Traditional Freshmen

Start on your path to Hope by applying for admission. Our first application deadline is November 1.

Admissions Qualifications

Admission is selective and based on the student's high school record, including:

When to Apply

We recommend you apply early in the fall of your high school senior year. November 1 is the Early Notification Deadline, and students whose applications are complete by that date will receive their admissions decision the week of Thanksgiving. Applications completed after November 1 will be reviewed and decisions sent on a rolling basis.

Your complete application includes:

If you have questions about your application or the admissions process, or if you are having trouble accessing your account, please contact the Admissions Office.

Transfer Credit

For questions regarding transfer credit and transcript evaluations, please contact Liz Steenwyk or Alyssa Boss in our Office of the Registrar. You may also use our Transfer Equivalency System to check for courses that have been pre-approved to transfer to Hope.

Courses you need to be prepared for Hope

We strongly encouraged students to take college preparatory classes in high school. In high school, a typical admitted first-year student will have taken:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of social studies
  • 3 years of mathematics
  • 3 years of science
  • 2 years of foreign language

When available and appropriate, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes are encouraged, and students can attain college credit for qualifying scores on the AP or IB tests.


The Admissions Committee will accept either the ACT or SAT when reviewing students for admission and scholarships. 

The Writing Section of the ACT and SAT

Hope does not require that the writing section be completed in order to apply for admission. However, students who complete the writing sections are welcomed to have the test results sent to us for inclusion in their admission files.

When to take the ACT and/or SAT

The ACT and/or SAT should be taken in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year of high school.

For more information on the ACT and/or SAT, contact your high school guidance counselor or the testing service directly: 

ACT (American College Testing Program)
Box 414 Iowa City, IA 52240
Hope College's ACT reporting code is #2012.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
Box 592 Princeton, NJ 08540
Hope College's SAT reporting code is #1301.

Hope College should be a direct recipient of test results.

Admissions Decisions

Students who complete their application by November 1 will receive an admissions decision that is mailed the week of Thanksgiving. Applications received after November 1 will be evaluated and decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Enrolling at Hope College

Admitted students are asked to submit a $300 enrollment deposit by May 1 to confirm their intention to enroll at Hope College. This $300 deposit is refundable until May 1, but becomes non-refundable after May 1.