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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 2022.

Class of 2022 Snapshot

  • Employed
  • Graduate school
  • Continuing Education
  • Not employed or in graduate school (seeking)
  • Voluntary service or military
  • Not employed (not seeking)

Percentages exceed 100% because survey
responders could select multiple responses

Class of 2022 Top Majors

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

84% of the class of 2022 graduates who are employed full time, are employed in their field of study

Class of 2022 Employment & Graduate School by Region

An image of the nation showing percentages by region of graduates who are employed or in grad school

Region Percent Employed Percent Grad School
West Michigan 58% 22%
Chicagoland 10% 7%
Southeast Michigan 8% 12%
Other Michigan 3% 3%
Other Midwest 5% 24%
Southwest US 3% 7%
Southeast US 5% 12%
Northwest US 1% 1%
Northeast US 5% 11%
International 1% 1%

Class of 2022 Overview

94% participated in experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, off-campus study and collaborative student-faculty research

92% of those who were in graduate school were accepted to their first-or-second school choice

93% are likely or very likely to refer someone else to Hope College for their education

89% were involved and active in extracurricular activities and organizations

89% connected with a staff or faculty member about their vocational future

95% shared they felt that their professors cared about them as a person

Class of 2022 Employment Satisfaction

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

83% are satisfied or very satisfied with their employment

Recent Employers
  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Corewell Health
  • Deloitte
  • Dow Inc.
  • Duke University Health System
  • General Motors Company
  • Gentex Corporation
  • Guinness World Records
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Holland Public Schools
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Meijer Inc.
  • MillerKnoll
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Pfizer
  • Plante Moran
  • Steelcase
  • Stryker Corporation
  • United States Senate
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Whirlpool Corporation


Class of 2022 Graduate Schools

  • First Choice
  • Second Choice
  • Other

92% of those who were in graduate school were accepted to their first-or-second school choice

Recent Graduate Schools
  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harvard University
  • Kansas State University
  • Lewis University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Washington University
  • Western Michigan University

Class of 2022 Experiential Learning

Percent of graduates who engage in each type of experiential learning.

An infographic showing the percent of 2022 graduates who engage in each type of experiential learning.

Experience Percent
Internship 61%
Research 43%
Service learning 37%
Off-campus study (international) 8%
Student teaching 15%
Off-campus study (domestic) 7%
Job shadowing 21%
Clinical rotation 8%

About the Graduate Report

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. This year we had a knowledge rate of 70.6%, with 299 survey responses; 96 from linkedIn; and 44 from the National Student Clearing House. 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.

Hope College Campus Resources

Boerigter Center For Calling and Career

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.

Alumni Association

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.

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