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Graduate Report

Hope graduates are educated to think about important issues with clarity, wisdom and a deep understanding of the Christian faith. They make an impact at organizations, companies and graduate schools around the country and abroad. This summary of the annual Graduate Report gives a six-month snapshot of the Class of 2023.

Class of 2023 Snapshot

  • Employed
  • Graduate school
  • Continuing Education
  • Not employed or in graduate school (seeking)
  • Voluntary service or military
  • Not employed (not seeking)

Percentages exceed 100% because survey
responders could select multiple responses

Class of 2023 Top Majors

  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Exercise Science
  • Communication
  • Biology
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Political Science

85% of the class of 2023 graduates who are employed full time, are employed in their field of study

Class of 2023 Employment & Graduate School by Region

An image of the nation showing percentages by region of graduates who are employed or in grad school

Region Percent Employed Percent Grad School
West Michigan 52% 23%
Chicagoland 8% 5%
Southeast Michigan 8% 26%
Other Michigan 3% 5%
Other Midwest 10% 21%
Southwest US 4% 5%
Southeast US 4% 10%
Northwest US 2% 2%
Northeast US 5% 3%
International 2% 0%

Class of 2023 Overview

93% participated in experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, off-campus study and collaborative student-faculty research

92% of those who were in graduate school were accepted to their first-or-second school choice

93% are likely or very likely to refer someone else to Hope College for their education

91% were involved and active in extracurricular activities and organizations

89% connected with a staff or faculty member about their vocational future

93% shared they felt that their professors cared about them as a person

Class of 2023 Employment Satisfaction

  • Very Satisfied
  • Satisfied
  • Neither
  • Dissatisfied
  • Very Dissatisfied

82% are satisfied or very satisfied with their employment

Recent Employers
  • Accenture
  • Advent Health/ University of Chicago
  • Amazon
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
  • Apple
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Comerica Bank
  • Corewell Health
  • Deloitte
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Duke University Health System
  • General Motors Company
  • Gentex Corporation
  • Guinness World Records
  • Helen DeVos Children鈥檚 Hospital
  • Holland Public Schools
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Meijer Inc.
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michigan State University
  • MillerKnoll
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Pfizer
  • Reformed Church of America
  • Steelcase
  • Stryker Corporation
  • U.S. Department of State
  • United States Senate
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Whirlpool Corporation


Class of 2023 Graduate Schools

  • First Choice
  • Second Choice
  • Other

92% of those who were in graduate school were accepted to their first-or-second school choice

Recent Graduate Schools
  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke Divinity School
  • Georgetown University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harvard University
  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
  • Purdue University
  • Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
  • The Ohio State University
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Washington University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Western Theological Seminary

Class of 2023 Experiential Learning

Percent of graduates who engage in each type of experiential learning.

Experience Percent
Internship 60%
Research 43%
Service learning 36%
Off-campus study (international) 27%
Student teaching 15%
Off-campus study (domestic) 13%
Job shadowing 13%
Clinical rotation 10%

About the Graduate Report

This study is administered annually by the Frost Center for Data and Research, Alumni and Family Engagement, the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, and Admissions. Alumni are contacted 5-6 months after graduation by email, mail and telephone. This year we had a knowledge rate of 82%, with 292 survey responses; 131 from linkedIn; and 41 from the National Student Clearing House. For additional requests or data from previous years, please contact the Frost Center for Data and Research at 616.395.7556 or frostcenter@hope.edu.

Hope College Campus Resources

Boerigter Center For Calling and Career

The principal goal of the Boerigter Center is to teach students how to engage in lifelong practices of career development.

  • Discern: Identify strengths and interests, absorb the liberal arts and deepen sense of vocation and core character.
  • Prepare: Explore paths, expand intellect, develop skills and extend perspectives through experiences on campus and around the world.
  • Pursue: Strategize for life after college, activate networks and achieve next steps.

Alumni Association

In partnership with the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, the Alumni Association hosts an online career center where you can work on your r茅sum茅, join and use The Hope College Connection, volunteer, find job postings, connect with social media and sign up for events. Connect at hope.edu/alumni.


Students and alumni can browse thousands of job and internship postings on Hope鈥檚 online job board, Handshake. Start searching at hope.edu/handshake.

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