Hollins University’s financial health has earned an “A” rating from Forbes magazine.
Hollins is included in the Forbes Financial Grades for 2016, which each year “measure the fiscal soundness of nearly 900 four-year, private, not-for-profit colleges with at least 500 students.”
To determine the grades, Forbes analyzes data provided by the U.S. Department of Education. “The grades measure financial fitness as determined by nine components broken into three categories: balance sheet strength (40%), operational soundness (35%), and other higher education specific health indicators (25%),” the magazine reports.
Hollins University is among the 21 liberal arts colleges in America with the lowest student-faculty ratios, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Hollins has eight students for each faculty member.
“Attending a college with a low student-to-faculty ratio can mean more personalized attention for students,” explained Jordan Friedman of U.S. News. “Prospective students looking to learn in a tight-knit classroom environment may want to consider U.S. liberal arts colleges instead of larger universities.”
U.S. News determined the top 21 schools based on data provided by the 222 National Liberal Arts Colleges ranked by the publication. “Student-faculty ratio is among the many factors U.S. News considers when ranking the Best Colleges,” Friedman said.
Joining Hollins in the top 21 are such prestigious institutions as Wellesley College, Williams College, Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Swathmore College, and Vassar College. The other Virginia schools on the list are the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University.
Niche ranks Hollins #79 in its national listing, and #4 in the commonwealth. A complete profile of the university may be found here.
According to the website, “The 2016 Best Liberal Arts Colleges ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews. The top Liberal Arts colleges are elite academic colleges that provide a good value and an exceptional overall college experience through a smaller and more personalized learning environment.”
Niche says it “takes into account key factors such as the strength of the academic program, the aptitude of professors, the quality of campus amenities, the general character of student life, as well as student reviews in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the college experience.”
Niche was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as CollegeProwler.com. The website offers reviews and expert insight to make easier the choice of a a neighborhood, college or university, or K-12 school.
Hollins University has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance‘s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. Introduced in 1998, the rankings highlight public schools, private universities, and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition, Kiplinger has ranked the top 100 best values in each category.
Hollins earned the #96 spot on the magazine’s list of 100 best values in private liberal arts colleges.
Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio, and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid, and average debt at graduation.
“We start with a universe of 1,200 schools, so each school on our rankings is a best value,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Families can use the list as a starting point and then tailor it to each student’s preference for such things as size, location, campus culture, and major.”
The complete rankings are now available online at Kiplinger.com/links/college and will appear in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 5.
Hollins is ranked #98 and is one of only four Virginia colleges to earn a spot in the top 100, joining Emory & Henry College (#36), Washington and Lee University (#56), and the University of Richmond (#79).
Washington Monthly says its college guide differs from similar publications in that it “asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country.
“We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge style scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”
Hollins University is one of the top liberal arts colleges and universities in the country, according to the publication, 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges.
U.S. News released this year’s rankings online on September 9.
Hollins is ranked number 108 in the category, Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. It is tied with Hampden-Sydney College as the fourth highest-ranked liberal arts college in Virginia, behind Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, and Virginia Military Institute.
Hollins is also among the nation’s ten highest-ranked women’s colleges.
U.S. News states that it calculates its rankings using “quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality.
“The indicators we use to capture academic quality fall into a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, graduation rate performance and, for National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges only, high school counselor ratings of colleges.”