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Hollins University Facts
Hollins is among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the third annual edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The Guide to 322 Green Colleges praises Hollins for developing a strategic plan for carbon neutrality, composting food waste, and installing energy meters in academic buildings and residence halls to monitor energy use, but devotes its biggest acclaim to the "talented students [who] are the heart of Hollins University’s commitment to sustainability…".
Hollins is among the 294 colleges and universities representing 42 states and two countries, United States and Canada, honored as Colleges of Distinction for the 2012-2013 school year. "These schools are among the very best in North America. Each school goes above and beyond the Four Distinctions that really make an undergraduate education: Great Students, Engaged Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes."
Hollins has received an "A" in the 2013 Forbes College Financial Grades, which the magazine says "measure the fiscal soundness of more than 900 four-year, private, not-for-profit schools with more than 500 students." Forbes lists Hollins’ "financial GPA" as 4.013 out of maximum 4.5, which ranks 76th in the country and third in Virginia behind Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond.
Hollins is included in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 378 Colleges. Only about 15% of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges are in the book, which includes profiles based on surveys completed by students. In their responses, Hollins students stated the university offers "an intimate atmosphere" that "feels like a community or family, not an institution." They added that "a Hollins education is inspiring and nothing short of life-changing."
Hollins University is among "the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain" according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is described as "a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities."
Going PLaces with Hollins

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment," said the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. At Hollins, you'll be free to be you, an original, a woman like no other. Guided by professors who will get to know you and your dreams, you'll have the freedom to study what interests you, travel abroad, do an incredible internship, learn to lead, play a sport, and make the best friends you'll ever have. Carbon copy: that's not you. Cookie cutter: that's not Hollins.

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Selling Points

You get the women’s college advantage.
Just ask our graduates, or any graduate of a women’s college, for that matter. They’ll tell you about the confidence that comes from being in charge: of clubs, of the student government, of classroom discussions. You’ll also join Hollins’ global network of alumnae, who open doors to internships and career opportunities that can last a lifetime. Here are 12 reasons to attend a women's college.

You get unparalleled leadership training.
No matter what you decide to pursue after college, good leadership skills will help you do it better. And through our Batten Leadership Institute, you identify and hone those skills. In fact, you’ll learn more in three years than most people learn in a lifetime.

You get to write. A lot.
Since 1960, Hollins has produced amazing writers in our undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs. Our students work with talented faculty members who are published poets, novelists, essayists, and scholars. We have received national acclaim for the works of our graduates (four have won Pulitzer Prizes) and for our distinctive approach to teaching.

You get to study abroad.
On average, more than 50% of our students have an international learning experience. One of the reasons is that Hollins offers generous aid to help students better afford to study abroad. We offer our own programs in Paris and London, as well as the opportunity to study on affiliated programs in 14 other locations.

You get to put theory into practice.
Two-thirds of our students complete an internship. Our program places students in companies, nonprofits, museums, law firms, and hospitals, both in the United States and abroad.

Scholarships
All applicants are automatically considered for renewable scholarships ranging to $17,000 per year. Scholarships recognizing special talents are also available. Contact the Office of Admission for more information.
Results
Within one year of graduation 70% of our graduates are employed and 27% are puruing graduate studies. A Hollins education proves its value in the market and in graduate school.

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