Admissions

  • Traditional Freshment
  • International Students
  • International Students
Welcome. Here’s the place to get started exploring what Hope offers you. Here are a few highlights.

Hope is an unusual Christian college. Hope’s mission and vision are shaped by its broad-minded Christian faith and ecumenical ideals. We seek to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a diverse, global society — to be what we often call “World Christians.” Such students bridge boundaries that divide human communities. They seek a spiritual life and ageless wisdom, becoming agents of hope who live faithfully into their vocation.

The College’s national reputation for academic excellence and its vibrant Christian atmosphere attract students who want an education that is life-changing and empowering. Our foundation of faith partners with academic inquiry, affirming that truth, knowledge, reflection and change are at the very core of growth.

  • We’re a friendly and welcoming community of 3,388 students. Very few requirements and lots of invitations.
  • For all its friendliness, Hope is a recognized leader in undergraduate research, scholarship, and preparation. Masterful teachers and talented researchers encounter students in small classes and one-on-one collaboration (13:1 student:faculty ratio).
  • Liberal arts and pre-professional programs with very high academic standards thrive here, offering students exceptional opportunities.
  • Championship athletics: a tradition with scholar-athletes and a community that supports College teams.
  • A beautiful, safe and historic campus located just blocks from the charming downtown area of Holland, Michigan, with outstanding college facilities, and an increasingly culturally diverse community.
  • The fall 2013 incoming class has an average high school GPA of 3.81. The mid-50% of those who took the ACT scored 24-29; the mid-50% of the SAT was 1070-1320 for critical reading and mathematics.

Students at Hope are unusually happy with their education, and Holland residents have garnered national rankings for being pretty happy themselves. All in all, a place to put on your list, wouldn't you agree?

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming Freshmen

We’re delighted you are considering applying to Hope. To apply, you must provide these items:

  1. Completed Common Application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. High school transcript
  4. ACT or SAT scores

Home-schooled Students

In addition to the regular application requirements for traditional freshmen, you must include these items:

  1. A letter of recommendation from an adult outside of your family
  2. Official transcripts from any college(s) attended

If you have questions about your application or the admissions process, or if you are having trouble accessing your account, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Decisions

Students who complete their application by November 1 will receive an admissions decision that is mailed the week of Thanksgiving. Applications received after November 1 will be evaluated and decisions made on a rolling basis.

Transfer students

Transfer Students

Hope College accepts applications from students attending other universities and colleges. To apply, you must provide these items:

  1. Completed Common Application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. High school transcript
  4. College transcript (all previous colleges)
  5. ACT or SAT scores

Send your supporting materials to:
Bekkering Admissions Office
69 East 10th Street
P.O. Box 9000
Holland, MI 49422-9000

If you have questions about your application or the admissions process, or if you are having trouble accessing your account, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Decisions

Students who complete their application by November 1 will receive an admissions decision that is mailed the week of Thanksgiving. Applications received after November 1 will be evaluated and decisions made on a rolling basis. Transfer applicants must submit final college transcripts before enrolling.

International Students

International Students

Hope College encourages qualified international students to apply for admission. Admission is selective and is based on your secondary school record including courses, grades, recommendations, English language proficiency, and other information taken from the application. Hope College admits students without regard to religion, race, gender, disabilities, or national origin.

International applicants are required to provide the following:

  1. Completed Common Application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts from secondary school (plus post-secondary school for transfers)
  4. ACT or SAT scores (not required, but encouraged)
  5. Annual Financial Support Form
  6. Evidence of Proficiency in English. This can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
  • TOEFL (minimum 213 computer based or 79 Internet based with no sub test score less than 18). The code to send your results to Hope College is 1301.
  • IELTS (minimum 6.5).
  • Attendance at a Secondary School where the curriculum is taught in English. The TOEFL and/or SAT may still be required depending on the student's record and recommendations.