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Hope College

Holland, MIwww.hope.edu
Holland, Michigan, is every bit as Dutch as its name implies. Hope College was founded by Protestant Dutch colonists who belonged to the Reformed Church of America. Today, the liberal arts school retains its church affiliation, but it's grown well beyond its pioneer roots. It offers 91 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs to over 3,000 undergraduates. The pre-professional programs help students establish foundations for post-graduate work in areas such as engineering, journalism, teaching, music, and more than a dozen health-related professions. Students wishing to pursue business careers can participate in Hope's Center for Faithful Leadership. The Center offers leadership courses, a consulting division where students can work with nonprofits and businesses, and a student business incubator. The school also houses an art museum and a performance venue for concerts and classes. A popular visiting writers series at the school hosts both emerging and nationally known writers. Hope sponsors 22 varsity sports for men and women, and its women's volleyball program is among the best in Division III. However, the college's most popular athletic event may be The Pull, held every fall, where freshmen and sophomore teams conduct a giant tug-of-war across the Black River.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$46,500
% of students who get any grants
87%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,800
Average price for low-income students
$14,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
84%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1140/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,281
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
87%
% of need met
80%
% of students who get merit* grants
31%
Average merit grant
$8,527
student success
Graduation rate
79%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$46,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
22%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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