Like other all female schools in Virginia, formerly called girl schools, Hollins used to pride itself on both academic excellence and the MRS degree, which implied you went to school at one of these places to marry well. Having your horse with you (campus stable were in fact, a staple), was supposed to make the transition from Mummie and Daddie a little easier.

other Virginia, all female schools, prior to Federal (see Yankee)intervention:

Mary Baldwin College
Randolph Macon women's college
Sweet Briar College
Mary Washington College
Radford College