Hollins University is a four-year, private university located in Roanoke, Virginia. It was founded as Valley Union Seminary in 1842. It became a women's college in 1852, and is distinguished as one of the oldest institutions in the United States to provide higher education to women. The university adopted its current name in 1998, and today sits on a 475-acre campus. Students are provided education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Hollins University is renowned for its creative writing program. Creative Writing in America named it one of the most productive writing programs in America. Some of the well known alumnae of this program include Pulitzer-Prize winning poets Natasha Trethewey and Henry S. Taylor, Kiran Desai and pioneering sportswriter Mary Garber.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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