Holland, MI
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Reviews 610 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Hope is pretty strict on letting people live off campus most people just live on campus because of the convenience or commute from home if they are from the holland area.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most of the girls on campus are good looking. Hope is a very wealthy population...there is a lot of preppy dress mixed with a hipster population. Most people are religious because it is a private Christian college.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Because Holland is a tourist town there is tons of options to eat of campus ranging from cheap to really expensive.

4 College Junior

Academics: The psychology program is really good. There is some really well known and respected staff involved in the programs.

4 College Junior

Academics: There is a lot of options for majors considering the small size of the campus. The professors care about the students and develop relationships with them. Workload is hard and lots of work but there is free tutoring and help sessions all throughout campus. Registration is kind of a hassel and its hard to get the classes you want.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining services at Hope tries but they are still not good. The food at the underclassmen dining hall is awful and most people hate eating there. The upperclassmen dining hall is a little better but expensive. There is not a lot of varity and the meal plans are expensive.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere of downtown holland is really nice. There is great shops and great places to eat. There is a lot of tourists because lake michigan is a few miles away. People are very friendly to college students and support the college life.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Hope college has a very safe environment. Theft is uncommon and most people feel comfortable leaving back packs at the entrance of the dining hall and leaving things out in dorms without the fear of them being stolen. Most students do not even lock their rooms when leaving for class.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Hope is very open to discussing religion. Even though it is a Christian school other religions are welcome. It is a great campus to figure out what you believe in and who you are as a person. Since being at Hope it has helped me grow spirtually and mentally.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Hope has a lot of places to study and leaves the building open after hours for student use. There is a few big events during the year one of the most important is the pull which is a huge tug of war contest between the upperclassmen and the lower classmen. There is also a singing event that a lot of students participate in. Most people feel there is a lot of opportunities to get involved in something.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Going to athletic events is not a big part of campus life. Most people who do go get into basketball.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Hope College is a small campus so there is not a whole lot of diversity, but for being small they do try hard to get in a lot of different backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Hope College is very helpful when it comes to recieving financial aid. They figure out the ways to get you the help and the money you need. They are very generous with scholarships

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Hope College is a dry campus so they are very strict about drinking. You are not allowed to have any paraphernalia including wine glasses, shot glasses, etc. anywhere in your possesion. It is a common occurance for students to get MIPs when walking around from party to party. You get put on probation with the school for breaking any of the rules. Even when you are 21 alchohol is still not allowed.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing is really outdated. Most dorms do not have airconditioning. The cottages are run down and some of them even have mold. The apartments are nice but there is not a lot of privacy most of the apartments and cottages you still share a room and bathroom. Only three options of housing out of all of them avaliable give you the option to have your own room and only two out of those three give you your own bathroom and they are not cheap.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a small percentage of the students. The people who tend to join are people who have had family members in the groups or friends. Non greek life students tend to not like the greek life members they are reallly stuck up and annoying. Greek life does not have a huge impact on the social atmosphere of campus they tend to keep to themselves and have closed parties. The greek housing avaliable is the cottages on campus. They are not very big so not every member can live in them. Its usally the seniors and some juniors.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have not had any internships yet but Hope is very helpful in providing information and opportunities to have one.

College Junior

Majors: I have not had a internship

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Hope College has been an amazing experience. I have loved all of my classes and have created some great memories

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are two really popular coffee shops right near campus that are hot spots to go to. One is hipster while the other is snazzy. There are also plenty of bars downtown for those who are 21 and older. However, things can be pricey and there doesn't seem to be much in the way of student discounts.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Basketball is the big fancy to-do at my school. There is a huge student section at every game and it is usually very hard to get tickets!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: From seeing friends' off campus housing, it is generally very nice and well kept. I also hear that it is slightly less than campus housing. Because it is such a small school, it is not too far to get to class. Potential residents be warned that the farther south you go past 16th street, the sketchier things become.

3 College Senior

Diversity: If plugged into a specific cultural group, such as the Japanese club, there is diversity to go 'round. However, simply walking around campus is no run through a multicultural rainbow.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: If I were to do it over again, I would chose a different school except for having met a few incredible people and being part of the Odd Year Pull team.

The Pull is a unique tradition at my school that involves a strategic and high intensity tug of war. Teams are assigned based on graduating class and are comprised of 20 males and 20 females each. The males and females are paired up and form an interesting bond as they work together with the rest of the team to form a cohesive unit. Being a three week season, it was a relatively short experience but has made a huge impact on me and my attitude toward life. If nothing else, this is the single reason I would return to my school if I had to do it over again.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life has it's perks but is cult-like at such a small school. It would be more appealing at a larger school. Pledge season is also sufficiently awkward and creepy even for those not involved as the different sororities and fraternities run around campus chanting.


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