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This small, private women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia celebrated its 175th birthday during the 2016–17 academic year, and is a place for unique individuals to thrive, empowering each other and forming a supportive community for women. The school offers twenty-nine degrees with fourteen concentrations (including large English and Psychology departments), has extended campuses in London and more than twenty other study abroad destinations (“The internship and study abroad opportunities for students of this school are exceptional”), and all are required to take a collaborative First-Year Seminar. Hollins is “a great place for people who want life experience,” whether in their field of study or in the world in general, and the institution offers “a lot of incredible opportunities for anyone willing to take them.” Traditions abound, such as Tinker Day, when classes are randomly canceled and students and faculty hike up nearby Tinker Mountain in costume. The alumni network is similarly solid, and many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.

Hollins professors are “amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate.” They know their courses and “can walk you through something front to back and blindfolded.” Students often “get invited out to dinner with professors or to parties and readings at their houses,” and “we have professors [who go] around campus singing Christmas songs to cheer students during finals” and bring students with them to the Women’s March. Students “get to interact almost daily with our president, and she knows our names.” Most classes here will have fewer than twenty students (even 100 level courses) so “the line of communication is direct and open,” and “opportunities for involvement on campus are extremely high.”

Student Body

Many Hollins students identify as non-binary and are in the LGBTQ+ community, and the Gender Studies program is quite popular in “really [getting] students involved with what women can do and have done.” This “trustworthy” bunch makes the campus “a place where you don’t have to lock up your bike or worry about leaving your laptop unattended.” Hollins women [aren’t afraid to speak up when something they don’t agree [with] pops up,” and this “normally quite liberal” (as well as “predominantly white”) crew is open to learning about others’ different experiences. The atmosphere here can sometimes “be gossipy or clique-like, though people are usually open to lots of others.”

Campus Life

Life at Hollins usually starts with “breakfast around a small table with too many people” and “really bad puns.” Ladies here just love hanging out with each other, and often “play board games, go to the mall, work out together, watch movies,” or “go to the music building for impromptu jam sessions.” “We’ve also hooked our laptops up to projectors in different classrooms to stream Netflix and various music competition live streams,” says one. Arts and crafts are everywhere, and students take regular breaks to knit, crochet, and embroider, and “the hiking opportunities are endless” thanks to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. “Every day I am surrounded by mountains. It’s a vacation view in every direction,” says a student. “Hollins is its own little bubble,” so many find it “nice to go out into the city every once in a while” (particularly to avoid the “less than impressive” cafeteria food) and hop a shuttle into Roanoke or to Walmart. There are also “numerous campus-wide activities put on by HAB (Hollins Activity Board)” around the year to give students the chance to meet new people or “mix with groups you usually don’t have a chance to talk to.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Rena Musyt
Campus Visit Coordinator

Hollins University Admission Office
P.O. Box 9707
Roanoke, VA 24020-1707



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Front Quadrangle
Wetherill Visual Arts Center and Wilson Museum
Wyndham Robertson Library
Moody Center
Gymnasium, Northern Swim Cntr, Tayloe Fitness Cntr

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Roanoke Historic Farmer's Market
Taubman Art Museum
Roanoke Star/Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway
Carvins Cove
Shopping at Valley View Mall and restaurants along Grandin Road.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm (M-F); 9am-noon (Sat.)

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Available Sun-Thurs night during the academic year


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Roanoke Airport is 2 miles from campus. Limousine or taxi service from the airport to campus can be arranged on arrival. Call Roanoke Airport Limousine Service (540-345-7710), Star City Cab (540-366-6390), or Yellow Cab Company (540-345-7711).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-81 (N. or S.), take Exit 146 onto Plantation Road. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Williamson Road and go one-half mile. The entrance to Hollins is on the left.

Local Accommodations
Fairfield Inn (540)362-4200 Hampton Inn (540)563-5656 Country Inn and Suites (540)366-5678 Best Western Inn at Valley View (540)362-2400 Holiday Inn-Airport (540)362-4500 Hyatt Place (540) 366-4700 Courtyard by Marriott (540)563-5002 Comfort Inn - Airport (540) 527-2020 Hotel Roanoke (540) 985-5900


Applicants: 3,667
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Average HS GPA: 3.73



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