We’re excited to invite you into the Hope community. So, what’s next? Here are items you’ll want to check off the to-do list on your path to Hope.
To secure your spot in the incoming class, submit your enrollment deposit by May 1, 2017.
Hope on Schools App
Join our invite-only Hope on Schools App social app and connect with other admitted students who are considering Hope. Here you can share your excitement for Hope, join groups based on common interests and potentially meet your future roommate!
Your application for admission served as your application for merit-based scholarships. Please submit any improvements to your GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and/or class rank by February 15, 2017, to ensure they receive additional consideration.
Need-Based Financial Aid
- U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
To apply for need-based financial aid, please complete the following forms:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Hope’s Supplemental Application for Financial Aid (SAF)
For priority consideration, please file both forms by March 1. We will begin mailing financial aid packages in early February.
- International Students
Aid to international students is given through a combination of academic scholarship and need-based aid. You’ll be notified of your complete aid package alongside your letter of acceptance.
Housing, Meal Plan and Class Registration
Once you’ve submitted your deposit, you’ve secured your spot in our incoming class!
In May you will receive a packet in the mail that will give you initial next steps and instructions on setting up your new Hope email account. You will want to check your Hope email often because it will be your source for important updates and instructions throughout the summer.
New Student Orientation
Orientation is a great opportunity for you to become familiar with campus, classmates, faculty, and staff. Orientation and Move-In will begin Friday, August 25. During Orientation, new students and families have the opportunity to join you in celebrating next steps at Hope! Please RSVP to the invitation included in your summer checklist by August 17.
As you prepare to move in at Hope, check our packing list to make sure you have everything you need.
A few more things you should know about:
Classes for the fall semester start on August 29, and as an incoming freshman, you’ll take a course called First-Year Seminar. These classes explore a wide range of topics and are open only to first-year students. The professor who teaches your seminar will also be your academic advisor, so it is a great way to quickly get to know your advisor and a small group of other freshman.
Student Visa (International Students)
Your letter of acceptance indicated what items are needed to process your I-20 form. Your I-20 will be sent in May, giving you plenty of time to schedule an appointment with your local U.S. Consulate. Our International Student Advisor, Habeeb Awad, is available to answer any questions you might have.
International Student and Global Citizen Pre-Orientation
Your introduction to Hope and Holland starts a week earlier than most other new students. It begins with a fun excursion to northern Michigan for Explore Michigan where you will have time to get over your jet lag and bond with new classmates from all over the globe.
Back on campus, international students continue with a pre-orientation program that provides important information and advice about visa and employment regulations, cultural adjustment, academic policies and expectations, housing and dining on campus, financial aid policies and other issues related to life at Hope College.