollment headcount was 3,230.

The student body consists of 1,267 men and 1,935 women from 44 states and territories and 29 foreign countries.  The total includes 766 first-time students.

With the enrollment headcount remaining high, the college's full-time-equivalent enrollment is tied for the second-highest level ever.  The "full-time-equivalent" figures are a synthesis of full-time and part-time enrollment, and help the college measure the demand on its resources.  Hope's total this year 3,177.1, tied with the fall 2008 figure; last year's total was a record-high 3,201.8.

The enrollment by class, with last year's class in parentheses, is: freshmen, 781 (812); sophomores, 742 (820); juniors, 739 (753); seniors, 877 (768); and special students, 63 (77).

Students transferring to Hope from other colleges and universities total 59, compared with 74 in 2009. There are 86 students in off-campus programs, compared to 111 last year.

The largest representation is from Michigan with 2,204 students.  Other states represented with 10 or more students include:  Illinois, 382; Indiana, 110; Ohio, 80; Minnesota, 47; Wisconsin, 45; California, 40; New York, 29; Colorado and New Jersey, 22 each; Pennsylvania, 20; Iowa, 19; Florida, 17; Texas, 12; and Maryland, 10.

Foreign countries represented in the student body include: Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, India, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam and the West Bank.

Hope College was chartered in 1866 and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The college offers courses in 87 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.