Save Money, Find the Right Fit: Visit Hollins During Va. Private College Week

Hollins University is among 24 colleges and universities across the commonwealth that will be highlighting the quality and affordability of private higher education during Virginia Private College Week (VPCW), July 23 – 28. The event is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV).

Hollins will offer campus tours and information sessions about admissions, financial aid, and academic programs, and will also address some common myths about the cost of a private college education. “Visiting campuses in person is one of the most important steps in the college search process,” said CICV President Robert Lambeth. “I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter, and I want to assure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach.”

Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free. In addition, students visiting at least three institutions will also be eligible for a drawing for a $500 Amazon gift card.

Sessions at Hollins and most other participating colleges will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. To sign up for a session at Hollins, go to our VPCW registration page.  For more information about CICV and VPCW, visit the Virginia Private Colleges website.


Sophomore from Nepal Helps New International Students Feel at Home

Traveling thousands of miles away from home to a country you’ve never visited and attending a college you’ve never seen except online would be a daunting task for anyone. Yet that was the challenge that Grishma Bhattarai ’20 boldly accepted when she made the trek from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Hollins a little over a year ago.

“No matter how confident I looked, at the end of the day I was a little scared,” Bhattarai admits, looking back. But today, the economics and mathematics double major is thriving, both in and out of the classroom, and despite a demanding schedule, one of her highest priorities is assisting other international students after they start their education at Hollins.

“When I came to Hollins, I immediately met people who knew my name and who had taken the time to learn about me, my interests, and my likes and dislikes before I had even arrived,” Bhattarai recalls. “They created a space of comfort for me. I felt I needed to do the same for other international students when they came to campus. I wanted to become their friend and confidant so that I could help them during their first year’s journey at Hollins.”

Bhattarai is a peer mentor with Hollins’ International Student Orientation Program (ISOP), which prepares students from abroad for living and studying at the university. “For international students it can be difficult because they are coming from so many different cultures. Breaking the ice with them at the very beginning is important to get to know more about them and where they’re from. We talk to them about culture shock and help them become familiar with what will be new to them in America.”

What students should expect both academically and on a personal level at Hollins is the second focus of Bhattarai and other peer mentors. “One the biggest objectives of being a peer mentor is sharing your experience as a first-year student. I talk with new students about what they can do to succeed academically and I’m also open about the mistakes that I made so that they can avoid them.”

ISOP isn’t limited to just a few days at the outset of the new academic session. Peer mentors remain dedicated to new international students throughout their entire first year. “During the fall and spring, we get together for weekly dinners and talk about the classes they are taking, something new they are experiencing, or some concern they are having so that we can tackle the problem together,” Bhattarai explains. “ISOP, especially for Hollins, is a way to build a family within the campus community. There’s this safe space where students can express their anxieties and we can help them.”

Bhattarai believes the best advice she can give to an international student who is considering coming to America to continue their education is to “be open minded, be open to new experiences, and be open to meeting new people. The undergraduate experience is going to be really different from what you had in high school, especially considering the fact you’re also going to be immersed in a completely different culture.”

That attitude served Bhattarai well. Even though before coming to Hollins she had spent her entire educational life studying in an all-girls’ convent school and knew she wanted to attend a women’s college, she says she was pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere Hollins offered.

“Nepal’s education system does not allow you to try new subjects. But Hollins is this amazing liberal arts college where you can study different subjects before you have to actually choose your major. I never thought I’d be taking a dance history class and learning about Martha Graham and Isadora Duncan. I never thought I would study calculus and apply it in my daily life.

“Hollins is a place where there are no boundaries. You can do whatever you want to do.”

In addition to her work as an ISOP peer mentor, Bhattarai is vice chair of Hollins’ academic policy board and serves on the university’s Honor Court. She provides campus tours for prospective students and in June was part of the staff for Reunion 2017. She’s participating in the Honors Seminar Program and is presently investigating internship and research opportunities for next summer, including one offered at MIT.

“I want to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and Hollins has been shaping me for that,” Bhattarai says. “I’m planning to do study abroad in Italy during my junior year and that’s going to enrich my experience as a global citizen.” In her doctorate work, she intends to “look at the economy and living standards of rural, struggling communities and developing countries from a women’s studies and developmental economics perspective.”

Another factor that was impactful for Bhattarai during her first year at Hollins was the inspiration she received from President Nancy Gray, who retired this summer. Now, because of her international background, new president Pareena Lawrence is providing Bhattarai’s sophomore year with a singular resonance.

“Seeing a president who is similar to you in so many ways, it gives you a special drive to do better. Having a woman of color in the biggest position on campus, someone I can look up to in a genuine manner, it makes me feel that maybe someday I can reach that position, too. I’m so thankful for that. That’s something Hollins is giving me this year.”


Hollins to Take Part in Va. Private College Week, July 24-29

Hollins University is one of 24 independent colleges and universities welcoming prospective students and their families during Virginia Private College Week, July 24 – 29.

The event is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV).

Along with the other participating institutions, Hollins will offer campus tours and information sessions about admission, financial aid, and academic programs. University officials will also address some common myths about the cost of a private college education.

“Visiting campuses in person is one of the most important steps in the college search process,” said CICV President Robert Lambeth. “I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter, and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach.”

Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free. In addition, students visiting at least three institutions will also be eligible for a drawing for a $500 Amazon gift card.

Sessions at Hollins will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 24 – 28, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 29. Students and families may register by calling Hollins’ Office of Admission at 800-456-9595.

For more information about Virginia Private College Week, click here.

 


Visit Hollins During Virginia Private College Week, July 25 – 30

Hollins University is one of 24 independent colleges and universities welcoming prospective students and their families during Virginia Private College Week, July 25 – 30.

The event is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV).

Along with the other participating institutions, Hollins will offer campus tours and information sessions about admission, financial aid, and academic programs. University officials will also address some common myths about the cost of a private college education.

Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free. In addition, students visiting at least three institutions will be eligible for a drawing for a $500 Amazon gift card.

Sessions at Hollins will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 25 – 29, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. Students and families may register by calling Hollins’ Office of Admission at 800-456-9595.

For more information about Virginia Private College Week, visit www.vaprivatecolleges.org.


Hollins Names New Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Hollins University is welcoming a new leader in the management and implementation of student recruitment with the appointment of Jason D. Hamilton as vice president of enrollment and marketing. He begins his duties in February 2016.

Hamilton comes to Hollins from the Arkansas Commitment Program, where he has served as executive director since 2008. The non-profit organization based in Little Rock identifies and develops academically talented African-American high school students and helps them acquire the education and experience necessary to become leaders in the community and society at large. During Hamilton’s tenure, Arkansas Commitment celebrated having numerous National Merit and National Achievement recipients and nine Gates Millennium Scholars, more than any other program or school in the state. The program ensures a 100 percent matriculation rate of participating students to four-year colleges and universities across the country.

Prior to heading Arkansas Commitment, Hamilton spent six years at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee. He first served as assistant director of admission/coordinator of multicultural recruitment, then as associate director of admission and finally as director of admission. During his three years as director, he coordinated recruitment efforts that resulted in a significant increase in applications while having the highest academic profile and meeting enrollment goals.

“Jason knows ‘both sides of the fence’ and he can speak compellingly to both students and families as well as counselors and educators,” said DeAngela Burns-Wallace, assistant vice president for undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri.

David Lesesne, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid at Randolph Macon College, agrees. “Jason’s gift is that he can relate to the full spectrum of constituents.  This will distinguish him as an outstanding leader for Hollins.”

Hamilton is a 1995 graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, and holds an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is currently a member of the Common Application Outreach Advisory Group, the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Board, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Nonprofit Leadership Studies Advisory Council. He also serves as a reader/consultant for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. He received the Education Leadership Award from the Arkansas Black Democratic Caucus in 2013, and the Garrett Klein Award for Mid-Level Service from the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling that same year.

“I am greatly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve in this role at Hollins University. I look forward to contributing to the mission, traditions, and goals of Hollins,” Hamilton said. “The University plays a significant role as a women’s institution in higher education through its personal and professional development of students. My family and I are excited to be joining the Hollins community.”


Hollins to Participate in Virginia Private College Week

Hollins University is one of 24 independent colleges and universities welcoming prospective students during Virginia Private College Week, July 27 – August 1.

The event is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV).

Along with the other participating institutions, Hollins will offer campus tours and information sessions about admission, financial aid, and academic programs. University officials will also address some common myths about the cost of a private college education.

Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free.

“Visiting campuses in person is one of the most important steps in the college search process,” said CICV President Robert Lambeth. “I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter, and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach.”

Sessions at Hollins will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 27 – 31, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 1. Students and families may register by calling Hollins’ Office of Admission at 800-456-9595.


Hollins Announces Open House Sessions for Current Sweet Briar Students

To help current Sweet Briar College students determine which college or university would be the right fit for them as they make plans to continue and complete their education, Hollins University is hosting four open house sessions between March 6 and March 15.

While Sweet Briar students are welcome to visit Hollins at any time, they are invited to attend the open houses scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Friday, March 6: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 15: 1 – 3 p.m.

Hollins has also established an online resource for Sweet Briar students.

“The page features the registration form for the upcoming open houses, an expedited application for admission, and instructions for students who wish to have their academic records sent to Hollins for review,” explained Stefanie Niles, Hollins’ vice president for enrollment and marketing. “It also includes basic information about the Sweet Briars Sisters Scholarship, which will award current Sweet Briar students up to $22,000 in merit-based aid. A fund has been established at Hollins, and our alumnae have already begun to contribute to help students continue their educational pursuits. In addition, all eligible students will be considered for need-based financial aid. A financial aid estimator has been added to the webpage so that Sweet Briar students can obtain more information quickly about their potential financial aid package.”

Niles noted that more details will be added to the Sweet Briar College student webpage as soon as they become available, including the specific date that members of the admission staff, faculty advisors, and other representatives from Hollins will be on the Sweet Briar campus to answer questions and provide further information.

Sweet Briar students may contact the Office of Admission at Hollins at 800-456-9595 or huadm@hollins.edu.

 

 

 

 

 


Hollins to Accept Sweet Briar College Students for 2015 Fall Semester

As Hollins continues to keep the campus community at Sweet Briar College in its collective thoughts, the university has been deeply moved by the compassion expressed by Hollins students and alumnae. The university shares these sentiments and looks forward to doing all it can to support Sweet Briar in the days and weeks ahead.

To this end, Hollins has entered into a “teach-out” arrangement with Sweet Briar College for students who need to transfer to another school following Sweet Briar’s cessation of classes. The class of 2015 will be its final graduating class, and the college will close on August 25, 2015, in order to allow for the completion of summer credit hours.

Hollins and Sweet Briar are acting in accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ guidelines and relevant state and federal regulations in establishing this teach-out agreement.

In the coming weeks, Hollins’ admission counselors will be on Sweet Briar’s campus to help expedite the admission process for students interested in transferring to Hollins.

Prospective and current Sweet Briar students interested in attending Hollins may call 800-456-9595 for more information about enrollment.