Hope College has been ranked among the top five colleges and universities in the nation in the "America's Best Colleges 2003" guide published by "U.S. News and World Report" for its success in teaching through active learning.
Hope is tied for fourth nationally in the "Undergraduate research/Creative projects" category, which was presented in the guide for the first time this year. Included as a type of program "shown to enhance learning," the category is described as follows: "Either independently or in small teams, and mentored by a faculty member, students do intensive and self-directed research or creative work that results in an original scholarly paper or other product that can be formally presented on or off campus."
Students in a variety of disciplines engage in collaborative learning experiences with members of the Hope faculty. Some 100 of them will be discussing their work during an "Undergraduate Research Symposium" being held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the college's Haworth Inn and Conference Center.
In addition to Hope, the schools in the top five are the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University in California and Furman University in South Carolina. Schools further down in the field but still in the top 25 include Princeton University, Harvard University and Amherst College.
In addition, Hope again appears in the top half of the guide's "Best Liberal Arts Colleges--Bachelor's (Nationally)" category. A total of 217 liberal arts colleges are considered on the national bachelor's list, as opposed to in the publication's regional rankings.