posted September 13, 2000

Enrollment Above 3,000

Enrollment at Hope College has exceeded
3,000 students for the first time in the college's history.

Hope has enrolled 3,015 students this fall. The
previous record was 2,943, set in the fall of 1999. It is
the third year in a row that Hope has had record enrollment.

The record reflects a combination of strong new-
student enrollment and strong retention of returning
students. The college enrolled 754 first-time students this
year, just one short of last year's record high of 755
first-time students.

The student body is comprised of 1,209 men and
1,806 women from 38 states and 40 foreign countries.

Students transferring to Hope from other colleges
and universities total 73, compared with 63 in 1999. There
are 107 students in off-campus programs, compared to 98 last

The enrollment by class, with last year's class in
parentheses, is: freshmen, 778 (779); sophomores, 744
(726); juniors, 652 (638); seniors, 719 (669); and special
students, 122 (131).

The largest representation is from Michigan with
2,336 students, followed by: Illinois, 231; Indiana, 91;
Ohio, 54; New York, 52; Minnesota, 30; Iowa, 29; Wisconsin,
27; New Jersey, 25; California and Pennsylvania, 14 each;
and Colorado, 10.

Foreign countries represented in the student body
include Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia,
Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, the Dominican Republic,
Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Liberia, Mexico,
Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Romania,
Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan,
Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zambia.

Hope College was chartered in 1866 and is
affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The
college offers courses in 56 majors leading to a Bachelor of
Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of
Science in Nursing degree.