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  3,224
Males (full time)  


Females (full time)  


Students from outside Michigan  


U.S. ethnic minority students  


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


International students  


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

First-Year Students

GPA (middle 50%)  


ACT (middle 50%)  


SAT (middle 50%)  


Acceptance rate  


Retention rate (freshman to sophomore year)  


Four-year graduation rate


Students study in Van Wylen Library

After Hope

Class of 2015

Students employed in a job related to their major


Students in graduate school


Students in the workforce or graduate school within six months of graduation 95%

Learn more by reading this year’s graduate survey.