Learn like, live like, achieve like Hollins
Hollins University is a private all-women's institution dedicated to uniting a high-level liberal arts education with experiential learning opportunities and career preparation. Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others; encourages and values diversity and social justice; and affirms the equal worth of women and men. We’re proud of our culturally diverse student body, with students representing 46 states and territories as well as 24 countries.
The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and effective self-expression, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas. Our curriculum and cocurricular programs prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.
Hollins has a history of offering strong academic programs, including 29 majors, 30 minors, and 17 concentrations. This curriculum is amplified by engaging and highly qualified professors who value their students’ unique perspectives. Our nationally recognized study abroad program, guaranteed internship placements, and Batten Leadership Institute all serve to further prepare our students to be leaders in their future professions.
In addition to providing a rich legacy of academics and career preparation, Hollins hosts a vibrant and active student community. Our University motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in accordance with Hollins’ values and traditions. As a result, Hollins competes in nine NCAA Division III sports and is home to 25 student clubs, including a nationally ranked riding program.
Women who are going places choose Hollins University—not just for our idyllic campus, nationally ranked programs, and career-building opportunities but because Hollins defies convention, seeks innovation, and endows students with strength, dignity, and a passionate desire to go beyond the horizon.
Recognized as a small college strong in Film/Television, Performing Arts/Dance, and Performing Arts/Drama | Fiske Guide to Colleges
#24 “Most Politically Active Students” and #16 “Most Active Student Government” | The Princeton Review
#23 in "Top Performers in Social Mobility" | U.S. News & World Report
#102 "National Liberal Arts Colleges" | U.S. News & World Report
#20 Best College Library | The Princeton Review
We’ve created a series of virtual webinars designed to help students through the college search process. Workshops include writing your application essay, creating a strong academic profile in light of testing cancelations, and finding scholarships.
Interested in learning more about what Hollins University has to offer? Attend a virtual admission overview. During these sessions, you’ll learn more about academic programs; admission requirements and the application process; experiential learning opportunities such as internships, study abroad. and research; and scholarships and financial aid. To register, visit admissions.hollins.edu/portal/virtual_overview.
“Academically, professionally, and personally, my time at Hollins was a transformative experience that informed who I am now. Perhaps the most important and transferable skills with which I emerged were the abilities to think critically and communicate orally and in writing.”
“Hollins allowed me to grow at my own pace and step out of my comfort zone. The bonds I built with my classmates and peers meant that I could learn and grow in a fun and supportive environment.”
“It’s a testament to Hollins that I was able to fit in so much. I don’t hear from my friends at other schools that they receive the same support to participate in all kinds of extracurricular opportunities.”
“I’m grateful for the professors, deans, and the Batten Leadership Institute at Hollins. They’ve exceedingly given me support and encouragement throughout my time here.”