Colleges That Change Lives

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Hope College

"Hope is first rate across the board, attracting students because of the reputation of its programs. Hope raises higher education's moral and intellectual level."
-Colleges That Change Lives

C H A R A C T E R
 
  • For more than a century, Hope has cherished the conviction that life is God's trust, a trust which each of us is called to personally activate by an insistent concern for intelligent involvement in the human community and its problems.
  • This "big-small" college features a large variety of programs while ensuring personalized attention.
  • Scenic location: on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, about 30 miles from Grand Rapids, 150 from Chicago, 175 miles from Detroit and 225 miles from Indianapolis.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
 
  • As a liberal arts college offering education within the context of the historic Christian faith, Hope is a place of open inquiry, acceptance of intellectual challenge, rigorous engagement with challenging questions, and vigorous but civil discussion of different beliefs and understandings.
  • Hope is one of only 10 church-related colleges and universities nationwide highlighted in the book Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully. The institutions were included specifically for being "individually and collectively distinguished in fostering holistic student development."
  • Hope is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, which selected Hope for inclusion in the third annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.
  • The College's Phelps Scholars Program has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities among only 32 institutions nationwide as an exemplary diversity program in higher education.
  • Best Value: ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in December 2010.
  • Return on Investment: impressive acceptance rates by the nation’s most prestigious graduate and professional schools; graduates sought after by employers.
  • More ROI: compared to students at other liberal arts colleges, a higher percentage of Hope’s Class of 2010 demonstrated positive growth in critical thinking (Wabash National Study).
  • Double or triple your preparedness: across 80-plus programs, numerous rare double majors exist, such as chemistry and dance; minors include leadership and neuroscience.
  • Challenging collaboration: four-year liberal arts college with graduate school-style research opportunities that regularly pairs students with masterful teachers/researchers in all fields of study.
  • Personal attention: 13:1 student:faculty ratio; senior professors often teach intro classes, too.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
 
  • Hope received a $2 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for its CrossRoads Project, "A Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation."
  • The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development recognized the college's First-Year Seminar, Campus Ministries and Senior Seminar programs for providing leadership in character development.
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges describes Hope as one of "the country's best and most interesting schools, not only emphasizing academic strengths but also highlighting the college's friendly environment and sense of community through which, as one student put it, "People intentionally seek out students to support, encourage, and challenge in and out of the classroom."
  • Hope has many honor societies, including a Phi Beta Kappa charter granted in 1971. Hope is one of only 280 institutions in the U.S. able to grant this distinction. Individual departments also offer honor societies, including education, which was the first in the nation to offer a student chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and dance, which established the nation's first honorary society for dance students.
  • Hope's Van Wylen Library received the "Excellence in Academic Libraries Award". The award recognizes library staff for quality services and resources to further the mission of the institution.
  • Hope is the only liberal arts college in the nation to achieve national accreditation (recognition by national boards for high standards) in all four arts programs: art, dance, music, and theatre. Hope also has accredited programs in athletic training, chemistry, education, engineering, nursing, and social work.
  • In the "America's Best Colleges 2011" guide published by "U.S. News and World Report" Hope appears in the first tier of the "National Liberal Arts Colleges" category. A total of 266 liberal arts colleges are considered on the national bachelor's list, as opposed to the publication's regional rankings.
  • Hope obtains more funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and NASA to support its undergraduate research program than any other liberal arts college in Michigan. Hope has one of the largest summer undergraduate research programs in the nation, involving approximately 180 participating students each year.
  • Such faculty-student research partnerships have been common at Hope since the 1920s. Over 90% of Hope science majors have at least one semester or one summer of collaborative research with Hope faculty. Government and foundation grants to individuals, to departments, and to the college demonstrate the quality of the institution: outside grants to departments and faculty have totaled more than $4.6 million in the past two years.
  • Over 1,800 internships are available locally or through programs in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C, Oak Ridge (Tennessee), and El Paso (Texas). Recent internships have included the Mayor's Office (Chicago), Late Night with Conan O'Brien (New York), the Philadelphia Eagles, and the American Bar Association (Washington, D.C.). Hope ranks 34th among all U.S. Liberal Arts institutions in producing students who receive PhDs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Major-related work experience: over 200 study abroad programs; thousands of internships a year available locally; recent off-campus internships at a Nashville recording studio, a California urban ministry, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and New York City’s Dateline NBC.
  • Showcasing research and performance: 360 students presented 200 projects during Hope’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance in 2011.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
 
  • Openly Christian and rigorously intellectual: valuing open-mindedness and respect for all opinions; historically affiliated with the Reformed Church of America; embraces religious diversity and home to the Union of Catholic Students and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.
  • Championship athletics: winning tradition in 20 sports, emphasizing scholar-athletes and character-building; supportive local community.
  • Hope offers more than 80 clubs and organizations (including a number of serviceoriented projects), as well as an extensive intramural program; 90% of students stay on campus during the weekends.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
 
  • More than careers - vocations: freshman and senior seminars focus on each student’s educational trajectory and shaping of a life plan before graduation.
  • Hope College, like all the CTCL schools, does a phenomenal job preparing students (who are pretty talented to begin with) for graduate and professional school and for creative and industry-changing careers. A quick perusal of Hope's similar successes and outcomes gives clear evidence to that.
  • In addition to an excellent foundation for career or further education, Hope students also take with them a firm grasp of their role to be servants in the communities they join after Hope. This comes from a culture of giving that permeates the Hope community—both on campus and beyond. In a typical year Hope's 3,200 students volunteer over 100,000 hours and raise over $1 million in actual dollars and sweat equity. In 2011, Hope was among the 115 colleges and universities recognized recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its community service and social responsibility.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
 
  • Mean ACT composite score: 27
  • Middle 50% ACT composite scores: 24-30
  • Mean SAT composite score: 1187 (Critical Reading and Math)
  • Middle 50% SAT composite scores: 1050-1320
  • Mean GPA: 3.7
  • Middle 50% GPA: 3.65-4.0