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Reviews 615 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Hollins University does not have sororities. The only Greek life on campus is national honor fraternities that students may be inducted into.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school is small so it does not have some sports like field hockey or color guard. The sports facilities are nice though -- they are frequently rented out by sports groups in the area, but Hollins students still receive priority.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Hollins University does not allow students to live off-campus unless they are a commuter or have family that lives within an hour from the university.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off-campus dining options, but most of them are located in downtown Roanoke. Most restaurants close early and so if you decide that you want something at around 8, then you'll most likely be getting pizza or fast food. The Chinese take out places aren't even open very late. There aren't any student discounts that I'm aware of and if students want off-campus food that isn't delivery then it is important to have your own method of transportation.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus isn't very strict usually. Because the school is small, a lot of professors will establish their own attendance policies, but those professors can be worked with. Overnight guests are allowed and a guest policy is in place, but it is not enforced very well, day visitors are not regulated as long as students take responsibility for their guests/visitors. Alcohol consumption is only allowed within dorm rooms, not in hallways, stairwells or in public. (For special occasions is it allowed in the dining hall or at events.) The honor code is taken very seriously and all students must sign the honor code, the signed honor code for the class is then framed and put on display in the dining hall as a reminder to students.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I spend my weekends in Blacksburg, VA at my boyfriends apartment most weekends, so I am not very familiar with the party scene on campus. I do hear that a lot of people very much enjoy the NEFA parties, but those are mostly dance parties. More intense partying happens in the on-campus apartments which are located just across the street from the main campus buildings.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very willing to work with students on receiving more grants, scholarships or loans. You can be honest with the office if the amount of financial aid they've already given you isn't enough for your family. They will help you find scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus food is decent. It's not anything spectacular or anything terrible. Since the university is small, there is only one dining hall on campus and since there is only one dining hall, options are pretty limited on food choices. The dining Hall, Moody, is buffet style offering some vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. The dining hall staff will make accommodations for food allergies. Even though, options are limited for people with dietary restrictions. If dietary restrictions are an issue though, people may get exemptions from the meal plan.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus are wonderful. The first-year dorm building has air conditioning and heating units with a thermostt that students can adjust in their own rooms. The mattresses in all of the buildings are actual quality mattresses -- some of the dorm buildings even have box springs with the mattresses. The price tag from the mattresses in the first year dorm say they cost about $430 (it's a really nice quality mattress). The dorms are huge as well, at least twice the size of most public college dorms. Dorms also come with a nice closet and dresser with mirrors. The housing process is pretty simple since the university is so willing to work with people, but since it is a private school, the housing cost is a bit higher than a public institution (though financial aid is readily available for that).

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's a nice city, but you definitely need a car to actually get anywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: 100% of students are offered Financial aid

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Not much to pick from. Would have to transfer or go to Graduate school elaborate major

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I've meet so many people from different places.

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4 College Senior

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

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: 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.

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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.

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3 College Senior

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

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4 College Senior

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

3 College Senior

Local Area: 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.

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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.

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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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