Hope College is in the heart of Holland, Michigan, a top vacation destination. With charming downtown Holland, historic on-campus buildings, state-of-the-art facilities and energetic student spirit, each visit to campus brings you closer to fully understanding what the Hope lifestyle is all about.
Home sweet Hope
Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college that opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled around Lake Michigan. The first freshman college class matriculated in 1862 and Hope received its state charter in 1866. Hope College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and it retains a Christian atmosphere. The school's 125 acres campus is adjacent to the downtown commercial district just a couple of blocks from downtown 8th Street's shops and restaurants, and just a few miles from Lake Michigan. This neighborhood gives students, community members and visitors plenty of thrilling activities to choose from, starting with the Hope College football team, proud members of NCAA Division III and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Discover a multitude of deeply rooted traditions that are an integral part of Hope, bringing together Hope College students–past, current and future!
Hope in the future
When entering the campus, you'll see Hope College's emblem: an anchor, symbolizing hope. The mission of Hope College is to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith. Hope's motto is taken from Psalm 42:5: "Spera in Deo" ("Hope in God"). This is drawn from a speech made by Albertus van Raalte, the leader of the community, on the occasion of the founding of the Pioneer School in 1851: "This is my anchor of hope for this people in the future". In 2015, Hope College celebrated 150th year of education.
Hope College is well surrounded by amazing places to eat and drink, providing also music and community, like Alpen Rose Restaurant and Café Alpen Rose offering a fresh yet classic approach to European Dining, with award-winning service and mouth-watering pastries. Need an energy boost? Grab a fair trade organic coffee at CitySen Coffee, or sit in one of JP's Coffee's armchairs, in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere with great conversation, delicious treats baked fresh on site, and a large selection of whole-bean coffee and loose-leaf tea.
In the evening, swing by New Holland Brewery and try their craft beers. Each bottle of New Holland's artisan spirits beer captures a flavor, a harvest, a season, a moment in time.