Hollins was home to the first exhibition gallery in the Roanoke region in 1948. Hollins also sponsors an annual service-learning project in Lucea, Jamaica.One of the first writer-in-residence programs in America began at Hollins in 1959. In January, or J-Term, students follow their own independent course of study with a sponsoring professor, take off-campus internships, or study abroad with other Hollins students.
Hollins University Quadrangle is on the National Register of Historic Places. Hollins's peer tutoring center is known as the Center for Learning Excellence and includes the Writing Center, which offers students support and feedback on their writing interests, and the QR Center, established in 2002, which offers support to students enrolled in quantitative courses.
The Cocke family agreed to turn over ownership if sufficient funds were raised in 1925, but the Depression slowed their efforts. Hollins was one of the first colleges in the nation to establish a study abroad program, launching Hollins Abroad-Paris in 1955.
A scathing 1930 letter from alumna Eudora Ramsay Richardson in the South Atlantic Quarterly indicted the American Association of University Women for regional bias. Approximately half of Hollins students have an international learning experience.
Seadon (sic) was a very interesting character with a wry sense of humor, even though he had troubles spelling in English.
One year just before the Civil War, his journal notes he had to build a walkway to the necessary- a walk way to the outhouse behind the building.