Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community.

Hope’s campus is nestled in the heart of downtown Holland, just miles from Lake Michigan. We’ve been part of this community for more than 150 years, growing from the 10 students who enrolled in 1862 to more than 3,300 students on campus today.

From the beginning, Hope College has looked to the future. Here, historic architecture fits comfortably with world-class facilities: Van Vleck Hall, built in 1857, is just a block from our Pelletron particle accelerator.

Our commitment to our Christian heritage (founded in partnership with the Reformed Church in America) points us to the deepest engagement in academics and in life.

This rare combination of deep roots and rigorous preparation for the world of tomorrow equips Hope students to go into the world and make an impact in their communities.

Of the Class of 2017:

  • 94% was in the workforce or graduate school within six months
  • 86% of those employed full-time are employed in their field of study
  • 96% participated in experiential learning
  • 57% had at least one internship experience
  • 55% had an off-campus study experience

Our name and seal are drawn from the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, who said of the school that would become Hope: “This is my anchor of hope for these people in the future.” Van Raalte co-founded Hope College with Philip Phelps Jr., who was its first president.

This symbolism follows the language of Hebrews 6:19: "We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul." Our motto, taken from Psalm 42:5, echoes the sentiment: Spera in Deo (Hope in God).

Recognized for excellence by:

America's Top Colleges (Forbes)

  • The Princeton Review
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals and People of Faith
  • Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully
  • The Insider's Guide to Colleges
Programmes taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

Bachelor

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The Asian Studies program is designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge of Asian culture, history and thought in order to become more aware and responsive ... [+]

The Asian Studies program is designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge of Asian culture, history and thought in order to become more aware and responsive citizens of a globally integrated world.

It aims to broaden a student’s major program of study by adding a global, comparative perspective to any area of inquiry in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The minor also helps to prepare students who desire careers in international affairs, international business and international law.

The Asian studies minor consists of:

20 credit hours One year of foreign language study Study abroad (recommended) Degree program

The Asian studies minor is an interdisciplinary program composed of credits from several different departments.... [-]

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We believe that students learn science best by doing science. At Hope, we provide new and interesting ways for you to do biology, not just learn about it. ... [+]

We believe that students learn science best by doing science. At Hope, we provide new and interesting ways for you to do biology, not just learn about it.

The biology department will introduce you to the broad scope of knowledge about living things and cultivate the craft of scientific inquiry.

You’ll leave our department:

Prepared for a job or graduate study in any of biology’s subdisciplines or the health professions Equipped to create and communicate your knowledge of the living world Able to adapt to ever-changing fields within biology — and the job market

Our department aims to be widely recognized as a premier undergraduate biology program by students and scientists alike, and our faculty and staff produce new knowledge in our areas of study.... [-]

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The Hope College Department of Chemistry is recognized internationally for its excellence, undergraduate research and the accomplishments of its graduates and faculty. ... [+]

The Hope College Department of Chemistry is recognized internationally for its excellence, undergraduate research and the accomplishments of its graduates and faculty.

At Hope, you get the chance to take courses in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology and do real-world research with our award-winning faculty. As a student, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, and join the ranks of successful alumni when you graduate.

Chemistry

We offer an ACS-certified chemistry major with an optional emphasis in biochemistry (B.S.), a chemistry major (B.S. or B.A.), a chemistry education major and minor, and chemistry minor options. Whether you plan to pursue a Ph.D., medical school, and health professions, education or work in the chemical industry, our program will prepare you for success.... [-]

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Would you like to learn to use your creative and technical skills to solve a wide variety of problems and make an impact on the world? If so, studying computer science a ... [+]

Would you like to learn to use your creative and technical skills to solve a wide variety of problems and make an impact on the world? If so, studying computer science at Hope College is for you.

Our committed faculty is dedicated to developing students who have the depth of knowledge to solve the most challenging technical problems while also having the broad knowledge base fostered by a liberal arts education and sought after by industry and graduate schools alike.

A key component of our educational philosophy is to help students become professionals ready to adapt to the rapid pace of change in the tech world while giving them a strong foundation in the enduring core principles of the discipline.... [-]

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Whether you major or minor in dance, you’ll get intense instruction and training, regular participation in performances and endless opportunities to explore every aspect ... [+]

Our nationally-accredited dance program gives students the opportunity to study every major dance technique.

Whether you major or minor in dance, you’ll get intense instruction and training, regular participation in performances and endless opportunities to explore every aspect of life alongside a stellar dance program.

Our students develop artistically, intellectually, physically and spiritually. The Hope dance program stresses rigor and activity and thrives in the liberal arts environment. It is carefully balanced to provide a foundation in theoretical and technical dance studies, offering opportunities for the individual student to aspire, dream and accomplish.

Majors Dance education K–12 Dance performance/choreography Dual majors Dance and a social science major Dance and a natural science major Dance and a humanities major Dance and a language major Minors Dance Dance elementary education Dance secondary education ... [-]
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We invite our students to engage in an authentic Christian liberal arts education that transforms our expectations of economics and business. We believe this is the best ... [+]

Authentic, rigorous and consequential Christian liberal arts education in economics and business.

We invite our students to engage in an authentic Christian liberal arts education that transforms our expectations of economics and business. We believe this is the best preparation for influencing and transforming business, industry and economic policy in today’s dynamic, demanding and complex world.

We provide a rigorous focus on the foundations of economics and business with appropriate specialization, at the right time and for the right reasons. We ensure that students understand theoretical and applied concepts in business and economics in shaping their analytical, problem-solving and creative abilities. We provide opportunities to explore areas of focus with our majors and tracks in a way that doesn’t force a false urgency to specialize too early in your education.... [-]

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If you decide to become a teacher, you probably feel that it’s your calling to help make a difference. Our department helps you make those dreams a reality with our teach ... [+]

If you decide to become a teacher, you probably feel that it’s your calling to help make a difference. Our department helps you make those dreams a reality with our teacher certification program.

The Department of Education is a nationally accredited professional certification program, which means that you’ll graduate ready to begin your career. Through the three levels of our Teacher Education Program, you’ll get valuable classroom experience, including student teaching, and earn certification to teach in elementary or secondary classrooms. Most students graduate in four years.

Degree programs

Earn your degree and certification to teach at the elementary or secondary level.... [-]

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The professional practice of engineering requires an understanding of analytical methods, design techniques, social and economic influences and an appreciation for cultur ... [+]

We provide students with a solid foundation in engineering and its underlying math and science within the framework of a liberal arts education.

The professional practice of engineering requires an understanding of analytical methods, design techniques, social and economic influences and an appreciation for cultural and humanistic traditions. Our ABET-accredited program supports these needs by offering each engineering student the opportunity to acquire a broad yet individualized technical and liberal education.

At the core of the curriculum is a sequence of mathematics, physics and engineering courses that foster analytical and design skills that can be applied to a range of engineering disciplines. Elective courses, design projects, and undergraduate research opportunities allow students to pursue specific areas of interest.... [-]

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English students at Hope dive deep into the literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writi ... [+]

We’re a collaborative community where students and faculty challenge each other intellectually and creatively.

English students at Hope dive deep into the literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writing and literature classes, our students become more artistic in their scholarship and more knowledgeable in their creativity.

Small classes and one-on-one collaboration foster an environment that is both demanding and encouraging. We offer a wide range of unique courses taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially. Being a part of our department is much more than time spent in class and individual coursework.... [-]

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Historians are society’s storytellers — and its most vital critics. They work at finding the truth about the past and pay close attention to the diversity of the human ex ... [+]

Historians are society’s storytellers — and its most vital critics. They work at finding the truth about the past and pay close attention to the diversity of the human experience.

History students at Hope cultivate a deeper understanding of the past through rigorous courses with first-rate teachers. You can expect your professors to know you by name, and you can develop the best learning experience for you — whether working one-on-one with faculty on a research project based on your interests or gaining valuable workplace skills through a local internship.

We prepare our scholars for leadership and service in a global society through on-campus mentorship opportunities and complementary off-campus study programs.... [-]

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The international studies major is designed for students who plan to pursue a profession in which an international focus will be especially valuable. It will prepare you ... [+]

The international studies major is designed for students who plan to pursue a profession in which an international focus will be especially valuable.

It will prepare you for a life of service and success in a global society and for careers in fields such as business, economics, government and non-government organizations (NGOs), law, history, sociology and the arts.

In addition to Hope’s normal general education requirements, the international studies major consists of:

36 credit hours Two years of modern foreign language study A semester- or year-long international off-campus study program Degree programs

The international studies major is an interdepartmental program composed of credits from several different departments.... [-]

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Encounter the beauty of mathematical discovery and the power of mathematics to describe the world. ... [+]

Encounter the beauty of mathematical discovery and the power of mathematics to describe the world.

In the mathematics department, you will be nurtured within a supportive community of scholars as you develop:

Critical thinking skills Problem-solving ability Quantitative and logical reasoning ability Technical writing proficiency

Our diverse student population includes mathematics majors, future educators, and majors from other disciplines, and our program of study is relevant, challenging and experiential.

Degree programs

Our majors learn mathematics both in breadth and in depth and are well-prepared for graduate school, teaching or the workplace. Students pursuing a major in mathematics can choose from one of the following major programs:... [-]

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Music is a language that communicates to everyone — on the stage, in the classroom and beyond. Our mission is to foster a passion for music that speaks to the world. ... [+]

Music is a language that communicates to everyone — on the stage, in the classroom and beyond. Our mission is to foster a passion for music that speaks to the world.

Our program is recognized for its emphasis on training well-rounded musicians who will make a difference in their communities, whether they are performers, educators or people who simply want to share music with the world.

With a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, students receive personal attention in their studies, a characteristic unique to a department of this caliber.

Degree programs

Our department offers several professional degree tracks to suit your interest, all of which are built on our commitment to the liberal arts.... [-]

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The neuroscience program at Hope College is unique. Interdisciplinary to the core, it is open to students from any major and incorporates courses from biology, chemistry, ... [+]

Our minor provides a unique opportunity for students from various disciplines to explore the complexities of the human brain and nervous system.

The neuroscience program at Hope College is unique. Interdisciplinary to the core, it is open to students from any major and incorporates courses from biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, nursing, philosophy, and psychology.

Our neuroscience minor is designed to promote discovery and inquiry-based learning, which is why research is a core component of the program, including a year-long capstone project. This makes the minor perfect for biology, chemistry or psychology majors interested in pursuing graduate work in neuroscience, and complements many other programs of study, from computer science and the health sciences to the arts.... [-]

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As a physics major or minor, you’ll find that you’re able to contribute to our research programs right from the beginning. Even before you enroll as a physics student, th ... [+]

Join us in asking and exploring answers to the age-old question, “Why does it work?”

As a physics major or minor, you’ll find that you’re able to contribute to our research programs right from the beginning. Even before you enroll as a physics student, there are opportunities for you to start taking part in our research programs. Once you’re a student in our courses, we listen to what you want to learn, designing our elective options based on your interests.

Degree programs

With a degree in physics from Hope, you’ll create a strong foundation of skills and research-based inquiry that opens your options to a wide variety of careers and graduate classes.

No matter what degree program you choose, the physics department offers the chance to learn from a small, close-knit faculty who collaboratively conduct research together often. With us, you’ll create new knowledge in physics every time you step into a lab with your faculty supervisor. You have the prospect to choose your own electives and carve out a degree that fits what you want to learn.... [-]

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We help our students better understand the institutions that shape and implement public policy — in our society and in an increasingly complex and independent world. ... [+]

We help our students better understand the institutions that shape and implement public policy — in our society and in an increasingly complex and independent world.

The Department of Political Science provides a concentrated study that combines excellent and rigorous classroom instruction with hands-on, experiential opportunities for learning.

We prepare our graduating majors to apply their political science training in a variety of ways and settings, whether continuing with graduate studies or law school or moving directly into meaningful employment in government and politics.

Degree programs

Our major and two minors include a separate track for students pursuing a teaching certification in political science or social studies.... [-]

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At Hope, psychology students dive headfirst into the study of the human mind and behavior. Going beyond information, we engage information through integrated scientific i ... [+]

With award-winning faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and varied research opportunities, Hope’s psychology department will prepare you for diverse callings and careers.

At Hope, psychology students dive headfirst into the study of the human mind and behavior. Going beyond information, we engage information through integrated scientific inquiry, field experience, perspective-taking and faith engagement.

We cultivate:

Knowledge in the major areas of psychology Scientific inquiry skills Critical thinking and communication skills Service-learning and field experience Ethical and moral engagement for social responsibility in a diverse world Professional development Engagement with faith and learning ... [-]
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Sociologists and social workers dedicate themselves to understanding and helping people. Sociology and social work complement each other: Sociology majors study to unders ... [+]

Sociologists and social workers dedicate themselves to understanding and helping people.

Sociology and social work complement each other: Sociology majors study to understand how human beings relate to each other, while social work majors emphasize changing and improving lives so that people can reach their full potential.

Sociology

Are you fascinated by human behavior and society, and want to understand what drives people? Sociology majors are curious about the world — and its people — around us. With a sociology degree, you’re able to initiate change from a top-down level, and by understanding policy issues and the ways they affect individuals and societies as a whole, you’re better able to understand yourself.... [-]

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