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Hope College Visits the Nicholas Academic Centers
March 16, 2012
Hope College, located in Holland, Michigan, and one of 40 colleges included in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), recently visited the Nicholas Academic Centers to inform students about the Hope College environment and answer questions about Hope’s many programs. According to the CTCL website, “Hope ranks in the top 5% among private, 4-year colleges in terms of alumni earning a Ph.D.”
 
Greg Kern, Associate Director of Admissions for Hope College, met with NAC freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and discussed the importance of choosing a college that best fits them as students, a point emphasized in the NAC’s College Knowledge workshops. Some considerations for making the “best fit” include class size, experiential learning options, and areas of study. The average class size at Hope is 20-22 students, which is small compared to some larger class sizes offered at other schools; the small class size allows students and faculty to work more closely with one another and ensure that the students’ learning needs are met. Hope College also offers 200 study abroad programs in over 60 countries, and is accredited in a wide range of majors, including art, dance, music, theatre, chemistry, education, engineering, nursing, and social work, among others. Mr. Kern also discussed course-load capacity, time management, and the Phelps Scholars program.
 
The visit is one of many scheduled throughout the school year, all of which are aimed at exposing students to highly ranked universities they might not have otherwise discovered. Several colleges have participated in the NAC Visiting Colleges program, including Morningside, Colgate, Wooster, Wabash, Haverford, Hampshire, and Hendrix, to name a few.