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Student Achievements

Students who attend Hope College come from a wide array of backgrounds and locations, as Hope continually aspires to present a community that embodies a global perspective. These students are academically driven and work closely with top educators in their field. The result? High retention rates and success after graduation.

Our Student Body

Fall 2021

Total Enrollment  3,251
Males (full time)  1,132
Females (full time)  1,836
Students from outside Michigan  30%
U.S. ethnic minority students 20% 
International students  5.3%
First to second year retention rate (2020 cohort) 87%
Four-year graduation rate (fall 2014 cohort) 66%
Six-year graduation rate (fall 2014 cohort) 76%
First-Year Retention Rates

First-year retention rates are the percentage of first-time degree-seeking students who enrolled at Hope in the fall and were again enrolled in the following fall.

Cohort Year First Year
2009 86.8%
2010 89.4%
2011 88.9%
2012 88.3%
2013 90.4%
2014 86.5%
2015 89.3%
2016 88.1%
2017 89%
2018 92%
2019 87%
2020 87%

National average: < 75%
(Digest of Education Statistics Retention of first-time degree seeking undergraduates at degree-granting postsecondary institutions Table 326.30)

Six-Year Graduation Rates

Six-year graduation rates are the the percentage of first-time degree-seeking students who enrolled at Hope and graduated within six years.

Cohort Year Six-Year Grad Rate
2003 79.3%
2004 78.0%
2005 79.1%
2006 77.7%
2007 78.1%
2008 79.6%
2009 75.9%
2010 79.1%
2011 80.3
2012 79%
2013 81%
2014 76%

National Average: < 60%
(National Center for Education Statistics)

Licensure Pass Rates

Nursing – NCLEX pass rates for first time attempts

  • 2019: 96%   
  • 2020: 90%   
  • 2021: 98%

Education – Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
Annual Summary of State Results: Initial & Cumulative
Program Year: August 2018–July 2021

KEY:

  • N = Number of Eligible Test Takers
  • N Pass (% Pass) = Number (Percent) of Eligible Test Takers Who Passed the Test
  Attempt Type
Initial Cumulative
TEST N N Pass % Pass N Pass % Pass
002 English 18 17 94.4 18 100
009 History 8
010 Political Science 1
011 Psychology 6
017 Biology 4
018 Chemistry 3
019 Physics 1
022 Mathematics (Sec) 10 9 90 10 100
023 French 2
028 Spanish 13 13 100 13 100
043 Health 11 11 100 11 100
044 Physical Education 8
046 Dance 4
059 Emotional Impairment 19 19 100 19 100
063 Learning Disabilities 22 21 95.5 22 100
084 Social Studies 5
086 ESL 13 13 100 13 100
089 Mathematics (Elem) 7
090 Language Arts (Elem) 16 14 87.5 15 93.8
093 Integrated Science (Elementary) 5
094 Integrated Science (Secondary) 5
095 Visual Arts 3
099 Music Education 8
103 Elementary Education 116 103 88.8 108 93.1
105 Social Studies (Elem) 4
106 Early Childhood Education (Gen & SPED) 29 24 82.8 27 93.1
114 Learning Disabilities 24 23 95.8 24 100
All Tests (Excluding PRE) 365 332 91 347 95.1

First-Year Students

Fall 2021

GPA (middle 50%)  3.7-4.0
ACT (middle 50%)  25-30
SAT (middle 50%)  1120-1320
Acceptance rate  83.7%

After Hope

Class of 2020

Employed within six months of graduation  75%
In graduate school within six months of graduation 20%
Satisfied or very satisfied with employment 83%
Of those employed, graduates working in their field of study 77%
Accepted to first or second choice graduate school 97%
Participated in experiential learning while at Hope 89%
Planned their future with mentoring from faculty & staff 82%

Learn more by reading this year’s graduate report 

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