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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U.S. News Ranks Hollins Among the Nation’s 40 Best Value Schools

Hollins University has earned high marks from the college guide described by The Washington Post as “the granddaddy of college rankings.”

U.S. News and World Report‘s 2018 Best Colleges ranks Hollins as the #37 Best Value School in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category. According to U.S. News, “The calculation used here takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2016-2017 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

Hollins is one of only three Virginia colleges and universities and six women’s colleges nationally to be ranked among the 40 Best Value Schools.

U.S. News also places Hollins at #112 among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The publication notes that schools in this category “emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.”

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

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Princeton Review Ranks Hollins Among the Nation’s Top 20 Colleges in Four Categories

The Princeton Review places Hollins University among the nation’s top institutions for undergraduate education in the new edition of its college guide, The Best 382 Colleges.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which has been published annually since 1992. The Best 382 Colleges features detailed profiles of each school with rating scores in eight categories.

“We chose Hollins for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, editor-in-chief at The Princeton Review and author of The Best 382 Colleges. “Our selections are primarily based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. Most importantly, we look at valuable feedback from each school’s customers – our surveys of students attending them.”

The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending these colleges are the basis for the book’s ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories. Hollins is on the following ranking lists:

#5   Most Active Student Government
#6   Most Politically Active Students
#10 Best College Theater
#11  Best Career Services

In its profile, The Princeton Review praises Hollins as “a place for unique individuals to thrive, empowering each other and forming a supportive community for women. The alumn[ae] network is similarly solid, and many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.” The Best 382 Colleges also quotes extensively from Hollins students the educational services company surveyed for the book. Among their comments:

“…a great place for people who want life experience….”

“…a lot of incredible opportunities for anyone willing to take them.”

“[Hollins professors are] amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate.”

“Every day I am surrounded by mountains. It’s a vacation view in every direction.”

 

The 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges was published August 1.

 

 


Hollins Named a 2017 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Hollins University has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance‘s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017. 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.

The school earned the #97 spot on the magazine’s list of 100 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.

“There’s no way around it: College is expensive, and it’s going to stay that way for a long time. So, with our rankings – which weigh affordability alongside academic quality – our goal is to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value, being chosen out of a universe of 1,200.”

Kiplinger’s quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio, and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid, and average debt at graduation. Kiplinger restricts its analysis to measurable standards of academic quality and affordability.

The complete rankings will appear in print in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 3.


Hollins Recognized by Major National College Guides

More than ever, prospective college students and their families have a variety of tools at their disposal to help them make the big decision of choosing an institution of higher learning.  Print and online college guides and rankings offer some of the most important and useful resources, and this year Hollins has been featured prominently in several of the nation’s best-known publications:

    • USA Today and the education technology company College Factual have named Hollins as the number one college in the nation in the category, “English Language and Literature, General – Most Focused.” Their 2017 college rankings also place Hollins among the top five percent of the “Most Focused” colleges and universities nationwide in biology and history.

 

    • The 2017 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges lists Hollins at number 11 in the category “Best Colleges for Veterans” and the number 27 “Best Value School” among National Liberal Arts Colleges. Overall, Hollins is ranked number 105 in the National Liberal Arts Colleges classification, up from number 108 last year.

 

    • Hollins’ financial health has received an “A” rating from Forbes magazine. “The grades measure financial fitness as determined by nine components broken into three categories: balance sheet strength, operational soundness, and other higher education specific health indicators,” the magazine reports.

 

    • In its profile of Hollins, The Princeton Review’s The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition says students at Hollins “adore the school,” that life on this “gorgeous” and “peaceful” campus is “a unique amalgam of individualistic zaniness and required academic hustle and bustle,” and that “Hollins really embodies the concept of sisterhood.”

 

    • The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017 places Hollins among the 25 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art and Design,” the 18 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Film/Television,” and the 17 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance.”

 

    • The ranking and review website niche.com has named Hollins one of the 100 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the country, and lists it among the five Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Virginia and one of the ten Best Colleges in Virginia overall. Niche says it “takes into account key factors such as the strength of the academic program, the aptitude of professors, the quality of campus amenities, the general character of student life, as well as student reviews in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the college experience.”

 

    • Hollins is one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings. Hollins is one of only five Virginia colleges to earn a spot in the top 100. “We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country),” the guide explains.

 

    • Hollins is one of only four Virginia colleges to be featured in Peterson’s Cool Colleges 101.

USA TODAY COLLEGE: Hollins Is One of Virginia’s Top 10 Colleges

USA TODAY COLLEGE reports that the education technology company College Factual has placed Hollins University among the top ten colleges in Virginia.

Ranked number nine, Hollins joins Washington and Lee University, the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, the University of Richmond, Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute, James Madison University, George Mason University, and the University of Mary Washington on the list.

“At this small university, students are encouraged to keep learning beyond the classroom with an abundant number of opportunities for studying abroad, internships and undergraduate research,” College Factual says of Hollins. “With small class sizes and a 8-to-1 student to faculty ratio, students are able to work closely with faculty and develop an individualized plan for their academic pursuits.”

In 2015, USA TODAY selected College Factual to provide data and insights for its annual College Guide. The company explains that its “ranking methodology is highly focused on data related to outcomes, such as loan default rates, graduation rates and average starting salaries of graduates.”