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Academics

This small, private women's college in Roanoke, Virginia celebrated its 175th birthday during the 2016–17 academic year, and is a place for unique individuals to thrive, empowering each other and forming a supportive community for women. The school offers 27 degrees with 12 concentrations (including large English and Psychology departments), has extended campuses in London and Paris ("The internship and study abroad opportunities for students of this school are exceptional"), and all are required to take a collaborative First-Year Seminar. Hollins is "a great place for people who want life experience," whether in their field of study or in the world in general, and the institution offers "a lot of incredible opportunities for anyone willing to take them." Traditions abound, such as Tinker Day, when classes are randomly canceled and students and faculty hike up nearby Tinker Mountain in costume. The alumni network is similarly solid, and many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.

Hollins professors are "amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate." They know their courses and "can walk you through something front to back and blindfolded." Students often "get invited out to dinner with professors or to parties and readings at their houses," and "we have professors [who go] around campus singing Christmas songs to cheer students during finals" and bring students with them to the Women's March. Students "get to interact almost daily with our president, and she knows our names." Most classes here will have fewer than twenty students (even 100 level courses) so "the line of communication is direct and open," and "opportunities for involvement on campus are extremely high."

Student Body

Many Hollins students identify as non-binary and are in the LGBTQ+ community, and the Gender Studies program is quite popular in "really [getting] students involved with what women can do and have done." This "trustworthy" bunch makes the campus "a place where you don't have to lock up your bike or worry about leaving your laptop unattended." Hollins women [aren't afraid to speak up when something they don't agree [with] pops up," and this "normally quite liberal" (as well as "predominantly white") crew is open to learning about others' different experiences. The atmosphere here can sometimes "be gossipy or cliquelike, though people are usually open to lots of others."

Campus Life

Life at Hollins usually starts with "breakfast around a small table with too many people" and "really bad puns." Ladies here just love hanging out with each other, and often "play board games, go to the mall, work out together, watch movies," or "go to the music building for impromptu jam sessions." "We've also hooked our laptops up to projectors in different classrooms to stream Netflix and various music competition live streams," says one. Arts and crafts are everywhere, and students take regular breaks to knit, crochet, and embroider, and "the hiking opportunities are endless" thanks to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. "Every day I am surrounded by mountains. It's a vacation view in every direction," says a student. "Hollins is its own little bubble," so many find it "nice to go out into the city every once in awhile" (particularly to avoid the "less than impressive" cafeteria food) and hop a shuttle into Roanoke or to Walmart. There are also "numerous campus-wide activities put on by HAB (Hollins Activity Board)" around the year to give students the chance to meet new people or "mix with groups you usually don't have a chance to talk to."

Overview

Applicants
2,901
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

51%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 643
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 600

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 610

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
96
with Terminal Degree
83

55
Women
41
Men
15
Minority
1
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
53%
Graduate in 6 years
53%

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 Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, 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


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
50%
Graduate in 5 years
53%
Graduate in 6 years
53%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Nov 21

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,186

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,001

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,026

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,414

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,364

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,650
Required Fees
$635
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$600

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,120
Comprehensive Fee

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
654
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

1.08%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.16%
Asian
12.06%
African-American
6.18%
Hispanic
64.76%
Caucasian
3.55%
Unknown
4.79%
International

100% female
0% male
47% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
84%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Dr. Rebecca Beach

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
36
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (No team nickname)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
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

80/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
22%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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, Northern 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


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