HU Connect

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HU Connect welcomes first-generation and limited-income students (FLI) to a vibrant and supportive campus community that helps them to succeed at Hollins and beyond.


Below are two students who are first-gen and limited-income students. Both are involved in student life at Hollins.


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Tori Carter, Halifax County, Virginia

I am a creative writing major and a communication studies minor and plan to study abroad in Osaka, Japan, during spring 2020. I have been a Student Government Association senator, vice president of Cyborg Griffin literary magazine, and mentor for the Early Transition Program. The most meaningful experience for me is joining student government and learning more about myself in leadership positions.

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Carsen Helms, Monroe, North Carolina

Here, I am not student number on a large campus. I am Carsen Helms, the girl who plays varsity basketball and lacrosse, is active in the Physics Club, attends workshops and practices leadership theories through the Batten Leadership Institute, and is finding and using every resource at Hollins to pursue a career in the technical field. These are unique opportunities specific to Hollins that push me to learn more and do more. Hollins is helping me get to do all I want to do.


  • Of the active undergraduate students (including Adult Horizon), 16.2% are first-generation students.
  • Approximately 38% of our degree-seeking undergraduates for 2018-19 are Pell Grant/limited-income students.

FLI: A Pre-Orientation Program

  • Students participating in FLI arrive on campus early and move in to their residence halls before other new students. They team with upper-class student guides who work closely with them during pre-orientation and throughout the academic year to build relationships, connect with valuable resources, and learn important tips for success. The guides answer questions and provide encouragement to help new students grow in confidence and become campus leaders. There is no cost involved in this pre-orientation program.
  • Tentative schedule for FLI 2019
    • Arrive on Thursday, August 29
    • Begin pre-orientation on Friday, August 30
    • Participate in campus-wide orientation on Saturday, August 31

Please keep your eye out for programming for all first-gen and limited-income students through HU Connect — even if they don’t participate in FLI.