U.S. News: Hollins Is One of the Nation’s Top 30 Schools for Social Mobility, Value

U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges places Hollins at #24 among the country’s Top Performers for Social Mobility and ranks the university as the #30 Best Value School, both in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

The 2020 Best Colleges rankings were released to the public September 9.

Rankings for social mobility are new this year to the publication. They recognize how well colleges graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants.

U.S. News determines which colleges and universities offer the best value for students by taking into account both academic quality and cost, and factoring in three variables: Ratio of quality to price; need-based aid; and average discount.

Hollins is ranked #102 overall among National Liberal Arts Colleges and is cited as an “A+ School for B Students” in the category. “Since the U.S. News rankings are a gauge of excellence,” the guide explains regarding the latter recognition, “a college or university had to first be ranked in the top three-fourths of their 2020 Best Colleges ranking categories to be eligible.” In addition, the guide looked at average first-year retention rates and whether institutions admitted a meaningful proportion of students who didn’t get straight A’s. Hollins is noted as a “More Selective” school in the “A+ Schools for B Students” listings.

The U.S. News profile of Hollins features a detailed overview of academics, cost and aid, how to apply, and more.

 


Fiske Guide Cites Hollins’ Strengths in Art, Dance, and Film

Hollins University is one of the “more than 300 of the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities,” according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020. Created by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide selects colleges for inclusion “with several broad principles in mind, beginning with academic quality.”

The Fiske Guide calls Hollins “one of the South’s leading women’s colleges” and includes the school among the nation’s small colleges and universities that are “Strong in Art or Design,” “Strong in Dance,” and “Strong in Film/Television.” Undergraduates quoted in the university’s profile praise their fellow students as “independent, ambitious, and passionate” while also citing the residence halls (“Most of the dorms are beautiful historic buildings full of character and comfort.”), the coursework (“I have been challenged by most of my classes here, but the workload has been manageable enough that I have been able to do a bunch of extracurriculars, too.”), and the professors (“Faculty members are typically accessible and often work hard to make sure they can help any students having trouble.”).

One senior concludes, “A student should only attend Hollins if they want to be a part of a close-knit community that fosters creative minds and ambitious spirits.”

The introduction to the Fiske Guide‘s 2020 edition notes that it is “a revised and updated version of a book that has been a bestseller since it first appeared over three decades ago. [It] is universally regarded as the definitive college guide of its type. If you are wondering whether to consider a particular college, it is logical to seek out friends or acquaintances who go there and ask them to tell you about their experiences. We have done exactly that – but on a far broader and more systematic basis than any individual or family could do alone.”

 

 


Hollins Earns National Rankings in The Princeton Review’s “Best 385 Colleges”

Hollins University is among the top 20 schools in the country for politically involved students, effective student government, and college theatre, according to the new edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 385 Colleges.

Hollins is ranked #4 in the category Most Politically Active Students, #16 for Most Active Student Government, and #19 on the Best College Theatre list. In the guide’s profile of the university, students state that the campus is “a great place for people who want life experience” and “the internship and study abroad opportunities for students of this school are exceptional.” Students also describe professors as “amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate.”

“We salute Hollins University for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of The Best 385 Colleges.

Only about 13% of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges are profiled in The Best 385 Colleges and are chosen based on data The Princeton Review annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The company also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences.

The 2020 edition of The Best 385 Colleges will be published August 6.

 

 


College Consensus: Hollins Features One of the Nation’s Best Pre-College Summer Programs

Hollins University’s Hollinsummer program is among the Top 30 Pre-College Summer Programs for 2019, according to the college ratings website College Consensus.

“With these pre-college programs, colleges and universities provide young people with a taste of college life, including residency and courses,” state the editors at College Consensus. “And students can make a much more informed decision about [choosing a college] while enjoying a formative experience. The College Consensus ranking of the Top 30 Pre-College Summer Programs points students and their parents to the best summer programs from the best-ranked colleges and universities, with a focus on what gives students the best all-around benefits.”

Designed as a combination of learning and fun, Hollinsummer is a week-long camp experience for rising ninth through 12th grade girls. Featuring four distinct experiences, the goal of the program is inspiring young women to explore their talents with opportunities in creative writing, theatre, equestrian activities, and science. Hollinsummer 2019 takes place July 21 – 27.

The editors at College Consensus note that pre-college summer programs are “a great way for high school students to get a ‘toe in the water.’ You’re actually getting first-hand experience taking college classes, living dorm life, and eating in the dining hall.” However, the editors also emphasize that programs such as Hollinsummer provide much more: “The best pre-college summer programs are real learning experiences.”

For more information about Hollinsummer, visit the program webpage or contact Meghan Richardson in the Hollins University Office of Admission at 800-456-9595.


U.S. News: Hollins Is Among the Nation’s Top 30 Schools for Value

U.S. News and World Report‘s 2019 Best Colleges has ranked Hollins University as the country’s #27 Best Value School in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

“To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students,” the college guide says, “U.S. News take into account both academic quality and cost.” Three variables determine the Best Value rankings:

  • Ratio of quality to price (“The higher the ratio of a school’s 2019 Best Colleges overall score to the discounted total cost for the academic year, the better the value.”)
  • Need-based aid (“The higher the percentage of all undergraduates receiving need-based scholarships or grants, the better.”)
  • Average discount (“The percentage of a school’s total sticker cost – tuition, room and board, fees, books, and other expenses – that was covered by the average need-based scholarship or grant award for undergraduates. The higher the discount percentage, the better.”)

U.S. News places Hollins at #103 overall in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category. According to the guide, these schools “emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.” The university is also cited as an “A-Plus School for B Students” among National Liberal Arts Colleges. “Since the U.S. News rankings are a gauge of excellence,” the guide explains, “National Liberal Arts Colleges all had to first be ranked in top three-fourths of their 2019 Best Colleges ranking category to be eligible.” In addition, the guide looked at average freshman retention rates (“an important indicator of student satisfaction”) and admissions data (“…colleges had to admit a meaningful proportion of students who didn’t get straight A’s”). Hollins is noted as a “More Selective” school in the “A-Plus Schools for B Students” listings.

The U.S. News profile of Hollins features a detailed overview of academics, cost and aid, how to apply, and more.

 


Hollins Earns National Rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 384 Colleges”

Hollins University is among the top 20 schools in the country for politically involved students, college theatre, and effective student government, according to the new edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 384 Colleges.

Based on surveys of 138,000 students, an average of 359 per campus, The Best 384 Colleges features detailed profiles and rating scores in eight categories of the top colleges and universities in the nation. The book also includes ranking lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories.

Hollins is ranked #5 in the category Most Politically Active Students, #10 on the Best College Theatre list, and #13 for Most Active Student Government.

“We picked the 384 ‘best’ colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics; we highly recommend each one,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the book’s lead author. “However, we know applicants need far more than an academic rating or ranking to find the college that will be best for them. We created our 62 ranking lists to help narrow that search. They are based entirely on data we gather beyond academics that gives insight into what the schools’ enrolled students say about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture, and student life. In the end, it’s all about the fit.”

In its profile, The Best 384 Colleges calls Hollins “a place for unique individuals to thrive, empowering each other and forming a supportive community for women.” It also describes the university’s alumnae network as “solid…many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.”

The 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges was published August 7.

 


Fiske Calls Hollins “One of the Country’s Leading Women’s Colleges”

Hollins University is one of 323 four-year schools featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019, which USA Today calls, “The best college guide you can buy.”

Created 35 years ago by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide offers “an insider’s look at what it’s really like to be a student at the ‘best and most interesting schools’ in the United States as well as Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland.”

In its profile, Fiske says Hollins is “one of the country’s leading women’s colleges” where “academics are a top priority. Students leave with confidence, critical-thinking skills, and intellectual depth, thanks to a solid grounding in the liberal arts.”

Fiske also cites Hollins for its quality in three particular areas of study, placing the school among the 25 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art or Design,” the 18 “Small Colleges Strong in Film/Television,” and the 17 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance.”

 

 


Hollins Named a 2018 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Hollins University has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance‘s list of the 300 Best College Values for 2018. Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities, and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list.

Kiplinger also ranked the top 100 best values in each category, and Hollins earned the #99 spot on the magazine’s list of best values in private liberal arts colleges. Hollins is one of only four Virginia colleges and universities to make the category’s top 100, joining Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, and Christendom College.

“Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through college choices,” said Mark Solheim, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “We start with a universe of nearly 1,200 schools and trim the list using measures of academic quality. We then rank the schools based on cost and financial aid data. All 300 schools on our list are worth a look.”

The complete rankings will appear in print in the February 2018 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 9.


Hollins Featured in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

Hollins University is one of the nation’s 375 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges.

Schools were chosen for the seventh annual edition of The Princeton Review’s “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2016-17 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitment to the environment and sustainability.

“We strongly recommend Hollins and the other colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said Princeton Review Vice President/Publisher Robert Franek.

In an effort to model sustainable practices, Hollins created an Environmental Advisory Board in 2006 composed of students, faculty, staff, and trustees to provide the university president with advice and leadership regarding identification, assessment, creation, and implementation of environmental planning and policies for the university. The following year, Hollins became a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Agreement, documented its greenhouse gas emissions, and developed a plan in 2009 for reducing campus carbon emissions. As part of this commitment, an initial benchmark was set to reduce the university’s carbon footprint by 15% by the end of the 2013-14 academic year.  Hollins subsequently reduced its carbon footprint by 19%, one year ahead of schedule.The dramatic reduction in emissions came primarily from the university’s 8.8% decrease in electricity consumption. The university’s commitment to renewable energy initiatives, including the purchase of landfill gas, is further offsetting its carbon footprint.

Hollins has coordinated projects to promote sustainable practices, including campus-wide conservation guidelines and a recycling program; installing geothermal wells with new construction; and establishing a Green Revolving Fund to implement additional cost-effective energy conservation projects. Hollins also maintains growing academic programs in environmental studies and environmental science. In 2016, the university received the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA recognition for the institution’s commitment to efficient urban forest management.

 

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Hollins Earns “A” Grade for Fiscal Fitness from Forbes

Forbes has once again awarded Hollins University an “A” rating for financial soundness.

For its 2017 Financial Grades report, the magazine examined private, not-for-profit colleges with at least 500 students. According to Forbes, “Our grades measure financial health as determined by by nine components broken into two main categories: balance sheet strength and operational soundness, plus certain other factors indicative of a college’s financial condition, including admission yield, percent of freshmen receiving institutional grants, and instruction expenses per student.”

Forbes also ranked Hollins among America’s Top Colleges for the year.

 

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