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Hollins University

Hollins University CampusHollins University was founded in 1842 and was the Commonwealth of Virginia's first chartered women's college.

It is located on the border of Roanoke and Botetourt Counties in Virginia's Blue Ridge on its pristine 475-acre campus.

The university has approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students, coming from states all over the country and from countries all over the world.

Bachelor of Arts degrees are available in 27 different fields and Bachelor of Science degrees are available in four fields.

Many well-known writers have been part of the school's writing program, including Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Dillard, Natasha Trethewey and Henry S. Taylor. Mary Ellen Garber, the first woman inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, was also a graduate of the writing program. Ann Compton, the former White House correspondent for ABC News, also graduated from Hollins University.

Hollins has a unique place in the landscape of higher learning in Virginia as the state's first chartered women's school.

The undergraduate program is still female-only, while graduate programs are co-ed, a change that was implemented in 1958.

The university was also one of the first in creating a study abroad program that encourages students to spend time overseas. Approximately half of all students will spend time overseas as part of the study abroad program in countries such as England, France, Japan, South Africa and many more.

What's Nearby

The campus is conveniently located near Interstate 81 and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, and it also offers nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting space, making it a popular spot for many special events throughout the year.

It's also only a short drive to great attractions, restaurants, and nearby outdoor activities, such as Carvins Cove and the Appalachian Trail.

Hollins is also home to the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, which offers free admission to the public and highlights many unique works of contemporary art. The museum is named after Eleanor D. Wilson, an actress and member of the class of 1930, who wanted the university to have a world-class art museum.

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Hollins University

7916 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
(540) 362-6000 (540) 362-6000
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