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Hollins at a glance

Students: Total enrollment: 580 undergraduate women and 170 coed graduate students. From 44 states and 17 countries. 25% minority. Average high school GPA: 3.5.

Internships: Approximately 65% complete internships.

Faculty: 70. 99% have the Ph.D. or highest degree in their field.

Faculty/student ratio: 1:8. Average class size: 11.

Academic programs: Challenging liberal arts program with 27 majors. Special academic programs include education (teacher licensure), Arts Management Certificate, Certificate in Leadership Studies, pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-law, and pre-veterinary, three-year accelerated program, and Horizon Program for adult women. Coed graduate programs: (M.F.A.) children's literature, creative writing, dance, playwriting, screenwriting and film studies; (M.A.) children's literature, liberal studies, screenwriting and film studies, teaching; children's book illustration certificate.

Career success: On average within one year of graduation, 70% of our graduates are employed and 27% attend graduate or professional school.

Calendar: 4-1-4 academic calendar enables students during the January Short Term to pursue career internships, participate in travel/study programs, or focus intensely on a course or project.

International programs: More than 40% have an international learning experience. We sponsor our own programs in Paris and London. In addition, our students study in Argentina, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, and Spain; and with the School for Field Studies in Costa Rica, Australia, Kenya/Tanzania, and Turks & Caicos. We also sponsor an annual service learning project in Jamaica.

Athletics: NCAA Division III athletic programs with intercollegiate competition in basketball, golf, lacrosse, riding, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

Residence life: Four residence halls, a 35-unit apartment complex, and four special-interest houses. 92% of first-year students live on campus. Every room has access to the Internet.

Cocurricular experience: More than 30 clubs and organizations, including Hollins Repertory Dance Company, Intercultural Club, SHARE (service organization), NEFA (fine arts), and Model United Nations. Honor societies/organizations: 16, including Phi Beta Kappa. Long-standing traditions, among them White Gift service, Founder's Day, Tinker Day, Ring Night, First Step. The Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP) provides outdoor adventure activities such as canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, and caving.

Facilities: Wyndham Robertson Library designated Virginia's first National Literary Landmark. Front Quadrangle listed on the National Historic Register. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum. Swannanoa Hall, home of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.

History: Founded in 1842 as Virginia's first chartered women's college. Established coed graduate programs in 1958.

Location: 475-acre campus located in Roanoke, Virginia (population 250,000). Regional airport 10 minutes from campus; Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail 20 minutes away.

Financial aid: Through grants, scholarships, student assistant jobs, access to low-interest loans, and interest-free payment plans, Hollins offers flexible financial assistance programs to make a Hollins education affordable. 97% of Hollins students receive some form of financial assistance.

Accreditation: Hollins University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; telephone: 404-679-4500), to award degrees at the bachelor and master's levels. Hollins is on the approved list of the American Association of University Women.

SCHEV institutional profile: Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. That profile is available here.

Hollins does not discriminate in admission because of race, color, religion, age, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation, and maintains a nondiscriminatory policy throughout its operation. For more information, contact the Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator, Alicia Godzwa, (540) 362-6660 or agodzwa@hollins.edu.