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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Hope College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Hope College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Hope College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Hope College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Hope College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Hope College.

Alumni include Eric Christian Olsen, Sufjan Stevens and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Hope College?” and “Which celebrities are Hope College alumni?”
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Robert H. Schuller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Televangelist, Writer

Age: 92

Birthplace: Alton, Iowa

Robert Harold Schuller was an American Christian televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author. Schuller was principally known for the weekly Hour of Power television program, which he ...more
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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 43

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Sufjan Stevens ( SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His debut album A Sun Came was released in 1999 on the Asthmatic Kitty label, which he ...more

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Robert A. Schuller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Televangelist, Pastor, Writer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois

Robert Anthony Schuller (born October 7, 1954) is an American author, televangelist and pastor and the only son of Crystal Cathedral founders Robert H. Schuller and Arvella Schuller. He was ...more
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Lynne Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Librarian, Lawyer

Age: 79

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Lynne Irene Stewart (October 8, 1939 – March 7, 2017) was an American defense attorney who was known for representing controversial, famous defendants. She herself was convicted on charges of ...more
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Richard Smalley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Chemist, Professor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 62 (1943-2005)

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio

Richard Errett Smalley (June 6, 1943 – October 28, 2005) was the Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. ...more
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Brian Schipper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Businessperson
Brian Schipper is a Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Cisco Systems. He has over twenty-five years of wide ranging HR experience. Schipper and his Cisco HR team provide the people and ...more
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Kim Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Actor

Age: 64

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Kimberly Jo Zimmer (born February 2, 1955) is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Echo DiSavoy on One Life to Live and as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light. She has won four ...more
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Pete Hoekstra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Politician

Age: 65

Birthplace: Groningen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Cornelis Pieter "Pete" Hoekstra (; born October 30, 1953) is a Dutch-American politician serving as the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands since January 10, 2018. A member of ...more
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Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Commentator, Announcer, Baseball player

Age: 80

Birthplace: Zeeland, Michigan, United States of America

James Lee Kaat (born November 7, 1938), nicknamed "Kitty", is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Senators / ...more

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Rob Malda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Rob Malda

Age: 42

Birthplace: Holland, Michigan

Rob Malda (born May 10, 1976), also known as CmdrTaco, is an American Internet content author, and former editor-in-chief of the website Slashdot.
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Craig S. Morford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni

Age: 60

Craig S. Morford (born February 10, 1959) is an American attorney and former acting United States Deputy Attorney General.
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Sylvia T. Ceyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Chemist

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Sylvia Teresse Ceyer is a professor of chemistry at MIT, holding the John C. Sheehan Chair in Chemistry. Until 2006, she held the chemistry chair of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Eric Christian Olsen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 41

Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States of America

Eric Christian Olsen (born May 31, 1977) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayals of Detective Marty Deeks on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles, and of Austin in the film ...more
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Samuel Marinus Zwemer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Samuel Marinus Zwemer

Age: Dec. at 85 (1867-1952)

Birthplace: Vriesland, Michigan

Samuel Marinus Zwemer (April 12, 1867 – April 2, 1952), nicknamed The Apostle to Islam, was an American missionary, traveler, and scholar. He was born at Vriesland, Michigan. In 1887 he received ...more
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Rachel Reenstra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Rachel Reenstra Comedian, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: Michigan, USA

Rachel Reenstra is an American comedian, actress, and celebrity wildlife conservationist from Saugatuck, Michigan.
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Annette Ziegler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Judge, Lawyer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Annette Kingsland Ziegler (born March 6, 1964) is an American attorney and judge. She is currently a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
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A. J. Muste is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
A. J. Muste Pastor

Age: Dec. at 82 (1885-1967)

Birthplace: Zierikzee, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Abraham Johannes Muste ( MUS-tee; January 8, 1885 – February 11, 1967) was a Dutch-born American clergyman and political activist. Muste is best remembered for his work in the labor movement, ...more
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Guy Vander Jagt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

Birthplace: Cadillac, Michigan, United States of America

Guy Adrian Vander Jagt ( VAN-dər JAK; August 26, 1931 – June 22, 2007) was a Republican politician from Michigan. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the ...more
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Eugene van Tamelen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Eugene van Tamelen

Age: Dec. at 84 (1925-2009)

Birthplace: Zeeland, Michigan

Eugene Earle van Tamelen (July 20, 1925 – December 12, 2009) was an organic chemist who is especially recognized for his contributions to bioorganic chemistry.van Tamelen published five papers ...more
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Arend Lubbers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Arend Lubbers

Age: 87

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Arend Donselaar "Don" Lubbers (born July 23, 1931) was president of Grand Valley State University (and predecessor Grand Valley State College) from 1969 to 2001. He was the second ...more
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David A. Noebel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
David A. Noebel

Age: 82

David A. Noebel (born August 27, 1936) is an American religious leader and writer. He is the former director of Summit Ministries, in Manitou Springs, Colorado in the United States. Since the ...more
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Terri Lynn Land is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Terri Lynn Land Politician

Age: 60

Birthplace: Michigan, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Terri Lynn Land (born June 30, 1958) is an American politician who served as Michigan's 41st Secretary of State. In 2012, Land was elected to the Republican National Committee. She was the ...more
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Joe Miklosi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Joe Miklosi Business development
Joe Miklosi served as a Colorado Representative from 2009 - 2013, he worked eight years for Project C.U.R.E., an international health care nonprofit organization, which donates life-saving ...more
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Larry Siedentop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Larry Siedentop

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Sir Larry Alan Siedentop (born 24 May 1936) is an American-born British political philosopher with a special interest in 19th-century French liberalism. He is the author of Democracy in Europe ...more
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Robert E. Van Voorst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Hope College Alumni
Robert E. Van Voorst

Age: 66

Robert E. Van Voorst (born 5 June 1952) is an American theologian and educator. He retired in 2018 as a Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary, in Holland, Michigan, ...more