Why Hollins Stands Out
1. We’re Just the Right Size.
With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1 and an average class size of 12, you’ll work closely with professors and peers alike and have ample opportunities to get involved in activities both in and out of the classroom.
2. An Education You Can Afford.
We were ranked #44 in Best Value by U.S. News & World Report. Every Hollins student arriving in the fall of 2020 received a scholarship, with an average grant of over $34,000.
3. Learn Outside the Classroom.
Complete an internship — three out of four students do — or join the 57% who enjoy an international experience. You become part of a community that isn’t just for four years, it’s an alumnae network for life.
4. You Get to Explore.
During our Short Term in January, you can immerse yourself in experiential learning through independent research, internships, and study abroad. Go all in and delve into a future career or an academic passion.
5. Women Take the Lead Here.
Whether you wish to charge or serve strategically from the middle, you can hone your skills in negotiation, decision-making, and navigating the feedback loop through our Batten Leadership Institute.
6. We Love Both the Arts and Sciences.
From English and creative writing to biology, you can pursue your interests in a stimulating, challenging atmosphere. And whatever your field of study, you’ll become a critical thinker, creative problem solver, researcher, collaborator, and communicator.
What others Say About Hollins
Named a “Best College Value.” Hollins earned the #99 spot on the magazine’s list of 100 best values in private liberal arts colleges.
The Princeton Review ranks Hollins as the #5 college in the country in the category Best Alumni Network, and among the nation’s top 20 Best Schools for Internships (#12). The educational services company also selected Hollins as one of the nation’s top 200 colleges “for students seeking a superb education at an affordable price.”
Hollins students surveyed noted that faculty are “absolutely the backbone of this school and have such a passion to support their students in any way they can, both academically, emotionally, and just in life.” In addition…They described Hollins as “a safe place to express yourself” and said the student body fosters “a warm and friendly environment where everyone feels like they belong.”
Hollins is featured by the Fiske Guide among the nation’s small colleges and universities that are: “Strong in Film/Television”, “Strong in Performing Arts/Dance”, and “Strong in Performing Arts/Drama”
The 2022-23 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges lists Hollins at number 23 in the category “Top Performers for Social Mobility.” The university is also cited as an “A-Plus School for B Students” among National Liberal Arts Colleges.
Hollins is one of the top 170 liberal arts colleges in the nation that contribute to the public good, according to Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings. Hollins is one of only 11 Virginia colleges to earn a spot in the top 170.
“We strongly recommend Hollins to the increasing number of students who care about the environment and want their ‘best-fit’ college to ideally be a green one.”
Niche ranks Hollins number one in the category “Best Colleges with No Application Fee in Virginia,” number three among the “Best Small Colleges in Virginia,” and ninth in the categories “Best Colleges in Virginia” and “Colleges with the Best Academics in Virginia.” The college ranking and review platform also cites Hollins as the seventh-best women’s college in America.
Hollins received an “A-minus” grade in the magazine’s 2019 report on the financial health of private not-for-profit colleges and universities. This year, out of 933 schools that were analyzed nationwide, only 34 colleges received A-plus grades, and another 40 scored at least A-minus. Hollins is thus among the top 75 of the 933 schools analyzed.
Hollins is one of only four Virginia colleges to be featured in Peterson’s Cool Colleges 101.