Hollins University campus

Overview

Applicants
1,782
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 27

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Action
December 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
97
with Terminal Degree
84

55
Women
42
Men
14
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

“Tiny,” all-female Hollins University “drips in” “unique traditions” and offers “an intimate atmosphere” that “feels like a community or family, not an institution.” Students assure us that “a Hollins education is inspiring and nothing short of life-changing.” There are fabulous opportunities to study abroad. Double-majors are mundane. Among the thirty or so majors available here, the “strong English program” is especially notable. The creative writing program in particular is “one of the nation’s best.” Classes are small and extremely “interactive.” “The discussions in class will start slowly,” observes an English major, “but they’ll suddenly be out of the teacher’s control the next minute.” “Don’t go if you didn’t do the readings,” adds a physics major. “Professors pour so much time into their students,” relates a studio art major. They “want to hear from their students” and “are always more than willing to help.” The staff in the financial aid office, on the other hand, can sometimes be “unwilling to help.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ann Compton
ABC News White House correspondent since 1974

Annie Dillard
Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Lee Smith
Acclaimed Southern novelist, author of NY Times bestseller The Last Girls

Ellen Malcolm
Founder/Director of EMILY'S List

Dr. Cynthia Hale
Pastor, Ray of Hope Church & nationally recognized spiritual leader

Natasha Tretheway
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet and U.S. Poet Laureate

Alexandra Trower
Executive Vice President, Estee Lauder Company

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,095

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,320

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,164

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$37,332

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
77%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,836

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,660
Required Fees
$860
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
596
Out of State
44%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
17

Demographics

100% female
0% male
44% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

The women of Hollins describe themselves as “empowered, enthusiastic,” “worldly, aware,” “strong, and confident.” “There are all sorts at Hollins: horse girls, anime girls, art majors, writers, filmmakers, bio students, dancers, feminists, scientists.” The gay and transgender population is “large.” “The glory of Hollins is that there is seldom a stereotype,” agrees another student. “There is no mold that any student must fit, regardless of what activities and groups you are involved in. It is a place to be yourself.” “Odd ducks” proliferate. “You name it; you see it (minus males, that is).” “Everyone is so different, and everyone is so amazingly tolerant of everyone’s differences.” However, some students can be “cliquey and exclusive.” “Most people are involved in several clubs and organizations so it’s easy to have a very diverse group of friends,” describes one student.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
77%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Students at Hollins “adore the school.” Life on this “gorgeous” and “peaceful” campus is “a unique amalgam of individualistic zaniness and required academic hustle and bustle.” “People are very concerned about homework.” “Sleepless nights during weekdays” aren’t uncommon. At the same time, the student community is “hugely strong.” “Hollins really embodies the concept of sisterhood.” “Everyone comes together for” a throng of “crazy and not-so-crazy traditions.” “It isn’t uncommon to put on odd costumes or break into songs or see seniors in decorated robes. It’s hard to explain these things other than to say, ’it’s a Hollins thing.’” In the fall, the school president cancels morning classes and declares Tinker Day. “Everyone dresses up in wacky costumes, everything from a wetsuit to a prom dress, and hikes Tinker Mountain.” Ring Night (“the best weekend of your life”) and faculty Christmas caroling are a couple other noteworthy traditions. Hollins is also home to “amazing extracurriculars” including “a great horseback riding program.” “There is a high level of student involvement” across the board, and “there is always something happening on campus.” Lectures, concerts, and recitals are abundant. The theater program “is excellent, and the shows are always worth going to.” “There are several subcultures people can fit into”—everything from intercollegiate athletics to a surprisingly strong anime contingent. “If you want to attend frat parties and keggers, it is very easy with the number of coed universities nearby,” but “this isn’t the typical ’party school.’” “Life at Hollins is walking down the dorm hall with all the dorm doors open and girls running down the hall to each other’s rooms to talk and have fun or do homework together,” explains one student. “The friends we make here are still going to be our sisters long after we have gone out into the world to accomplish what our experience at Hollins gave us the courage to do.” “The dorms are hospitable but old.” “Every now and then, the food is great and wonderful” but, for the gourmand, meals here general have some room for improvement.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
29
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

16% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (No team nickname)
8 Sports

Basketball
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: OUTloud promotes the equality of all people and to foster an awareness of the need for equal rights legislation. Members of this organization seek to work collaboratively both in and out of the Hollins community, educating and increasing awareness about sexual orientation. OUTloud will provide a confidential forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) concerns in an open and positive environment. OUTloud will educate and increase awareness about motivations both for and against the implementation of laws to achieve and secure equal rights for individuals based on their sexual orientation. outloud@hollins.edu.

Minority Support Groups

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
52

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Computers, Apple Computers

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rena Musyt
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Hollins University Admission Office
P.O. Box 9707
Roanoke, VA 24020-1707

Phone
800-456-9595

Email
huadm@hollins.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Front Quadrangle
Wetherill Visual Arts Center and Wilson Museum
Wyndham Robertson Library
Moody Center
Gymnasium, Northen Swim Cntr, Tayloe Fitness Cntr
Newly renovated theatre.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Roanoke Historic Farmer's Market
Taubman Art Museum
Roanoke Star/Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway
Carvins Cove
Shopping at Valley View Mall and restaurants along Grandin Road.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm (M-F); 9am-noon (Sat.)
800-456-9595

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Anytime

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
huadm@hollins.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Sun-Thurs night during the academic year

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Roanoke Airport is 2 miles from campus. Limousine or taxi service from the airport to campus can be arranged on arrival. Call Roanoke Airport Limousine Service (540-345-7710), Star City Cab (540-366-6390), or Yellow Cab Company (540-345-7711).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-81 (N. or S.), take Exit 146 onto Plantation Road. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Williamson Road and go one-half mile. The entrance to Hollins is on the left.

Local Accommodations
Fairfield Inn (540)362-4200 Hampton Inn (540)563-5656 Country Inn and Suites (540)366-5678 Best Western Inn at Valley View (540)362-2400 Holiday Inn-Airport (540)362-4500 Hyatt Place (540) 366-4700 Courtyard by Marriott (540)563-5002 Comfort Inn - Airport (540) 527-2020 Hotel Roanoke (540) 985-5900