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Hollins University was founded in 1842 as Virginia's first chartered women's college. Today, Hollins is an independent arts and sciences university that enrolls approximately 1,100 students in its undergraduate programs for women and its coed graduate programs. Hollins is proud of its creative writing program, career internships, small class size, and study-abroad opportunities. Hollins prepares its students for career excellence in the social sciences, sciences, humanities, fine arts, and business. In addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree in twenty-nine major fields, Hollins awards a Master of Arts degree in children's literature, liberal studies, screenwriting and film studies, and teaching and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing, children’s literature, dance, and screenwriting. Hollins’ coeducational graduate creative writing program has long been acknowledged as one of the best of its size in the country. A 9:1 student-faculty ratio enables students to work closely with their professors both inside and outside the classroom.
Hollins structures the academic year to give students the month of January to focus on an internship, innovative course work, senior thesis, independent study, or travel/study abroad.
Hollins' internship program gives students a head start on their careers while they earn academic credit. Eighty-two percent of Hollins students do at least one internship before graduation. Students have interned at the New York Stock Exchange; CNBC in London; Centers for Disease Control; ABC News; National Geographic Society; Time, Inc.; the London Times; National Zoological Park; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Peace Corps, to name a few.
Situated on a 475-acre campus in the Shenandoah Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hollins is a quiet campus for the serious student looking to broaden her mind through a rigorous academic program. Students come to Hollins from forty-six states and nine countries and bring with them cultural and ethnic diversity. Women returning to college can earn their bachelor's degrees in the Horizon Program.
The academic program is enriched by guest lectures, dance and theater productions, and the annual Literary Festival.
Location and Community
Hollins is located on the outskirts of Roanoke, a cosmopolitan center with a population of approximately 225,000. Roanoke has its own opera, ballet, and orchestra. Mill Mountain Theatre, the Science Museum, and the Center in the Square cultural center provide entertainment for the area. The historic downtown market, with fresh flower and fruit stands and specialty shops, is a favorite spot on the weekends. Hollins is a 3½-hour drive from both Washington, D.C., and Richmond; 5 hours from Virginia Beach; and within easy driving distance of more than a dozen other colleges. The Roanoke Regional Airport is a 10-minute drive from the campus. The campus has been described as “achingly picturesque.” The Front Quadrangle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Blue Ridge Mountains are minutes from campus and ideal for hiking the Appalachian Trail, camping, caving, and skiing.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree normally follow a four-year program. They are required to complete 128 credits of academic work and 16 January Short Term credits. First-year students are required to take a seminar on campus during Short Term. Students may spend subsequent Short Terms pursuing career internships, independent study, abroad experiences, or service projects. Instead of a standard general education program, Hollins has ESP: Education through Skills and Perspectives. Students choose from a wide variety of classes that reinforce the basics of a liberal arts education. In addition, two regular terms of physical education or varsity sport participation are required. Students must choose a major by the end of their sophomore year and complete a minimum of 32 credits in the major field prior to graduation. Each first-year student must meet a writing requirement. Hollins grants 4 academic credits for Advanced Placement examination scores of 4 or 5 and in some cases for a score of 3. Hollins grants 8 academic credits for International Baccalaureate scores between 5 and 7 and up to 32 credits for an I.B. diploma with a score of 30 or higher.
In 1955, Hollins was one of the nation's first colleges to establish a program that enabled students to study overseas. For semester or full-year study, Hollins has its own programs in England and France and affiliated programs in Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain as well as with the School for Field Studies. More than forty percent of Hollins students have an international learning experience before graduation. Domestic exchange programs are possible with members of the six-college exchange.
Faculty members are committed to teaching and are dedicated to their students. Although scholarly research and writing is emphasized, primary attention is placed on education. Currently, there are 76 full-time and 37 part-time faculty members, of whom 58 percent are women; 97 percent of the full-time faculty members hold the doctoral or corresponding terminal degree in their fields. With a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, students have considerable opportunity for personal attention. No courses are taught by graduate assistants.
Hollins grants the Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, biology, business, chemistry, classical studies, communication studies, computational sciences, dance, economics, English, English and creative writing, environmental studies, film and photography, French, German, history, interdisciplinary studies, international studies, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, studio art, theater, and women's studies. Minors are offered in most major areas, and preprofessional programs are offered in education, law, medicine, and veterinary science. The Rubin Writing Semester offers women from other colleges and universities an opportunity to become visiting student writers.
Hollins has five- and six-year dual-degree programs in engineering with Washington University. Hollins also has an agreement with Monterey Institute of International Studies that streamlines entry in their M.B.A, M.P.A., translation and interpretation, and policy studies programs.
Because approximately 89 percent of Hollins women live on campus in dormitories, language houses, or University apartments, a large family of friends develops in the first year and replaces the need for sororities. For those interested in group activities, there are more than thirty-five clubs and organizations, including a multicultural club, Black Student Alliance, literary societies, and political, environmental, women's, and volunteer organizations. Each year, many students volunteer in social service agencies locally and internationally, including a Hollins-directed Jamaica service project.
Each year, students sign the honor code, pledging not to lie, cheat, or steal. Hollins is thereby able to conduct daily operations with a great deal of trust. Final exams are freely scheduled and administered by students under the Independent Exam System. The campus judicial system is run by the students. Students who are elected to the Student Government Association have the authority to administer all student-related activities. Weekly Senate meetings are open to the entire campus. Students are represented on policymaking faculty committees and the Board of Trustees.
Facilities and Resources
The $14-million Wyndham Robertson Library features state-of-the-art technology and is a National Literary Landmark. Opened in spring 1999, the Wyndham Robertson Library collections consist of more than half a million items, including books, print periodicals, e-texts, videos, screenplays, rare books, and manuscripts. More than 14,000 journals are available in print or through electronic database subscriptions. The library offers extensive media facilities, including a forty-seat screening room, a television studio and control room, and a composition and editing room with both digital and analog equipment. Hollins houses a notable selection of children's books, including items from the personal collections of Francelia Butler, former editor-in-chief of Children's Literature, the field's leading scholarly journal, and former poet laureate William Jay Smith. The University's Archives and Special Collections includes books and manuscripts from many famous faculty members and alumnae/i of Hollins, including Richard Dillard, George Garrett, Eudora Welty, Margaret Wise Brown, Lee Smith, and Annie Dillard. Through a Web-based catalog shared with Roanoke College, readers are offered access to the combined materials in both collections.
More than 100 computers are available for student use, many 24 hours a day. The University's computer labs run Windows XP Professional and Macintosh operating system. All student rooms and most classrooms have network (gig)/Internet (T3) access. Wireless connections are available in various areas on campus.
The Dana Science Building houses accessible labs and research facilities for computerized recording and analysis of physiological and behavioral data, plant and animal tissue culture, photomicroscopy and electron microscopy, biochemistry and molecular biology, chromatography, spectrophotometry, electrochemistry, gas kinetics, centrifugation, and EEG and biofeedback equipment.
The new Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, which opened in fall 2004, houses the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, which already has been named a Museum Partner by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), a designation that helps bring world-class exhibitions and other arts programming to the campus.
Hollins also has a career development center, writing center, theater, dance studio, and health and counseling center.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
The well-equipped athletic complex enables Hollins to compete and train its athletes effectively for NCAA Division III competition in basketball, golf, lacrosse, riding, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Hollins' strong riding program offers top facilities, including stables where collegiate riders may board their horses.
Costs are $24,470 for tuition and $9,160 for room and board, which includes telephone, cable television, and computer network connections for each student's room. The Student Government Association fee is $275, and the student technology support fee is $200. The University estimates a budget of $600 for books and $850 for personal expenses, excluding travel costs.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Financial aid is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and need. Seventy percent receive need-based aid in the form of grants, merit scholarships, low-interest loans, and campus jobs. The average award is $18,700. The types of scholarships and grants available to undergraduates are Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), state grants, University scholarships and grants, private scholarships and grants, academic merit scholarships, and aid for undergraduate students who are members of a minority group. Federal Perkins Loans, Federal PLUS loans, and Federal Stafford Student Loans are also available. Tuition Plan Inc., Knight Tuition Plans, and guaranteed tuition insurance ease tuition payments. A financial aid form should be filed with the financial aid office by February 15. Notification of awards is on a rolling basis.
Admission Requirements / Application
To be considered for admission, a student must have completed a minimum of 16 secondary school units in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and foreign language. All students must take the SAT or the ACT. In addition to standardized test scores, the Admissions Committee takes into account an applicant's secondary school record, class rank, essay, recommendation, and personal interview. Transfer students are accepted in both semesters. International applicants can submit TOEFL scores in place of the SAT or ACT.
At Hollins, the application process is very personal. The admissions officers go to great lengths to ensure that Hollins and the applicant are a good match.
Hollins has a formal early decision plan. The early decision application deadline is November 15; the deadline is February 15 for regular admission. Notification of admission is on a rolling basis beginning December 15 for early decision candidates and late January for regular admission candidates. The application fee is $35. A $400 tuition deposit must be made by May 1.
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