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Hope College Named a "Best Buy" by
"The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2001"

Posted August 28, 2000

HOLLAND -- 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.

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