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The Hollins Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places

The Belk Challenge for International Scholars

Claudia Watkins Belk '60 with President Gray and Mary Claudia Belk Pilon

For the second time, Hollins has met and exceeded a challenge from the John M. Belk Educational Endowment to raise $500,000 to receive a matching grant of the same amount.




Jackson Center

Explore the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins, established by John and Susan Gager Jackson '68.


Academic Quality


“The great thing about this place is that it gives you the freedom to explore so many options academically. Our faculty here are very smart, really care about you, and very much want you to succeed.”

- Sarah Budrus '11, Huntington, West Virginia, Mathematics major


academic quality

The quality of a Hollins education is a constant, one recognized by the Princeton Review, Forbes, Newsweek, U.S. News, Barrons, Fiske, and other guides to the best colleges.


Emphasis on liberal arts and leadership does not wane but is embraced as the key to maneuvering in a global society. The ways of academic excellence still depend upon learned professors and lively classroom discussion, but have expanded to include hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study, career internships, study abroad, leadership experiences, and community service.


The Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places produced:



Substantial gifts for unrestricted endowment will enable Hollins to respond quickly to timely opportunities or changing demands of today’s academic environment.


Campaign donor support for academic quality:


Unrestricted endowment $10.3 million
Chairs, professorships, and faculty salaries $14.5 million
Faculty and academic innovation $4.5 million
Study abroad opportunities $2.7 million
Batten Leadership Institute $5.3 million
Faculty development / student research $900,000