Hollins University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles and recommends Hollins in the new edition of its annual college guide, The Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition.
The Princeton Review chose the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from surveys of 2,000 college administrators about their institutions’ academic offerings. For its selection of profiled schools in the book, the company also reviews data from its surveys of college students attending the schools. Only about 14% of America’s 2,700 four-year colleges are profiled in the book.
“We salute Hollins for its outstanding academics, and its many other impressive offerings. We’re delighted to recommend it as an ideal choice for students searching for their ‘best-fit’ college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of The Best 388 Colleges.
In the profile on Hollins, students the company surveyed called the school “academic and forward-thinking” and said it creates “a positive intellectual standard that makes me and my peers want to really grow and push our education further.” They 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, students surveyed praised the “Culture of Care implemented on campus, which makes respect and empathy for one another a conscious mindset throughout all of campus.” 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.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book hierarchically, from 1 to 388. However, the book has 50 categories of ranking lists. Each list names the top 25 schools (of those in the book) in its category. The ranking lists are tallied based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 160,000 students at the 388 schools in the book. The company’s 85-question student survey asked students to rate their colleges on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences.
Hollins appears on the following ranking lists in The Best 388 Colleges:
- #20 Best College Library (Based on students’ answers to the survey question, “How do you rate your school’s library facilities?”)
- #24 Most Politically Active Students (Based on students’ answers to the survey question, “My level of political awareness is: Very High, High, Average, Low, or Very Low.”)
The Best 388 Colleges and its rankings have been featured on NBC’s Today more than a dozen times and referenced by news outlets ranging from NPR and The Wall Street Journal to The Chronicle of Higher Education.