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Hollins University

Roanoke, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate75%

Hollins University Admissions

Hollins University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Hollins University is 75%. Last year, 3,093 students applied to Hollins University and 2,311 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Hollins University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Hollins University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by November 1.

Hollins University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Hollins University's admissions stats.

Hollins University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23%
Mean SAT Score 1181
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 24%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 10%
Waitlist No

Hollins University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Hollins University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 November 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 1

Considering Applying Early to Hollins University?

Hollins University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by November 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Hollins University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Hollins University is 90%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 75%.

Hollins University accepts approximately 82% of early action applicants and 75% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Hollins University admitted 9 of the 10 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Hollins University admitted 1,157 of the 1,417 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college because they believe it will increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Hollins University Admissions

How To Get Into Hollins University

Hollins University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Hollins University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Hollins University accepted 75% of all applicants, approximately 2,311 from 3,093 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Hollins University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Hollins University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Hollins University

Hollins University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Hollins University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Hollins University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Hollins University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Hollins University for more information on admission factors.

Hollins University Application Requirements

To apply to Hollins University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Hollins University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hollins University?

Students admitted to Hollins University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. Hollins University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 59% submitted a class rank. At Hollins University 23% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50% were in the top 25% and 87% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Hollins University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 34%
3.75 and 3.99 22.5%
3.50 and 3.74 21%
3.25 and 3.49 10%
3.00 and 3.24 6.58%
2.50 and 2.9 5%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Hollins University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Hollins University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 24% of Hollins University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 10% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Hollins University?

To be competitive with other Hollins University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1090 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hollins University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1090, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Hollins University student is 1181.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hollins University students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hollins University students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

To be most competitive at Hollins University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 29.75 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29.75 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hollins University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29.75, and three out of four students scored lower than 29.75 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hollins University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on Transferring to Hollins University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Hollins University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Hollins University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Hollins University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hollins University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Hollins University.

Does Hollins University accept transfer credits?

✅ Hollins University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Hollins University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Hollins University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Hollins University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hollins University?

❌ No, Hollins University is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Hollins University's acceptance rate?

✅ Hollins University's acceptance rate is 75%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hollins University?

✅ Hollins University's early decision acceptance rate was 90% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Hollins University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Hollins University was 82% in 2021.

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Hollins University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Hollins University? Hollins University is a somewhat selective institution. The Hollins University acceptance rate is 75%. This means that the institution accepts 74 out of every 100 applicants.


Hollins University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hollins University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hollins University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hollins University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1330


Math SAT Range

520 - 640


Reading SAT Range

560 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1090 to 1330


1090 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Hollins University students is 1181. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Hollins University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Hollins University.

Hollins University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hollins University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.76. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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