Where Students From Around the Globe Learn, Thrive, and Achieve
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 27 majors that range from the sciences and Business to International Studies, and several pre-professional programs. Small classes, distinguished faculty, hands-on research, and student/professor collaboration create a stimulating academic environment that prepares you for success.
As evidence of the power of our academics, 90% 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 of Pennsylvania, University College London, Washington and Lee University, plus many others.
Real-world experience that prepares you for success
Internships: At Hollins, you have the opportunity to gain early career experience through exciting internships in your area of interest. Beginning in 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.
Study abroad: More than half of Hollins students participate in international experiences. Study abroad opportunities enable you to expand your world-view and enhance 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
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 who 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.
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. Plus, Hollins is located minutes away from Roanoke’s vibrant downtown scene and within four hours of Washington, DC; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia.
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 achievements 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.
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. Major US cities are an easy drive from campus, and the airport is just 10 minutes away.
Type of School: Hollins is a fully accredited university recognized by The Princeton Review as top 20 in four categories, including Best Career Services, Most Active Student Government, Most Politically Active Students, and Best College Theatre. 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 (192 hectares) in a suburban area within 15 minutes of downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Campus is a welcoming, safe environment where students are supported and challenged.
Number of Students: There are 654 undergraduate women and 173 co-ed graduate students.
Number of Faculty: There are 70 full-time faculty members. Ninety-six percent of professors have achieved the highest degree in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Average class size is 11.
Colleges, programs, and degrees: Hollins offers 27 majors in the liberal arts and sciences for undergraduate students. Pre-professional programs include Pre-med, Pre-law, Pre-nursing, and Pre-vet. The University also offers 11 graduate degree programs and certificates.
Geographic Diversity: Hollins students come from 38 US states and 21 countries.
International Student Services: Hollins takes a highly personalized approach to help international students with their transition to the US and throughout their academic lives on campus. Assistance with immigration issues, student orientation programs, one-on-one academic advising, specialized resources, social and extracurricular activities, and a dedicated international student advisor help ensure success.
International Student Budget: (2017–2018)
Undergraduate tuition and fees: $38,285
Room and board: $13,120
Books, insurance, expenses, and other fees: $4,960
Financial Aid: International applicants are considered for academic merit- and need-based scholarships and grants once they apply for admission. Academic scholarships range from $23,000 to full tuition annually. The Hollins Global Commitment Scholarship is a competitive full-tuition scholarship awarded to five international students each year.
Test Score Requirements: Students whose first language is not English are required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum required scores on the TOEFL are 80 (Internet), 550 (paper), and 213 (computer); the minimum required score on IELTS is 6.5. International students whose first language is English must submit the results of the SAT or ACT. Although there is not a minimum score required, average scores for the class entering Hollins in fall 2017 were 1127 for SAT and 26 for ACT.
Application Deadlines and Fees:
Early Decision applications: November 1
Early Action applications: November 15
Regular Decision applications: February 1
• Art History
• Classical Studies
• Communication Studies
• English & Creative Writing
• Environmental Studies/Environmental Science
• Gender & Women’s Studies
• International Studies
• Mathematics & Statistics
• Political Science
• Religious Studies
Undergraduate Pre-professional Programs
• Arts Management
• Leadership Studies
• Piano Teaching
• Musical Theatre Performance
• Children’s Literature MA & MFA
• Children’s Bookwriting & Illustrating MFA
• Creative Writing MFA
• Dance MFA
• Liberal Studies MALS
• Playwriting MFA
• Screenwriting & Film Studies MA and MFA
• Teaching Licensure & MAT Program
Graduate Program Certificates
• Advanced Studies
• Children’s Book Illustration
• New Play Directing
• New Play Performance