Hollins University

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PO Box 9707

Roanoke, VA 24020

Phone: (540) 362-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Hollins University is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 613, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 475 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Hollins University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 110. Its tuition and fees are $33,320 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1842, Hollins was the first chartered women's college in Virginia. Today it is a small university with an undergraduate liberal arts program for women and an array of graduate programs for men and women. Some of Hollins' distinctions include a nationally ranked creative writing program, one of the oldest study abroad programs in the country, and extensive opportunities for internships and faculty/student research. Through the university's Batten Leadership Institute, students can earn a certificate in leadership studies through an innovative program that combines classes, skills-building groups, and leadership projects on and off campus. Hollins' program of seminars for first-year students is designed to encourage creative problem solving and to introduce students to the university's collaborative learning environment.

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School type private, women's college
Year founded 1842
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $154,465,229


When applying to Hollins University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Hollins University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66 percent and an early acceptance rate of 91.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hollins University is 9:1, and the school has 90.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hollins University include: English Language and Literature/Letters; Visual and Performing Arts; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
English Language and Literature/Letters 21%
Visual and Performing Arts 17%
Psychology 11%
Social Sciences 11%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 8%

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Student Life

Hollins University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 613, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 77 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 23 percent of students live off campus. Hollins University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 794
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Hollins University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Hollins University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hollins University, 89 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hollins University.

Students who have cars on campus 89%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hollins University, 75.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,032.

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Tuition and fees $33,320 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,660 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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