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.
Hollins is located in Roanoke, Virginia (metro population of 250,000), in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our students easily travel to nearby major cities — all for an even bigger collection of friends, opportunities, and adventure.
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.