College Consensus: Hollins Features One of the Nation’s Best Pre-College Summer Programs

Hollins University’s Hollinsummer program is among the Top 30 Pre-College Summer Programs for 2019, according to the college ratings website College Consensus.

“With these pre-college programs, colleges and universities provide young people with a taste of college life, including residency and courses,” state the editors at College Consensus. “And students can make a much more informed decision about [choosing a college] while enjoying a formative experience. The College Consensus ranking of the Top 30 Pre-College Summer Programs points students and their parents to the best summer programs from the best-ranked colleges and universities, with a focus on what gives students the best all-around benefits.”

Designed as a combination of learning and fun, Hollinsummer is a week-long camp experience for rising ninth through 12th grade girls. Featuring four distinct experiences, the goal of the program is inspiring young women to explore their talents with opportunities in creative writing, theatre, equestrian activities, and science. Hollinsummer 2019 takes place July 21 – 27.

The editors at College Consensus note that pre-college summer programs are “a great way for high school students to get a ‘toe in the water.’ You’re actually getting first-hand experience taking college classes, living dorm life, and eating in the dining hall.” However, the editors also emphasize that programs such as Hollinsummer provide much more: “The best pre-college summer programs are real learning experiences.”

For more information about Hollinsummer, visit the program webpage or contact Meghan Richardson in the Hollins University Office of Admission at 800-456-9595.

Princeton Review Touts Hollins as a “Best Value College”

Hollins University is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company profiles Hollins in the 2019 edition of its annual guide, The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment, published by Penguin Random House/Princeton Review Books.

Information on the book, including its school profiles, is accessible for free on The Princeton Review’s website.

“We salute Hollins and all of our Best Value Colleges. They stand out for their outstanding academics and their affordability via generous financial aid to students with need and/or comparatively low sticker prices,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of the book. “Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of valuable alumnae/i support.” The Princeton Review ranks Hollins #17 in the category, “Top 25 Best Alumni Networks.”

The book’s editors at The Princeton Review state, “A Hollins education is an affordable education. And students are thrilled to report that the Financial Aid Office is nothing short of ‘fantastic.’ Importantly, through a combination of need-based aid, scholarships, and cost-effective loans and grants, the university is able to distribute over $24 million annually in financial aid.”

The editors add, “The career outlook for Hollins students is pretty rosy. That’s partially thanks to the fact that undergrads are able to tap into a ‘highly active alumni base.’ They also have a wonderful Career Center at their disposal. Indeed, from the beginning of the first year, undergrads can swing by the office and start plotting their path to career success.”

The Princeton Review crunched more than 40 data points to tally ROI (return on investment) ratings of the colleges that determined its selection of the 200 schools for the book. Topics ranged from academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, alumnae/i salaries, and job satisfaction.

Hollins University encourages prospective students to visit its campus to experience a “Best Value College” for themselves.


U.S. News: Hollins Is Among the Nation’s Top 30 Schools for Value

U.S. News and World Report‘s 2019 Best Colleges has ranked Hollins University as the country’s #27 Best Value School in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

“To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students,” the college guide says, “U.S. News take into account both academic quality and cost.” Three variables determine the Best Value rankings:

  • Ratio of quality to price (“The higher the ratio of a school’s 2019 Best Colleges overall score to the discounted total cost for the academic year, the better the value.”)
  • Need-based aid (“The higher the percentage of all undergraduates receiving need-based scholarships or grants, the better.”)
  • Average discount (“The percentage of a school’s total sticker cost – tuition, room and board, fees, books, and other expenses – that was covered by the average need-based scholarship or grant award for undergraduates. The higher the discount percentage, the better.”)

U.S. News places Hollins at #103 overall in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category. According to the guide, these schools “emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.” The university is also cited as an “A-Plus School for B Students” among National Liberal Arts Colleges. “Since the U.S. News rankings are a gauge of excellence,” the guide explains, “National Liberal Arts Colleges all had to first be ranked in top three-fourths of their 2019 Best Colleges ranking category to be eligible.” In addition, the guide looked at average freshman retention rates (“an important indicator of student satisfaction”) and admissions data (“…colleges had to admit a meaningful proportion of students who didn’t get straight A’s”). Hollins is noted as a “More Selective” school in the “A-Plus Schools for B Students” listings.

The U.S. News profile of Hollins features a detailed overview of academics, cost and aid, how to apply, and more.


Hollins Earns National Rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 384 Colleges”

Hollins University is among the top 20 schools in the country for politically involved students, college theatre, and effective student government, according to the new edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 384 Colleges.

Based on surveys of 138,000 students, an average of 359 per campus, The Best 384 Colleges features detailed profiles and rating scores in eight categories of the top colleges and universities in the nation. The book also includes ranking lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories.

Hollins is ranked #5 in the category Most Politically Active Students, #10 on the Best College Theatre list, and #13 for Most Active Student Government.

“We picked the 384 ‘best’ colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics; we highly recommend each one,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the book’s lead author. “However, we know applicants need far more than an academic rating or ranking to find the college that will be best for them. We created our 62 ranking lists to help narrow that search. They are based entirely on data we gather beyond academics that gives insight into what the schools’ enrolled students say about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture, and student life. In the end, it’s all about the fit.”

In its profile, The Best 384 Colleges calls Hollins “a place for unique individuals to thrive, empowering each other and forming a supportive community for women.” It also describes the university’s alumnae network as “solid…many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.”

The 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges was published August 7.


Fiske Calls Hollins “One of the Country’s Leading Women’s Colleges”

Hollins University is one of 323 four-year schools featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019, which USA Today calls, “The best college guide you can buy.”

Created 35 years ago by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide offers “an insider’s look at what it’s really like to be a student at the ‘best and most interesting schools’ in the United States as well as Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland.”

In its profile, Fiske says Hollins is “one of the country’s leading women’s colleges” where “academics are a top priority. Students leave with confidence, critical-thinking skills, and intellectual depth, thanks to a solid grounding in the liberal arts.”

Fiske also cites Hollins for its quality in three particular areas of study, placing the school among the 25 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art or Design,” the 18 “Small Colleges Strong in Film/Television,” and the 17 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance.”



Hollins Named a 2018 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Hollins University has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance‘s list of the 300 Best College Values for 2018. Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities, and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list.

Kiplinger also ranked the top 100 best values in each category, and Hollins earned the #99 spot on the magazine’s list of best values in private liberal arts colleges. Hollins is one of only four Virginia colleges and universities to make the category’s top 100, joining Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, and Christendom College.

“Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through college choices,” said Mark Solheim, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “We start with a universe of nearly 1,200 schools and trim the list using measures of academic quality. We then rank the schools based on cost and financial aid data. All 300 schools on our list are worth a look.”

The complete rankings will appear in print in the February 2018 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 9.

Hollins Featured in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

Hollins University is one of the nation’s 375 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges.

Schools were chosen for the seventh annual edition of The Princeton Review’s “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2016-17 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitment to the environment and sustainability.

“We strongly recommend Hollins and the other colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said Princeton Review Vice President/Publisher Robert Franek.

In an effort to model sustainable practices, Hollins created an Environmental Advisory Board in 2006 composed of students, faculty, staff, and trustees to provide the university president with advice and leadership regarding identification, assessment, creation, and implementation of environmental planning and policies for the university. The following year, Hollins became a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Agreement, documented its greenhouse gas emissions, and developed a plan in 2009 for reducing campus carbon emissions. As part of this commitment, an initial benchmark was set to reduce the university’s carbon footprint by 15% by the end of the 2013-14 academic year.  Hollins subsequently reduced its carbon footprint by 19%, one year ahead of schedule.The dramatic reduction in emissions came primarily from the university’s 8.8% decrease in electricity consumption. The university’s commitment to renewable energy initiatives, including the purchase of landfill gas, is further offsetting its carbon footprint.

Hollins has coordinated projects to promote sustainable practices, including campus-wide conservation guidelines and a recycling program; installing geothermal wells with new construction; and establishing a Green Revolving Fund to implement additional cost-effective energy conservation projects. Hollins also maintains growing academic programs in environmental studies and environmental science. In 2016, the university received the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA recognition for the institution’s commitment to efficient urban forest management.


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Hollins Earns “A” Grade for Fiscal Fitness from Forbes

Forbes has once again awarded Hollins University an “A” rating for financial soundness.

For its 2017 Financial Grades report, the magazine examined private, not-for-profit colleges with at least 500 students. According to Forbes, “Our grades measure financial health as determined by by nine components broken into two main categories: balance sheet strength and operational soundness, plus certain other factors indicative of a college’s financial condition, including admission yield, percent of freshmen receiving institutional grants, and instruction expenses per student.”

Forbes also ranked Hollins among America’s Top Colleges for the year.



U.S. News Ranks Hollins Among the Nation’s 40 Best Value Schools

Hollins University has earned high marks from the college guide described by The Washington Post as “the granddaddy of college rankings.”

U.S. News and World Report‘s 2018 Best Colleges ranks Hollins as the #37 Best Value School in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category. According to U.S. News, “The calculation used here takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2016-2017 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

Hollins is one of only three Virginia colleges and universities and six women’s colleges nationally to be ranked among the 40 Best Value Schools.

U.S. News also places Hollins at #112 among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The publication notes that schools in this category “emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.”

U.S. News‘ profile of Hollins features a detailed overview of academics, cost and aid, how to apply, and more.

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Princeton Review Ranks Hollins Among the Nation’s Top 20 Colleges in Four Categories

The Princeton Review places Hollins University among the nation’s top institutions for undergraduate education in the new edition of its college guide, The Best 382 Colleges.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which has been published annually since 1992. The Best 382 Colleges features detailed profiles of each school with rating scores in eight categories.

“We chose Hollins for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, editor-in-chief at The Princeton Review and author of The Best 382 Colleges. “Our selections are primarily based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. Most importantly, we look at valuable feedback from each school’s customers – our surveys of students attending them.”

The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending these colleges are the basis for the book’s ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories. Hollins is on the following ranking lists:

#5   Most Active Student Government
#6   Most Politically Active Students
#10 Best College Theater
#11  Best Career Services

In its profile, The Princeton Review praises Hollins as “a place for unique individuals to thrive, empowering each other and forming a supportive community for women. The alumn[ae] network is similarly solid, and many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.” The Best 382 Colleges also quotes extensively from Hollins students the educational services company surveyed for the book. Among their comments:

“…a great place for people who want life experience….”

“…a lot of incredible opportunities for anyone willing to take them.”

“[Hollins professors are] amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate.”

“Every day I am surrounded by mountains. It’s a vacation view in every direction.”


The 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges was published August 1.