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Enrollment Exceeds 3,000 for
the First Time in Hope History

Posted September 13, 2000

HOLLAND -- Enrollment at Hope College has exceeded 3,000 students for the first time in the college's history.

Hope has enrolled 3,015 students this fall. The previous record was 2,943, set in the fall of 1999. It is the third year in a row that Hope has had record enrollment.

The record reflects a combination of strong new- student enrollment and strong retention of returning students. The college enrolled 754 first-time students this year, just one short of last year's record high of 755 first-time students.

The student body is comprised of 1,209 men and 1,806 women from 38 states and 40 foreign countries.

Students transferring to Hope from other colleges and universities total 73, compared with 63 in 1999. There are 107 students in off-campus programs, compared to 98 last year.

The enrollment by class, with last year's class in parentheses, is: freshmen, 778 (779); sophomores, 744 (726); juniors, 652 (638); seniors, 719 (669); and special students, 122 (131).

The largest representation is from Michigan with 2,336 students, followed by: Illinois, 231; Indiana, 91; Ohio, 54; New York, 52; Minnesota, 30; Iowa, 29; Wisconsin, 27; New Jersey, 25; California and Pennsylvania, 14 each; and Colorado, 10.

Foreign countries represented in the student body include Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zambia.

Hope College was chartered in 1866 and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The college offers courses in 56 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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