Welcome! We’re excited to invite you into the Hope College community. So, what’s next? Here is your “Countdown to Hope” — a timeline and checklist for financial aid, scholarships, housing, Orientation and more. We can’t wait for you to join us on campus!
- Join our ZeeMee community! ZeeMee is our online community for admitted students.
- Create and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov, using the previous year’s tax information. Your information will be sent to us when you use our Federal School Code, 002273 in your application.
- Watch your mailbox for academic scholarship notifications (beginning in December).
- Respond to requests. The Office of Financial Aid may contact you to request more information regarding your financial aid application. Be sure to promptly reply if you are contacted.
- Connect with Hope on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
- February 1 — Last call for scholarship materials! Submit or update your materials (new test scores, class rank, GPA or high school transcript) by Feb. 1 to be eligible for academic scholarships.
- Watch your mailbox in early to mid-February for a financial aid package. This package indicates the types and amount of aid awarded to you for the 2021-22 academic year. International students will be notified of their complete aid package when they receive their letter of acceptance from Hope.
- March 1 — Last call for financial aid forms! Still need to submit financial aid forms? Be sure to do so by the priority filing deadline, March 1.
- Double check on your deposit. If you have not yet made your deposit to enroll, you will receive a request to submit your $300 enrollment deposit. This deposit reserves your place in the Class of 2025.
- May 1 — To guarantee a place in Hope’s Class of 2025, submit your $300 enrollment deposit. After May 1, a non-refundable deposit reserves your place only if space is available.
- Once you have submitted your deposit, watch your email for housing and class registration information in late May.
- Save the date for Orientation Weekend on Aug. 27–30. Details about Orientation Weekend will be mailed to you in July. In the meantime, start making plans for you and your family to attend this informative and exciting weekend in late August.
- Find out where you will live! Your housing and roommate assignment will be mailed to you in early July.
- Watch your email for your class schedule sent by the Hope College Registrar’s Office.
- Celebrate! You've made it to college! Your first year at Hope starts with Move-in Day on Friday, August 27, 2021.
- Attend Orientation Weekend with your family, August 27-30, 2021.
A Few More Things You Should Know About…
Classes for the fall semester start on August 31, 2021, and as an incoming freshman, you’ll take a course called First-Year Seminar. These classes explore a wide range of topics and are open only to first-year students. The professor who teaches your seminar will also be your academic advisor, so it is a great way to quickly get to know your advisor and a small group of other freshman.
Student Visa (International Students)
After you submit your enrollment deposit, we’ll provide more information about how to receive your I-20 form. Your I-20 will be sent in May, giving you plenty of time to schedule an appointment with your local U.S. Consulate. Our International Student Advisor, Habeeb Awad, is available to answer any questions you might have.
International Student and Global Citizen Pre-Orientation
Your introduction to Hope and Holland starts a week earlier than most other new students. It begins with a fun excursion to northern Michigan for Explore Michigan where you will have time to get over your jet lag and bond with new classmates from all over the globe.
Back on campus, international students & their parents continue with International Student Orientation and International Family Welcome Week, programs which provide important information and advice about visa and employment regulations, cultural adjustment, academic policies and expectations, housing and dining on campus, financial aid policies and other issues related to life at Hope College.