Fall 2014 Enrollment
596 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
0% male — 100% female
45% of students are from out of state
2014-2015 Academic Year
84 full-time faculty
46 part-time faculty
8 to 1 student/faculty ratio
79% of students live on campus.
475-acre campus located in Roanoke, Virginia (population 230,000). Regional airport 10 minutes from campus; Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail 20 minutes away. 35,000 undergraduates at 10 institutions within one-hour’s drive.
Retention Fall 2014
80% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 Year Graduation Rate 2014
62% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2014
|Black or African American||11%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||2%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||2%|
NCAA Division III athletic programs with intercollegiate competition in basketball, golf, lacrosse, riding, soccer, swimming, and tennis.
Hollins University is a small, private women’s residential liberal arts university.
The Princeton Review’s "Best 357 Colleges" (2005) gave Hollins four out of a possible four stars for academics.
The 2005 Newsweek/Kaplan guide named Hollins the country's "Hottest Riding School."
The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College lists Hollins among the top 10 women’s colleges in the country.
Barron’s Best says Hollins has “produced more published writers than any other college its size in the United States.”
The January Short Term and great study abroad opportunities, including programs in London and Paris that are run by the university, empower students to make the world their classroom…
open the door to a world of possibilities
HU’s 4-1-4 calendar offers students a January term to spend participating in an internships, special courses, or study abroad programs. During the January Short Term, students have travel and study opportunities in such countries as Italy, Spain, Germany, and Great Britain. Students can also opt to stay on campus, participating in intensive seminars, or they may complete internships at places such as ABC World News, the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, or Betsey Johnson Designs in New York City.
HU runs its own study abroad programs in Paris and London, but students can also participate in one of HU’s affiliate programs in Argentina, Ghana, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. Science majors are able to study abroad during their junior or senior years through Hollins’ affiliation with the School for Field Studies. In this program, students benefit from hands-on education while completing research in ecology, environmental issues, and sustainable development. They study with experienced scientist mentors in environmentally sensitive areas such as Costa Rica and Kenya.
Hollins students realize the importance of community, both on campus and off. Not only do HU women participate in local community service projects, but some also travel to Lucea, Jamaica, as part of a service learning project.
There are over thirty-five clubs and organizations at HU. Students can express themselves creatively through participation in the student publications, politically through the traditional college Democrats and college Republicans, or through a progressive organization such as OUTLoud, which promotes equal rights for everyone.
HU students receive an education based on critical thinking, problem solving, verbal and written communication, investigation, management, and assessment. The university’s unique Education through Skills and Perspectives (ESP) program enables students to customize their general education requirements to their interests and abilities…
great teaching by great scholars
HU’s sixty-seven full-time faculty and thirty-four part-time faculty are active members of both the campus community and the professional world. Teaching at Hollins is not just a job; professors are committed to being part of the community and encouraging students both academically and personally.
encouraged to explore
HU’s distinguished programs in creative writing, art, and dance benefit not just those in the majors, but also the university’s cultural health with art shows, readings, and dance performances.
the Batten Leadership Institute
Through the Batten Leadership Institute, students can earn certificates in leadership studies. The certificate curriculum offers students executive-level training, helping them develop a range of skills that are essential for good leadership. Graduates of this program rave that the experience gave them the confidence to handle even the most unfamiliar situations with success.
HU’s many traditions and events on campus make students feel right at home. Between faculty Christmas caroling, the Founder’s Day celebration, and Tinker Day, students are entertained and experience the history of a strong Hollins community…
fresh, new facilities
The latest addition to the Hollins campus is the new Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center. This industrial-style building features many modern technological conveniences, including film editing suites, darkrooms, and a museum that offers world-class exhibits and a senior art show each spring.
With 90 percent of students living on campus, HU has options to meet a variety of needs. There are apartments, single- and double-occupancy residence hall rooms, and special housing for students interested in French, Spanish, the arts, community service, intercultural community, and the Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP).
something for everyone
Hollins’ athletic teams are a source of pride within the university community. The campus riding team, for example, regularly places at or near the top in national meets. Additionally, Roanoke promotes an active arts culture, an emphasis on social equality, and a variety of community events. Students can enjoy shopping at the local farmer’s market or take a day hike into the neighboring Blue Ridge Mountains. Students can even get involved in HOP, which is a great way to take advantage of the array of activities made possible by the university’s location. Combining “adventure, education, self-awareness, and leadership,” students go caving, white-water rafting, or hiking through the fully equipped outing center.
Students finish their four years at Hollins University with the sort of resumes that employers and graduate schools are looking for…
A great foundation for an outstanding future
In addition to the career center, which provides students with on-campus interviews, a full career-planning library, one-on-one counseling, and an extensive alumni network, Hollins also sends students to CHALLENGE, a nationally recognized career fair for graduating seniors from liberal arts colleges.
More than 80 percent of HU women participate in internships. After graduation, 98 percent of HU alumni report that they are prepared for “the real world.”
A student does not walk away from the Hollins culture upon graduation. There are numerous alumni activities that allow women to continue to participate in the Hollins community. One of the most popular activities is participating in volunteer projects with other alumni.
Hollins alumni also boast numerous firsts. Ann Compton was the first woman to be named a White House correspondent, Charlotte Fox was the first American woman to climb three of the world’s eight-thousand-meter peaks, Elizabeth Valk Long was the first woman publisher at Time Inc., and Kiran Desai was the youngest woman to win Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Admissions Fall 2014
1,785 Total Applicants
1,008 Total Admissions
166 Total Freshmen Enrollment
56.47% of applicants admitted
Freshmen Profile Fall 2014
|25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||500||630|
TUITION AND COSTS
NET PRICE CALCULATOR
TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015
|Room and Board (on campus)||$11,940|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$46,235|
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015
99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
70% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid
$26,430 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$7,640 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates