Information for Guidance Counselors

To all our guidance counselors: thank you for your hard work and continued partnership with Hope, and more importantly, your dedication to the many students you serve. We look forward to interacting with you throughout your students' college search process.

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Admission Information

Students apply for admission to Hope College using the Common Application. The application fee is $35 for the online version and $50 for the paper version. Students who apply by November 1 receive an admissions decision that is mailed the week of Thanksgiving. Applications received after November 1 are evaluated and decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students must apply by February 15 of their senior year to be considered for merit-based scholarships.

GPA calculation is based on all courses completed for grades 9 through 12. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and some Honors or Advanced course grades are weighted an additional 0.6 or 1.0 point (4.0 scale) if not already weighted in high school reported GPA. Transfer credit is evaluated for AP, IB, and CLEP exams:

  • AP: credits granted for most exam scores of 4 or 5
  • IB: credits granted for HL exam scores of 5 or higher
  • CLEP: credits granted based on guidelines established by the College Board

Recommended High School Curriculum

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of social studies
  • 3 years of math
  • 3 years of science
  • 1-2 years of foreign language (2 is preferred)

Application Statistics

  • Applications received for 2012 fall term: 3,471
  • Admitted students for 2012 fall term: 2,968
  • Average GPA for admitted students: 3.80
  • ACT (middle 50%) for admitted students: 24-29
  • SAT (middle 50%) for admitted students: 1090-1310 (Critical Reading and Math)

Enrollment Statistics

  • Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,343
  • Total freshmen enrolled for 2012 fall term: 916

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Financial Aid and Fixed Costs

These applications are required in order for a student to file for need-based aid:

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Hope College Supplemental Application for Financial Aid (SAF)

Financial aid applications should be filed between January 1-March 1 of the student's senior year. 62% of students enrolled at Hope receive need-based financial aid. Costs for the 2013-14 academic year:

  • Tuition: $28,550
  • Room: $4,040
  • Board (21 meals per week): $4,770
  • Activity Fee: $170
  • Total: $37,530

Merit-based Scholarships

The application for admission serves as the application for merit-based scholarships. Hope's merit awards range from $3,000 to $17,000 per year, renewable for four years. To be considered for merit-based scholarships, students must submit a completed application and all supporting credentials no later than February 15 of their senior year. Hope's Distinguished Artist Awards, our talent-based awards in the fine arts, require an audition or portfolio and are valued at $2,500 per year, renewable for four years.

Support Services

Housing and Cars

Students who submit their enrollment deposit by May 1 are guaranteed housing. Deposits received after May 1 will reserve a space, if available. First-year students are required to live on campus unless they've been granted commuter status. 80% of full-time students live in college housing. Parking permits are $225 for the academic year and are available to all students.