May Term Mems

Pine Ridge, South Dakota  One of the unique academic experiences that Hope College offers students is to study over the summer months through May, June and July terms. For many Hope students, this is a chance to travel or spend some more time in lovely Holland and build a deeper community with the members of […]

Hope College Nursing

By: Noemi Rocha As a kid, I would equate nursing school with a trade school. I always pictured the hospital beds and learning the necessary technical skills, but not much else. My Hope experience has been completely different than I imagined and incredibly worthwhile. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t know I wanted to […]

Can’t you just tell me?: Musings on Being Undecided

By: Alley LoPrete One of the most daunting parts of choosing a college for me was wondering if I would make the right choice. How do I know my school is the right one? It brought me back to middle school dreams of my future husband and asking my mom “How do you know he […]

3 Things I Wish I Knew Going into Freshman Year

By: Tucker Marty It is hard to believe that I, Tucker Marty, was once an 18 year old freshman who knew not a soul at Hope College. What’s even crazier is that, now a junior, I am over halfway done with my time here. Wow. Thinking back on my first two years here I feel […]

FAFSA: Five things to know

By Kristin Diekevers ’07, Associate Director of Admissions What is the FAFSA and why is it so important? The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the primary application for receiving need-based aid at American colleges and universities. If you need help paying for college, submitting your FAFSA is the first step in applying […]

The Phelps Scholars Program

By Monica Teuthorn Before I started my freshman year, college seemed like a foreign place. I didn’t have a ton of experience with it as I was one of the first in my family to really go away to a college like Hope. I had no idea what to expect. College seemed intimidating thinking about […]

10 Tips for writing an unforgettable college essay

By Kristin Diekevers ’07, Associate Director of Admissions A 17-year old me is sitting at my basement computer, fingers lightly touching the good ol’ Gateway keyboard from yesteryear and…nothing. I’m blank. I’m here to write my college essay, and I’m straining not only on the first sentence, but the topic itself. Sound familiar? The Common Application is […]

What to Expect for First Year Advising

Freshman advising is an incredibly laid back experience. The process depends on whether you declare a major your first year. Not sure on your major yet? If you don’t declare a major your first year, your advisor won’t change. Your First Year Seminar professor will be your advisor until you declare your major. There’s no […]