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Hollins University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceB- Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityB- Extra CurricularsA
SafetyA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Female
SAT1800
Bright
Lowest Rating
Campus Maintenance
B-
Highest Rating
Faculty Accessibility
A+
She cares more about Campus Maintenance than the average student.
Date: Nov 17 2009
Major: Undecided (This Major's Salary over time)
Being a first semester freshman I can't give too much of a review on a major department or post-graduate experience, but I can say that as compared to my friends at other larger, co-ed universities my transition to college life has been much smoother. I haven't had any trouble finding friends, clubs that interest me, coursework that is challenging and interesting. Already so many of my perceptions of myself and the world around me have changed in ways that I never expected. Yes, Hollins does have alot of rich girls, my best friend is of old Virginia tobacco money, but that doesn't seperate us much. Hollins is the most accepting place I've ever been in. The diversity is astounding, considering it is a small private school in Virginia, this part of the state isn't known for it's diversity, but it's impossible to find people exactly like me. I wouldn't consider transferring even for a second.

I came into college already pretty confident in myself, my convictions, and what I want to do with my life, but these things are already shifting and growing. I'm even more confident than I was, I'm never looked down upon by my friends or my professors, my professors are incredibly helpful and personable. One of my professors took my class on a trip to visit his farm and go hiking for a day. Dinners with professors are a common occurence. The Dean of Students knows me personally, even the President of the college is friendly with everyone on campus.

I look forward to the next four years and I encourage anyone that wants a good education in a welcoming community to come visit.

Common myths i'd like to contest:

1)Boys DO show up quite often. Theres parties almost every weekend and they always find their way here, the W&L Rugby team was outside my dorm uninvited one night, that doesn't happen at just any college. Every Hampden Sydney, VMI, and W&L boy knows Hollins is the place to go to find a girl to bring home to Mama.

2)Roanoke does NOT suck. We have top-notch dining, nightclubs, and museums. The shuttle runs from campus to the mall and downtown all weekend, you can spend a whole day and night downtown easily and without getting bored. You just have to get out there.

3)All Hollins girls are NOT lesbians. I, personally, am straight. We have our fair share of lesbians, maybe it appears to be more here, but thats because we're more openly accepting of the LGBTQ community than any other university you might go to.

4)Not everyone is a rider, writer, or rich. I am none of those three, and I have tons more friends who aren't as well. Yes girls who are one or all of those three are here, but they're everywhere else too. The great thing about Hollins is that we celebrate our differences as well as our similarities and learn from eachother's experiences.

5)Going to an all girls school does not make you hate men or be afraid of them in the real world. We do have male professors here, and boys do come to visit, and we do have menfolk in our Graduate program, we aren't completely cut off nor do we forget how to function with a man in the room. In fact, we act exactly the same when a man is in the room, we don't recognize either sex as superior or inferior, we recognize individual iniative and ability.

I could go on forever about Hollins, but it's not the same as personally experiencing it. Come visit if you're interested.

 
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