U.S. News Recognizes Hollins for Social Mobility, Value Among National Liberal Arts Colleges

Hollins University is ranked #16 among the country’s Top Performers on Social Mobility and #32 on the list of Best Value Schools, according to the new U.S. News 2022 Best Colleges.

Hollins received both rankings in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

To determine the Top Performers on Social Mobility, U.S. News & World Report explains that it looks at “colleges that enrolled and graduated large proportions of economically disadvantaged students who were awarded federal Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.”

The Best Value Schools ranking “weighs a college’s academic quality alongside the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid,” the guide, now in its 37th edition, reports. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

Hollins is ranked #105 overall in the National Liberal Arts category, and is also cited as an A+ School for B Students.

“To judge the level of quality at each institution on the A-Plus Schools for B Students lists, U.S. News & World Report first examined two variables: the school’s performance in the 2022 edition of the Best Colleges rankings and the average freshman retention rate. Since the U.S. News rankings are a gauge of excellence, schools in National UniversitiesNational Liberal Arts CollegesRegional Universities and Regional Colleges all had to first be ranked in the top three-fourths of their 2022 Best Colleges ranking categories to be eligible for the A-Plus Schools for B Students ranking list.” In addition, the guide notes, “colleges had to admit a meaningful proportion of students who didn’t get straight A’s in high school.”

The U.S. News 2022 Best Colleges rankings were released to the public on September 13.

 


Hollins Among The Princeton Review’s “Best 387 Colleges” for 2022

Hollins University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates according to the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 387 Colleges.

Hollins is also featured in two of the “Great List” categories the education services company curates: “Most Politically Active Students” and “Great College Theater.” Each list names 16 to 29 colleges in alphabetical (not ranked) order.

In the guide’s profile of the university, students praise Hollins as “a great place for people who want life experience” that provides “a lot of incredible opportunities for anyone willing to take them.” They also cite internship and study abroad opportunities as “exceptional” and describe faculty as “amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate.” The Princeton Review adds, “The alumni network is similarly solid, and many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.”

“We salute Hollins for its outstanding academics and we are genuinely pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their ‘best-fit’ college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of The Best 387 Colleges.

Only about 14% of America’s 2,700 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide. The Princeton Review chooses the colleges based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The company also considers data it gathers from its surveys of students at the colleges who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the guide from 1 to 387.

The Best 387 Colleges is the 30th anniversary edition of the book. It has been featured on NBC’s Today more than a dozen times, and referenced by reporters in publications ranging from Inside Higher Ed. to The Wall Street Journal.


Niche Places Hollins Among the Top Schools in Virginia, Best Women’s Colleges in America

The college ranking and review platform Niche has named Hollins University number one in the category “Best Colleges with No Application Fee in Virginia,” number three among the “Best Small Colleges in Virginia,” and ninth in the categories “Best Colleges in Virginia” and “Colleges with the Best Academics in Virginia.”

In its 2022 Best Colleges Rankings, Niche also cites Hollins as the seventh-best women’s college in America.

To create the college rankings, Niche combines data from sources such as the U.S. Department of Education with user input – reviews and ratings from current students, alumnae/i, and parents – to analyze factors such as academics, the campus environment, and value.

Luke Skurman, CEO and founder of Niche, adds, “Our team recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as new variants such as the delta variant arise, will continue to have an outsize impact on the college admissions process this year. We wanted to make sure our 2022 rankings reflect the current reality and provide unique and comprehensive insights into top-notch institutions across the country.”

View Hollins’ complete profile on Niche.

 


Fiske Guide Places Hollins Among “The Best and Most Interesting Schools”

Hollins University is one of the more than 300 “best and most interesting” colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2022.

Edited by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide has been published for nearly 40 years and has been touted by USA Today as “the best college guide you can buy.”

Fiske features Hollins among the nation’s small colleges and universities that are “Strong in Film/Television,” “Strong in Dance,” and “Strong in Performing Arts/Drama,” and calls it “one of the South’s leading women’s colleges.” It also highlights the university’s “top-notch equestrian program, which has brought home the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship 21 times.” Undergraduates quoted in the university’s profile praise the professors (“We got lots of individual attention and help.”), residence halls (“Most of the dorms are historic buildings full of character and comfort.”), and the overall campus environment (“A student should only attend Hollins if they want to be a part of a close-knit community that fosters creative minds and ambitious spirits.”) One student noted, “Hollins is a great school that empowers women. It has made me independent.”

Updated and expanded every year, Fiske describes itself as “the most authoritative source of information for college-bound students and their parents.” The selection of schools for inclusion is “done with several broad principles in mind, beginning with academic quality.”

 


Princeton Review: Hollins Is Among Nation’s Top Colleges for Alumni Networking, Internships, Value

Hollins University nationally has the #5 Best Alumni Network (Private Schools) and is 12th among the Best Schools for Internships (Private Schools), according to The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2021.

The Best Alumni Network rankings are based on students’ ratings of alumni activity and visibility on campus, while the Best Schools for Internships are determined by students’ ratings of accessibility of internship placement at their school.

The education services company also selected Hollins as one of the nation’s top 200 colleges “for students seeking a superb education at an affordable price.”

The Princeton Review chose its Best Value Colleges for 2021 based on data the company collected from its surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges in 2019-20. The company also factored in data from its surveys of students attending the schools as well as PayScale.com surveys of alumni of the schools about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction figures.

In all, The Princeton Review crunched more than 40 data points to tally ROI (Return on Investment) ratings of the colleges that determined its selection of the 200 schools for the 2021 project. Topics covered everything from academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries, and job satisfaction.

“The schools we name as our Best Value Colleges for 2021 comprise only just over one percent of the nation’s four-year colleges,” noted Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “They are distinctive in their programs, size, region, and type, yet they are similar in three areas. Every school we selected offers outstanding academics, generous financial aid and/or a relative low cost of attendance, and stellar career services. We salute Hollins University for these exceptional offerings and recommend it highly to college applicants and parents.”


US News Cites Hollins for Value, Social Mobility Among National Liberal Arts Colleges

Hollins University’s success in blending educational excellence with affordability, and its track record for graduating Pell Grant-awarded students, have earned recognition in the new U.S. News 2021 Best Colleges.

The college guide ranks Hollins as the #44 Best Value School and #21 in the list of Top Performers on Social Mobility among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

“To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News and World Report factors academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid,” the guide notes. “The social mobility ranking is computed from the two ranking factors assessing graduation rates of students who received federal Pell Grants (those typically coming from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually, though most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000).”

Hollins is ranked #102 overall in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category, and is also considered an A-plus School for B Students.

“Since the U.S. News rankings are a gauge of excellence,” the guide explains, “schools had to first be ranked in the top three-fourths of their 2021 Best Colleges ranking category to be eligible for the A-plus Schools for B Students ranking list. The average freshman retention rate – the percentage of first-year students who returned for their sophomore year – was also calculated for first-year classes entering between fall 2015 and fall 2018; schools that made the first cut had to bring an average of at least 75% of their freshmen back the next fall. This freshman retention rate value can be an important indicator of student satisfaction.

“In addition to passing the first two screens, to make the final cut of A-plus Schools for B Students, colleges had to admit a meaningful proportion of students who didn’t get straight A’s.”

The 2021 Best Colleges rankings were released to the public on September 14.

 

 


Top Ten Rankings Highlight Hollins’ Profile in The Princeton Review’s “Best 386 Colleges”

Hollins University is among the top ten schools in the country for politically involved students and college theatre, according to the 2021 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges.

Hollins is ranked #6 in the category Most Politically Active Students and #8 on the Best College Theatre list.

In the guide’s profile of the university, students say Hollins is “a great place for people who want life experience” and that the school provides “a lot of incredible opportunities for anyone willing to take them.” They also cite internship and study abroad opportunities as “exceptional,” and praise the faculty as “amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate.” The Princeton Review adds, “The alumni network is similarly solid, and many students land jobs and internships through previous graduates.”

“We salute Hollins for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of The Best 386 Colleges.

Only about 14% of America’s 2,800 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide. The Princeton Review chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The company also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book from 1 to 386. Instead, it reports 62 ranking lists of the top 20 schools in various categories important to prospective applicants and their parents. The rankings in this edition are based on the company’s surveys of 143,000 students at the 386 schools in the book.

The Best 386 Colleges is the 29th annual edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” book. It has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show more than a dozen times, and referenced by reporters in publications ranging from Inside Higher Ed. to The Wall Street Journal.


Hollins’ Strengths in Film, Dance, and Performing Arts/Drama Touted by Fiske Guide

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021 features Hollins University as one of the more than 300 “best and most interesting” colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland.

Created by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide has been published for 37 years. USA Today calls it, “The best college guide you can buy.”

The Fiske Guide includes Hollins among the nation’s small colleges and universities that are “Strong in Film/Television,” “Strong in Dance,” and “Strong in Performing Arts/Drama.” Undergraduates quoted in the university’s profile cite their fellow students as “independent, ambitious, and passionate” while also praising Hollins’ academic balance (“I have been challenged by most of my classes here, but the workload has been manageable enough that I have been able to do a bunch of extracurriculars, too.”), its residence halls (“Most of the dorms are historic buildings full of character and comfort.”), and the overall educational environment (“Hollins is a great school that empowers women. It has made me independent.”). One senior concludes, “A student should only attend Hollins if they want to be a part of a close-knit community that fosters creative minds and ambitious spirits.”

Updated annually, the Fiske Guide to Colleges describes itself as “the most authoritative source of information for college-bound students and their parents.”

 


The Princeton Review Places Hollins Among Nation’s Best for Alumni Networks, Internships, and Value

Announcing its Best Value Colleges for 2020, The Princeton Review has ranked Hollins University as having the #5 Best Alumni Network in the country and #21 in the category Best Schools for Internships.

The Best Alumni Network rankings are based on college student ratings of alumni activity and visibility on campus, while the Best Schools for Internships are determined by student ratings of accessibility of internship placement at their school.

The education services company also selected Hollins as one of the nation’s top 200 colleges “for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price.”

The Princeton Review chose its Best Value Colleges for 2020 based on data the company collected from its surveys of administrators at 656 colleges in 2018-19. The company also factored in data from its surveys of students attending the schools as well as PayScale.com surveys of alumni of the schools about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction figures.

In all, The Princeton Review crunched more than 40 data points to tally ROI (Return on Investment) ratings of the colleges that determined its selection of the 200 schools for the 2020 project. Topics covered everything from academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries, and job satisfaction.

“The schools we name as our Best Value Colleges for 2020 comprise only 7% of the nation’s four-year colleges,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “They are truly distinctive and diverse in their programs, size, region, and type, yet they are similar in three areas. Every school we selected offers outstanding academics, generous financial aid and/or a relative low cost of attendance, and stellar career services.

“We salute Hollins University for these exceptional offerings and recommend it highly to college applicants and parents.”

 


Hollins Earns “A-Minus” Financial Health Grade from Forbes

Hollins University has received an “A-minus” grade from Forbes for fiscal fitness in the magazine’s 2019 report on the financial health of private not-for-profit colleges and universities.

Drawing upon the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the federal government’s main body for collecting and analyzing information regarding education in the United States and other countries, Forbes examined the finances of 933 private institutions across the nation with enrollments larger than 500 students. The publication then graded those schools “on balance sheet strength and operational soundness, plus certain other indicators of a college’s financial condition, including admission yield, percentage of freshmen receiving institutional grants, and instruction expenses per student.”

Forbes noted, “This year only 34 colleges received A-plus grades, and another 40 scored at least A-minus.” Hollins is thus among the top 75 of the 933 schools analyzed.

Only two private colleges in Virginia (the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University) earned higher grades than Hollins.