Hollins Named a 2017 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Hollins University has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance‘s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017. 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.

The school earned the #97 spot on the magazine’s list of 100 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.

“There’s no way around it: College is expensive, and it’s going to stay that way for a long time. So, with our rankings – which weigh affordability alongside academic quality – our goal is to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value, being chosen out of a universe of 1,200.”

Kiplinger’s quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio, and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid, and average debt at graduation. Kiplinger restricts its analysis to measurable standards of academic quality and affordability.

The complete rankings will appear in print in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 3.


Hollins Recognized by Major National College Guides

More than ever, prospective college students and their families have a variety of tools at their disposal to help them make the big decision of choosing an institution of higher learning.  Print and online college guides and rankings offer some of the most important and useful resources, and this year Hollins has been featured prominently in several of the nation’s best-known publications:

    • USA Today and the education technology company College Factual have named Hollins as the number one college in the nation in the category, “English Language and Literature, General – Most Focused.” Their 2017 college rankings also place Hollins among the top five percent of the “Most Focused” colleges and universities nationwide in biology and history.

 

    • The 2017 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges lists Hollins at number 11 in the category “Best Colleges for Veterans” and the number 27 “Best Value School” among National Liberal Arts Colleges. Overall, Hollins is ranked number 105 in the National Liberal Arts Colleges classification, up from number 108 last year.

 

    • Hollins’ financial health has received an “A” rating from Forbes magazine. “The grades measure financial fitness as determined by nine components broken into three categories: balance sheet strength, operational soundness, and other higher education specific health indicators,” the magazine reports.

 

    • In its profile of Hollins, The Princeton Review’s The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition says students at Hollins “adore the school,” that life on this “gorgeous” and “peaceful” campus is “a unique amalgam of individualistic zaniness and required academic hustle and bustle,” and that “Hollins really embodies the concept of sisterhood.”

 

    • The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017 places Hollins among the 25 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art and Design,” the 18 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Film/Television,” and the 17 “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance.”

 

    • The ranking and review website niche.com has named Hollins one of the 100 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the country, and lists it among the five Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Virginia and one of the ten Best Colleges in Virginia overall. 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.”

 

    • Hollins is one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings. Hollins is one of only five Virginia colleges to earn a spot in the top 100. “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 scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country),” the guide explains.

 

    • Hollins is one of only four Virginia colleges to be featured in Peterson’s Cool Colleges 101.

USA TODAY COLLEGE: Hollins Is One of Virginia’s Top 10 Colleges

USA TODAY COLLEGE reports that the education technology company College Factual has placed Hollins University among the top ten colleges in Virginia.

Ranked number nine, Hollins joins Washington and Lee University, the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, the University of Richmond, Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute, James Madison University, George Mason University, and the University of Mary Washington on the list.

“At this small university, students are encouraged to keep learning beyond the classroom with an abundant number of opportunities for studying abroad, internships and undergraduate research,” College Factual says of Hollins. “With small class sizes and a 8-to-1 student to faculty ratio, students are able to work closely with faculty and develop an individualized plan for their academic pursuits.”

In 2015, USA TODAY selected College Factual to provide data and insights for its annual College Guide. The company explains that its “ranking methodology is highly focused on data related to outcomes, such as loan default rates, graduation rates and average starting salaries of graduates.”


Forbes Awards Hollins an “A” Grade for Financial Fitness

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.

 

 

 


U.S. News: Hollins Boasts One of the Nation’s Lowest Student-Faculty Ratios

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 Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

The ranking and review website niche.com has named Hollins University one of the 100 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the country, and listed it among the five Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Virginia.

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 Named a 2016 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

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 Among the Nation’s Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good

Hollins University is one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Guide and Rankings.

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).”


U.S. News Places Hollins Among the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

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.”

For more information, visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.