Hollinsummer 2021: July 18 – 24

pre-college program for rising 9th – 12th grade girls



Looking for an adventure this summer? Join us for Hollinsummer, a pre-college summer program for young women with interests in everything from creative writing, STEM, and social justice to theatre and riding.

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Hollinsummer brings together passionate, talented high school students from across the country for an exciting week of learning and fun on one of Virginia’s most beautiful campuses.

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Creative Writing Intensive


July 18-24, 2021

Looking for a creative and supportive writing community? Interested in a sneak peek into one of the nations’ top creative writing programs? Our Creative Writing Intensive will help you develop a stronger writing voice in fiction, poetry, and personal narratives. This weeklong skill development program includes writers’ workshops and special events with visiting authors to help you hone your skills.

Reflect and Create

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Are you a passionate champion for social justice? Want to change the world but don’t know how? Our Hollinsummer Social Justice Seminar will deepen your knowledge of community issues and encourage you in ways to bring about change within your community. You will walk away from this experience more confident in your abilities as a community leader and advocate.

Advocate and Inspire

Experiment and Explore

Experiment and Explore: Biology and Environmental Research Symposium

July 18-24, 2021

Do you have a passion for the sciences? This weeklong research symposium challenges participants to experiment and explore high interest topics in chemistry, biology, and environmental studies. So whether your future interests lie in ecology, medicine, or engineering, you will gain invaluable experience in a college-level research environment both in the lab and in the field.

Experiment and Explore

Hollinsummer theatre

Hollins Theatre: caught in the act

July 18-24, 2021

At the home of the Hollins Theatre Institute, you can channel your passion for theatre by exploring acting, musical theatre, and improv—and even touch on the wizardry of theatre technology. You’ll expand your theatre and vocal performance skills as you work with Hollins faculty in a unique and creative atmosphere.

Hollins Theatre: Caught in the Act

Riding students

Riders Who Are Going Places

July 18-24, 2021

Are you an advanced rider interested in learning from college instructors about hunter/jumper riding, barn management, and the care of horses?  In this weeklong riding intensive, you will receive college level coaching, top notch amenities, and the pleasure of our esteemed Hollins horses used by our nationally recognized riding team. As the week concludes, you’ll show off your skills with a Saturday morning showcase and picnic farewell for parents and family members.

Ride On