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Reviews 602 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Hollins has policy for a reason. As an RA, I can definitely attest to this. We just want everyone to be safe.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Our old caterer Sodexo was the absolute worst but as of Summer 2014, we have a new caterer, so I don't know how that would affect my above ratings.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Minus a few professors, I have learned a lot and really enjoyed the majority of my classes. There have been a few racist and discriminatory professors though.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: We do have a great career center that started a career conference that brings back a boatload of alum. Our career center also helps find jobs and internships.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: We don't have greek life.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Again, it's a pretty small school in a suburban area, so there isn't much.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe for the most part.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: For a small town it's good, but you definitely need a car to get around.

3 College Senior

Athletics: We're a D3 school without enough coaches. Enough said there.

4 College Senior

Majors: There was no hassle to get into my major. However, other majors aren't as easy.

4 College Senior

Majors: I do like the psych program at Hollins except for our facility. It looks like a prison.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: You really have to fight for aid as an upperclassman.

4 College Senior

Academics: Being a psych major at Hollins, we have one of the biggest departments. Everyone is really supportive if you go to them and the classes are great. There are research opportunities available as well.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors are generally great, really helpful. Registration is super easy and the workload is what you make it. However, we do have a lot of reading and writing intensive classes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I like how strict they are. It shows how much they care about the well-being of the students. However, there are some things I wish they'd be more relaxed about.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere here. I'm from across the country, and they were so welcome here. I've made a lot of new friends.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I've been having some issues with my major. However, I'm a freshman, and while I do know what I want to do, I don't have a set plan, and I haven't met with anyone concerning my major yet.

College Freshman

Majors: I don't really know what my specific program is like yet, because I am a freshman, but I do like the experience I've had so far.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, however I do have quite a few friends who do, and I can see that campus parking is a little difficult.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Super diverse and friendly people here! I love it!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is so much diversity on campus and everyone at Hollins is really accepting.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good food at good prices!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If people are using drugs or alcohol, there isn't pressure to do the same at all.

2 College Freshman

Computers: Hollins uses Cisco, and the network as a whole is very slow, and the students have to log in almost constantly. It's the only really bad thing about the college, though.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The only real form of transportation to get to the Airport and such is by taxi. I do however get a discount whenever I use the taxi.


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Melissa Hammond
Dayton, Ohio
English (Creative Writing) and Studio Art
Grad Year
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You know a woman loves her alma mater when she still keeps endowing it with money, even during the recession. According to the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Hollins’ endowment ranks among the nation’s strongest, even in the middle of the recession. If this fact doesn't convince you how dearly alumnae love their school, just drop by one of Hollins' yearly reunions—wild, crazy, and filled with plenty of nostalgia (and alcohol).  Hollins graduates love their school.

The closeness of the community, the unique traditions, the discussion-based classes, and the beauty of the campus are all traits that endear Hollins to her students. Memories of climbing Tinker Mountain in gold pants and a feather boa, having English class on Front Quad, driving all over town on a scavenger hunt during Ring Night, painting the senior rock, and hanging out at professors’ houses will stick with students for the rest of their lives. The key to feeling like a member of the community is getting involved in clubs, organizations, and campus events.

Hollins isn't perfect. Some students get bored with the small size of the campus or get frustrated with the way gossip spreads like the Swine Flu. Some don’t adjust well to the single-sex atmosphere or simply find out that Hollins doesn’t offer the academic program they were looking for. Students who get the most from their Hollins experience are those who take advantage of the many services the school has to offer, such as competitive internships and leadership opportunities, and those who work hard in their classes. According to the polls, the majority of current students would choose Hollins again.

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