Hope College is prepared for its 155th academic year, with the incoming Class of 2020 arriving on campus.

The academic year formally began with the college’s Opening Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 28, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.  The featured speaker was Dr. Curtis Gruenler, who is a professor of English as well as director of general education at Hope. The convocation was moved to the chapel from the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse due to the refinishing of the fieldhouse court floor.  

Hope will be enrolling approximately 740 freshman students this fall. Hope doesn’t announce its enrollment until it makes an official count a couple weeks into September, but the college is anticipating a headcount this year of about 3,200.