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Hope College

Holland, MI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate92%
Acceptance Rate92%

Hope College Admissions

If you want to apply to Hope College, the application fee costs $35.

Students who apply to Hope College for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by December 1.

Hope College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Hope College's admissions stats.

Hope College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33%
Mean SAT Score 1219
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 46.1%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
Waitlist No

Hope College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Hope College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 November 24

Want to Apply Early to Hope College?

Hope College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Hope College will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 24.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Hope College Admissions

Is Hope College Hard To Get Into?

Hope College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Hope College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Hope College accepted 92% of all applicants, about 3,854 from the 4,172 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Hope College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Hope College is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Hope College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Hope College

Hope College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Hope College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Hope College

Wondering what factors are considered by Hope College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Hope College for more information on admission factors.

Hope College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Hope College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Hope College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hope College?

Students admitted to Hope College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 1% submitted a class rank. At Hope College 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 33% were in the top 25% and 89% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Hope College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 50.8%
3.75 and 3.99 22.3%
3.50 and 3.74 15.1%
3.25 and 3.49 7%
3.00 and 3.24 3.3%
2.50 and 2.9 1.5%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Hope College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Hope College considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Hope College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 46.1% of Hope College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Hope College?

To be competitive with other Hope College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1120 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hope College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Hope College student is 1219.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hope College students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hope College students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Hope College?

To be most competitive at Hope College, you should strive to earn between 25 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hope College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hope College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Hope College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Hope College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Hope College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Hope College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hope College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Hope College.

Does Hope College accept transfer credits?

✅ Hope College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Hope College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Hope College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Hope College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hope College?

❌ No, Hope College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Hope College's acceptance rate?

✅ Hope College has an acceptance rate of 92%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hope College?

❌ Hope College does not offer early decision.

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Hope College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Hope College? Hope College is a somewhat selective institution. The Hope College acceptance rate is 92%. This means that the institution accepts 92 out of every 100 applicants.


Hope College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hope College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hope College ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


25 to 32


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Hope College is 27. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Hope College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Hope College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1330


Math SAT Range

540 - 660


Reading SAT Range

550 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1120 to 1330


1120 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Hope College students is 1219. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Hope College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1120 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1120 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Hope College.

Hope College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hope College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.83. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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