THE COLLEGE: Hope College is a four-year coeducational liberal arts college located in Holland, Michigan near the shores of Lake Michigan. Founded in 1862 and chartered in 1866, Hope College is accredited by the North Central Association. The mission of Hope College is to offer, with recognized excellence, academic programs in liberal arts, in the setting of a residential, undergraduate, coeducational college, and in the context of the historic Christian faith. All areas of basic knowledge that are deemed worthy of study and research are included in the curriculum. The core curriculum, which is required of all students, offers a comprehensive, yet flexible approach to the liberal arts. Integrated with the acquisition of knowledge is a strong emphasis on values.
There are 3015 students. 94% (2,836) are full time students; 2,254 live in college residences, and 57 are part-time students. There are approximately 183 non-traditional (defined as over age 22) students enrolled. Some 77% of the students are from Michigan, with the remainder coming from 37 states and territories and 40 foreign countries.
Individual departments and/or programs have received national accreditation from agencies including: the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the National League for Nursing, the American Chemical Society, the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the Council on Social Work Education. Hope is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and fields varsity teams for men and women in 18 sports.
Hope College is a charter member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. This consortium is comprised of these twelve colleges: Albion, Antioch, Denison, DePauw, Earlham, Hope, Kalamazoo, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Wabash, and The College of Wooster. Membership in this consortium provides opportunities for students to study off-campus, both in the United States and abroad, and for faculty to participate in colloquia, workshops, conferences, and other opportunities for professional development. Many oft-campus programs are sponsored jointly with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Students may also participate in other ACM programs.
Other faculty development opportunities at the college include generous summer grant and cooperative faculty/student research grant programs funded by the college endowment, sabbatical leaves, and leaves of absence.
Recognition of excellence at Hope has come from external sources in a variety of ways. College guides regularly rate Hope highly--such as Barron’s and the Fiske Guide to Colleges, the latter which has called Hope a ‘Best Buy.” In its America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Hope among the nations best national liberal arts colleges.
Hope is the only private, four-year liberal arts college in the United States with national accreditation in art, dance, music, and theatre. Hope held more 2000 summer REU grants for student research from the National Science Foundation than any other liberal arts college in the country. The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development recognized the college’s First-Year Seminar, Campus Ministries and Senior Seminar programs nationally for providing leadership in character development.
According to a study of 518 baccalaureate institutions released by Franklin and Marshall College, Hope ranked in the top six percent in the nation in producing future Ph.D. holders in all disciplines between 1920 and 1995. The department of chemistry was in the top one percent.
In the past decade, faculty have received a broad array of prestigious awards and other forms of recognition. Among these marks of excellence are selection of individual faculty members as the national Professor of the Year and State Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), as Fulbright Scholars to India and Africa, as the first recipient of the Steinbeck Award for Young Writers, and as regional and national Division Ill Coach of the Year--in addition to numerous other awards for service, teaching and scholarship in the past year alone, in fields ranging from biology to communication. English, psychology and social work. Faculty have received grants and other recognition from agencies and foundations including the NSF, NIH, Research Corporation, NEA, NEH, the Dreyfus Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Keck Foundation, the Sherman-Fairchild Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Lilly Endowment Inc., the Knight Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Students also have gained many honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship (1987), three British Marshall Scholarships within a five-year period. NEH Younger Scholar Awards (five within a seven-year span), Pew Younger Scholars Awards, Goldwater Scholarships and NSF Graduate Fellowships.
The unique character of Hope is expressed through its long tradition of integrating faith and learning, maintaining a balance between the freedom of intellectual inquiry essential to liberal education and a commitment to the historic Christian faith. The affiliation of the college with its founding denomination, the Reformed Church in America, remains strong. The college, like the denomination, allows for diversity of religious expression and encourages a healthy view of intellectual life and culture. Students are admitted to Hope without regard to considerations of religion, with the result that the student body is religiously and culturally diverse, although the majority of the students come from either Protestant or Roman Catholic homes. Staff members are also typically members of a Christian church.
The campus is situated in a residential area one block from the central business district. The campus buildings offer a pleasing blend of old and new architectural styles. All major facilities are accessible to the mobility-impaired and most buildings have been either constructed or renovated within the past 15 years. Since the fiscal year ending June 30,1990, more than $31 million has been spent on improving the physical plant. The colleges Van Wylen Library features more than 332,000 volumes; hundreds of periodicals, video tapes, albums and compact discs; and an on-line catalogue system that allows searches by title, author, subject or key word. The library provides access to an extensive variety of electronic indices and journals and other resources through the World Wide Web. The recently-completed Haworth Inn and Conference Center was constructed as a link between the campus and downtown and offers meeting space for campus and outside groups of 20 to 400 people and 50 guest rooms.
THE COMMUNITY: Holland, Michigan was founded near the shores of Lake Michigan in 1847 by a group of settlers from the Netherlands. Located on Lake Macatawa, which flows into Lake Michigan about five miles from the campus, Holland has long been known as a summer resort area.
Capitalizing on an ethic of hard work instilled by the area’s immigrant settlers of 150 years ago, Holland area businesses have developed a thriving economy that now sustains the area’s 115,000 residents. Holland celebrates its Dutch heritage with an annual Tulip Time Festival, the third largest festival in the United States, exceeded by only the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Nevertheless, the community is culturally diverse, with a Hispanic population of over 24%, a substantial lndo-Chinese subculture, and a growing African American presence.
The nearest major city is Grand Rapids, with a metropolitan area population of about 500,000. It is approximately 30 miles away and is served by several major airlines as well as by commuter airlines and Amtrak. Chicago is just 150 miles distant, Ann Arbor (with the University of Michigan) is 160 miles away, and Detroit is about 190 miles distant.
Office of the Provost September, 2000