Location: Roanoke, Virginia USA
Percent Women:Hollins University is a women's university; there are trans* students.
Tuition (one year): $44,980
Most Popular Majors: English, Visual and Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences, Business
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 66%
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Why Choose Hollins?
"I chose Hollins because I really felt like the campus community welcomed me when I came to visit."
"I really liked that even though I was 700 miles away from home, I felt supported."
"I chose Hollins because of the stellar writing program, plus the area is beautiful and great for writing fodder."
"I loved how small the French class I visited was; I felt like I really got to connect with the professor, even though I was only there for a day."
"While I loved the psychology program, what really grabbed my attention was the unique and strong sisterhood here. I was glad to find a women's college that fit me so well, despite my hesitancy at surrounding myself with only women."
"When I visited campus, I got a glimpse of the senior art majors' studio spaces, and I loved that they had their own space to create in."
"Hollins is a school that is rich with tradition. Some of my favorites are Tinker Day (where we climb up a mountain in crazy costumes and perform skits) and First Step (where seniors take their first steps onto the grass of front quad, which underclassmen cannot walk on."
"I love that Hollins has two secret societies who do great things for campus--Freya walks in remembrance of certain events, and ADA keeps the campus up to date with announcements and organizes our blood drives."
"My favorite part of campus is one of the least well-known parts of campus: the camera obscura, located beneath one of the dorms."
"I love that the President makes an effort to get to know students. I've had dinner at her house more than once, which is awesome."
"I love being surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's like getting a hug from nature every day."
"While it's nice having really small class sizes, sometimes the small population encourages gossip."
"If you end up having a falling out with someone, it's really hard to avoid them. Campus is small, and so is our community."
"Dorm room walls are super thin."
"No one celebrates Hollins' history--we don't even have a yearbook anymore."
New Colliegette On Campus
"I love that new students are called First Years instead of Freshmen. It seems a lot more positive, and it also reminds me of Harry Potter."
"The rooms in Tinker are so big for first year housing, and the common rooms are nice."
"When I was a first year, I loved that traditions like Battle of the Bins and Ring Night allowed me to get to know upperclasswomen at Hollins."
"Orientation is certainly exhausting, but it keeps you from being too homesick when adjusting to living away from home."
"Tinker might be a little removed from other places on campus, but it is kind of nice to be able to go to a home that is separate from the business elsewhere at Hollins."
All About Academics
"Having the option to write a novel for my honors thesis is amazing. It means I can potentially graduate with a literary work ready to submit for publication."
"My advisor supports me in all I do, not just picking classes. When I'm having a rough day, my advisor is there for me. It's wonderful."
"The skills and perspectives system makes it challenging to fulfil my gen ed requirements, but only becuase it requires me to search outside of my comfort zone a little bit."
"The Hollins Room is definitely my favorite place on campus to study."
"The library provides everyone with so many nooks and crannies for studying that I can always find someplace new!"
Learn from the Best
"My smallest class had four people in it--it was an upper-level French class, and we had a blast. The professor was awesome, too."
"In the art department, your professors don't just teach art, they make art. They're not just professors, they're artists, and you can relate to them, artist to artist."
"Most psychology classes use a little bit of math, but for the really math-y courses, you'll probably have Professor Bowers. She's very patient and approachable, and she's almost always in her office or in the Dana basement with her snakes."
"It's easy to have an independent study in almost any department, allowing you to really take charge your education."
"Programs like the Writer-in-Residence and the Artist-in-Residence really give students a chance to work with people who are active within their fields."
Interests & Involvement
"Hollins women are busy, busy, busy. It's a bit of a cliché, but it's true."
"I love how we have such a wide variety of clubs for such a small school. There's some club or activity for everyone."
"Student government at Hollins is great because it's really run by students and for students. Through SGA, clubs even get to manage their own budgets."
"Some people find weekly Senate to be boring or tedious, but it's such a great way for students to stay informed about what's going on on campus."
"The Hollins Activity Board does such a great job at hosting cool events and bringing great speakers and performers to campus--like Andrea Gibson."
"The Quidditch tournament a few years ago was one of the highlights of my first year at Hollins."
"I was so excited to have the opportunity to learn how to fence for the first time in my life."
"I love how approachable the coaches here are."
"Hollins has such a wide variety of phys-ed classes that there's something here for everyone."
"I love that there are open swim hours at the gym so that I can just go and splash my troubles away."
"One of the greatest things about Hollins is that, even as a women's campus, there's a ton of diversity. We have students who identify as women, students who identify as men, students who identify as both, and students who identify as neither."
"I didn't know that Hollins was a women's institution when I first applied. In fact, I didn't realize it until I got the acceptance letter and saw the 'Women who are going places go to Hollins' slogan. I decided it didn't matter and it's been the best decision I've ever made."
"Sometimes I'm a little bummed when there aren't any guys to hang out with. Luckily, we're located in a fairly populated area and there are plenty of places downtown to meet guys. We're also pretty close to the Virginia Military Institute and Hampden Sydney, a men's college."
"The nice part about going to a women's institution is that I can wear my pajamas to class without a second thought."
"There's this saying that some of us have on t-shirts and I think it rings pretty true. 'I didn't come to Hollins to find my husband; I came to Hollins to find my bridesmaids.'"
"Some people think we're just some kind of finishing school or manners school because it's just women. But we're so much more than that!"
Food & Drink
"Moody [the dining center on campus] has its good days and not-so-good days."
"There's always a wide selection. I love how there's a salad bar every day as well as burgers and pizza. Other stations vary by meal."
"Sometimes we have themes. My favorite night is when they do a carnival theme with corndogs, popcorn, and cotton candy."
"I tend to eat in the Rat [our supplementary dining location on campus with food made to order] or at Jazzman's [the cafe in the bookstore]. It's convenient when I'm hungry after the dining hall closes or when I have a class that conflicts with meal times."
"Our dining staff is so nice. They're reall accomodating and are always super friendly."
"There are some great spots downtown I like to go with my friends. Corned Beef & Company has a bar with American food and karaoke."
"I love that the shuttle runs four days out of the week. It makes it easy to get off campus."
"I love the coffee shops in the area. Mill Mountain is a local favorite and I recently discovered Land of a Thousand Hills in the next town over. They're great places for studying and catching up with friends."
"Eeach semester, the Hollins Activity Board (HAB) hosts a dance. In the fall, we have Fall Formal or Winter Ball and in the Spring it's Spring Cotillion. Plenty of girls bring dates but I usually just go and celebrate my friendships."
"There's always something to do on campus. Housing & Residence Life offers a lot of fun events, as do the many clubs on campus. Despite how small we are, I'm always meeting someone new."
"There are so many places on campus for people with different interests. We have a first-year dorm that most of the first years are put in for their first semester. Then they can move into specialty houses like HOP (Hollins Outdoor Progam, students who like adventure and the outdoors), Carvin (international students/native students interested in other cultures), French (students who are taking a French class), Sandusky (students interested in service), NEFA (Near East Fine Arts; students interested in the arts), Spanish (students who are taking a Spanish class), and Mind, Body, Spirit (students who want to live a healthy lifestyle). There are so many choices and these houses are all responsible for putting on events! I went to one with racing rubber ducks last year for HOP."
"I love living in the apartments across the street from campus. Students have to live on-campus except for special cases, but this is a nice in-between option for students who want a more independent situation."
"Most of Main, which is for upperclassmen, is full of singles. That's really nice because it tends to be quieter and it's easier for me to study in quiet places."
"The great thing about living in West is that the community is huge. There's always someone around who will hang out with you."
"Surprisingly, there's never been a time where there hasn't been enough showers. The bathrooms tend to stay pretty clean, too."
"One of the first things I visited when I came to Hollins was the Roanoke Star. It's a big deal. It's sixty feet -- I heard it's the biggest star in the world."
"I went to the Big Lick Festival once. I think my favorite local festival is the Strawberry Festival at the end of the school year, though. There are so many delicious things to eat that day and the weather is always beautiful."
"I'm not into the whole going-out thing but I do visit the local library frequently. There are several branches in the area so if one location doesn't have what you're looking for, there's a good chance another one will."
"Hollins is really involved in the local community. We participate in the Day of Service and the Martin Luther King Day of Service where we go to various locations around the city and volunteer as a unit."
"Hollins does a lot with Community School, which is a school for pre-schoolers through eighth grade. A lot of students have internships or work study positions there so we get to interact with the children of Roanoke. It's really cool."
"The Roanoke community has a very sincere and authentic feel to it. I love the culture and the people in the area. It's a very unique place and I'm glad I've had time to explore it."
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