College is a great time to explore, and at Hollins, you don’t have to choose a major until the end of your sophomore year. You’ll have many opportunities to take classes in different fields, expand your interests through internships, talk with faculty members, meet students from a variety of backgrounds, and get involved on- and off-campus.

Advising and Support

Our friendly and accessible faculty practice a student-centered approach where you build:

  • Knowledge about course selection and academic planning
  • Resources to develop your personal and career goals in college and beyond
  • Confidence in choosing a major

First-Year Seminars

Hone your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, research, writing, and oral communication in an atmosphere that emphasizes collaborative and active learning.

Student Success Leaders

Student Success Leaders mentor you during your first year. They help you build your first-year fall schedule and answer your questions about college life.

Center for Career Development and Life Design

The center offers expert guidance in areas that can also inform your choice of a major:

  • Exploring different career options
  • Developing professional skills that are important to employers
  • Connecting with alumnae for career advice
  • Lining up internships to gain experience

Real-world Experience

Test drive different career options through internships, undergraduate research, and studying abroad – beginning in your first year.

Leadership Training

Whatever you’re interested in studying, our Batten Leadership Institute can help you grow your leadership skills, foster teamwork, and bring innovative ideas to fruition.

Extracurricular Activities

Igniting a passion outside the classroom can lead you toward an exciting field of study or unexpected career path.


Contact Michael Gettings at studentsuccess@hollins.edu.