Mother Jones magazine (September/October 2009 issue) has included Hope College in a listing of "cool schools that will blow your mind, not your budget".

Hope is one of 10 schools listed as a Best Value for different reasons. Hope is recognized as a Best Value for artists with a spiritual side.

The editor said the list was created to recognize schools that "may not bother to juke their stats to make (the) U.S. News (and World Report) short list, but they still have plenty to offer -- for alot less dough."

About Hope: This creative Christian college is known for its dance, theater, art, music and visiting writers programs. Indie rocker Sufjan Stevens is an alum." (A copy of the magazine can be seen at Van Wylen Library).