New students begin moving in at Hope College ahead of first day of classes

Posted at 9:50 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 21:50:22-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — New students have begun arriving at Hope College in anticipation of the start of classes Monday.

The students will be arriving Wednesday through Friday, the college said.

Move-in usually only takes one day, but it’s been spread out this year to help stagger out students’ arrival to promote physical distancing.

Returning students will arrive on a staggered schedule later in the week, though more than 400 are already on campus to help with New Student Orientation and to serve as resident assistants.

Hope College will begin and end the semester earlier than usual to help limit the spread of the coronavirus among the campus community.

Usually, the semester would have run Sept. 1 to Dec. 18, but this year classes will end Nov. 24.

Other adjustments include a mix of course formats, physical distancing, extended dining hall hours with an emphasis on to-go options, reduced occupancy, limiting visits to campus residences to common areas and revised academic schedules.

Instruction will take place through a mix of in-person, hybrid and online formats.