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3 College Senior

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

3 College Junior

Athletics: There is quite a bit of school spirit and most of the athletics department seems to support each other but I don't pay much attention and it doesn't actively enter someone's life if they're not already involved

3 College Freshman

Athletics: People really get excited for such games but then again there is a portion of campus that does not get affected at all by campus sports events.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not really part of the athletic scene.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I adore it - no one else seems to. Little to no school participation in athletic events on and off campus.


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  • 1134th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1172nd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Melissa Hammond
Dayton, Ohio
English (Creative Writing) and Studio Art
Grad Year
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If your idea of "the college experience" is tailgaiting with friends every Friday night before the big football game, think twice before choosing Hollins. Though the university does boast an undefeated football team (a running joke on campus), school spirit is not up to par with other schools; you'll never see students painting their bodies green and gold and running naked onto the soccer field. Well, not in support of an athletic event, anyway. The athletic department has made a big effort in the past few years to boost attendance to the games by holding pep rallies and giving out prizes, and game attendance has increased. Still, school spirit is mediocre. Hollins doesn’t even have a mascot!

What Hollins does have is an excellent horseback riding team—they’ve qualified for the national IHSA show eight years in a row—and a great outdoor program that has won competitions in canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and bouldering. The varsity sports include basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball, and their performance varies from year to year. Hollins also has clean, up-to-date facilities, complete with pool, sauna, fencing studio, workout room, two indoor basketball courts, indoor rock climbing wall, nine outdoor tennis courts, a soccer field, an indoor horseback riding ring, 43 horse stalls, and outdoor paddocks.

Hollins is a great place to get involved with a sport you didn’t play in high school. For example, some students join the lacrosse team without having ever played it before. The school also offers some fun, low-commitment club sports like fencing, cross country, martial arts, and softball. Someone who wants to have fun playing a sport without taking it super seriously—at least not as seriously as she would at a Division 1 school—would be happy at Hollins.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
School Colors
Green and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
110 - 14%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Riding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Club Sports
  • Fencing
  • Martial arts
  • Softball
  • Wilderness adventure
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Batten Tennis Center
  • Charlotte Fox Climbing Wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Kirby Riding Ring and Stables
  • Northen Swimming Center
  • Tayloe Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Horseback riding, tennis, swimming
Most Overlooked Teams
Fencing, cross country, golf
School Spirit
The athletic department holds pep rallies and gives away prizes like t-shirts, key chains, and cups to draw students in, but school spirit is still mediocre. The bleachers at a basketball game are usually sparsely filled with a few of the players' friends, the members of the Spirit Squad (the cheerleading club), and a well-loved retired custodian who is famous on campus for attending every Hollins game.
Getting Tickets
With the exception of some of the horse shows, all of the events are free, and attendance is encouraged.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Take a walk around the loop (the main road that encompasses campus), and check out the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some students enjoy walking up to the founder's grave to get a bird's-eye view of the campus.
Did You Know?
Hollins is one of the only universities in the country without a mascot.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 26 responses

  • 19% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 23% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 54% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 27 responses

  • 15% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 56% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 7% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 15% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 74% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 11% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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