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The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges Hollins Featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges"

Hollins is among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the third annual edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, released April 17. The Guide to 322 Green Colleges praises Hollins for developing a strategic plan for carbon neutrality, composting food waste, and installing energy meters in academic buildings and residence halls to monitor energy use, but devotes its biggest acclaim to the "talented students [who] are the heart of Hollins University’s commitment to sustainability….[T]he achievements of students themselves will blow you away."

The guide salutes Hollins students for their assistance in installing solar panels at the Dana Science Building, carrying out carbon reduction projects on campus, designing a wetland restoration project, and developing a native plant database for landscaping purposes. And, the Hollins Community Garden "testifies to the commitment of the gifted students of Hollins to a sustainable world."
Cool Colleges 101 Hollins is included in Peterson’s Cool Colleges 101, a new undergraduate guide featuring profiles of "cool" colleges across the United States and abroad.

"Hollins is a quiet campus for the serious student," Peterson’s says in its 2011 review of Hollins. "Comfortable dorms, a lively and engaged Student Government Association, and many clubs and traditions make Hollins a place where lifelong friendships begin."
The Chronicle of Higher Education Hollins Among Top Ten Nationally in Alumnae Fundraising Support for Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, Hollins has been named one of the ten "Top Institutions in Alumni Support Per Student" by the Council for Aid to Education, a national nonprofit organization focused on improving quality and access in higher education.

The rankings are reported in the August 26, 2011 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Forbes Ranks Hollins Among America’s 100 Most Financially Fit Colleges

Hollins has received an "A" in the 2013 Forbes College Financial Grades, which the magazine says "measure the fiscal soundness of more than 900 four-year, private, not-for-profit schools with more than 500 students." Forbes lists Hollins’ "financial GPA" as 4.013 out of maximum 4.5, which ranks 76th in the country and third in Virginia behind Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond.


Princeton Review

Hollins University is featured among "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review

Hollins is included in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges. Only about 15% of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges are in the book, which includes profiles based on surveys completed by students. In their responses, Hollins students stated the university offers "an intimate atmosphere" that "feels like a community or family, not an institution." They added that "a Hollins education is inspiring and nothing short of life-changing." More »

The Princeton Review's Best 378 Colleges

Washington Monthly

Hollins is ranked #35 among the Washington Monthly’s top 254 liberal arts colleges for 2012.

Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The Washington Monthly [2012]

Fiske Guide to Colleges

The 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges features Hollins among the small colleges and universities strong in the following fields: art or design, film/television, and dance.

Hollins University is among "the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain" according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is described as "a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities." Hollins is featured in the following categories: "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art or Design," "Small Colleges Strong in Film/Television," and "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance."

The Fiske Guide to Colleges


The NSSE is designed to obtain information from students about the nature of the undergraduate experience. Specifically, it measures the extent to which students engage in effective education practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development and other desired outcomes such as student satisfaction, persistence, and graduation.

Here are some highlights from the 2006 survey:

  • There is more student-faculty interaction going on at Hollins, especially among faculty and first-year students than their peers.
  • Hollins students report having significantly more enriching educational experiences than their peers, especially seniors.

Click here to read more highlights. (PDF)

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

US News

Hollins achieved a first-tier ranking in the category "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. The rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates; assessment by peers and counselors; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving.

Colleges of Distinction

294 colleges and universities representing 42 states and two countries, United States and Canada, are honored as Colleges of Distinction for the 2012-2013 school year. "These schools are among the very best in North America. Each school goes above and beyond the Four Distinctions that really make an undergraduate education: Great Students, Engaged Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes."

Colleges of Distinction