Adult Horizon Students

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If you are thinking about attending college to complete your bachelor of arts degree, the Hollins Horizon Program may be the right choice for you. The Horizon Program was established in 1974 to meet the special needs of nontraditional-age women returning to school.

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the Horizon Program is that the degree is the same degree that all Hollins graduates earn. Hollins’ entire undergraduate offerings — from art to biology, English to psychology — are available to you.

If you are transferring directly from another institution or have been out of school for many years, we hope you will consider the Horizon Program at Hollins. Want to know more? Mary Ellen Apgar, director of the Horizon Program and transfer coordinator, will be happy to answer your questions.

Request Information about Our Horizon Program

Horizon Program Open House

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 9 a.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library
For more information or to make your reservation, call 540-362-6609 or email

Benefits of the Horizon Program

Eastnor, a lovely two-story brick house, is where the Horizon office is located – and it’s where many Horizon students study, have lunch, socialize, and find lifelong friends. Here you’ll find:

  • Two computers and printer
  • Full kitchen, where you can store food in the fridge and cupboards
  • Chocolate and coffee
  • Two annual picnics and a holiday potluck
  • Monthly lunches, each featuring a guest from a different office on campus (writing center, career center, library, etc.)
  • A place to celebrate accomplishments – big and small
  • A welcoming environment when you need a listening ear
  • A place of your own

Traditions and Awards Special to Horizon Students:

  • Senior Horizon Toast, which takes place every year after Opening Convocation for graduating Horizon seniors and their families.
  • Putting Her Through, a dinner and ceremony for graduating Horizon seniors and the family members and special guests who helped “put them through” Hollins.
  • Evelyn Bradshaw Award for Excellence, which recognizes an outstanding graduating Horizon senior.
  • Pinnacle Honor Society, which was created to recognize outstanding nontraditional students for their academic success and peer leadership. Every spring, new Horizon students are inducted into this honor society.

How to Apply

Please submit each of the following items by the application deadline.
Application deadlines: fall term, August 2; spring term, December 20.

A completed application consists of:

  • Application: Apply online (Common App) or download a PDF application to complete and mail or bring to the Horizon Office with supporting materials.
  • Required essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic ability or potential or a College Official’s Report if transferring directly from a different college.
  • Official high school transcript or proof of GED completion (provide full name listed on transcript).
  • Official college transcripts for all colleges or universities attended (a catalog or course descriptions are required for colleges or universities not in Virginia).
  • Required informational interview to discuss your goals and the program in more detail. To schedule an appointment with the director of the Horizon Program, call 540-362-6609.
  • An on-campus writing exercise (only if requested by the Horizon Office).

Please mail your application and supporting materials to:

Horizon Program
Attn: Mary Ellen Apgar
Hollins University
Box 9524
7916 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24020

Transferring Credits

  • A student will receive credit for courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university that are comparable to Hollins courses.
  • The student must earn at least a “C” grade to receive credit.
  • The registrar evaluates each transcript on an individual basis. Prospective students will receive a “Transfer Credit Evaluation.” We will provide prospective transfer and Horizon students with a Transcript Credit Evaluation if they have also submitted an application for admission with their college transcript(s).
  • If you are currently pursuing an associate’s degree at one of Virginia’s community colleges, you may want to review the Community College Transfer Module.
    • This provides a list of classes you may take at your school that will satisfy the general education requirements at Hollins.
    • Completion of this module is equal to 41 semester credits at a VCCS institution.
    • Hollins has a transfer guide listing all transferrable credits from the Virginia Community College System accepted by Hollins.
    • Hollins has formal articulation agreements with various colleges in the Virginia Community College System. Contact Mary Ellen Apgar for more information.

Community College Transfer Module