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Four full years

College life is more than the three R's. The fourth R — recreation — is a way to recharge, refresh, and renew through a host of out-of-class activities. Whether it's through playing a sport, enjoying the outdoors, partying, shopping, volunteering, or being active in a club, you'll find plenty of ways to re-create yourself at Hollins.

Below are some examples of what Hollins students do for fun. We know you'll come up with more. Slideshow »


Climbing wall

Around campus

  • Listen to rising stars in the music world in the newly renovated student center, "The Rat"
  • Sit and socialize in the rockers on the porch of Main Building
  • Audition for a theatre production
  • Cheer on your classmates during a soccer game
  • Can you karaoke? Be bold during one of the BSA's "melt the mic" nights
  • Attend the annual pancake study break (faculty and administrators do the flippin')
  • Take a study break and attend Movie Night
  • Attend the fall or spring dance gathering
  • Go sledding on Tinker Beach
  • Get to know your profs at a "Teacher Tea"
  • Master the climbing wall
  • Check out the books by Hollins authors in the beautiful Hollins Room in the Robertson Library
  • Enjoy a day of fun and games at Mayfest
  • Drink in great poetry and prose during the annual Literary Festival
View of Roanoke from Mill Mountain

Explore Roanoke (at 250,000 people, it's got a lot to offer)*

  • Discover a skyline view of the city from the star on top of Mill Mountain
  • Socialize at Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea downtown on the Market or grab a mocha latte at Starbucks
  • Check out the Grandin Theatre's independent film offerings
  • Rummage through the many thrift and antique stores in the Roanoke Valley
  • Check out restaurants and night spots in downtown Roanoke
  • Visit Mill Mountain Zoo
  • Shop at Valley View Mall
  • Visit the historic farmers' market in downtown Roanoke
  • *Recently featured in Garden & Gun magazine
Tinker Day


  • Plan your Tinker Day skit
  • Hike up Tinker Mountain
  • Entertain your family and friends during Family Weekend
  • Savor tea and cookies during the annual Holiday Tea
  • Have fun with friends at Fall Formal and Spring Cotillion
  • Earn your class ring during Ring Night
  • Take joy in the beauty of the White Gift Service
  • Paint "The Rock"
Appalachian Trail


  • Enjoy the beauty of nature at nearby Carvin's Cove
  • Pack a picnic and explore the view from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
  • While you're at it, hike part of the Appalachian Trail
  • Go downhill skiing, caving, rock climbing, and more with the Hollins Outdoor Program
Washington, D.C.

Day trips

  • Take a day trip to D.C.
  • Visit friends at one of the 10 colleges and universities within driving distance of Hollins