United States, Virginia

Founded in 1842, Hollins University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States. It unrolls about 800 undergraduate and graduate students. Men are admitted to the graduate-level programs. It is known for its graduating writing programs which have produced wonders. It offers small classes with a 9:1 student-teacher ratio in a variety of majors. The most popular majors are English, psychology, studio art, business, and biology. Approximately half of Hollins students have an international learning experience. It is well known for its riding program and has won 18 individual national championships. As part of its Education through Skills and perspectives general education requirement program, two regular terms of physical education course work are required for graduation.  

Campus Life

Hollins University is located in Roanoke, which features a vibrant downtown, lively arts and culture, and an array of festivals and other special events throughout the year. There are nine residence halls on campus. The first-years live in Tinker and Randolph campus, the Sophomores and juniors generally live in the West, and primarily seniors live in Main or the university apartments across the street from campus. In its 56000 sq ft, Wyndham Robertson Library houses books, periodicals, and more than 14,000 volumes of children’s literature from the Francelia Butler Collection. The Eleanor Wilson Museum features the work of renowned, emerging, and regional artists. It presents exhibitions in a wide variety of media and genres.  

Noted Alumni

Some of the very prominent alumni are Margaret Wise Brown, author; Kiran Desai, author; Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; Henry Taylor, Pulitzer price winning poet; Kate Pyle artistic director; and Ann Compton, ABC Radio White House Correspondent.