Nestled in the heart of downtown Holland, just miles from stunning Lake Michigan, is the historic campus of Hope College. Created with a focus on academic excellence and rooted in the Christian faith, Hope has a prominent and unified history with the city.
Hope graduates are educated to think about life’s most important issues with clarity, wisdom, and a deep understanding of the foundational commitments of the historic Christian faith. They are prepared to communicate effectively, bridging boundaries that divide human communities. They are agents of hope who live faithfully into their vocations. Hope graduates make a difference in the world.
Each spring, hundreds of students present the results of their research projects at Hope’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance. In 2015, 360 students presented 229 projects at the Celebration.
The Career Development Center specializes in providing the resources and services students need for career planning, selecting a major, securing an internship or a job. The staff partners with students to assist them with resume building, networking opportunities, interviewing, internship programs, and employment or graduate school searches .
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The Center for Diversity and Inclusion serves as a haven of support and celebration of racial/ethnic diversity and academic excellence, providing educational and developmental opportunities aimed at preparing all member of the campus and community to thrive in a diverse and global world.
To be recognized and distinguished nationally as a leader in residential living among both Christian and liberal arts institutions. A pre-eminent residential life program creates a dynamic learning environment that challenges students to grow in mind, body, and spirit; encourages community responsibility and individual rights; blends formal education with life lessons in a way that is engaging and innovative; fosters an environment that recognizes and embraces a diverse world; and provides safe, comfortable facilities that meet the needs of students.
Van Wylen Library serves as a vibrant center of intellectual and cultural life at Hope College by assuming a significant educational role in a college community committed to excellence in learning and teaching. The library provides an inviting atmosphere, access to numerous print and digital materials, and innovative technologies and services to deliver information.
The Mission of the Hope Health Center is to assist students in achieving their academic and life goals by promoting and maintaining the health of the student population. In addition the Hope Health Center seeks to provide students with the knowledge necessary to establish life long patterns of health optimizing behaviors.
On-campus housing is provided in 11 residence halls, 15 apartment buildings, and 70+ houses (called "cottages") that the college owns near the campus. A small percentage of students - primarily juniors, seniors, and Holland residents - live off-campus. All full-time students without commuter status are required to live in on-campus housing for three years.
Student activities and organizations include Dance Marathon and Relay for Life, an FM radio station (WTHS-FM 89.9), newspaper (The Anchor), literary magazine (Opus), and yearbook (Milestone), plus a variety of academic, musical, spiritual, literary, social and athletic clubs in which students may choose to participate. About 10-12% of students belong to social fraternities and sororities, which are local to Hope rather than chapters of larger organizations, with the exception of one fraternity and one sorority (Phi Sigma Kappa and Delta Sigma Theta respectively). The college holds Sunday evening worship services ("The Gathering") and Monday/Wednesday/Friday Chapel services on campus.
Hope College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association.
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Ever since I’ve began this journey it’s been nothing but fun! I’ve learned and grown in so many areas and it’s been hard at times but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m so thankful for my community and the joy they bring into my life and how much they’ve impacted me has been wild.