3.5 out of 5 Stars
Hollins is great for opportunitites to study abroad. The workload is heavy at times for any given major but variesQuality of Life
Hollins is a historic private campus and one has to deal with those kinds of short comings. You wont get what you want when you want it but the university does its best to see to the needs of its studentsAdmissions
Hollins Has rolling admissions so you can be admitted at any time but its better to do it early so you can get as much financial aid as they deem you fit to recieve. The students get decent packages to begin with and then get less and less money every year. I came for a visit before I was admittedLevel
Very small classes, plenty of abroad opportunities and very flexible faculty.Quality of Life
Beautiful, safe campus. Dining not so nice.Admissions
Easy and very accomidating with plenty of scholarship opportunities. Any question I had was answered.Level
Class sizes are TINY, my biggest class so far has been my Introductory Psychology class at about 30 students. This is NOT the place for you if you don't plan on going to class. Except for what's required for your major, there are no classes you have to take. All your requirements are done as things called Perspectives and Skills and there is a huge pool of classes to choose from for each one. You can only take classes you have a genuine interest in and you'll be pretty set.Quality of Life
Room, board and dining is pretty expensive but if you can swing the price, it's not at all bad for a college campus. As a first year, you will have a double unless you spend extra money for a single. The doubles here are the same size as some quadruples on other campuses, it's really not bad at all. The library is absolutely fantastic and there's almost always a professional librarian working at the reference desk to help you with research. Campus security patrols around the road 24/7 and there's only one gate in and out of campus, so it's pretty safe. The food could be better, but hey, nothing's perfect. It's not that bad for cafeteria food, anyway.Admissions
If you've actually heard about it and are truly considering it, chances are pretty high you'll get in. The hard part is paying for it, so definitely aim for scholarships. The Batten scholarships are especially nice.Level
Hollins has a general education program through Skills and Perspectives which are different requirements that can be filled across a variety of departments, this allowed for a maximum amount of flexibility. Classes never exceed 50 students and the average tends to be around 12 students. Th professors have weekly office hours where they are available but they are also extremely welcoming and encourage students to set up individual appointments when necessary. The work load ranges based on the level of the course and the department, it can range from very light to very demanding.Quality of Life
It is an extremely safe campus with a very close knit environment. Our facilities are historic since the campus was founded in 1842 but have been renovated to be modernized. I would say the overall student is happy.Level
The class size ranges from 25-10 students, with most class on the smaller end of the scale. All the professors have office hours and walk-ins are usually welcome. Grading varies from class to class and teacher to teacher, but is set forth in thy syllabus for each class, and doesn't change during the semester. There is a great study abroad program here at Hollins. Students have access to a number of different programs. The international programs office works really hard to get you into abroad programs, give you financial aid oppurtunities, and get your credits transfered, but they don't have the best communication with the students. Deadlines tend to pop up out of nowhere, so you really need to stay ahead of the game. Another problem I've had here,though it is probably true at most schools, is that the professors tend to act as if their class is the only one you are taking and believe that you should devote your time to reading and studying for their class only. This makes the reading assignments for english, history, or even international studies classes really heavy. Along those same lines, papers and final projects tend to be due on the same day. For example, just this past week I had a presentation, a project, and a draft of a paper due on Wednesday; a test and another paper due on Thursday; and a short essay due on Friday, all for different classes.Quality of Life
The housing options are pretty good, especially in the newer buildings which have air conditioning and normal heaters instead of radiators. The library is fantastic. The food leave much to be desired, mostly because there is only one option: Sodexho. Our security department is very visible and they interact with the students on a daily basis. I have never felt unsafe on campus.Admissions
They used the Common Application and a few supplements which showcase things like writing technique. You can apply early or regular decision.Level
Hollins does not do "gen-eds", but instead has "requirements" such as i (technology), q (basic math), and Q (more difficult math). When you look at the list of classes for a semester, there is a column to tell you which classes will fulfill which requirements. The biggest class I've been in so far was 34 people and it was an introductory class. Professors are extremely accessible- you can e-mail them whenever, talk to them after class, or come in during office hours and they will always help you. There is fall semester, JTERM (a month long term in January where students either take one class, study abroad, or do an internship), and Spring SemesterQuality of Life
Housing is guaranteed for all students, and the only extra cost of living would be if you choose to live in a single dorm ($400 extra a semester) or live in a double by yourself (I think $1200 a semester but I may be wrong). It's mostly on campus dorms, with 3 rows of apartments within walking distance. One thing I also like is that there's a tunnel under the main road so when you walk from the apartments, you don't have to cross the road. The only problem is that there is no sense of community once you're off campus. There's two restaurants no farther than the apartments are and both have Hollins discounts for students who eat there, and a CVS a little farther down, but you need a car to get to the mall, Walmart, or Target. Hollins does supply a shuttle that runs on Wednesdays and the weekends to the mall, Walmart, and downtown Roanoke, but every time I've taken the shuttle, we've been pressed for time to not miss the shuttle on the way back (it will only stop for a minute, then leave). Although you see security on campus daily, there is no guardhouse at the entrance, and there have been a few instances of someone from outside campus coming onto campus and doing random things (which ranges between bringing a gun to a party to an older man streaking the campus).Admissions
I'm pretty sure Hollins did not use a Common App. There were interviews for a Batten Scholarship and three main scholarships you could apply for on your application: Founder's Award, Creative Talent, and one other. Hollins worked on a rolling admissions decision, and I did not apply early decision, since it was binding, and I would have to wait to see what scholarships I would get. (The only thing that would have kept me from Hollins was scholarships- Hollins was my first choice). Hollins does a great job providing financial aid, increasing it while government scholarships/aid go downLevel
The general requirements are set up so that students may choose the classes they wish to fulfill them, though there are certain fields which are necessary--foreign language, science, quantitative reasoning, research and writing skills, oral communication, science, global studies, diversity, ancient studies, modern or contemporary worlds, creative expression and aesthetic analysis.
Degree requirements differ from major to major, but all core requirements must be fulfilled. Professors can almost always be reached by email and many times are in their offices. Some even hand out their personal cell phone or home numbers so that in case of emergency, they can be reached there. Study abroad opportunities are many and students are given every advantage to avail themselves of them.Quality of Life
Cost of living can sometimes seem extreme, especially when the quality of food is sometimes subpar. Housing options are many, ranging from off-campus apartments to dorm rooms in old and new buildings, specialty housing and singles. The library has excellent resources for the size of the student body and the research librarians provide expert advice. The neighborhood is relatively removed from the overall campus, though close enough that alternative food options and shopping are not difficult prospects. Overall happiness of the students seems fairly uniform.Admissions
The admissions process involved an essay, list of references and basic questions. Early decision was an option. Interviews were mainly for scholarships and not for general admission. The applications could be found online, though I picked mine up directly at the college. Financial aid and scholarships were always discussed prominently along with admissions and I was given opportunities to personally discuss financial aid.Level
We have a very comfortable academic environment at Hollins. Our professors give us their cell phone numbers in case we have questions. Often our professors will have us over for dinner and attend events on campus. Some of our professors even live on campus. Students are very supportive of each other, and any competitiveness is friendly. Grading and the workload very by course and professor, but all of our professors are willing to work with you if you are feeling overwhelmed or starting to fall behind. Our classes are blissfully small, and you get a lot of personal attention. Most of my classes are very discussion based. Hollins focuses on developing your voice. You get asked "Why do you think that?" a lot at Hollins, and you come out of school a much better critical thinker.Quality of Life
Hollins is really a community. Living on campus is a lot of fun, and we have a lot of specialty housing options. Our library is absolutely beautiful. It is a great place to study and the staff is such a pleasure to work with.Admissions
Our admissions staff are so amazing. You admissions process is incredibly personalized and you become close with your counselor. Every step of the admissions process was friendly and comfortable. I felt like they were getting to know me, not just my test scores.Level
Hollins is weird because they try to teach 'skills' rather than make the students take typical X101 classes. While this means you can build the skills (i.e. math, English, oral, etc.) with classes that actually interest you, it makes it almost impossible to transfer and not repeat credits. Hollins also has 'perspectives' one must fulfill, such as Ancient Worlds, Modern Worlds, Creative, and Science. A variety of classes can fulfill these as well.
Degree requirements change based on how many faculty each department has; psychology was recently revamped due to staff changes. Since most of the departments are small, the relationship between student and teacher is more one-on-one with the professors generally being very willing to work with a student who demonstrates effort in learning. Class sizes are usually medium to small. Grading varies by professor but is generally fair, although there are some known minor problems. Study abroad options are good for certain majors, horrible for others. For example: there is nothing for psychology, but plenty for English.Quality of Life
Housing: Depends on the building and your individual preference. The campus-owned apartments are pretty nifty.
Cost of living: Roanoke has a low cost of living, so ignoring the high price of tuition there is a lot to do in the area for pretty cheap. There are also some high-end stores and restaurants for those with money.
Campus: Beautiful, although bad for those with grass or pollen allergies. Once it hits spring, the grass is always being cut and the pollen gets pretty bad.
Facilities: Being improved each year. Some modern, some old; overall cool mix of history.
Library: One of the newer buildings and quiet awesome. Good collection. Great DVD collection; always getting in interesting new books.
Dining: Food quality depends on what you're use to. Don't expect to be able to eat healthy every meal, regardless of how much they try: it's still college food.
Crime and safety: It's an open campus, but (reported) crime happens very rarely. Food-stealing is very common, so have your own fridge.
Overall happiness: Very high because the people here are amazing, open-minding, welcoming, and tolerant.Admissions
Don't remember, been too long. Seemed as normal as other schools. There is an option for early decision though.Level
There are specific general requirements to graduate from Hollins. You need to have taken at least 40 credits by graduation. Also, there are specific prospectives and skills, associated with different classes, that you must take in order to graduate. Generally you will take at least one science, language, math, history and art based class during your years at Hollins. My major is Biology and there are four main courses required for the major, also including a math class, basic science classes and other classes such as physics. That is the general layout of a major. Academic advising is big at Hollins. Advisors are always open to help their advisees during their career.
Classes are typically composed of ten students, more or less depending on the type of class. Professors all have office hours and are always available to be contacted, face to face or through email. In my major, students will work with teachers for a research project that the student performs.
The workload at Hollins can be challenging at times, but professors and advisors will work with you to help you succeed. Grading has always been fair and appropriate.Admissions
I applied using the CommonApp. Hollins had selective short answer questions and an essay question. I applied regular decision. There were several scholarship and financial aid opportunities given. I received almost $20,000 in scholarshipd and financial aid.Level