Rankings and Recognitions

Hope College is widely recognized as an excellent institution of higher education. Here are some of our distinctives:


Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education

In 2017, Hope College ranked 11th — tied with Stanford University — among 1,061 public and private higher education institutions for the number of students who said they would choose their college again. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education asked 100,000 students, “If you could start over, would you still choose this college?”



Hope College is on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the “Top 300 Best College Values of 2018” for embodying exceptional academic quality and affordability.

  • Hope ranks #64 in Kiplinger’s list of 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Hope ranks #135 among all colleges



  • America’s Top Colleges: Hope lands in the top quarter of Forbes’ 2016 list of “America’s Top Colleges.” Out of 660 schools recognized for being “well worth the investment,” Hope ranks #155.
  • Top Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities: Hope ranks #75 among liberal arts colleges.
  • Grateful Grads: Hope is one of only 200 private colleges to make Forbes Grateful Graduates Index, which considers private donations and gifts per student over 10 years.


Money Magazine

Affordable: Hope College was included among “The 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges,” ranked #30 for offering a high-quality four-year education at a cost below average

“These colleges tend not to load students or parents up with burdensome debts, and all fall in the top half of MONEY’s overall rankings, so they excel in educational quality and alumni success too.”
—Money Magazine

Valuable: Hope also ranks in the top half of Money’s overall rankings for best colleges, recognizing a select group of four-year college and universities for delivering the most value — a great education, at an affordable price, that helps students launch promising careers. 

Commitment to Economic diversity

New York Times

Hope was included on The New York Times’ third annual College Access Index, a ranking of just 150 colleges based on their commitment to economic diversity. Headlined the “Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream,” the ranking is based on a combination of the number of lower- and middle-income students enrolled and the price it charges these students.


Fiske Guide to Colleges

Hope is one of only about 320 colleges and universities highlighted as “the best and most interesting institutions in the nation — the ones that students most want to know about.” The 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges said this about Hope:

  • “The academic climate is demanding yet supportive.”
  • “Within the prevailing Christian atmosphere, most students say there is room for other voices and viewpoints.”
  • “Hope is a place where students are challenged to become better students…  but, more important, better people.”


U.S. News and World Report

  • Among the best in the nation: Hope is listed in the first tier among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation (as opposed to region), placing 106 out of 233 institutions.
  • Outstanding research: Hope is one of only 12 national liberal arts colleges (and 42 institutions of all types) recognized for providing outstanding undergraduate research/creative project opportunities, counted among universities like Yale, Stanford, MIT, Princeton and Northwestern.
  • Best value: Hope is recognized as a national “Best Value,” ranking 95th among U.S. News & World Report’s top national liberal arts colleges. 
  • Top pick: Hope places 118th in the listing of high school counselors’ top picks among national liberal arts colleges.
  • Strength in engineering: Hope’s engineering program is ranked 74th in the overview of 198 ABET-accredited programs at institutions where the highest degree is a bachelor's or master's.



In 2016, Hope was ranked among the “7 Most Beautiful Christian College Campuses” by outstandingcolleges.com “when it comes to an impeccable campus in terms of design, landscaping, calmness and architecture.” The site noted Hope specifically for being in a beautiful area and for “exquisite” Dimnent Memorial Chapel.


Princeton Review

Hope is one of 156 institutions that The Princeton Review recommends in its 2017 “Best in the Midwest” listing.


Hope is included in the book Colleges that Change Lives, which recognizes 45 colleges that develop a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college. According to the book, “Hope is first rate across the board, attracting students because of the reputation of its programs. Hope raises higher education’s moral and intellectual level.”


Hope was named by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement as the #1 undergraduate institution for dollars received in the foundation’s 100-year history (2012).


Hope is one of 361 colleges and universities to earn the “Community Engagement Classification” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for deepening the practice of service and strengthening bonds between campus and community. 


  • All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals and People of Faith
  • Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully 
    Hope is one of of 10 faith-based colleges highlighted for doing an exemplary job in educating students holistically.
  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers
    Hope’s dance and writing programs recognized as among the best in the nation.
  • The Insider's Guide to Colleges


  • The first private, four-year, undergraduate liberal arts college in the country to achieve national accreditation in all four of the arts. 
  • The only college or university in Michigan where business students can participate in the George F. Baker Scholars Program, which provides a wide range of real-world experiences beyond the classroom. One of only several dozen Baker Scholars Programs in the country.
  • One of only 286 institutions in the U.S. to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest scholastic honorary society.
  • 13th in the nation for CPA exam pass rates among 294 comparable institutions
  • 89% of Hope seniors who apply to graduate school are accepted to their first or second choice.
  • 85% of Hope pre-med students with a 3.5 GPA or higher are accepted to medical school.
  • 75% of all Hope pre-med students get into medical school.
  • On average, Hope's medical school acceptance rate is more than 30% higher than the national average for all applicants.
  • 86% of Hope pre-dental students with a 3.3 GPA or higher get into dental school.
  • 85% of Hope pre-law students are accepted to law school.
  • 84% of the class of 2016 are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their jobs.
  • Hope ranks in the top 0.7% of colleges for graduates pursuing Ph.D.s in chemistry.
  • Hope ranks among the top 5% of colleges for grads pursuing Ph.D.s in all fields.
  • Hope grads consistently land fellowships at top Ph.D. programs — Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford and more.