Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community.
Hope’s campus is nestled in the heart of downtown Holland, just miles from Lake Michigan. We’ve been part of this community for more than 150 years, growing from the 10 students who enrolled in 1862 to more than 3,300 students on campus today.
From the beginning, Hope College has looked to the future. Here, historic architecture fits comfortably with world-class facilities: Van Vleck Hall, built in 1857, is just a block from our Pelletron particle accelerator.
Our commitment to our Christian heritage (founded in partnership with the Reformed Church in America) points us to the deepest engagement in academics and in life.
This rare combination of deep roots and rigorous preparation for the world of tomorrow equips Hope students to go into the world and make an impact in their communities. Of the Class of 2016:
- 93% was in the workforce or graduate school within six months
- 84% of those employed full-time are employed in their field of study
- 91% participated in experiential learning
- 57% had at least one internship experience
- 12% had a domestic off-campus study experience and 34% studied abroad
Through decades of growth and changes, we’ve stayed true to the things that make us who we are:
- Academic Excellence
- Offering 91 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, Hope provides the flexibility for students to pursue their academic interests. Our student:faculty ratio of 11:1 ensures that our small class sizes encourage support and mentoring.
- A Living Faith
- Hope is committed to educating students with respect for and awareness of the historic Christian faith. Historically affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, we are ecumenically diverse. Students of all faiths — and no faith — are welcome here.
- Diverse and Accomplished Students
- In 2013–14, Hope enrolled 3,388 students from 39 states and territories and 34 countries. With the great opportunities and programs Hope provides, each of them can look forward to attending their first choice of graduate and professional schools.
- A Research Powerhouse
- Hope is consistently awarded more National Science Foundation grants for undergraduate research than any other liberal arts college and was ranked fourth for undergraduate research and creative activity by US News & World Report.
- Championship Athletics
- A member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, Hope sponsors 22 varsity sports for men and women. The college is home to the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championship women’s volleyball team.
- A Welcoming Community
- This is a place where you can be fully alive. Our picturesque, historic campus is just blocks from award-winning downtown Holland and just minutes from Lake Michigan beaches. You really have to see it for yourself!
Our name and seal are drawn from the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, who said of the school that would become Hope: “This is my anchor of hope for this people in the future.” Van Raalte co-founded Hope College with Philip Phelps Jr., who was its first president.
This symbolism follows the language of Hebrews 6:19: "We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul." Our motto, taken from Psalm 42:5, echoes the sentiment: Spera in Deo (Hope in God).
Recognized for excellence by:
- America's Top Colleges (Forbes)
- The Princeton Review
- Fiske Guide to Colleges
- Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals and People of Faith
- Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully
- The Insider's Guide to Colleges
Hope by the Numbers
- 11:1Student:Faculty Ratio
Small class sizes mean close collaboration and positive relationships between students and faculty.
- 2ndHappiest Place to Live in America
Holland placed second in the nation for overall well-being in a 2010 report by Gallup and Healthways.
- No. 4Research and Creative Activity
Hope is consistently near the top of awarded NSF grants among liberal arts colleges and was ranked fourth for undergraduate research and creative activity by US News & World Report.
- 60+Countries for Study Abroad
Hope students participate in more than 200 study abroad programs in over 60 countries—often for no additional tuition or fees.Explore available programs
Hope is a place where students are challenged to become better students… but, more important, better people.2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges