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Hope College Admission Requirements

Holland, Michigan

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Your chances of getting into Hope College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Hope College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Hope College is 92.4%.  Its admission rate is the 40th lowest in Michigan.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Hope College and can you get accepted?

Hope College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,854 out of the 4,172 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 34 percent on standardized admission tests. Hope College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.83. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Hope College?

92% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Hope College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.83 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1220 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Hope College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Hope College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Hope College are to have around a 3.83 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.83 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Hope College accepts 92% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Hope College is 3.83 on the 4.0 scale. 51% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #3 in Michigan for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Hope College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Hope College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 50.8% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 22.3% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 15.1% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 7.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 3.3% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.5% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Hope College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Hope College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 45% of students submitted SAT scores and 19% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Hope College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 550
Math 25th Percentile 550
Composite 25th Percentile 1100
SAT Scores for Hope College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 670
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1330
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Hope College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Hope College is 1220 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1100-1330. Students who get into Hope College score in the top 41 percent of all SAT test takers..  Hope College ranks #6 in the state of Michigan for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1220 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Hope College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1100, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 980, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Hope College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1220 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1215, you have around a 92% chance of being admitted. A 1330 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 96% chance of getting in.

Hope College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1330 and Above Good >96%
1215 to 1330 Avg + 92%-96%
1100 to 1215 Avg - 86%-92%
985 to 1100 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 985 Low <76%
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Hope College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Hope College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 23
Math 25th Percentile 23
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for Hope College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 31
Math 75th Percentile 29
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Hope College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Hope College is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 31.  The school ranks #5 in Michigan and #239 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

19 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Hope College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Hope College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Hope College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 92% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 96% with a 31 ACT score.

Hope College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >96%
27 to 31 Avg + 92%-96%
24 to 27 Avg - 87%-92%
21 to 24 Reach 79%-87%
Less than 21 Low <79%
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High School Class Rank

89% of Hope College freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 33% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Hope College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 33%
Top 25% of class 33%
Top 50% of class 89%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Hope College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,557 1,615 4,172
Accepted 2,383 1,471 3,854
Acceptance Rate 93% 91% 92%
Enrolled 493 300 793
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 20% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Hope College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Hope College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Hope College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Hope College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Hope College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.83 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1220 and ACT of 27 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Hope College often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=170301 IPEDS survey data for Hope College.


Does Hope College prefer SAT or ACT?

45% of students submit their SAT scores to Hope College. 19% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Hope College?

92% of those who apply are granted admission to Hope College. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Hope College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1330. The average SAT score is 1215. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Hope College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 31. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.