posted August 25, 1998

Hope Ranks in Top Half Nationally in "U.S. News" College Guide

Hope College ranks in the top half of the country among the 162 national liberal arts colleges included in "U.S. News and World Report's" 1999 "America's Best Colleges" guide.

          The guide, included in the magazine's Aug. 31,
  1998, issue, groups the schools within first, second, third
  and fourth tiers.  Hope is one of only four Michigan
  colleges included in the national liberal arts colleges
          The colleges and universities included in the
  "U.S. News and World Report Guide" fall within one of five
  categories:  228 national universities, 162 national liberal
  arts colleges, 504 regional universities, 429 regional
  liberal arts colleges and 95 specialized schools.  The
  classifications are maintained, the magazine noted, by the
  Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
          The guide provides several statistics concerning
  each institution, including:  the freshman retention rate;
  the 1997 graduation rate; the percentage of classes with
  fewer than 20 students; the percentage of classes with 50 or
  more students; the percentage of faculty who are full-time;
  the SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile; the percentage of those in
  the freshman class who were in the top 10 percent of their
  high school senior classes; the freshman acceptance rate;
  and the alumni giving rate.
          Every school in the Great Lakes Colleges
  Association (GLCA) is included in the national liberal arts
  colleges listing, as were several members of the Michigan
  Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
          In addition to Hope, the GLCA schools are:  Albion
  College (third tier), Antioch University (fourth tier),
  Denison University (second tier), DePauw University (second
  tier), Earlham College (second tier), Kalamazoo College
  (second tier), Kenyon College (first tier), Oberlin College
  (first tier), Ohio Wesleyan University (third tier), Wabash
  College (second tier) and The College of Wooster (second
          Alma College appears with fellow MIAA members
  Albion, Hope and Kalamazoo on the national liberal arts
  colleges listing, and is in the third tier.
          Of the other MIAA schools, Saint Mary's College
  ranks first among regional liberal arts colleges in the
  Midwest region, and Calvin College ranks 11th among regional
  universities in the Midwest region.  Adrian College is in
  the top tier of regional liberal arts colleges in the
  Midwest, and Defiance College and Olivet College are in the
  region's third tier.
          This is Hope's second appearance in the second
  tier of national liberal arts colleges listed in "U.S. News
  and World Report's" "America's Best Colleges."  Hope was
  also in the second tier in the 1996 guide.  Hope has
  otherwise been in the third tier since being included as a
  national liberal arts college in the "U.S. News and World
  Report" guide in 1989.