Hope College: Narrative Description

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141 East 12th St., PO Box 9000
Holland, MI 49422-9000
Tel: (616)395-7000
Free: 800-968-7850
Admissions: (616)395-7850
Fax: (616)395-7130
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hope.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Reformed Church in America. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1866. Setting: 45-acre small town campus with easy access to Grand Rapids. Endowment: $118.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $5.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8300 per student. Total enrollment: 3,112. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,579 applied, 79% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 59% from top quarter, 80% from top half. 14 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 3,004 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 108 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 33 other countries, 24% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 67% 25 or older, 79% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Institute of European Studies, Council for International Educational Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: 1 recommendation. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $26,738 includes full-time tuition ($20,300), mandatory fees ($120), and college room and board ($6318). College room only: $2880. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 67 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 6% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Social Activities Committee. Major annual events: Winter Fantasia, Casino Night, All-College Sing. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 2,265 students; 2,275 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Van Wylen Library plus 1 other with 358,329 books, 385,597 microform titles, 2,878 serials, 13,263 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.5 million. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Settled by the Dutch in 1847, the city still has many of the characteristics of a Dutch town. This is the tulip center of America, and millions of these flowers bloom in the parks and residential sections during May. Located on Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for water and other outdoor sports activities. Holland is surrounded by a large fruit-growing and farming area, and is also an industrial and resort town. The city has bus and train service, two airports, a public library, several churches, a hospital and several parks. The Greater Holland area has a population of approximately 90,000; it is a very friendly, safe and clean community.

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