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 3,200 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 2023:

  • 77% were employed and 24% were in graduate school within six months
  • 86% of those employed full-time are employed in their field of study
  • 93% participated in experiential learning
  • 92% of those who applied were accepted to their first or second choice graduate school

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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.

Academics at Hope
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.

Hope's Christian Aspirations
Diverse and Accomplished Students

Hope enrolls 3,369 students from 35 states and territories and 36 countries. With the great opportunities and programs Hope provides, students will be well equipped to succeed in graduate and professional schools or in the workplace.

Graduate Survey Results
A Research Powerhouse

Hope is ranked #27 by US News & World Report and is one of only 54 colleges and universities recognized for providing outstanding undergraduate research/creative project opportunities, counted among universities like Yale, Stanford, Harvard, MIT and Michigan.

Research at Hope
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.

Athletics at Hope
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!

Campus Life at Hope

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

See all of Hope's national rankings and recent recognitions 

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. 22Research and Creative Activity

    In the 2023 US News rankings, Hope is #22 for providing outstanding undergraduate research/creative project opportunities. This is up from #24 in 2021 and #37 in 2020.

  • 60+Countries for Study Abroad

    Hope students participate in more than 300 study abroad programs in over 60 countries—often for no additional tuition or fees.

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Hope is a place where students are challenged to become better students… but, more important, better people.

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