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Hollins University

The Womens College Advantage 

Preparing students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society


Located on a beautiful and historic 475-acre campus in Roanoke, Virginia, Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. Founded in 1842, Hollins is Virginia’s oldest chartered women’s college and draws more than 600 undergraduates and 180 graduate students from 47 states and 13 countries. The university offer majors in twenty-seven fields.

Hollins was one of the first colleges in the nation to offer a study abroad program. Currently, half of Hollins’ students have an international learning experience during their college careers. In addition, an active, dedicated network of alumnae and friends of the university has helped create abundant internship opportunities: sixty-five percent of Hollins students put their education to work with a diverse group of organizations. The university is further engaging its extensive and tightly woven alumnae network in helping current students prepare for lives of professional achievement and personal fulfillment: An annual Career Connection Conference will provide career mentoring, and an alumnae-in-residence program on campus will offer individual career advising.

Named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges, and one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, Hollins is also cited among “the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013.


Hollins has produced four Pulitzer Prize winners, including Natasha Trethewey, who received the award for poetry in 2007, and in 2012 was named U.S. Poet Laureate. The university in fact is perhaps best known for its esteemed undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs, which have produced dozens of writers who have achieved national and international acclaim, including another Pulitzer Prize winner, Annie Dillard; best-selling author Lee Smith; and Kiran Desai, winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.


The Batten Leadership Institute is another standout program at Hollins. Batten differentiates itself from hundreds of college and university leadership programs nationally and internationally with an experiential emphasis that teaches skills most people don’t get until much later in their careers, if ever.

Hollins is a proud member of the Private College 529 Plan for college affordability for families.

A liberal arts education prepares students for a lifetime of careers, and we are dedicated to doing everything we can to make that experience economically attainable. We support the Private College 529 Plan because it provides crucial financial savings at a time when higher education costs are continuing to rise dramatically. By locking in future tuition costs at current prices, the Plan is a solid investment for middle class families who want their children to have access to the small class sizes, close interaction with professors, extensive extracurricular and leadership development opportunities, quality academic support services, and other advantages private colleges offer.

Hollins President Nancy Gray