Located in sunny central Florida, Rollins College is “small enough to help the individual but is fortunate enough to have a large endowment capable of providing each student with necessary academic means.” The generous academic merit scholarships bring in a smart crowd, and the small class sizes, dedicated faculty, and numerous “student leadership opportunities, internships, academic presentations, [and] conference opportunities” sweeten the pot.
Rollins is “all about individual growth personally and educationally,” but it also stresses “responsible community leadership both on and off campus.” Students have a great deal of freedom to study what they choose, and many large projects are individualized toward the student, meaning a student “can tailor my topic to my interests.” In addition to the autonomy this approach grants students, it “reinforces the idea of a holistic education,” which helps to “make [students] competitive in an ever-changing job market.” Working at this speed, students are able to “discover purpose and identify goals.” Many services are also available to students, such as free tutoring and counseling.
Professors “perform very well” and create an “open and invigorating classroom environment” that is “open to diverse ideas and perspectives.” Teachers “know every student’s name, and they will remember you throughout your college experience.” “My first year, one called my cell phone when I missed class,” says a student. “The interactions that I have with the professors are second to none,” says another. The small class sizes (even introductory courses are tiny) make it “very easy to learn and share your opinion,” and since professors are “very engaging and willing to hear all points of view,” “no one is left feeling like they don’t matter.”
There are “always events on campus that are fun,” like “a student who is a DJ [who] had a concert on the lawn one night,” and almost one-third of the school is involved in Greek life. Community service is also “a pretty big part of the campus,” and there is “always something service-related going on either from student groups or from the community engagement office.”
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