What Others Say About Hollins

USA Today & College factual 2017 college rankings

Hollins is the number one school in the country in the category, “English Language and Literature, General – Most Focused.” Hollins is also among the top five percent of the “Most Focused” colleges and universities nationwide in biology and history, and one of the top ten colleges overall in Virginia.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance  


Named a “Best College Value.” Hollins earned the #99 spot on the magazine’s list of 100 best values in private liberal arts colleges.

Best Value College

The Princeton Review — 2020

The Princeton Review ranks Hollins as the #5 college in the country in the category Best Alumni Network, and among the nation’s top 25 Best Schools for Internships (#21). The educational 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 Best 385 Colleges

The Princeton Review — 2020

In The Princeton Review’s The Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition, where only about 13% of America’s four-year colleges are profiled, Hollins students state that the campus is “a great place for people who want life experience” and “the internship and study abroad opportunities for students of this school are exceptional.” Students also describe professors as “amazing, talented, dedicated, and compassionate.”

The Princeton Review also ranks Hollins among the nation’s top 20 schools in the following categories:

#4 Most Politically Active Students
#16 Most Active Student Government
#19 Best College Theatre

Fiske Guide to Colleges — 2021 Edition

Hollins is among:

  • “The 15 Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Film/Television”
  • “The 20 Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Performing Arts/Dance”
  • “The 28 Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Performing Arts/Drama”

“Best Value School”

“Best National Liberal Arts Colleges”


U.S. News best colleges  — 2020

The 2020 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges lists Hollins at number 24 in the category “Top Performers for Social Mobility” and at number 30 in the category “Best Value School” among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The university is also cited as an “A-Plus School for B Students” among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Washington Monthly – 2016 

Hollins is one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation that contribute to the public good, according to Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings. Hollins is one of only five Virginia colleges to earn a spot in the top 100.

“Guide to 413 Green Colleges”

The Princeton Review — 2019

“We strongly recommend Hollins to the many environmentally minded students who want to study and live at green colleges.”

Forbes’ 2019 College Financial Health Grades

Hollins received an “A-minus” grade in the magazine’s 2019 report on the financial health of private not-for-profit colleges and universities. This year, out of 933 schools that were analyzed nationwide, 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.

Peterson’s Cool Colleges 101

Hollins is one of only four Virginia colleges to be featured in Peterson’s Cool Colleges 101.