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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.

Hope is not just a place – it’s a community. And it’s the people of Hope who’ll recognize all the qualities that make you an individual. Here at Hope we desire you to grow as a whole person – academically, spiritually and socially. Whether it’s hanging with friends at one of the regular Student Activities Committee events, participating in collaborative research with a professor, worshipping with 1,000 of your peers at the Gathering, or just hanging out in downtown Holland, Hope is ready to meet you where you are and help you become the person you want to be.

Oh, and if you’re looking for facts and figures, you’ve come to the right place!

Our Student Body

Fall 2021

Total Enrollment  3,133
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 (2019 cohort) 87%
Four-year graduation rate (fall 2014 cohort) 66%
Six-year graduation rate (fall 2014 cohort) 76%
First-Year Retention Rates
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%

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
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%

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

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  76%
In graduate school within six months of graduation 16%
Satisfied or very satisfied with employment 78%
Of those employed, graduates working in their field of study 84%
Accepted to first or second choice graduate school 97%
Participated in experiential learning while at Hope 94%
Planned their future with mentoring from faculty & staff 88%

Learn more by reading this year’s graduate report 

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