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About Hollins University
Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational learning experience.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Hollins University seeks to further diversify our faculty and curricula through several ongoing initiatives. Hollins has adopted best practices in equitable hiring through Oregon State University’s Search Advocates program, while its membership in the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) informs its anti-racism work at all levels of the institution. The annual Leading Equity, Diversity, and Justice conference is a campus-wide day of learning dedicated to truth-telling, individual healing, and institutional transformation that holds each member of the campus community accountable for the work of justice. Hollins faculty are also currently engaged in a general education revision process that will launch in fall 2023 and provide its undergraduates with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to thrive in a changing world with creativity, resilience, and purpose. Additionally, the Rutherfoord Center for Experiential Learning ensures that faculty and students have the opportunity to situate learning in real-world contexts.
Hollins offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement benefits, and paid parental leave. Faculty also receive financial support for research, travel, and pedagogy; mentoring; ongoing professional development opportunities; and support through campus affinity groups. Faculty also benefit from Hollins’ active membership in SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia), CICV (Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia), CIC (Council of Independent Colleges), and AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities).
Students at Hollins
The creative spark is alive and well at Hollins University. Nationally recognized for programs in film, dance, creative writing, and theatre, Hollins is also seeing markedly increased interest in STEM fields. Its undergraduate programs emphasize interdisciplinary and experiential learning. The majority of Hollins students participate in undergraduate research and internships. In the Princeton Review’s The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition, Hollins’ students state, “the internship and study-abroad opportunities for students of this school are exceptional.”
Hollins is proud to serve 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. The 2022 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges lists Hollins at number 16 in the category of “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” Limited-income students and first-generation students are invited to join the university’s HU Connect program to support their sense of belonging and success at Hollins. Networks for students of color, such as the Asian Student Alliance, Unión de Estudiantes Latinx, the Black Student Alliance, and the Early Transition Program (ETP) provide rich opportunities for connection. The SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance) and Safe Haven program provide supportive spaces for Hollins’ LGBTQIA+ students and their allies.
The Roanoke Valley
With approximately 100,000 residents, Roanoke is a diverse city, located just south of the Hollins campus. The city of Roanoke is a part of the larger Roanoke Valley, which is home to 300,000 residents. The area offers a variety of cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities, including excellent schools, many restaurants and breweries, the Taubman Museum of Art, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Kids Square children’s museum, and the Jefferson Center, which hosts performances by organizations such as the Mill Mountain Theatre and the Roanoke Ballet. Roanoke’s Berglund Center also hosts a range of larger events and concerts. Roanoke is a hub for innovation and the medical center for the region, and home to two major hospitals, as well as the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.
Roanoke is especially well known for its outdoor recreational resources. Home to numerous nature and hiking trails and one of the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA’s) top mountain biking destinations in the world, Roanoke has been named “Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family.” Domestic travel is also convenient from Hollins with the nearby Roanoke Regional Airport, which has non-stop service to cities including Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. There is Amtrak train service as well for passengers to Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.