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We’re glad you’re considering Hope College!

All first-year and transfer students apply to Hope using the Common Application. First-year students, complete your application by November 1 and we’ll mail you our decision during the week of Thanksgiving. After November 1, we process applications and mail decisions on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

First-Year U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

To apply to Hope, please submit the following items:

  • Common Application with $35 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT score report (Either on your official transcript or directly from the testing agency)
  • High school transcript, School Report, and Counselor Recommendation (submitted by your guidance counselor through the Common Application)
  • Official transcripts from any college(s) attended

Home-schooled students, please also include:

  • A letter of recommendation from an adult outside of your family that can provide insights about your academic work
International Students – First-Year and Transfer

To apply to Hope, please submit the following items:

  • Common Application with $35 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT score report
  • Secondary school transcript, School Report (not required for transfers), and Counselor Recommendation (submitted by your guidance counselor through the Common Application)
  • Official transcripts from any post-secondary school attended
  • Annual Financial Support Form
  • Evidence of Proficiency in English. Demonstrate this by one of the following:
      • TOEFL: Minimum score of 79 with no sub score less than 18.
      • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no sub score less than 6.
      • Attendance for three or more years at a secondary school where the curriculum is taught in English. We still may require the TOEFL or IELTS depending on your record.
Transfer Students

To apply to Hope, please submit the following items:

  • Common Application with $35 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT score report (Either on your official transcript or directly from the testing agency.)
  • Official high school transcript (Submitted by a counselor at your former high school)
  • College transcript(s) (from all previous colleges)
  • College Report (submitted by the registrar at your current school)
Undocumented Students

You will be reviewed in the same way we consider international students. To apply to Hope, please submit the following items:

  • Common Application with $35 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT score report
  • Secondary school transcript, School Report, and Counselor Recommendation (submitted by your guidance counselor through the Common Application)
  • Official transcripts from any post-secondary school attended
  • Annual Financial Support Form
Previously-Admitted Students

If you were previously admitted to Hope but have not attended attended, here’s how to apply for readmission:

  • Contact your admissions representative to let them know you would like your application reactivated
  • Submit official transcript(s) for any college courses you completed at other institutions

If you previously attended Hope and want to return, please apply for readmission:

Dual-Enroll Students

If you’re a high school student wanting to take courses at Hope before you graduate, here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the Dual Enrollment Application
  • Submit your application to your high school guidance counselor. He or she will send us your official high school transcript along with your completed application.

We will contact you with information about registering for classes after receiving your completed application. We offer a variety of courses for dual-enrolling students but our degree-seeking students are given first priority when space is limited.

Guest Students

If you attend another college or university and are interested in taking courses at Hope and transferring credits back to the school you’re attending, here’s how to apply:

Please submit this form for each semester or term you wish to study at Hope College.

Our Application Review Process

We seek students who will bring a wide range of perspectives and gifts to enrich our campus community. Therefore there are many factors we consider in the review process. We’ll review your high school grades and course selection along with your standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT). Your application essay and extracurricular activities will also be considered. Though admission is selective, your completed application will be given careful consideration. Throughout the entire process your admissions representative is available to help.

Admissions Timeline

August 1 The Common Application is live! Start your application for fall 2016.
November 1 Complete your application by this date (including your test scores, transcripts and the Common Application School Report) and we’ll mail you our decision the week of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Week Our first decisions go out to students who complete their applications by November 1. Our decisions are non-binding, so you’ll have until May 1 to decide if Hope is right for you.
February 15 The last day we can accept updated academic information (GPA, ACT or SAT scores, class rank) for merit scholarship consideration. We’ll consider your first semester/trimester GPA and ACT or SAT scores received by February 15.
March 1 Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Hope’s Supplemental Application for Financial Aid (SAF).
March 20 The Office of Financial Aid begins mailing financial aid packages.
May 1 National College Decision Day. Submit your $300 enrollment deposit to save your spot for next fall.