What Others Say About Hollins

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 — 2021

The Princeton Review ranks Hollins as the #5 college in the country in the category Best Alumni Network, and among the nation’s top 20 Best Schools for Internships (#12). The educational 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 Best 388 Colleges

The Princeton Review — 2023

In The Princeton Review’s The Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition, where only about 14% of America’s four-year colleges are profiled, Hollins students surveyed noted that faculty are “absolutely the backbone of this school and have such a passion to support their students in any way they can, both academically, emotionally, and just in life.” In addition, students praised the “Culture of Care implemented on campus, which makes respect and empathy for one another a conscious mindset throughout all of campus.” They described Hollins as “a safe place to express yourself” and said the student body fosters “a warm and friendly environment where everyone feels like they belong.”

The Princeton Review also includes Hollins among its ranking lists of colleges in the following categories:

Best College Library (#20)
Most Politically Active Students (#24)

Fiske Guide to Colleges — 2023 Edition

Hollins is featured by the Fiske Guide among the nation’s small colleges and universities that are:

  • “Strong in Film/Television”
  • “Strong in Performing Arts/Dance”
  • “Strong in Performing Arts/Drama”

“Best National Liberal Arts Colleges”


U.S. News best colleges  — 2022-23

The 2022-23 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges lists Hollins at number 23 in the category “Top Performers for Social Mobility.” The university is also cited as an “A-Plus School for B Students” among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Washington Monthly – 2022 

Hollins is one of the top 170 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 11 Virginia colleges to earn a spot in the top 170.

“Guide to 455 Green Colleges”

The Princeton Review — 2023

“We strongly recommend Hollins to the increasing number of students who care about the environment and want their ‘best-fit’ college to ideally be a green one.”

Best Colleges Rankings

Niche – 2022

Niche ranks Hollins 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.”

The college ranking and review platform also cites Hollins as the seventh-best women’s college in America.

BEst Colleges and Universities by Academic Stewardship

Hollins University is among the Best Colleges and Universities by Academic Stewardship, according to the college ranking website AcademicInfluence.com. Composed of academics and data scientists, Academic Influence.com ranks Hollins ninth in the country in the category. Additional information 

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.