Denominational Affiliation Changing Among Students At Hope College

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Enrollment is growing at Hope College, but there’s at least one group of students whose attendance isn't going in the direction administrators want.

The number of students who identify themselves as members of the Reformed Church in America, an institution Hope has deep ties with, is shrinking.

Last year, 401 students -- of about 3,200 students -- described themselves as belonging to the church, a 39 percent drop since the 2002-03 academic year. The change is causing concern among some administrators at Hope.

“At a time when virtually every other Christian denomination is increasing in the number of students sent to Hope, the RCA numbers are steadily dropping,” according to a report on Hope College presented during an annual meeting of the Reformed Church in America, or RCA.

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