Admission Agreements with Graduate and Professional Programs

Hollins is partnering with some of the nation’s most selective graduate and professional programs to help qualified Hollins students pursue advanced degrees and meaningful careers in high-demand fields.

“These partnerships provide our students with a wide range of opportunities to build upon a strong undergraduate liberal arts and sciences foundation and position themselves to thrive in the fast-paced and innovative world of the 21st century.”

– Alison Ridley, Interim Vice President for Academic Programs

Hollins currently has agreements in place with:

  • Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
  • University of Virginia – Batten School of Public Policy
  • University of Pikeville – School of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Optometry, and Coleman School of Business
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Your Path to Top Graduate Programs

While options and requirements vary by institution and program, the partnerships feature benefits to ease your transition to graduate school:

  • Guaranteed scholarships, interviews, and/or admission to certain graduate and professional programs
  • Specialized undergraduate courses beyond our curriculum and early access to graduate courses
  • Research opportunities at top-tier research institutions

Explore Your Options

Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

All Hollins graduates who are admitted to a Heinz graduate program will receive at least 30% off tuition each semester. This discount applies to up to 10 students at a time.

These programs include:

  • M.S. in Information Technology
  • M.S. in Information Systems and Management
  • M.S. in Information Security Policy and Management
  • M.S. in Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Arts Management
  • Master of Entertainment Industry Management
  • M.S. in Healthcare Policy and Management
  • M.S. in Healthcare Analytics and IT
  • Master of Public Management

Contact Alison Ridley at aridley@hollins.edu to learn more about the Heinz graduate programs.


University of Virginia – Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy program focuses on solving society’s most pressing problems by:

  • Cultivating value-based leadership
  • Teaching collaborative approaches to problem solving
  • Emphasizing ethics to achieve tangible results

Each incoming class has two guaranteed seats for qualified Hollins graduates. Students are also eligible for a special Batten fellowship ($5,000) in addition to other merit- and need-based aid.

Contact Alison Ridley at aridley@hollins.edu or Abrina Schnurman at aschnurman@hollins.edu to learn more about the UVa – Batten School program.


University of Pikeville – School of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Optometry, and Coleman School of Business

Nationally renowned optometry and osteopathic medicine graduate programs, and a fully online MBA program with professional, healthcare, and entrepreneurship tracks, are this partnership’s hallmarks.

  • Up to three seats a year for qualified Hollins students in the Doctor of Optometry program
  • Up to three seats a year for qualified Hollins students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Early Admissions program
  • Up to ten seats a year for qualified Hollins students in the MBA program

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)

VCOM develops community-focused, globally-minded osteopathic physicians to meet the needs of the rural and medically underserved areas and to provide research to improve human health.

Two tracks are available for Hollins students:

Rocovich Scholars’ Early Admissions Program

  • Spots for up to five qualified Hollins students annually
  • Accepted students commit to VCOM (and to not apply to other medical schools) in exchange for an early admission decision from VCOM
  • Students apply at the end of their sophomore year for acceptance into this program
  • Must have 3.5 overall GPA and 3.5 science GPA
  • Must have scored 1100 or greater on SAT or 24 or greater on the ACT
  • This track waives the MCAT for students with a 3.7 GPA or above

Guaranteed Interview Program

  • Students apply with Hollins’ endorsement at the end of their junior year
  • Must have 3.5 overall GPA and 3.5 science GPA
  • Have a competitive score on the MCAT

“Hollins students have an inside track to a very competitive program. VCOM typically receives over 11,000 applications and only interviews 325 to 350 students on each of their three campuses.”

– Brian Gentry, Pre-Health Sciences advisor

Contact Brian Gentry at gentrybs@hollins.edu  for more details on any of the health science partnership programs, including full admission