Student Outcomes

From the stage of the Metropolitan Opera to the frontiers of cloud computing, Hope graduates pursue exciting and rewarding careers.
Through Hope’s highly ranked academic programs, practical experience and broad career network, you develop multiple strengths. Working 1:1 with faculty and career mentors, you learn to “package” these assets and adapt them to the changing needs of your profession.
Be a Leader’s 2010 list of 30 under 30: America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs includes Chris VanPelt ’04, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Crowdflower, a pioneer in “cloud computing with human workers”—just one example of the innovative thinking we foster at Hope.
Recognizing that leadership qualities enhance students’ marketability, we offer programs that develop these abilities, including an annual Idea Pitch competition for budding entrepreneurs. These opportunities helped the Class of 2009 land fulfilling jobs: 67 percent of survey respondents report they are either satisfied or very satisfied.
Work with A-listers
Hope alumni take a personal interest in current students—hiring them for internships, mentoring them on externships and informally networking. And our Career Services professionals coach students in many ways, from career-related research to interview preparation. 
“When I visited Michigan State University Law School, Elly Jordan ’04 took me out to dinner and told me how Hope prepared her for the experience. Hope alumni are very willing to go to bat for you.”
—Beverly Newey ’11
This kind of support builds on the personal guidance provided by Hope faculty. Just ask the 60 students who have conducted research and co-authored papers with renowned Chemistry Professor William Polik, half of whom now attend the best graduate schools. Every day research champions like him team up with Hope undergraduates who go on to win prestigious fellowships.
In fact, when we surveyed the Class of 2010, 83 percent of respondents who applied to graduate school reported acceptance to their first-choice program. Historically, law schools have accepted 85 percent of our students, dental schools 87 percent of those with a 3.2-plus GPA and medical schools 91 percent of those with a 3.4-plus GPA.