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Ashley Browning
Director of Admission
(540) 362-6401

Mary Ellen Apgar
Transfer Student Admission Coordinator

Chloe Landon
International Student Admission Coordinator

Mary Ellen Apgar
Director, Horizon Program
(540) 362-6609


How to apply

Application Checklist

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. Please mail your application and supporting materials to:
    Horizon Program
    Hollins University
    P. O. Box 9524
    Roanoke, VA 24020
  • Required essay (Download PDF of essay questions for review.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic ability or potential
  • Official high school transcript or proof of GED completion (provide full name listed on transcript)
  • Official college transcript for all college or universities attended (a catalog or course descriptions are required for colleges or universities not in Virginia). The Hollins registrar will perform a transcript analysis to determine which classes Hollins will transfer for credit. Academic advising is conducted after you have been admitted to the program.
  • Informational interview
  • On-campus writing exercise (only if requested by the Horizon Office)


Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are based upon the interview, on-campus writing exercise, essay, recommendations, and academic record. An admission decision will be made once the prospective student file is complete. Each student will be notified by phone and then a corresponding letter will be mailed.

All admitted students are asked to complete and return the Statement of Decision postcard mailed with the acceptance letter of her intent to enroll along with a $200 reservation deposit. Once officially enrolled, the student will receive information from the Horizon Program director regarding orientation, advising, scheduling, and registration.


Informational Interviews

We require an informational interview for all applicants. It is an opportunity 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.


On-Campus Writing Exercises

The ability to write clearly and to analyze written material is essential for success at Hollins. To assess an applicant's ability to write and analyze, we require that each applicant complete an on-campus writing exercise. To prepare for this exercise, please read this excerpt (PDF) from Lee Smith, Annie Dillard, and the Hollins Group. For dates and times, call (540) 362-6609.

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