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| The Hope College faculty was outstanding. Faculty was extremely helpful for class help, all the professors were readily available. Most professors even offered their home phone number in effort to help any time. Because class size was small, professors were actively involved and concerned about each individual’s educational success. Teachers often became personal mentors or guides. |
Any student who wanted to learn had an abundance of tools provided. Generally the coursework is hard, but the student body intelligent and the faculty were available.
I knew the staff of the registrar’s staff and student development by name and I never once had a less than positive experience in correspondence or communication with them.
While the campus is in a generally republican community, the faculty and student body was outspokenly liberal which I found surprising since the college is religiously, (which I assumed to be conservative), affiliated.
The Campus is gorgeous and was actually a determining factor in choosing the college.
The student body is primarily female. I found the majority to be from “big money” and it made them appears snooty and spoiled.
The campus careers office was surprisingly inadequate. The only help they seemed to supply was checking resumes and offering mock interviews. I didn't seem to get any help getting a job and was not directed to anyone who could help me.
I was a particularly industrious student and graduated in 3 years with a Japanese and International Studies double major and a political science minor. The international office provided many options for overseas travel. The particular departments were accommodating in making exceptions to major requirements if classes weren’t provided or an acceptable substitute was offered. Hope is not an inexpensive college but they were not determined to keep me on campus for 5 years as most public institutions try to do these days. While my departments saw that its students were well educated in the selected fields, they were not helpful in directing me in the way of find a career. It may or may not have been a common occurrence, but was the misfortune of my experience. I do feel I have the tools to market myself to obtain a job on my own accord.
|Jul 22 2005|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2005 |
| Choosing Hope College was one of the best, if not the best, decision of my life. |
Coming from the extremely liberal town of Ann Arbor, and being liberal myself, I was intially worried about the 'conservative' reputation of Hope and the surrounding town of Holland. However, I found that being immersed in this culture has only made me smarter, and more well-rounded. If you are worried about close-minded, white, conservative, christians; there are a lot of liberal students, espesically in greek life. The student life is what you make of it. Just be yourself and have an open mind.
The social life is amazing, especially after joining a fraternity. I thought fraternities were not for me, but there is a fraternity or sorority for almost any type of person, and I would highly reccomend it. Comparing the parties and social life between Hope College and University of Michigan, I definantly think that Hope parties are more fun. The smaller student body provides a more personal and safe party scene, although the parties are usually big enough to have just as much fun as a public school.
The school work can be easy or insanly hard, depending on which major you take. Hope is well known for its awesome science and humanities programs. Being a chemistry major, I can safly say that chemistry is very very difficult, but well worth it. The teachers are amazing, approachable and are easily reached outside of class, despite the class size (the biggest I've had is 50 people, and the teacher knew everyone's name within 2 weeks). However, if you go into a major like communications or business management, the reputation of those seem to be easy as shit.
Overall Hope College is an amazing school, both socially and academically. It may not have the reputation of an Ivy school to high school students, but for anyone pursuing medicine/dentistry/sciences it will impress grad/med schools and has a well-known reputation within grad school admissions. I would definantly check out greek life, especially if you want many oppourtunities to meet open-minded genuinly nice people (and really hot girls.), and if you want to party your ass off.
|Jun 24 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |