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Graduate Survey

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.

Image of the Hope College Arch, with type-graphic that says Class of 2018

Class Overview

96% in the workforce or graduate school within six months

87% of those employed full-time are employed in their field of study

88% connected with a faculty or staff member about their vocational future

90% participated in experiential learning opportunities

Six Months after Graduation

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

Infographic: 96% of students are in the workforce or graduate school within six months

Top Majors (by number of graduates)

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

Employment and Graduate School (by region)

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


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
  • Accenture
  • Apple
  • Beaumont Health
  • Coca-Cola
  • Commonwealth/McCann
  • Deloitte
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • ExxonMobil
  • General Motors
  • Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
  • Herman Miller
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Kellogg's
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Peace Corps
  • Plante Moran
  • Spectrum Health
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Teach for America
  • Tesla Motors
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Whirlpool Corporation

Infographic: 87% of those employed full-time are employed in their field of study

Graduate School

Graduate School Admissions

  • First Choice
  • Second Choice
  • Other

Infographic: 93% of those who applied were accepted to their first or second choice graduate school
Recent Graduate Schools
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mayo Clinic Medical School
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Western Theological Seminary
  • Yale University

Experiential Learning

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

Infographic: 90% participated in experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, off-campus study and collaborative student-faculty research

Hope Alumni

Infographic: 35,000 plus alumni representing every state and more than 80 countries. 5,180 alumni in the Career Resource Network, an online program that provides a way for alumni and students to network

Recent Graduates Living Abroad

Map of the World showing distributions of graduates living abroad

  • Australia
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic Of
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Rwanda
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam
About the Graduate Survey

The Hope College Graduate Survey is administered annually by Alumni and Family Engagement, Boerigter Center for Calling and Career and Admissions. Graduates are contacted five to six months after graduation by email, mail and telephone and asked to complete the online survey. During October and November of 2018, 63% of the graduating Class of 2018 participated in the survey.