Hope College is a distinguished and distinctive four-year, liberal arts, undergraduate college, affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Its great religious heritage is expressed through a dynamic Christian community of students and teachers vitally concerned with a relevant faith that changes lives and transforms society. The curriculum offers a variety of courses in 87 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The college has long been known for outstanding pre-professional training. Each year many graduates go on to further study in the leading graduate and professional schools in this country and abroad; others directly enter professions. During the 2009-10 school year, Hope enrolled 3,230 students from 42 states and territories and 30 foreign countries.
Hope College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission* and a member of the North Central Association. Hope is also accredited by the American Chemical Society, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Engineering Commission of ABET and Technology for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in engineering, and other agencies.
Hope Occupies a special place in the vast array of educational opportunities offered in the United States. It makes its contribution to the vitality and diversity of American higher education through the distinctiveness of its educational philosophy and program. As a liberal arts college offering education within the context of the historic Christian faith, Hope is a place of open inquiry, acceptance of intellectual challenge, rigorous engagement with hard questions, and vigorous but civil discussion of different beliefs and understandings; in the words of the Covenant of Mutual Responsibilities between the Reformed Church in America and its colleges, it is a place
characterized by “an atmosphere of search and confrontation that will liberate the minds, enhance the discernment, enlarge the sympathies, and encourage the commitments of all students entrusted to (it).” For more than a century, Hope has cherished the conviction that life is God’s trust, a trust which each of us is called to personally activate by an insistent concern for intelligent involvement in the human community and its problems.
Hope’s Reason for being is each individual student. It seeks to develop the growth of each student as a competent, creative, and compassionate person. Its design is to provide a complete opportunity for the fulfillment of each individual student, not only for his or her self-gratification, but also for what can be given to others in service to God and humanity.
Hope Believes that a vital faith, which provides both the incentive and dynamic for learning and living, is central to education and life.
Hope Welcomes capable men and women of all social and economic levels. Hope is interested in students who sincerely seek to enlarge their minds, to deepen their commitments, and to develop their capacities for service.
Hope Provides an adventure in learning and living, not only for knowledge and wisdom, but also for understanding, meaning, and purpose. As partners in this seeking fellowship, Hope students find a faculty of professionally distinguished scholars who have a genuine concern for the total development of each student. Hope’s finest professors teach introductory as well as advanced courses. Independent work on a self-directed basis is encouraged.
Hope Offers a well-equipped and friendly environment. Campus life pivots around residence halls, which serve as social centers and provide congenial surroundings for students to learn with one another. The diversity of student backgrounds, geographic and ethnic origins, and personal interests adds variety and richness to the group living experience. The campus is accessible to students who are mobility impaired. Examples of all housing options (residence hall, apartment and cottage), as well as most major academic buildings, are accessible to mobility-impaired persons. Many co-curricular activities and cultural events provide a variety of rich opportunities for learning and personal development.
Hope Prepares men and women who are persons in their own rights — uncommon men and women who have a personal dignity based on intelligence, a sense of responsibility, and a deeply rooted faith. For more than a century, Hope has prepared alumni to go to the four corners of the world — alumni who have enriched their professions and humanity far out of proportion to their numbers. Hope graduates aim to go beyond specialization toward a synthesis of all learning in life.
A Community of Scholars
Hope College is recognized nationally for its academic excellence as an undergraduate liberal arts college. The academic program provides a foundation and intellectual excitement essential to a lifetime of learning. Through its faculty, Hope College is noted for its emphasis on active learning, whether through collaborative research, internships, off-campus study, cooperative learning or other modes.
Hope College is situated in a residential area two blocks from the central business district of Holland, Michigan, a community of 40,000 which was founded in 1847 by Dutch settlers. Located on Lake Macatawa and approximately five miles from beautiful Lake Michigan, Holland has long been known as a summer resort area. IOn several occasions national organizations have acclaimed Holland as an All-American college town.
80 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
The Reformed Church in America (RCA)
3,230 (Fall 2009)
42 states and territories and 30 foreign countries
Full Time Equivalent Faculty
Great Lakes Colleges Association
2010-11 Tuition and Fees
2010-11 Academic Calendar
The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association
The campus is located on 120 acres and consists of 119 buildings of which 98 are student housing units.
11 residence halls (single sex and co-ed facilities)
15 apartment complexes and buildings
72 cottages (individual houses on campus for 4-13 students)
Blue and Orange
Flying Dutchmen/Flying Dutch
Hope College Fight Song
Hope College fields athletic teams in 18 sports, nine for men and nine for women.
Sports offers men include cross country, football, golf and soccer in the fall, basketball and swimming in the winter, and baseball, tennis and track in the spring.
Sports offers women include cross country, golf, soccer and volleyball in the fall, basketball and swimming in the winter, and softball, tennis and track in the spring.
The college offers its student-athletes outstanding facilities for practice and competition.
Hope has been a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) since 1926. The MIAA is a nine-member conference consisting of Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo, Olivet, Saint Mary’s and Trine.
Hope has won the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) more than any other member school. Winners of the Commissioner’s Cup 25 times since 1980, Hope has won the honor a league-leading 32 times, including the 2009-10 school year.
Hope is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In 2009-10 Hope athletes and/or teams qualified for 11 NCAA championships.
Hope College Athletic Facilities
DeVos Fieldhouse (Basketball, Volleyball, Weight Room)
Ray and Sue Smith Stadium (Football)
Kresge Natatorium (Swimming & Diving)
Etheridge Tennis Complex (Tennis)
Gordon Brewer Outdoor Track (Track & Field)
Boeve Baseball Stadium (Baseball)
Wolters Softball Stadium (Softball)
Van Andel Soccer Stadium (Soccer)
222 Fairbanks Avenue
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The Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse opened in 2005. The fieldhouse provides Hope College one of the premier NCAA Division III spectator facilities for basketball and volleyball. Designed to seat approximately 3,400 fans, the DeVos Fieldhouse also houses the college’s department of kinesiology and athletic training program.
Ray & Sue Smith Stadium
313 Fairbanks Avenue
Hope College plays its home football games at the Ray & Sue Smith on Hope’s campus. Known as Holland Municipal Stadium when it opened in 1979, the facility was purchased by the college from the City of Holland. A major renovation occurred in 2012 season, including the installation of a Pro Turf playing surface. The stadium can accomodate 5,300 fans in bleacher seating and several hundred more on an end zone hillside.
168 East 13th Street
The Kresge Natatorium in the Dow Center serves as the home for the college’s swimming and diving teams. An activity-oriented facility, the Dow Center also houses the college’s Department of Dance and the Health Services.
301 Fairbanks Avenue
The Etheridge Tennis Complex at Hope College consists of the DeWitt Tennis Center which provides six indoor courts and the Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts featuring 12 outdoor courts in a spectator-friendly setting.
DeWitt Tennis Center
301 Fairbanks Avenue
Opened in 1994, the DeWitt Tennis Center is named for the Gary and Joyce DeWitt family. It contains six courts.
VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium Courts
301 Fairbanks Avenue
The stadium courts, opened in 2012, are named for Earl Vande Poel and George Heeringa, doubles partners on the Hope tennis team in the 1930s, and made possible by a leadership gift from the Ted and Barb Etheridge family.The facility has 12 courts.
Gordon Brewer Outdoor Track
301 Fairbanks Avenue
The outdoor track facility at Hope College honors longtime Hope athletics administrator Gordon M. Brewer who was a member of the staff, including head track and field coach, over four decades.
Boeve Baseball Stadium
301 Fairbanks Avenue
The baseball stadium, built in 2008, at Hope College honors Ronald Boeve who was a longtime assistant coach and his wife Sunny. The stadium features seating for 400 fans. The area has a patio suitable for tailgating.
Wolters Softball Stadium
301 Fairbanks Avenue
The softball stadium, built in 2008, at Hope College honors longtime softball coach Karla Wolters and her husband Tom. The stadium features seating for 300 fans. The area has a patio suitable for tailgating.
225 Fairbanks Avenue
Van Andel Stadium serves the Hope College soccer and lacrosse programs. Opened in 2009, the stadium was made possible by a gift from the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation. It accommodates 1,400 fans in stadium-style and bleacher seating. There are accompanying terrace areas for picnicking and tailgating. The field surface is an artificial turf and there is stadium lighting for night contests.
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