Admission Agreements with Graduate and Professional Programs

Hollins is partnering with some of the nation’s most selective graduate and professional programs to help qualified Hollins students pursue advanced degrees and meaningful careers in high-demand fields.

“When our students commit to Hollins, we commit to their success. Our partnerships with graduate and professional programs ensure students have access to stellar educational opportunities to continue their preparation for future careers.”

– Laura A. McLary, Nora Kizer Bell Provost

Hollins currently has agreements in place with:

Your Path to Top Graduate Programs

While options and requirements vary by institution and program, the partnerships feature benefits to ease your transition to graduate school:

  • Guaranteed scholarships, interviews, and/or admission to certain graduate and professional programs
  • Specialized programming and advising from our partner institutions
  • Research opportunities at top-tier research institutions

Explore Your Options

Student at internship in DCAppalachian School of Law
All qualified Hollins students will receive guaranteed admission to the J.D. program and will be considered for merit scholarships.

Contact Courtney Chenette at to learn more.

Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

All Hollins graduates who are admitted to a Heinz graduate program will receive at least 30% off tuition each semester. This discount applies to up to 10 students at a time.

These programs include:

  • M.S. in Information Technology
  • M.S. in Information Systems and Management
  • M.S. in Information Security Policy and Management
  • M.S. in Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Arts Management
  • Master of Entertainment Industry Management
  • M.S. in Healthcare Policy and Management
  • M.S. in Healthcare Analytics and IT
  • Master of Public Management

Contact Darla Schumm at to learn more about the Heinz graduate programs.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)

VCOM develops community-focused, globally-minded osteopathic physicians to meet the needs of the rural and medically underserved areas and to provide research to improve human health.

Two tracks are available for Hollins students:

Student interns at NYU Langone HealthRocovich Scholars’ Early Admissions Program

  • Spots for up to five qualified Hollins students annually
  • Accepted students commit to VCOM (and to not apply to other medical schools) in exchange for an early admission decision from VCOM
  • Students apply at the end of their sophomore year for acceptance into this program
  • Must have 3.5 overall GPA and 3.5 science GPA
  • Must have scored 1100 or greater on SAT or 24 or greater on the ACT
  • This track waives the MCAT for students with a 3.7 GPA or above

Guaranteed Interview Program

  • Students apply with Hollins’ endorsement at the end of their junior year
  • Must have 3.5 overall GPA and 3.5 science GPA
  • Have a competitive score on the MCAT

“Hollins students have an inside track to a very competitive program. VCOM typically receives over 11,000 applications and only interviews 325 to 350 students on each of their three campuses.”

– Brian Gentry, Pre-Health Sciences advisor

For more details on any of the health science partnership programs, including full admission requirements, please contact Professor Brian Gentry at

Mary Baldwin University – Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Guaranteed Interview Program – students who meet qualifications will be guaranteed an opportunity to interview for the following programs: physician’s assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT), and occupational therapy (OT).

For more information, please contact Brian Gentry at

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)

Aysia BrennerHollins is now a partner institution with MIIS, which means that all Hollins graduates who apply and are admitted to a Middlebury graduate program will receive a $10,000 scholarship towards their tuition.

The following MIIS programs are included in the scholarship agreement with Hollins:

  • M.A. in International Education Management
  • M.A. in International Environmental Policy
  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • M.A. in International Policy and Development (I.P.D.)
  • M.A. in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy
  • M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
  • M.A. in TESOL
  • M.A. in Teaching Foreign Language
  • M.A. in Translation
  • M.A. in Translation and Interpretation
  • M.A. in Conference Interpretation
  • M.A. in Translation and Localization Management

Students interested in the Middlebury partnership should contact Darla Schumm at

Radford University

Hollins has three guaranteed spots for qualified students in each of the following Radford programs: M.S. in counselor education, including school counseling and clinical mental health counseling concentrations; and Master of Social Work.

For more information, please contact Caroline Mann at

Shenandoah University
School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, Dunn School of Pharmacy

Qualified Hollins students will be given priority admission status in each of the following Shenandoah programs:

    • Master of Athletic Training (three students)
    • Performing Arts Health and Fitness Certificate (three students)
    • Master of Public Health (three students)
    • Accelerated B.S.N. (three students at Leesburg campus and three students at Winchester campus).

Hollins students who meet qualifications and course prerequisites will be given priority admission status and a guaranteed interview for the Doctorate of Pharmacy program.

For more information, please contact Brian Gentry at

University of Pikeville – School of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Optometry, Coleman School of Business, and School of Social Work

Nationally renowned optometry and osteopathic medicine graduate programs, innovative online social work programs, and a fully online MBA program with professional, healthcare, and entrepreneurship tracks, are this partnership’s hallmarks.

  • Up to three seats a year for qualified Hollins students in the Doctor of Optometry program
  • Up to three seats a year for qualified Hollins students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Early Admissions program
  • Up to five seats a year for qualified Hollins students in the MSW program
  • Up to ten seats a year for qualified Hollins students in the MBA program

Contact Brian Gentry at to learn more about medical and optometry school, Darla Schumm at for information on the M.B.A. program, and Caroline Mann at regarding the M.S.W. program.

University of Virginia – Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy program at UVA focuses on solving society’s most pressing problems by cultivating value-based leadership, teaching collaborative approaches to problem solving, and emphasizing ethics to achieve tangible results.

  • All accepted students will receive a tuition scholarship for $12,500 (Virginia residents) or $20,000 (out-of-state residents) per year.

Students interested in the UVA Batten School partnership should contact Darla Schumm at or Abrina Schnurman at

Virginia Tech College of Engineering – Computer Science

Early Admission Program – students who take a computer science course sequence at Hollins will be eligible to apply to the Master of Engineering in Computer Science program at Virginia Tech as early as their junior year. All majors are encouraged to apply and explore this potential educational and career pathway.

For more information, please contact Giancarlo Schrementi at