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New Student Advising Days

Monday, June 6 (1PM-5PM)
and Saturday, June 18 (8:30AM-12PM)

Please RSVP for the event HERE.

Please call 616-395-7942 or e-mail if you have questions.

What is New Student Advising Day?

New Student Advising Day is an optional half day program for incoming first-year students and their families designed to:

  • facilitate a smooth class registration experience 
  • help prepare you for the academic transition to college
  • introduce you to academic advisors, other staff, and programs at Hope

Please note that both days will be identical and that you are encouraged to attend only one New Student Advising Day.


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Who Should Attend?
Any incoming first-year student who is interested in meeting with an academic advisor to discuss their course requests, as well as building relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

Your families are welcome as well!  Please note that younger siblings are very welcome to accompany parents, but we will only have specific programming geared toward incoming college students and parents.

Am I Required to Attend?  What Will I Miss if I Don’t Come? 
No.  This is an optional event designed to give you an opportunity to talk with an advisor in person.

I'd Like to Come, But I Can't
There are lots of other opportunities for you to be well informed and well connected!  We will send you all the registration information as well as various reminders and instructions every Tuesday through a "Tuesday Tidings" e-mail.  

Additionally, the opening session that outlines the academic experience at Hope College will be livestreamed on Saturday at 9AM EDT as well as recorded for later viewing.

If you have questions and cannot attend either of the New Student Advising Days, you can call (616-395-7942) and/or e-mail ( anytime this summer. 

Will I Miss Class Registration? How Do I Register for Classes?

No. All incoming students, whether or not they attend this event, will submit their class registration requests via an online form due by July 1. Registration information available here.

Is this Orientation?
No.  Orientation is an event attended by all new students beginning Friday, August 26.  New Student Advising Day is an event developed by the Orientation staff and the Registrar’s Office to provide an optional day focused on academic advising and class registration planning.

What Should I Expect?

  • A welcome from campus leaders
  • Introduction to academic advising and Hope’s curriculum to help you plan your fall schedule
  • Learning more about the academic transition and expectations at Hope
  • Meeting with faculty and upperclassmen to help answer your questions
  • A tasty lunch!

What Should I Bring?

  • Pen/Pencil
  • Notebook
  • Notes on course preferences after reading the Guide
  • Your questions regarding Registration and course selection
  • Memorize or bring a copy of your Hope Student ID number and your Hope e-mail address

The Schedule

Monday, June 6:

1pm-2pm: Event Check-In
2pm: Opening Session (Students and Families)
3pm-5pm: Advising and Resource Sessions
5pm: Optional Dinner (provided by Hope College)

Saturday, June 18:

8am-9am: Event Check-In
9am: Opening Session (Students and Families)
10am-12pm: Advising and Resource Sessions
12pm: Optional Lunch (provided by Hope College)

Is this event designed for transfer students

No, incoming transfer students should contact the Registrar's Office at 616-395-7760 or for an individual consultation regarding transfer registration.  New Student Advising Day is for incoming freshman students only.

Who Can I Contact With Questions?


Diana Cortes
First-Year Transitions Student Orientation Director

  Curissa Sutherland-Smith
First-Year Transitions Student Orientation Director


Brandon Wolliston
First-Year Transitions Student Orientation Director
Chris Bohle, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Student Life and Bridge Program Director
Katie Ryan White, Ed.D.
Director of Academic Advising and First-Year Seminars and Bridge Program Director