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Academic overview

To graduate from Hollins with a B.A. degree, students must successfully complete 128 fall and spring term credits and four 4-credit Short Terms. If a student takes 16 credits each fall and spring term for eight terms, she will reach 128 credits. She would also take a 4-credit January Short Term course each year (see Short Term page).

Students must carry at least 14 credits to be considered "full time."

The 128 credits needed to graduate are comprised of courses that are part of the major (32-60 credits depending on the major), Education through Skills and Perspectives (ESP) general education courses (32-52 credits depending on course selection), and elective credits. Most students find that they have room to complete a second major or a minor (or two) within the 128 credits needed to graduate.

Students pursuing a B.S. degree or a B.A./B.F.A. in dance must complete additional credits for graduation. Please refer to the academic catalog for specific course requirements.

Students at Hollins can pursue a single major, a double major, or a major and up to two minors. Students must select a major by the end of the sophomore year.

Students must successfully complete two physical education courses in two different terms prior to graduation.

Many first-year students come to Hollins with advanced placement, dual enrollment, or international baccalaureate credits. Here is how they are applied at Hollins:

  • Advanced Placement (AP): A student who received a score of four or five on an advanced placement test will receive four general credits toward graduation at Hollins. A student who scored a four or a five on a language AP test will complete her language requirement (LAN) in addition to receiving four credits. A student with a four or a five on an English AP exam will be invited to submit a writing sample to determine whether or not she has completed the equivalent of the first-year writing requirement. AP scores of four and five can also be used to waive prerequisites for higher-level classes.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): A student who received an IB diploma with a score of 30 or higher and has no score less than four in any one of the six examination groups will receive 32 credits. A student who has earned a score of five to seven in individual IB courses taken at the higher level (HL) will receive eight credits for those courses. IB courses can satisfy general education requirements.
  • Dual Enrollment: Students will receive credit for dual enrollment courses with a grade of C or above.

Hollins will accept a maximum of 32 credits of AP, IB, and dual enrollment combined.

Registration is done online at Hollins. When you arrive on campus, you will receive instructions on how to use the Hollins Information System for registration. Registration for the fall semester will take place on Tuesday, September 2.