/ Alumni and Family Engagement

Support Your Student

Sometimes you just need a little help to find what you and your student need. 

We understand that as a parent, having your student away from home can be challenging. Our goal is to keep you connected in a healthy and empowering way as your student grows at Hope.

From the Health Center to Counseling and Psychological Services, from the Academic Success Center to the Registrar, this collection of resources is a starting point to help you support your student at Hope.

While the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits the specific personal and academic information we can share about your student, we can keep you connected to an abundance of available resources.

Counseling and Psychological Services
The Counseling and Psychological Services Office (CAPS) helps students attain holistic health: physical, emotional and spiritual.

CAPS has professionally trained staff who listen, understand and provide counseling with clinical excellence and Christian integrity.

While the relationship between your student and their counselor is confidential, suggesting CAPS as an option is often an important first step for caregivers. Counseling is available free of charge to all degree-seeking students at Hope College.

For more information about handling your student’s homesickness or other physical, emotional or mental concerns, contact Counseling and Psychological Services.
Academic Success Center
Transitioning into the rigorous academic environment at Hope can be tough. A successful academic career in high school does not guarantee an easy time at Hope, especially for first-year students. Proper study techniques, research and test preparation are skills students need to learn in order to thrive academically.

The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides students access to a variety of academic skill-development opportunities. Services include individual and group tutoring, academic advising and math labs for various learning preferences and schedules. The ASC works closely with faculty to ensure student success in and out of the classroom. This free service is available to all students no matter their degree or year.
Health Center
We know it’s not the same as a homemade bowl of chicken noodle soup, but Hope aims to keep your student’s wellness a top priority all year long through extensive services offered by the Health Center. While the interactions between your student and the Health Center are confidential, understanding the available options is important.

The Health Center provides over-the-counter medication, flu shots, sports physicals and other medical testing, as well as a variety of direct care and educational services in order to establish life-long patterns of healthy behaviors for your student.

For more information about fees, services and health coverage options, contact the Health Center.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The primary focus of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is to support students in their sense of belonging and purpose that empowers them to flourish at Hope College and throughout their future (engagement, retention and achievement). 

Multicultural Student Organizations promote awareness and provide support for the history, culture, experiences, and perspectives of diverse communities and communities of color. 

Community Conversations and CDI Town Halls are opportunities for the Hope community to discuss and engage in topics on diversity, equity and inclusion. These conversations are aimed to create greater awareness about societal issues that impact the success of students. 

Campus Ministries
Whether your student is looking to expand a newly formed faith or grow upon an existing foundation, Campus Ministries is the perfect resource to help them on their journey. Campus Ministries is a team of deeply rooted Christians available to help every student grow in their faith.

Three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) the Hope community gathers in Dimnent Chapel for song, prayer and testimony. On Sunday night, a full-service Gathering takes place with communion, sermons and prayer.

Men’s and women’s bible studies are offered every semester, along with other events to explore what it means to live a life of leadership and faith. For more information about studies, immersion trips and more, visit Campus Ministries online.
Boerigter Center for Calling and Career
Decisions about class schedules, career paths and grad school can be overwhelming. Directing your student to the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career is the best way to give them answers.

The Boerigter Center for Calling and Career offers a variety of services including one-on-one counseling, resume support, mock interviews and career searches, as well as assistance with grad school selection and applications. The goal is to help your student create a path on which to begin academic and professional exploration.

They can also connect students to the alumni Career Resource Network, providing informational interviews and a network for life.

Your involvement is critical to your students vocational discernment. For more resources to assist their journey, you can visit the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career online.
Recommended Reading
  • The iConnected Parent by Barbara Hofer and Abigail Moore
  • Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money by Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
  • Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Coburn and Madge Treeger
  • Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond by J. Brody  
  • Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey From Home to College by A. VanSteenhouse
  • Getting Along With Your Almost Adult Kids by L. Davitz and J. Davitz
  • How to Get the Most Out of College by Nancy Schlossberg and Arthur Chickering
  • Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds by R.J. Light
  • Parenting When Your Child Is An Adult by D.M. Jacobs and R.G. Jacobs
  • Parents' Guide to College Life by R. Raskin
  • The Empty Nest: When Children Leave Home by Shelley Bovey
  • The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting From Senior Year to College Life by L. Kastner and J. Wyatt
  • The Myth of Maturity: What Teenagers Need from Their Parents to Become Adults by Terri Apter
  • When your Kid Goes to College: A Parent’s Survival Guide by Carol Barkin
  • You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage