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.

 


Hollins Touted by Fiske Guide to Colleges

fiskeHollins University is among “the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain” according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013.

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is described as “a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities.”

The Fiske Guide‘s profile of Hollins features a number of student testimonials in addition to overviews of student life and the university’s academic program. One senior describes Hollins as “a close-knit community that fosters creative minds and ambitious spirits,” another says the university “has continually pushed me to be better, to achieve more, and to experience more,” and a third states, “Hollins is a great school that empowers women.”

In addition, the guide includes Hollins in the following categories: “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art or Design,” “Small Colleges Strong in Film/Television,” and “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance.”


Hollins Among The Princeton Review’s “Best 377 Colleges”

best377Hollins University has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges.

Only about 15% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is the educational service company’s flagship college guide.

“We commend Hollins for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president at The Princeton Review and publisher and author of The Best 377 Colleges. “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.”

Hollins students note in the university’s profile that the school “feels like a community or family, not an institution,” and that “a Hollins education is nothing short of life-changing.” According to The Best 377 Colleges, “The women of Hollins describe themselves as ‘empowered, enthusiastic,’ ‘worldly, aware,’ ‘strong, and confident.’”

Hollins is also one of 135 colleges and universities The Princeton Review commends in the “Best in the Southeast” section of its Web site feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The 12-state Southeast Region includes colleges in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


The Princeton Review Features Hollins in “The Best 378 Colleges”

Hollins University has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges.

Only about 15% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is the educational service company’s flagship college guide.

“Hollins offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president at The Princeton Review and publisher and author of The Best 378 Colleges. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in absence of) campus visits. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

Hollins students note in the university’s profile that the school “feels like a community or family, not an institution,” and that “a Hollins education is inspiring and nothing short of life-changing.” According to The Best 378 Colleges, “The women of Hollins describe themselves as ‘empowered, enthusiastic,’ ‘worldly, aware,’ ‘strong, and confident.’”

The Princeton Review also features in the book 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges and universities in various categories. Hollins is ranked 18th in the category, “Best College Theater.”


The Princeton Review Features Hollins in “The Best 379 Colleges”

reviewEducation services company The Princeton Review has named Hollins University one of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities in the 2015 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 379 Colleges.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book.

“Hollins offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” says Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher at The Princeton Review and author of The Best 379 Colleges. “We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges. We take into account input we get from our staff, our 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the sizable amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also work to maintain a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character.”

Students surveyed for Hollins’ profile report that they “adore the school” and describe themselves as “empowered, enthusiastic,” “worldly, aware,” “strong, and confident.”

“The friends we make here are still going to be our sisters long after we have gone out into the world to accomplish what our experience at Hollins gave us the courage to do,” explains one student.

Hollins faculty also received accolades. “Professors pour so much into their students,” says a studio art major. They “want to hear from their students” and “are always more than willing to help.”

The Princeton Review’s school profiles in The Best 379 Colleges are posted at PrincetonReview.com.


Hollins Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition”

PrintThe Princeton Review has named Hollins University one of the United States and Canada’s most environmentally responsible colleges in the fifth annual edition of their Guide to 332 Green Colleges.

The guide was created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Schools were selected based on a survey conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions about course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

“Hollins University has been leading the sustainability charge for quite some time,” the guide states, citing Hollins’ geothermal well field at Tinker Hall and 2.6-kilowatt solar facility as well as the annual energy challenge to reduce electricity and water usage in residence halls. The guide also notes that Hollins became a charter signatory in 2007 of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, “and aims to become totally carbon neutral by 2040.”

“We are pleased to recommend Hollins to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally responsible choices and practices,” said Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher at The Princeton Review.

A free download of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition is available here.