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Student Admission Information

The deadlines for application submissions are February 1st for fall semester admission and October 1st for spring semester admission.

Admission Process

1. All applicants must be accepted to Hope College and be in good standing.

2. Print or type all information on the Student Admission Application Form (available on the Hope College Nursing Department website). Submit the Application Form together, along with your transcripts from the Hope College Registrars office to the following address:

Hope College Nursing Department
Attention: Nursing Department Chairperson
Hope College
35 East 12th Street
Holland MI 49423

3. References from two professional people (non-family) are required using the form available on the Hope College Nursing Department website. One of these must be a recent Hope College professor. The Student Reference Form should be returned in a sealed envelope directly to the address above.

Hope College Student Reference Form

4. All applicants will write an essay and take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) in a proctored environment. Please see the nursing department website for detailed information and instructions for the TEAS.

5. If a required science, psychology, sociology, or statistics course has been taken at a college other than Hope, arrange to have official transcripts sent directly to the Hope College Nursing Department.

6. Completed admission materials must be submitted by February 1st for a fall semester admission and by October 1st for a spring semester admission. Applicants who submit applications after the due date are not eligible and must re-apply. Students will receive a response regarding acceptance into the nursing major prior to registration for the next semester.

7. Transfer students must complete 12 credits at Hope College before applying to the Nursing Program. One of the Hope courses must be Bio 103, Bio 221, Bio 222, Bio 231, or Chem 103. If all of these courses were completed by transfer credit, then NURS 260 or NURS 320 must be completed prior to being considered for admission into the nursing major.
The number of transfer students will be limited to 10% per semester but not to exceed 10% of total admissions per year. The number of transfer students admitted each semester/year may be less than 10% based on the admission process and the discretion of the Student Admission and Progression Committee.
The Department reserves the right to determine Hope pre-requisite and nursing courses which may be substituted by transfer courses and to designate additional courses which are needed for completion of the nursing major. In addition to the requirements listed above, the following should be done:

• Arrange to have official transcripts of all college credits sent directly to the Hope College Nursing Department.
• Submit a detailed course description and outline for each baccalaureate nursing course completed to the address listed in #2.
• If transferring from another nursing program, request two references from nursing faculty in the prior baccalaureate program. The Reference Form should be returned in a sealed envelope to the address listed above.
• Meet with the Hope Nursing Department Chairperson prior to application.

For purposes of admission into the nursing program, a student will no longer be considered a transfer student after they have completed 2 full time semesters at Hope College.

Guidelines for Selection

1. The following guidelines must be met for consideration into the nursing program:

• Cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.2 at Hope College.
• Minimum grade of C (2.0) in each required pre-nursing course.
• One required pre-requisite natural science course must be successfully completed
• At the time of application students must also be enrolled in or have successfully completed an additional pre-requisite natural science course and one pre-requisite social science course.
• A student can receive less than a C (2.0) or withdraw for academic reasons from only one non-nursing pre/co-requisite course one time and must repeat this course with a grade of C or higher in order to be eligible to apply.
• A student can receive less than a C (2.0) or withdraw for academic reasons from only one nursing course one time and must repeat this course with a grade of C or higher in order to be eligible to apply.
• Preference is given to students who complete a minimum of 12 credits at Hope College prior to being considered for admission to the nursing program.
• Students returning to Hope after 10 years will be evaluated based on most recent GPA (minimum of 12 credits).
• Any nursing course older than 2 years at the time of admission/transfer into the nursing major will not be accepted for credit and will need to be retaken.

2. Consideration is given to the following factors identified in the Essay and Reference Forms:

  • Critical thinking: goal directed, creative, utilize a problem solving process.
  • Caring
  • Communication: demonstrates effective speaking, writing, & listening skills.
  • Leadership and additional strengths and attributes (for example, dedication, honesty, integrity, organized, respectful, value-based, accountable, and emotional maturity).

3. The number of admissions to the nursing program per year is limited. Consideration is given to:

• Cumulative grade point average
• Grade point average in pre-requisite courses
• ACT and SAT scores
• TEAS (pre-nursing exam) score
• Essay and reference scores
• Mid-term grades may be considered
• Achievement in individual courses may be considered

4. Acceptance into the nursing program and continuation in the nursing program is contingent on passing a criminal background (fingerprint) check and drug screening and may be jeopardized by a previous or new HIPAA violation.

Guidelines for Reapplication

1. If the initial application is less than 1 year old, the student is required to only complete the application form indicating the new admission semester. Submission of new references and/or TEAS/Student Essay will be optional.

2. If the initial application is more than 1 year old, the student will be required to complete the entire application process which would include a new application, two new references, and a new essay.



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