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Graduate Report

Hope graduates are educated to think about important issues with clarity, wisdom and a deep understanding of the Christian faith. They make an impact at organizations, companies and graduate schools around the country and abroad. This summary of the annual Graduate Report gives a six-month snapshot of the Class of 2019.

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Class Snapshot

96% in graduate school or no longer seeking employment within six months

86% of those employed fulltime are employed in their field of study

90% connected with a faculty or staff member about their vocational future

93% participated in experiential learning opportunities

Six Months after Graduation

  • Employed
  • Grad School
  • Voluntary Service
  • Not Employed (seeking)
  • Not Employed (not seeking)

Infographic: 96% of students are in graduate school or no longer seeking employment within six months

Employment and Graduate School (by region)

Map of the US showing distributions of graduates' employment and grad school admissions.

This study is administered annually by the Frost Center for Data and Research, Alumni and Family Engagement, the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, and Admissions. Alumni are contacted 5-6 months after graduation by email, mail and telephone. The data presented on this page has a knowledge rate of 83%, including 399 survey responses, conducted by the Frost Center for Data and Research, and information on 111 individuals from online research, conducted by Alumni and Family Engagement. The remainder of this report is based on the 399 survey responses. For additional requests or data from previous years, please contact the Frost Center for Data and Research at 616.395.7556 or frostcenter@hope.edu.

Top Majors (by number of graduates)

  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Education Certified
  • Biology
  • Communication
  • Engineering
  • Social Work
  • Political Science
  • Exercise Science


Job Satisfaction (6 Months After Graduation)

  • Very Satisfied
  • Satisfied
  • Neither
  • Dissatisfied
  • Very Dissatisfied

Infographic: 82% of students are very satisfied or satisfied with their employment
Recent Employers
  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • CareerBuilder
  • Epic Systems
  • GE Aviation
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Herman Miller
  • Holland Hospital
  • Hope Network
  • JR Automation
  • Mayo Clinic
  • National Football League
  • Pine Rest
  • Royal Cyber
  • Saugatuck Center for the Arts
  • Spectrum Health
  • Steelcase
  • TEKsystems
  • U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Infographic: 86% of those employed full-time are employed in their field of study

Graduate School

Graduate School Admissions

  • First Choice
  • Second Choice
  • Other

Infographic: 98% of those who applied were accepted to their first or second choice graduate school
Recent Graduate Schools
  • Duke University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Jerusalem University College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Tufts University
  • University College London
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Western Michigan University
  • Western Theological Seminary
  • Yale Divinity School

Experiential Learning

  • Internship
  • Service Learning
  • Off-Campus Study (international)
  • Research
  • Off-Campus Study (domestic)
  • Student Teaching
  • Clinical Rotation

Infographic: 93% participated in experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, off-campus study and collaborative student-faculty research



The principal goal of the Boerigter Center is to teach students how to engage in lifelong practices of career development.

  • Discern: Identify strengths and interests, absorb the liberal arts and deepen sense of vocation and core character.
  • Prepare: Explore paths, expand intellect, develop skills and extend perspectives through experiences on campus and around the world.
  • Pursue: Strategize for life after college, activate networks and achieve next steps


In partnership with the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, the Alumni Association hosts an online career center where you can work on your résumé, join and use The Hope College Connection, volunteer, find job postings, connect with social media and sign up for events. Connect at hope.edu/alumni.


Students and alumni can browse thousands of job and internship postings on Hope’s online job board, Handshake. Start searching at hope.edu/handshake.