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Hope is a 4-year private university located at 100 E. 8th Street, Suite 260 in Holland, Michigan. It's a Small campus in a City-based setting with 3,392 enrolled students and a student faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Campus housing is present on campus, and online programs are available.

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Hope College is a private, residential college for liberal arts. It is located in downtown Holland, Michigan, US, a few miles from Lake Michigan. The college was founded in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants, after the establishment of the Dutch community by four years. It was first opened as a primary school and then expanded to the secondary level, and finally expanded to the college level education and named as Hope College. The first freshman college class was enrolled in in 1862, and the college was then chartered in 1866. Female students were admitted to the school for the first time in 1878. Hope is linked to the Reformed Church in America and thus holds a spiritual Christian atmosphere.

The campus is 125 acres that has been shared with the Western Theological Seminary since 1884. Van Vleck Hall is considered the second oldest building in the city, and it is the oldest building on Hope’s campus which originally housed the Pioneer School. It serves now as a residential hall. There are several other distinctive buildings on campus as Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Kruizenga Art Museum, Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center and DeVos Fieldhouse in addition to 11 residence halls and 15 apartment buildings as Van Zoeren Hall and VanderWerf hall. The athletics teams of Hope are called Flying Dutchmen (men) and the Flying Dutch (women). They compete in NCAA Division III and MIAA. The official campus colors are orange and blue.

The college offers more than 90 majors in different disciplines, in both undergraduate and graduate levels. Hope is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. It has been ranked in the top 25% of Forbes’ 2016 list of “America’s Top Colleges”.  It is also ranked 64th in Liberal Arts Colleges in Kiplinger’s list of 100 Best, and 135 among all colleges.

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School Facts

  • Years Estd.1866
  • NicknameFlying DutchmenFlying Dutch
  • MottoSpera in Deo (Latin)
  • Motto Eng.Hope in God
  • ColorsOrange and Blue
  • LocationMichigan
  • AthleticsNCAA Division III — MIAA
  • Religious AffiliationReformed Church in America

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Hope Tuition and Fees

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The Acceptance rate for Hope is 72 Percent. Last year, there were 4420 applicants and 25 percent of those who were accepted actually attended (Enrollment Rate). To apply, it's required to have the following: High school GPA, High School transcripts, SAT/ACT test scores.

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