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Ashley Browning
Director of Admission
(540) 362-6401

Mary Ellen Apgar
Transfer Student Admission Coordinator

Chloe Landon
International Student Admission Coordinator

Mary Ellen Apgar
Director, Horizon Program
(540) 362-6609

Horizon program director

Mary Ellen Apgar

Mary Ellen Apgar
(540) 362-6609


Save the date: Saturday, September 27, 2014

The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Horizon Program at Hollins University. More »


Read about some Horizon alumnae:

Mara Eve Robbins '09 won Real Simple magazine's Life Lessons Essay Contest with this heartrending story about becoming a 30-year-old widow.

Melanie Moro-Huber '08, her debut poetry collection, Axe in Hand, was published in February 2012 through NYQ Books. She's still writing...

Honey Hutson '07 was interviewed by Writers Talk (UK), about her books, Soul Inheritance and Inheritance Rising.

April Marcell '11, wrote, shot, and edited a video about life as a Horizon student.


Hollins Horizon Program on Facebook  Hollins on YouTube


Sharon Mirtaheri '10 says "It's never too late." Click here to see her "aha moment."


You can do this.

If you’re thinking about returning to college to earn your bachelor of arts degree, the Hollins Horizon Program may be the right choice for you. One of the nation's top liberal arts colleges for women, Hollins provides an ideal setting for women returning to school.

Established in 1974, the Horizon Program makes it easy and affordable to resume your education at your own pace. You work with a distinguished faculty dedicated to teaching. To ease the transition into academic life, Hollins offers a special Horizon advisor, a comfortable place to study, relax, and meet others between classes, and a strong support network of Horizon students and alumnae. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in teaching, art, business, scientific research, counseling, and fund-raising.

The Horizon Program includes nontraditional students who are just starting their college education or who want to transfer to Hollins. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Hollins' Horizon Program is that the degree is the same degree that all Hollins graduates earn; it’s not a separate certificate. Hollins' entire undergraduate offerings — from art to biology, to English and psychology — are available to you.


The Horizon program offers the following benefits:

  • Quality: As a national liberal arts university, Hollins has a widely recognized reputation for the quality of its programs. The creative writing program is considered among the best in the country and contributes significantly to the creative atmosphere that pervades the campus community.
  • Access to Hollins’ facilities: Horizon students can study and relax between classes in the Horizon Student Lounge in Eastnor. The lounge has computer workstations as well. Horizon students also have access to fitness and athletic facilities, and to the dining room and snack bar. Dana Science Building is open 24 hours a day and features two open-access computer labs.
  • The Wyndham Robertson Library, with its extensive online and print resources, knowledgeable staff, and new automated library system, is an additional advantage to students enrolled in Hollins’ Horizon program. In addition to being a state-of-the art academic library, the building has been designated Virginia’s first National Literary Landmark.
  • Advising: Horizon graduates laud the availability and support they get from their advisors -- full-time faculty, not teaching adjuncts -- in planning courses of study.
  • Sense of community: At Hollins you will find your own space and voice in a supportive community. Since 1842, Hollins has supported women in their quest for self-definition and expression, and the results are evident. Nearly 95% of Hollins graduates say their education prepared them for the lives they are leading. The national data is clear as well: women who attend women’s colleges tend to achieve greater success than their coed counterparts.
  • Exceptional faculty: At Hollins you have the opportunity to study with and learn from nationally recognized scholars, of whom 99% hold the Ph.D. or highest degree in their field.
  • Career resources: Hollins’ career development center is considered one of the best in the region. All resources are available to Horizon students. Here you will find the latest tips for searching for a job, writing your resume, and interviewing successfully.
  • Alumnae network: There are more than 14,000 Hollins alumnae worldwide who know that "Women who are going places start at Hollins."

An Inspiring Story: Maria Roncal '15

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