Student Body

Students who attend Hope College come from a wide array of backgrounds and locations, as Hope continually aspires to provide a real-world global perspective. These students are academically driven and work closely with top educators in their field. The result? High retention rates and success after graduation.

Hope is not just a place – it’s a community. And it’s the people of Hope who’ll recognize all the qualities that make you an individual. Here at Hope we desire you to grow as a whole person – academically, spiritually and socially. Whether it’s hanging with friends at one of the regular Student Activities Committee events, participating in collaborative research with a professor, worshipping with 1,000 of your peers at the Gathering, or just hanging out in downtown Holland, Hope is ready to meet you where you are and help you become the person you want to be.

A Hope student plays the violin during our annual Christmas Vespers service

Oh, and if you’re looking for facts and figures, you’ve come to the right place!

Our Student Body

Total Enrollment  

3,407

Males (full time)  

1,282

Females (full time)  

1,958

Students from outside Michigan  

31%

U.S. ethnic minority students  

12.6%

U.S. ethnic minority students (2014 freshman class)  

20%

International students  

2.3%

Students pose with Dutch, Hope's mascot, at the annual Homecoming 5K

First-Year Students

GPA (middle 50%)  

3.5-4.0

ACT (middle 50%)  

24-29

SAT (middle 50%)  

1090-1300

Acceptance rate  

67%

Retention rate (freshman to sophomore year)  

90%

Four-year graduation rate

69%

Students study in Van Wylen Library

After Hope

Class of 2015

Students employed in a job related to their major

70%

Students in graduate school

21%

Students in the workforce or graduate school within six months of graduation

95%

Learn more by reading this year’s graduate survey.