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The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges Hollins Featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges"

The Princeton Review has named Hollins University one of the United States and Canada's most environmentally responsible colleges in the fifth annual edition of their Guide to 332 Green Colleges. The guide was created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. Schools were selected based on a survey conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions about course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

"Hollins University has been leading the sustainability charge for quite some time," the guide states, citing its geothermal well field at Tinker Hall and 2.6-kilowatt solar facility as well as the annual energy challenge to reduce electricity and water usage in residence halls. The guide also notes that Hollins became a charter signatory in 2007 of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, "and aims to become totally carbon neutral by 2040."

Cool Colleges 101 Hollins is included in Peterson’s Cool Colleges 101, a new undergraduate guide featuring profiles of "cool" colleges across the United States and abroad.

"Hollins is a quiet campus for the serious student," Peterson’s says in its 2011 review of Hollins. "Comfortable dorms, a lively and engaged Student Government Association, and many clubs and traditions make Hollins a place where lifelong friendships begin."
The Chronicle of Higher Education Hollins Among Top Ten Nationally in Alumnae Fundraising Support for Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, Hollins has been named one of the ten "Top Institutions in Alumni Support Per Student" by the Council for Aid to Education, a national nonprofit organization focused on improving quality and access in higher education.

The rankings are reported in the August 26, 2011 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Forbes Ranks Hollins Among America’s 100 Most Financially Fit Colleges

Hollins has received an "A" in the 2013 Forbes College Financial Grades, which the magazine says "measure the fiscal soundness of more than 900 four-year, private, not-for-profit schools with more than 500 students." Forbes lists Hollins’ "financial GPA" as 4.013 out of maximum 4.5, which ranks 76th in the country and third in Virginia behind Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond.


Princeton Review

Hollins University is featured among "The Best 379 Colleges" by The Princeton Review

Hollins is included in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges. Only about 15% of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges are in the book, which includes profiles based on surveys completed by students. In their responses, Hollins students stated they "adore the school" and describe the campus as "gorgeous" and "peaceful." They added, "Professors pour so much time into their students….[They] are always more than willing to help," and noted, “The friends we make here are still going to be our sisters long after we have gone out into the world to accomplish what our experience at Hollins gave us the courage to do." More »

The Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges

Washington Monthly

Hollins is ranked #35 among the Washington Monthly’s top 254 liberal arts colleges for 2012.

Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The Washington Monthly [2012]

Fiske Guide to Colleges

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015, described as "the best college guide you can buy" by USA Today, features Hollins.

Hollins University is among the "best and most interesting schools" according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is "a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain." The guide bases its profiles on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities. Fiske lists Hollins under the categories, "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art or Design," "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Film/Television," and "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance."

The Fiske Guide to Colleges


The NSSE is designed to obtain information from students about the nature of the undergraduate experience. Specifically, it measures the extent to which students engage in effective education practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development and other desired outcomes such as student satisfaction, persistence, and graduation.

Here are some highlights from the 2006 survey:

  • There is more student-faculty interaction going on at Hollins, especially among faculty and first-year students than their peers.
  • Hollins students report having significantly more enriching educational experiences than their peers, especially seniors.

Click here to read more highlights. (PDF)

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

US News

Hollins achieved a first-tier ranking in the category "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. The rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates; assessment by peers and counselors; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving.

Colleges of Distinction

294 colleges and universities representing 42 states and two countries, United States and Canada, are honored as Colleges of Distinction for the 2012-2013 school year. "These schools are among the very best in North America. Each school goes above and beyond the Four Distinctions that really make an undergraduate education: Great Students, Engaged Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes."

Colleges of Distinction