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Welcome to Hollins University!

As new Horizon students, you will be bringing a variety of different educational experiences to Hollins. Some of you will transfer in as sophomores or juniors, while others will be taking college classes for the first time. The purpose of this page and its links is to help familiarize you with how academics work at Hollins and the tasks that you will need to complete before arriving for orientation on Sunday, August 31.

Please be sure to fill out the Advising Questionnaire as soon as possible. Each Horizon student will be assigned an advisor based on the information in this questionnaire and specifically based on academic interests.

In addition to filling out an Advising Questionnaire, you will be required to do a number of other tasks over the summer including taking a series of placement tests online and preparing a tentative schedule for the fall term. Please click on the Summer Academic Checklist (for Transfer/Horizon students) link to the right for more instructions on how to prepare for the fall term.

On the left side of this page, you will find a link titled Academic Overview that will introduce you to the main educational requirements at Hollins, including the number of credits needed to graduate, the Education through Skills and Perspectives (ESP) general education program, Short Term, and how Hollins applies transfer credits.

In addition to these academic forms, Horizon students who are commuting to campus are required to submit either Health and Immunization Records OR a Waiver of Health and Immunization. If you submit Health and Immunization Records, you will be able to use the Health and Counseling Services on campus. If, however, you submit the waiver, you agree that you will not be using the Health and Counseling Services on campus. Horizon students living on the Hollins campus are required to submit the Health and Immunization Records.

Those of you who are taking college courses for the first time, or who have been out of formal education for a number of years, are encouraged to enroll in a special seminar designed for you entitled "Women and Technology." This course is restricted to Horizon students and will focus on developing certain skill areas that will help you succeed academically. The instructor of the class, Professor Edwina Spodark, will serve as the students' academic advisor. Here is a description of the course:

  • Edwina Spodark"Women and Technology": Love it or hate it, we all end up using technology. It's not just for boys, either. For as long as we have records, women have used technology. This course will allow us to explore the role of technology in the lives of women. We will also be using computer technology to expand our powers as students. "Women and Technology" is a course about discovery. You will discover why you need to know about spreadsheets and databases, as well as how to breakdown your school workload and that required 15-page research paper into manageable chunks. You will discover that a whole host of women before you have explored, invented, and discovered things that have revolutionized the world. You will discover that there are a lot of people who are exploring and forging their paths here at Hollins just like you – one day at a time. You will discover that you CAN do this and that there are people here who are enthusiastically dedicated to helping you.
  • Edwina Spodark, Professor of French, earned her B.A. at Northern Illinois University, her M.A. at Marquette University, and her Ph.D at Northwestern University. A Medieval/Renaissance French scholar, she took a page from the renaissance men and women that she had read about for years and broadened her research interests to encompass using technology to teach foreign languages and studying the Millennial and i generations. At Hollins since 1982, she teaches courses on French language, foreign language teaching methodology, Québec, Medieval/Renaissance French Literature, and cultural understanding. In addition to her most recent technological acquisitions — a new laptop, an iPhone 5, a Kindle Fire HD, and an iPad HD — she enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and their fuzz-boy, Cooper. Her other interests include Virginia Tech football and serving as an officer of election in Botetourt County. Her homepage is located at: http://www1.hollins.edu/homepages/spodarke/index.htm.


The course fulfills the Applied Research Technique "r" skill of our Education through Skills and Perspectives general education program. If you are interested in registering for this course, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 in the fall, please contact Mary Ellen Apgar, director of the Horizon program, at apgarme2@hollins.edu.

The Hollins faculty is looking forward to meeting you in August!