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  • Once you have submitted your deposit, watch your Hope email for housing and class registration information in late May.


  • Housing application and meal plan seletion due by Friday, June 4. 
  • Health Insurance and Health History Documentation due by Friday, June 18.
  • Course registration survey due by Wednesday, June 23 .


  • My Academic Advisor Survey and StrengthsQuest Assessment due by Wednesday, July 23.
  • 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.
  • Complete counseling and promissory note requirements for Federal Direct Loans (US residents only).
  • Apply for Parent PLUS or private student loans (optional, US residents only).
  • Incoming student-athletes complete eligibility process requirements.


  • 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…

First-Year Seminar
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.

Learn more. 

Course Registration for Transfer Students

Registration Process

For your first semester at Hope, you are not able to register yourself online. Elizabeth Steenwyk, Associate Registrar, will register you for your classes via email, or through a phone, video chat or in-person appointment. See your 1Hope emial for additional information or reach out to her at steenwyk@hope.edu.

Registration Resources

  • Transfer Credit: Any transfer credit already posted on your record will be viewable on your unofficial transcript. If any AP, CLEP, IB or transfer credit is missing, have an updated transcript sent to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Degree Works: Use this tool to see your general education requirements. Try the “What If” option to view requirements for potential majors and minors.
    • Find out more about Degree Works.
    • Get to Degree Works in your plus.hope.edu account: Registrar and Student Accounts > Student Records > Degree Works for Students.
  • College Catalog: Find out about all majors and minors offered at Hope, major and minor requirements and course descriptions for all of our courses.
  • Class Schedule: See courses that are being offered in the spring, as well as days, times, locations and instructors for every section of every course.
  • Schedule Planner: Create your perfect class schedule in minutes. Schedule Planner allows you to block off times you can’t have class, choose the courses you need to take, generate possible schedules and save the CRNs in your Registration Cart.
    • Find out more about Schedule Planner.
    • Get to Schedule Planner in your plus.hope.edu account: Registrar and Student Accounts > Registration > Schedule Planner.

Helpful Tips

  • The First-Year Seminar (IDS 100) is not required for transfer students and will be waived for you.
  • You need at least 126 semester credit hours to earn a degree from Hope. Any transfer credit you receive will count toward that 126-credit requirement.
  • A full-time course load is 12-16 credits; most students take 14–16 credits each semester. There is an additional fee for each credit over 16.
  • Find several alternate class options. I may not be able to add you to a closed class. In that case, I will put you on the wait list. We can talk about the wait list procedure and other options if you find yourself in this situation.


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A Tour of Phelps Dining Hall
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The Kletz Market
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Downtown Dining
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Durfee Hall
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Dykstra Hall
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Scott Hall
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Lichty Hall
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