Hollins was initially established in 1842 as Valley Union Seminary, a coeducational college. Charles Lewis Cocke, who devoted his life to “the higher education of women in the South” during an era when many women were denied the opportunity to earn a college degree, was named principal and business manager in 1846.
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We’re a residential community, so most of our students live in residence halls on campus. Our eclectic mix of housing ranges from large halls and apartments to special interest housing for students with specific common interests.
All services are free to students except for specialized tests, immunizations, and some supplies.
Want to stay in shape? Hollins offers facilities and classes to help you reach your fitness goals.SWIM, WORK OUT, RIDE, PLAYATHLETIC COMPLEXExhibition playing courts for basketball and volleyball, weight and training rooms, and saunas.NORTHEN SWIMMING CENTER25-yard pool.BATTEN TENNIS CENTER10 outdoor courts, with lights, cushion-top finish, viewing areas for friends and family, and a pro court for high-profile matches.PLAYING FIELDSoccer and lacrosse games take place on a field with an immaculate Bermuda/rye natural grass surface.RIDING CENTERLocated on the northern end of campus, the complex contains 43 large box stalls with rubber mats.
Hollins is home to many clubs and organizations.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits Hollins University to award degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.
I really enjoyed this university for the diversity, women leadership/ mentorship and the other students. I learned so much about myself and about what I would enjoy in life. At times I felt like my university couldn’t care less if I attended there or not, and I don’t feel that deep connection to the university like I do with the people I met there, but I wouldn’t change my...
Hollins University is a small liberal arts university founded by my ancestor with the purpose of giving women the same education available to men at the time (1800s). I am proud to say that his goal was achieved. The education at Hollins (at least in my majors) was quite good. I will say in order to succeed with Hollins you have to take advantage and interact with the...
Hollins really helped guide me forward and pursue my dreams.
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