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We’re glad you’re considering Hope College!

All first-year and transfer students apply to Hope using the Common Application. First-year students, complete your application by November 1 and we’ll mail you our decision during the week of Thanksgiving. After November 1, we process applications and mail decisions on a rolling basis.

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Application Instructions

First-Year U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

To apply to Hope, please submit the following items:

  • Common Application with $35 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT score report (Either on your official transcript or directly from the testing agency)
  • High school transcript and School Report (submitted by your guidance counselor through the Common Application)
  • Official transcripts from any college(s) attended

Home-schooled students, please also include:

  • A letter of recommendation from an adult outside of your family that can provide insights about your academic work
International Students – First-Year and Transfer

To apply to Hope, please submit the following items:

  • Common Application with $35 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT score report
  • Secondary school transcript and School Report (submitted by your guidance counselor through the Common Application; School Report not required for transfers)
  • Official transcripts from any post-secondary school attended
  • Annual Financial Support Form
  • Evidence of proficiency in English. Demonstrate this by one of the following:
      • TOEFL: Minimum score of 79 with no sub score less than 18.
      • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no sub score less than 6.
      • Duolingo DET: Minimum score of 70.
      • GTEC: Minimum score of 1200.
      • Pearson PTE Academic: Minimum score of 58 with no band below 53.
      • Attendance for two or more years at a secondary school where the curriculum is taught in English. We still may require the TOEFL or IELTS depending on your record.
Transfer Students

To apply to Hope, please submit the following items:

  • Common Application with $35 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT score report (Either on your official transcript or directly from the testing agency.)
  • Official high school transcript (Submitted by a counselor at your former high school)
  • College transcript(s) (from all previous colleges)
  • College Report (submitted by the registrar at your current school)
Undocumented Students

Your application will be reviewed in the same manner as international students. To apply to Hope, please submit the following items:

  • Common Application with $35 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT score report
  • Secondary school transcript and School Report (submitted by your guidance counselor through the Common Application)
  • Official transcripts from any post-secondary school attended
  • Annual Financial Support Form
Previously-Enrolled Students

If you previously attended Hope and want to return, please apply for readmission:

Previously-Admitted Students

If you were previously admitted to Hope but have not attended, here’s how to apply for readmission:

  • Submit this form to reactivate your application.
  • Submit official transcript(s) for any college courses you completed at other institutions.
Dual Enrolling Students

High school students wanting to take courses at Hope for dual enrollment before graduating from high school need to apply and work with their high school for financing.

Applying:
  • Complete our Dual Enrollment Application, including the name & email address of two recommenders (parent/guardian and high school official or counselor).
  • Each recommender will receive an email with a form to complete on your behalf.
  • Your HS official will also upload the most recent version of your high school transcript.
Financing and Payment:
  1. Hope's financial participation is limited to one course per semester.
  2. Fees for credit hours taken above the one course this program covers will be based on the rate identified for the total number of registered credits.
  3. Parents will be responsible for any outstanding costs incurred by their student enrolled at Hope College.
  4. The PSEO Act requires Hope to bill the school district directly.  After reimbursement, based on the student's allowance, Hope will bill the student for the remaining charges.

The payment expected from each student will vary depending on the situations, below:

  1. High School Policy: Public high schools may participate in the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO). Please check with your guidance counselor to see if you are eligible for this program.
  2. Hope Scholarship Offered: Up to 50% tuition waiver (for one class) is awarded to students with a cumulative High School grade point average of 3.5 or greater, regardless of year in school.  
  3. Parents’ Employed at Hope: Contact Hope College Human Resources for information on tuition waiver benefits.

We will contact you with information about registering for classes after receiving your completed application. We offer a variety of courses for dual-enrolling students but our degree-seeking students are given first priority when space is limited.

Guest Students

If you’d like to take a course or two at Hope but aren’t interested in working toward a degree at this time, here’s how to apply:

Please submit this application for each semester or term you wish to take a course at Hope College.

Our Application Review Process

We seek students who will bring a wide range of perspectives and gifts to enrich our campus community. Though admission is selective, we’ll give your completed application careful consideration. We’ll review your application for factors that signal future academic and social success. We value the entire application, including:

  • academic performance
  • strength and quality of curriculum
  • ACT and/or SAT results
  • personal conduct
  • demonstrated leadership and service

Your admissions representative is available to help throughout the entire process.

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Admissions Timeline

Early Summer Create your Common Application account and be ready to apply for admission in August.
August 1 The Common Application is live! Submit your application for Fall 2018.
October 1 Begin your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Hope’s Supplemental Application for Financial Aid (SAF).
November 1 Complete your application by this date (including your test scores, transcripts and the Common Application School Report) and we’ll mail you our decision the week of Thanksgiving.

After November 1 we process applications and mail decisions on a rolling basis.
Thanksgiving Week Our first decisions go out to students who complete their applications by November 1. Our decisions are non-binding, so you’ll have until May 1 to decide if Hope is right for you.
Early February The Office of Financial Aid begins mailing financial aid packages.
February 1 The last day we can accept updated academic information (GPA, ACT or SAT scores, class rank) for merit scholarship consideration. We’ll consider your first semester/trimester GPA and SAT or ACT scores received by February 1.
March 1 The priority date to file both the FAFSA and SAF.
May 1 National College Decision Day. Submit your $300 enrollment deposit to secure your spot for next fall.