/ Registrar's Office

First-Year Students

Welcome to Hope! We’re excited to see where your journey takes you.

In order to select fall classes, all incoming first-year students complete a registration survey. This survey asks you a few questions about yourself and allows you to request specific classes if you desire. After you submit the survey, Registrar’s Office staff will review your information, along with any credit that you have already earned, and create a fall schedule for you.

The registration survey will be emailed directly to your Hope account on Tuesday, May 21.

If you still have questions about registration after you have reviewed these pages, email firstyearreg@hope.edu.


Unless you specify otherwise, you will be taking 14–16 credits in your first semester. This usually translates to 4–5 courses. Completing 15 credits per semester for four years will result in earning the required 120 credits to graduate. That is why we recommend taking 14–16 in your first semester. If you have already earned AP, IB or transfer credit, or plan to enroll in a summer term, the number of credits you need to earn each semester may be reduced.

You must take 12 credits to be considered a full time student. If you are a foreign student, athlete or student with VA benefits, you need to earn at least 12 credits per semester.

Credits taken above 16 result in an extra charge of $650 per credit hour. More information about costs can be found on the Business Services website.


If you took AP or IB tests, you can review those pages to see how your score corresponds to Hope credit. If you aren’t sure of your score, you can leave that section of the worksheet blank. We will review it before we create your schedule.

We receive AP and IB scores around the beginning of July. If you indicated you wanted your score sent to Hope when you took the test, it will be sent to Hope automatically. If you did not, you will need to request it directly from College Board (for AP) or IB.

If you have taken dual enrollment courses, you can request to have them applied to your Hope record. They must appear on an official transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. You will need to contact the institution to request that they send us your official transcript, with your final grades. More information can be found on the transfer credits page, under the Incoming Students accordion. After we receive your transcript, we will evaluate it and place the applicable credits onto your record.

After we place AP, IB or transfer credit on your record, you can view it on your unofficial transcript in plus.hope.edu:

  1. Log into plus.hope.edu
  2. From the menu items, choose Registrar and Student Accounts
  3. Student Records
  4. Unofficial Transcript
  5. Submit

If you don't see your credit listed, it might mean a few things: For transfer credit, we may still be reviewing your transcript, or, we have not yet received it from the institution. For AP or IB credit (after the first week of July), it means we either did not receive your score, or your score was not high enough to earn Hope credit.


On the major recommendations page, you can see examples of courses you might see in your schedule. This page also provides a sample schedule for each major and a link to the academic department website. If you see a specific course you would like to add to your schedule, you can request it in your registration survey.

Some majors require that courses be taken in a specific sequence in order to complete your degree in four years. If certain courses are listed as required for your major, we will make sure to place you in those courses.

You can find requirements for each major and minor in the College Catalog.

It's okay if you're undecided on a major. We will place you in courses that go toward fulfilling Anchor Plan requirements and any potential major you tell us you are thinking about. This will allow you to discover more about those fields of study and still give you plenty of time to consider your future major(s).


All Anchor Plan requirements must be met in order to graduate from Hope. You can look at the Anchor Plan recommendations for your first year to see courses that might be in your schedule. If you see a specific course you want on your schedule, you can request that in your survey.