Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

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Women Who Are Going Places Start at Hollins
A Hollins education ignites the strength within you and prepares you for a future filled with achievement and purpose.

Outstanding academics to achieve your ambitions
At Hollins, you define your goals and build a comprehensive, life-changing plan to get there. From your first class to your last debate, you’ll be challenged with new ideas, pushed to do your best work, and encouraged to take charge.

Hollins offers demanding curricula in 29 majors that range from the sciences and Business to International Studies and Creative Writing programs. Small classes, distinguished faculty, hands-on research, and student-faculty collaboration create a stimulating academic environment that prepares you for success.

As evidence of the power of our academics, 95% of Hollins students are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation. Our students are accepted to prestigious graduate schools, including Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Marquette University, New York University, University College London, University of Pennsylvania, Washington and Lee University, and many others.

Real-world experiences that prepare you for success
Internships: At Hollins, you have the opportunity to gain early career experience through exciting internships in your area of interest. Beginning your first year, you can put theory into practice as an intern at a hospital, media company, national museum, international business, medical association, law firm, or nonprofit organization. Our signature internships even provide students housing and a $300 stipend in support of your internship experience.

Study abroad: More than half of Hollins students participate in international study programs. With your scholarship funding following you and additional scholarships available, our programs and affiliates offer students an approachable, equitable process for navigating study abroad. You will expand your worldview and enrich your education.

Batten Leadership Institute: Our distinctive leadership programs help you grow as an individual and build confidence in and out of the classroom. Whether you wish to influence from the middle or lead the charge, you will learn how to become more self-reliant and effective in all types of situations. 

Supportive campus community for friendships and inspiration
Surrounded by majestic mountains, the beautiful Hollins campus is a welcoming place to live, study, and make lifelong friendships. Here, you’ll find diverse cultures and ideas to grow as an individual and pursue your dreams.

People respect and appreciate each other here. They care, too. On an ongoing basis, you’ll engage with faculty and staff members who take special interest in what you want to accomplish. You’ll also share your experiences and make memories with a network of friends that feel like extended family.

In your free time, you’ll find lots of fun things to do on campus with unique Hollins traditions, special events, and zany activities. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in athletics, clubs, and organizations that appeal to your interests. 

Plus, Hollins is located minutes away from Roanoke’s vibrant downtown scene, full of restaurants, shops, coffeehouses, festivals, events, and more.

Unparalleled alumnae network that opens doors to opportunity
Our students benefit from a global alumnae network that opens doors to internships, careers, and connections that last a lifetime. 

For generations, Hollins alumnae have taken students under their wings and assisted them on their path to success. Alumnae mentor students on career options, host events to promote interest in job opportunities, and make introductions with key influencers that lead to successful careers. And in many cases, our alumnae are the key influencers. 

Hollins alumnae have a long history of outstanding achievement in their careers and lives. They can be found leading corporations—and at the top of their fields in medical and veterinary medicine. They are Pulitzer Prize–winning writers and acclaimed artists and photographers. They are researchers, media producers, jewelry designers, asset managers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and professors. Most important, they enable Hollins students to walk in their footsteps of achievement.


Fiske Badge

Recognized as a small college strong in Film/Television, Performing Arts/Dance, and Performing Arts/Drama | Fiske Guide to Colleges


#4 “Most Politically Active Students” and #16 “Most Active Student Government” | The Princeton Review


#12 best “Women's Colleges in America” | Niche, 2020


Recognized among the "Best Colleges for the Money" | College Factual


#5 school in the country for Best Alumni Network | The Princeton Review


95% of students are employed or in grad school within one year of graduating from Hollins.

3 out of 4 students complete at least one internship as part of their Hollins education.

178 is the number of years Hollins has educated students to lead lives of success and service.

Type of School: Hollins is a fully accredited 
private liberal arts university founded in 1842. The nationally acclaimed institution provides exceptional academics, real-world experiences, and leadership programs that prepare students to be achievers in life. 

Size of Campus: The University is situated on 475 pastoral acres in a suburban area within 15 minutes of downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Campus is a welcoming, safe environment where students are supported and challenged.

Location: Hollins University’s beautiful residential campus is located in Roanoke, Virginia, a vibrant, medium-sized metro area with a population exceeding 250,000. Roanoke is the commercial and cultural hub of Southwest Virginia. The city offers an abundance of activities year-round, including festivals, shopping, restaurants, outdoor recreation, arts, theatre, and area attractions. Many major US cities are an easy drive from campus, and the airport is just 10 minutes away.

Number of Students: There are 645 undergraduate women and 145 co-ed graduate students.

Number of Faculty: There are 82 full-time faculty members, and 95% of professors have achieved the highest degree in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, and the average class size is 12 students. 

Majors and Programs: Hollins offers 29 majors in the liberal arts and sciences for undergraduate students, as well as pre-professional programs. The University also offers 11 graduate degree programs and certificates. 

Geographic Diversity: Hollins students come from 44 states and US territories and 20 countries.

Student Budget:
Undergraduate tuition: $39,360
Room and board: $13,930
Student fees: $650 

Financial Aid: Extensive scholarships, grants, and personalized financial assistance put a quality education within your reach. Ninety-nine percent of students receive scholarships and financial support from Hollins, and $28 million is awarded annually in scholarships and financial aid. First-year students receive a minimum of $23,000 in aid per year.

Test Score Requirements: Average test scores are 1180 for the SAT and 25 for the ACT. 

Application Deadlines:
Early Decision applications: November 1
Early Action applications: November 15
Regular Decision applications: February 1

Undergraduate Majors
• Art
• Art History
• Biology
• Business
• Chemistry
• Classical Studies
• Communication Studies
• Creative Writing
• Dance
• Economics
• English 
• Environmental Studies/Environmental Science
• Film
• French
• Gender & Women’s Studies
• History
• Interdisciplinary
• International Studies
• Mathematics & Statistics
• Music
• Philosophy
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Health
• Religious Studies
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Theatre

Undergraduate Pre-professional Programs
• Pre-health Sciences
• Pre-law
• Pre-med
• Pre-nursing
• Pre-vet

Undergraduate Certificates
• Arts Management
• Leadership Studies
• Musical Theatre Performance
• Piano Teaching

Graduate Degrees
• Children’s Bookwriting & Illustrating MFA
• Children’s Literature MA and MFA
• Creative Writing MFA
• Dance MFA
• Liberal Studies MALS
• Playwriting MFA
• Screenwriting & Film Studies MA and MFA
• Teaching & Learning MA
• Teaching Licensure and MAT Program

Graduate Program Certificates
• Advanced Studies
• Children’s Book Illustration
• New Play Directing
• New Play Performance

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