With charming downtown Holland, historic on-campus buildings, state-of-the-art facilities and energetic student spirit, each visit to campus brings you closer to fully understanding what the Hope lifestyle is all about.

Hope College is in the heart of Holland, Michigan, a top vacation destination. We’re blocks from downtown 8th Street’s shops and restaurants, and just a few miles from Lake Michigan. This neighborhood gives students, community members and visitors plenty of cultured extracurricular activities to choose from.

We’ve got lots of activities planned for prospective students — Visit Days, Junior Day and custom individual and overnight visits — and admitted students. And we’re always eager to welcome alumni back on campus for Homecoming and Alumni Weekend.

Come for an event, sign up for a personal campus tour, or simply spend the weekend away from home. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re here to help you find it.

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Getting to Campus

Driving Directions

Plane
Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids is 34 miles from Hope College.

Amtrak
Amtrak offers daily service from Chicago to Holland's Padnos Transportation Center, located just blocks from campus. On most days, Amtrak tickets for the purpose of a campus visit are buy one, get one 50% off.

Bus
Indian Trails also offers service to Holland's Padnos Transportation Center, located just blocks from campus.

Preferred Hotels

These hotels have demonstrated excellence in hospitality for parents, alumni and friends. We are pleased to recommend them to you for your next visit.

Places to Eat
  • Alpen Rose Restaurant and Café
    Alpen Rose offers a fresh yet classic approach to European Dining, with award-winning service and pastries.
  • CityVū Bistro / CitySēn Lounge
    Dine at CityVū Bistro or relax over a cocktail in CitySēn Lounge. Need an energy boost? Try fair trade organic coffee at CityBrü Coffee.
  • JP’s Coffee
    JP’s has a warm, family-friendly atmosphere with great conversation, delicious treats baked fresh on site, and a large selection of whole-bean coffee and loose-leaf tea.
  • Lemonjello’s Coffee
    Lemonjello’s Coffee provides coffee, music and community. Along with standard muffins, cookies and scones, Lemonjello’s offers a number of gluten-free, vegan and organic products.
  • New Holland Brewery
    Each bottle of New Holland’s craft beer and artisan spirits captures a flavor, a harvest, a season, a moment in time.
  • Orange Leaf
    Orange Leaf is a self-serve, choose-your-own toppings frozen treat destination unlike any other.
  • Our Brewing Company
    Stop in and enjoy today’s brews at Our Brewing Company.
Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Holland CVB is a great resource to help plan your next visit. Visit their website for information about staying, playing, eating and shopping in Holland. Reach them by phone at 800.506.1299 or with a short walk from campus to 78 E. 8th St..

 

Hope by the Numbers

  • 8Miles from Lake Michigan

    The Hope College campus is a short drive from Lake Michigan's beautiful beaches.

  • 2ndHappiest Place to Live in America

    Holland placed second in the nation for overall well-being in a 2010 report by Gallup and Healthways.

  • 500,000+Visitors during Tulip Time

    The annual Tulip Time festival celebrates Hollands Dutch heritage with parades, authentic dancing, food and more.

  • 3Hours from Chicago

    Right across Lake Michigan or a train ride away is the cultural center of Chicago.

Upcoming

  1. Take the Boat to Hope!

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    Ride the ferry across Lake Michigan for a unique campus visit experience.

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  2. Visit Day

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    First visit to Hope? Returning for another in-depth look? Either way, Visit Days are an excellent option for experiencing our campus and meeting the people of Hope.

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  3. Holland Area College Night

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    Learn about 80+ colleges and universities as Hope College hosts the annual Holland Area College Night.

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  4. Visit Day

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    First visit to Hope? Returning for another in-depth look? Either way, Visit Days are an excellent option for experiencing our campus and meeting the people of Hope.

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    Free
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  5. Visit Day

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    First visit to Hope? Returning for another in-depth look? Either way, Visit Days are an excellent option for experiencing our campus and meeting the people of Hope.

    Visit Day
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    Free
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