Adult Horizon Students

You can do this

If you’re thinking about returning to college, the Horizon Program may be the right choice for you. Hollins provides an ideal setting for women returning to school. Whether you’re just starting your college education or want to transfer some credits, that’s why we’ve created this program.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Horizon Program is that the degree is the same degree that all Hollins graduates earn. Hollins’ entire undergraduate offerings — from art to biology, English to psychology — are available to you.

Request Information about Our Horizon Program

Horizon Program Information Session

Friday, March 20, 2015, 9 a.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library
For more information or to make your reservation, call 540-362-6609 or email

Benefits of the Horizon Program


As a national liberal arts university, Hollins has a recognized reputation for the quality of its programs. The creative writing program is considered among the best in the country. It contributes to the creative atmosphere that pervades the campus community.

Access to Hollins’ facilities

Horizon students can study and relax between classes in the Horizon student lounge. Horizon students also have access to fitness and athletic facilities, and to the dining room and snack bar.

The Wyndham Robertson Library has extensive online and print resources, knowledgeable staff, and a new automated library system.


Horizon students have access to and support from their advisors who are full-time faculty, not teaching adjuncts.

Sense of community

You’ll find your own space and voice here in a supportive community. Since 1842, Hollins has supported women in their quest for self-definition and expression. Nearly 95% of Hollins graduates say their education prepared them for the lives they are leading.

Exceptional faculty

You have the opportunity to study with and learn from nationally recognized scholars. 99% of the professors at Hollins hold the Ph.D. or highest degree in their field.

Career resources

Hollins’ career center is one of the best in the region. All resources are available to Horizon students. Here you will find the latest tips for searching for a job, writing your resume, and interview skills.

Alumnae network

There are more than 14,000 Hollins alumnae worldwide who know that “Women who are going places start at Hollins.”

How to Apply

Please submit each of the following items by the application deadline.

A completed application consists of:

  • Application: Apply online (Common App) or download a PDF application to complete and mail or bring to the Horizon Office with supporting materials.
  • Required essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic ability or potential or a College Official’s Report if transferring directly from a different college.
  • Official high school transcript or proof of GED completion (provide full name listed on transcript).
  • Official college transcripts for all colleges or universities attended (a catalog or course descriptions are required for colleges or universities not in Virginia).
  • Required informational interview to discuss your goals and the program in more detail. To schedule an appointment with the director of the Horizon Program, call 540-362-6609.
  • An on-campus writing exercise (only if requested by the Horizon Office).

Please mail your application and supporting materials to:

Horizon Program
Hollins University
P. O. Box 9524
Roanoke, VA 24020

Transferring Credits

  • A student will receive credit for courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university that are comparable to Hollins courses.
  • The student must earn at least a “C” grade to receive credit.
  • The registrar evaluates each transcript on an individual basis. Prospective students will receive a “Transfer Credit Evaluation.”
  • If you are currently pursuing an associate’s degree at one of Virginia’s community colleges, you may want to review the Community College Transfer Module.
    • This provides a list of classes you may take at your school that will satisfy the general education requirements at Hollins.
    • Completion of this module is equal to 41 semester credits at a VCCS institution.
    • Hollins has formal articulation agreements with various colleges in the Virginia Community College System. Contact Mary Ellen Apgar for more information.

Community College Transfer Module