posted June 24, 1998

Hope Among Leaders in Producing Future Doctorate Recipients

A recent 10-year study names Hope College a leader among baccalaureate institutions as a source of future Ph.D. recipients.

          Conducted by Franklin & Marshall College of
  Lancaster, Pa., the study ranked Hope 26th out of 518
  baccalaureate institutions--defined as primarily
  undergraduate colleges--in producing future doctorate
  holders in all disciplines from 1986 to 1995, or in the top
  five percent nationally.  Hope tied for second
  --ranking in the top one percent--in
  chemistry during the same period.
          A total of 284 Hope alumni earned doctorates from
  1986 to 1995, including 54 in chemistry.
          The 1986-95 figures mirror Hope's performance for
  the more extended period running from 1920 to 1995, also
  chronicled in the study.  Among baccalaureate institutions,
  Hope was in the top six percent for all disciplines and the
  top one percent in chemistry.  A total of 1,083 Hope alumni
  earned doctorates from 1920 to 1995, including 246 in
  chemistry.
          The Franklin & Marshall study also includes
  listings for master's degree-granting institutions, doctoral
  degree-granting institutions and specialized degree-
  institutions.  In chemistry during 1986-95, Hope was the
  undergraduate origin of more doctoral recipients than all
  but eight doctoral-granting universities and two specialized
  institutions, ranking in the top one percent among the total
  of 1,036 institutions in all categories.
          Other Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) or
  Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
  institutions placing in the top 20 percent among "all
  disciplines" for 1986-95 were:  Oberlin College of Ohio,
  first among baccalaureate institutions with 959; Calvin
  College, second among master's-granting institutions with
  357; the College of Wooster in Ohio, 19th among
  baccalaureate institutions with 326; Kalamazoo College, 21st
  among baccalaureate institutions with 309; Antioch College
  of Ohio, 32nd among baccalaureate institutions with 249;
  DePauw University of Indiana, 26th among baccalaureate
  institutions with 226; and Earlham College of Indiana, 38th
  among baccalaureate institutions with 224.