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What happens “after Hollins” depends on what you do
“during Hollins.”

For 170 years, Hollins has delivered an educational experience that prepares students for active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society throughout their lives. More than ever, Hollins remains committed to the core tenets of an outstanding liberal arts education, one that will ready you for success in life by:

  • Providing you with the skills and knowledge to help you be successful in a variety of careers.
  • Empowering you to assume positions of leadership and be flexible in the marketplace.

As Kelsey DeForest '13 wrote in an essay for The Roanoke Times before she graduated, "I am learning how to research, write, discuss, and lead. I am learning to effect change, engage as a citizen, and achieve goals. I am learning to form and defend opinions and change minds. I am discovering and pursuing my passions."

By the way, after graduation, Kelsey, a political science major, accepted a job with Betsy Brooks Carr '68 (shown right), a Hollins alumna and a representative in Virginia's House of Delegates.

There's even a study that confirms the advantages of a liberal arts education like the one Hollins provides. The Annapolis Group, a consortium of 130 liberal arts colleges nationwide, commissioned research by Hardwick Day, which found:

  • …the undergraduate experience students encounter at small, residential liberal arts colleges is more effective in producing meaningful and lasting benefits than the education experienced at private research universities, leading public universities, and other institutions of higher education.
  • The study… indicates a residential, liberal arts education not only leads to a number of immediate positive outcomes, but that these outcomes are present in and important to liberal arts college alumni long after their college experience has ended.

Browse through this section and you'll find plenty of evidence to support the viability of a Hollins education. It's partly a numbers story (97% of our graduates are working or attending graduate or professional school), and it's also stories told by and about our alumnae. You'll see that we prepare our students with a rigorous academic curriculum, supported by an outstanding internship program and an annual career conference.

Take a look and find out why "women who are going places start at Hollins."