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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great community. Very supportive people. Almost all identity groups are represented though by strictly numbers there are not a lot of large percentages of minority groups excepting women and LGBT. Very small college and a gorgeous campus. Hollins is definitely a university for those aiming to go somewhere.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: As a senior in high school, eager to pursue the next phase in my academic future, I searched for a university that valued individualized experiences. I wanted to be a part of a community that facilitated student dialogue and personalized relationships between students, faculty, and staff. As a junior at Hollins University, a private women's liberal arts school, I have found that supportive community that fosters individual growth at an accelerated level through leadership and professional opportunities. I have passionately become involved with the Student Government Association and am now President! Attending Hollins is like winning the lottery. Be bold. Be different. Be revolutionary. At Hollins, it's encouraged.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school in itself is wonderful. The professors & staff really do care about you & wish to see you succeed. However, the other students are toxic towards one another. There is a lot of animosity between the different social groups on campus & often times Yik-Yak is used as a means to spread rumors and start fights. If the students would stop all the self-hate they have towards one another Hollins would get a five star rating.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Hollins University is the school where woman graduate and leave as strong, passionate leaders and very-well educated decision makers. Hollins is a unique place where hundreds of woman with different backgrounds come together as friends, a community, and as a family. No one is left to struggle on their own; whether it be a personal problem or an educational problem; there is always a person(s) that will reach out and help with anything. The closeness with everyone on campus; students, faculty, and staff; is amazing. The faculty and staff are more interactive than any other college I have been too. And that is from the time interest is shown until way after one graduates. Not to mention the crazy traditions Hollins, talk about unique. The most favorable and memorable is Tinker Day. The date is only known to the President and on one random morning in October, classes are cancelled, and calls are made to commuters, dorms and apartments are raided. Everyone dresses up in the wackiest costumes and meets for a delicious breakfast, then everyone climbs Tinker Mountain and at the top is a picnic lunch. The day is spent uniting students, faculty, and staff...how much better could it get?

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Hollins is a beautiful school. The atmosphere, the women, the administration. I'm so happy with it.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Hollins is a great place to create memories. The school does it's best to keep students stress-free and gives you plenty of amenities to focus on academics. The financial aid program is not great, however, if you are in sudden need of financial aid. They are great everywhere but that.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Many of the housing options for non-freshmen are in the older buildings on campus, and due to the age of the buildings and the fact that they are on the National Registry of Historic places, they don't have central heating or air conditioning, so during the hot months, it gets pretty toasty. However, the rooms are much more spacious than those in the freshmen dorms, and all dorms have kitchen spaces as well as common rooms with televisions.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: The parties are frequent, but almost always the same.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of different places to eat, especially towards and in the downtown area, though getting there and back is sometimes a hassle, due to having to eat and run to catch the shuttle on time or having to find and pay for parking if you drive yourself.

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3 College Junior

Administration: The administration do their best to make campus life as easy and efficient as possible, and work with students who need special accommodations.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: There aren't many options for on-campus dining, and sometimes the hours for the dining hall are a little wonky. It would be nice to have a late-night option throughout the week instead of only on the weekends, and there could be more variety in the dining hall in general.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very good at making sure each student gets as much aid as possible based on her needs, and are always helpful when you have questions about things like work study opportunities.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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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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