New Student Orientation for the Class of 2019 on August 28–31 marked the beginning of a milestone year at Hope College.

Hope will be commemorating its sesquicentennial across the 2015–16 school year, leading up to the 150th anniversary of the college’s chartering on May 14, 1866. The new school year will be the college’s 154th, since Hope enrolled its first freshman class in the fall of 1862.

Hope had record application interest this year and anticipates overall enrollment near last year’s record high of 3,433, although the college won’t make a formal count until mid-September, a few weeks into the school year.