Hollins University

Hollins University

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.

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Hollins University
7916 Williamson Rd NW
Roanoke , VA 24020
General Phone: (540) 362-6000

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Hollins Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts137women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, creative writing, English language and literature, humanities, ...
Drama and Performing Arts31dance, drama, playwriting and screenwriting
Education and Teaching20teacher education
Fine Arts17fine arts, art history and criticism
Science17biology, chemistry, physics
Business and Management14business
Media13communication studies
Therapy and Counseling13psychology
Photography and Commercial Art12film and photography
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science, computer support

Number of programs and degrees for Hollins in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree18129
Master's degree10811
Post-master's certificate01
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

Hollins Student Body

In 2007-2008, Hollins had a total enrollment of 1,049 students (1,203 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 64%
Graduate 36%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 7%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 30%
20-21 28%
22-24 11%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Hollins Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %

Hollins Room and Board (2007)

Hollins offers campus housing for 673 of its 1,203 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Roanoke, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Hollins Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540650
SAT Math490590
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT88%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT34%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Hollins Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,055
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,055
Room and board $ 9,650
Room charge $ 5,735
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,915
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Hollins participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 371500)

Hollins Faculty

Hollins has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year16$81,67215$76,223
Associate professoracademic year13$63,66511$60,918
Assistant professoracademic year9$47,16716$48,895
Instructoracademic year3$37,9500*
All faculty totalacademic year41$65,18942$61,804

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Hollins Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Hollins Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting

Education And Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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