A successful recruiting year and strong retention again have Hope College operating with full enrollment.
The college has 3,407 students this year, the second year in a row that enrollment has topped 3,400.
“We’re grateful for the continued strong interest among students in the outstanding education that Hope provides,” said William Vanderbilt, vice president for admissions. “We had a record number of applications this year and achieved our enrollment goal for both the incoming class and the student body as a whole.”
Hope’s enrollment has been above 3,300 the past four years and above 3,200 for the past 10. Last year’s headcount was 3,433.
The student body consists of 1,357 men and 2,050 women from 41 states and 46 foreign countries. The enrollment by class, with last year’s class in parentheses, is: freshmen, 778 (809); sophomores, 779 (819); juniors, 766 (812); seniors, 951 (888); and non-degree-seeking students, 133 (105).
Hope has enrolled 794 students who are in college for the first time, including freshmen and several of the college’s non-degree-seeking students. Another 56 students have transferred to Hope from elsewhere.
The states from which students are attending include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
International representation in the student body includes: Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, the Republic of Korea, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.
Hope College was chartered in 1866 and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The college offers majors through more than 50 departments leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.