Financial Aid at Hope College

When I was applying for college, financial aid was probably one of the things that stressed me out the most. All the new information I was receiving was overwhelming. I barely knew where to begin! Now that I’m in college, there’s a lot that I’d like to go back in time and tell myself. Here …

My Wild Adventure to Hope College

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started!” – Robin Roberts So let’s get started! My admission process to Hope College was a whirlwind and very unexpected as I started my year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though I may have never visited the campus, since I am from another country, my admissions story is something …

Admissions Advice From a Current Freshman

The college admissions process felt daunting as I began my senior year of high school. It was what my entire life and education had been leading up to. Plus, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I’m the oldest child, so nobody in my family had gone through the process since 1997. I …

FAFSA: Five things to know

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 for financial aid from most colleges …

A Word From Our President

There are many symbols that represent Hope College: the anchor, the Flying Dutchman and the cross all embody what Hope stands for. In 2019, Hope inaugurated a new president who might be considered yet another symbol. President Scogin represents the past, present and future of Hope College. As a graduate from Hope, President Scogin knows …

Gratitude and Hope [at Hope]

This past fall semester, I invited members of the Hope College community to share their gratitude for the people and experiences [at Hope] that made a difference in their lives.  Their messages captured what the Hope experience is all about. World-class faculty. Caring staff. Inspirational coaches. Dedicated mentors. Formation of faith. Excellent academics with top-tier …

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 …

I Got Into College! What Next?

It’s that time of the year, folks! Well yes, Christmas and being with family, but as well as getting those college acceptance letters! There’s a new college graduating class cohort, the class of 2019. That seems so far away, but trust me, it will be 2019 in no time. I can’t believe I graduate in …

Choosing Your Dream College

I’ve been in your position before, class of 2018. It’s the last half of your senior year, and for many of you, you haven’t decided where your next journey will take you. Where will I be for the next four years? For some of you, you’ve had your heart set somewhere, and for many of …

#Hope2018

Hashtag Hope 2018. You’re in, but what now? Before I answer that, you have NO idea how excited I am for the Hope College Class of 2018. Me, along with the student bloggers have been glued to the Hope College Facebook App answering your questions and introducing ourselves. It’s quite fun. What I am most …