15 Epic Outdoor Study Spots at Rollins

Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in your res hall this semester. Explore 15 of our favorite outdoor spaces perfect for solo study sessions or masked-up collaboration.

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 Regional University in the South

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rollins the top regional university in the South for 2021 in its annual rankings of the nation’s “Best Colleges.”

Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program has funded original research partnerships for 20 years. Photo by Scott Cook.

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 for Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Rollins for its exceptional commitment to teaching undergraduate students.

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Rollins Reimagined: A Student’s Guide to Fall 2020

Rollins is redefining social engagement as college life embraces a breadth of creative, low-risk ways to connect with each other on America’s most beautiful campus.

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Rollins Named a 2020 “Great College to Work For”

For the 12th consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Rollins a “Great College to Work For.”

A Rollins Year in Photos

From the opening of the new Kathleen W. Rollins Hall to the creation of on-the-fly virtual learning environments, the 2019-20 academic year was a testament to the ways Rollins delivers on its mission and always rises to the challenges before us.

Kota Ezawa, (Cologne, Germany, b. 1969), National Anthem (Washington Redskins), 2019, Duratrans transparency and lightbox, 26 x 47 in., The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond, 2019.2.20. Image courtesy of the artist and Howard Yezerski Gallery.

CFAM Announces Fall 2020 Exhibitions

Focused on social justice and civic engagement, five new fall exhibitions at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum open on September 18.

19 Reasons Rollins is America’s Most Beautiful Campus

Rollins is continually named one of the country’s best college campuses for everything from our lakeside location to our timeless architecture. Explore all that and more as we celebrate the many layers of Rollins’ beauty.

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Rollins Announces New Minor in Data Analytics

The new data analytics minor sharpens highly desired skills in the ever-evolving career landscape and epitomizes Rollins’ signature interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts education.

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Rollins Announces New Minor in Ethics

The interdisciplinary minor complements any major and hones the critical thinking skills needed to make a difference in any profession.

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Seeds of Service

The revered tradition of SPARC Day is evolving into a series of highly personal experiences for community engagement throughout the academic year.

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Rollins Announces Postponement of Fall 2020 Athletics Competitions

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sunshine State Conference has postponed all scheduled athletics competitions for the fall 2020 sports season.

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 College in Florida

Rollins lands the No. 1 spot in StateUniversity.com’s rankings of the country’s best colleges and universities.

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Goings Establish $1 Million Endowed Scholarship

Created in memory of Miles Porcaro, the scholarship is designed for students who have either a military background or interest in music, art, or theater.

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Spiegels Pledge $210,000 for Two New Scholarships

Trustee Eric Spiegel and his wife, Donna Spiegel, provide scholarships for students on the women’s swim team and in the X-Club fraternity.

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Rollins Announces Share the Light Jobs Challenge

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Rollins seeks alumni support to help the Class of 2020 launch their careers.

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Rollins Declares Juneteenth an Observed Holiday

The declaration comes as a direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

From left: Mirabella Kirk ’20, Shannon Sullivan ’20, and Kenzie Helmick ’20

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Helmick ’20, Kirk ’20, Sullivan ’20 Named Fulbright Scholars

Kenzie Helmick ’20, Mirabella Kirk ’20, and Shannon Sullivan ’20 have earned 2020-21 Fulbright Scholarships.

From top left: Josh Willard ’20, Mallory Bliss ’20, Josephine Spiegelberg ’20, Morgan Snoap ’20, Kenzie Helmick ’20, and Silvana Montañola ’20.

View from the Top

Rollins’ six 2020 valedictorians look back on their favorite college memories, share what makes them tick, and eye the horizon.

Awards

Rollins Announces 2020 Student Achievement Award Winners

The College recognized 35 students for their academic achievements and positive contributions to campus and the community at the 2020 virtual Student Achievement Awards Banquet.

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Rollins Among Nation’s Best Colleges for Transfer Students

Phi Theta Kappa selects Rollins as a leader in transfer-student development and success.

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Finish in Four: Rollins’ New Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

A new Rollins program guarantees students the guidance and access to courses they need to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years.

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Looking for the Helpers

The COVID-19 crisis brings to light a multitude of needs—from food and shelter to tuition assistance and access to technology—that exist among Rollins students.

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Goings Pledge Support for Global Links Scholar Program

Rollins Trustee Rick Goings ’12H and Susan Goings ’78 help build a female force of entrepreneurship around the world.

Program assistant Marybelle Doe ’21 is one of the first 14 paraprofessionals to enroll in Rollins’ new Pathways to Teaching program. Photo by Scott Cook.

Hamilton Holt School

Rollins Debuts New Pathways to Teaching Program

A unique public-private partnership between Rollins and Orange County Public Schools is giving teaching aides a clear path to classrooms of their own.

Trustee Campbell Brown ’90 is president and managing director of Old Forester, a family-owned bourbon distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Campbell Brown ’90 Endows the Gateway Fellows at Rollins

Rollins Trustee Campbell Brown ’90 champions valuable hands-on experience for Rollins students by endowing the Gateway Fellows.

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Remaking the Rollins Alma Mater

The song, written by music professor Jamey Ray ’06 with lyrics by English professor Maurice “Socky” O’Sullivan, pays homage to Rollins’ core values.

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Rollins Recognized as a Best Value School

Rollins has been named a Best Value School for its academic quality, accreditation, student satisfaction, and graduation rate.

From left: Anthony DiResta ’77, Jorge Aguilar ’10, George Fisher ’65, and Jon Darrah ’64

Awards

Rollins Names 2020 Alumni Award Winners

Meet the recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award, Fred Rogers Global Citizenship Award, and Alumni Service Award.

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Rollins Named Top Producer of Fulbright Students

For the eighth time, Rollins is one of the leading producers of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s institutions.

Office of Marketing Wins Four CASE Awards

Rollins’ Office of Marketing was recently recognized by CASE District III for outstanding contributions to academic advancement.

First Look: Kathleen W. Rollins Hall

Welcome to Rollins’ new headquarters of liberal arts in action.

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Rollins’ Vegan Offerings Receive A+ Rating from PETA

The latest rating puts Rollins on PETA’s Dean’s List, an elite ranking of top-tier vegan-friendly campuses.

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In Memory: Pete Dye ’50

Rollins bids farewell to the father of modern golf course design Pete Dye ’50, whose prolific innovations revolutionized the sport of golf.

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Rollins Receives ABAI Accreditation for Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Association for Behavior Analysis International grants accreditation to the College’s Hamilton Holt School program for its rigor and exceptional commitment to students.

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Bach Festival’s “A Classic Christmas” at Rollins Debuts Nationally on PBS

The Rollins music community stars in celebrated holiday programming that will broadcast coast to coast for the first time on public television stations.

Thaddeus Seymour Honored with Gift for Lakeside Neighborhood

Samuel and Karen Seymour honor Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H with a gift to support Rollins’ new Lakeside Neighborhood.

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Alfond Inn Named One of Florida’s Top 5 Hotels

Conde Nast Traveler once again ranks The Alfond Inn as one of the best hotels in Florida.

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Rollins Leads the Pack in Alternative Breaks

Rollins has once again ranked No. 1 in the nation for highest percentage of students who participate in alternative breaks.

From left: James Payne ’20 and Kelsey Eelman ’20

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Rollins Takes Home a Win at the Great Debate

The annual Great Debate highlights the College’s commitment to global citizenship through culturally relevant topics of international importance.

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Rollins Named a 2019 “Great College to Work For”

For the 11th consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Rollins a “Great College to Work For.”

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 MBA in Florida

Forbes magazine has named Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business the top MBA program in Florida in its biennial ranking of the nation’s best business schools.

Teagan Walsh ’20 takes to the water as captain of the varsity women’s sailing team. Photo by Rollins Athletic Communications.

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Two Tars Make the ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team

Nick Baker ’20 and Teagan Walsh ’20 were recently selected for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s 2018-19 All-Academic Sailing Team.

Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program has funded original research partnerships for 20 years. Photo by Scott Cook.

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Rollins for its uncommon commitment to teaching undergraduate students.

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 Regional University in the South

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rollins the top regional university in the South in its annual rankings of “Best Colleges.”

Beauford Delaney, Can Fire in the Park, 1946, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, museum purchase.

CFAM Announces Fall 2019 Exhibitions

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum announces its fall exhibition season, which will be on display from September 21 through December 29.

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11 Rollins Students Selected for U.N.-backed Millennium Fellowship

For the second consecutive year, Rollins is among an exclusive group of colleges selected to participate in the prestigious leadership development program, which challenges students to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Q&A: Grant Cornwell

The President of Rollins College on community and belonging.

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 Liberal Arts College in Florida

In its annual review of best colleges, Niche ranks Rollins the No. 1 liberal arts college in Florida.

A Rollins Year in Photos

From a field study to Cuba and high-profile internships here in Orlando to fun new classes and prestigious scholarships, 2018-19 was a banner year at Rollins.

Facilities

First Look: Lakeside Neighborhood

Get a sneak peek at the future of lakeside living and learning at Rollins.

Ellie Rushing ’19 and Ann Marie Varga ’82 ’12MHR (Photo by Scott Cook)

College of Arts & Sciences Hamilton Holt School

Increasing Connections

After a successful launch last fall, what would the Career Champions Mentor Program do for an encore?

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 College in the South

College Consensus—which combines rankings from top publishers and students—named Rollins the No. 1 college in the South for 2019.

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Rollins Announces 2019 Student Award Winners

The College recognized 33 students for their academic achievements and positive contributions to campus and the community at the 2019 Student Awards Banquet.

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Persistently Prestigious

Rollins’ academic excellence combined with unmatched personalized attention prepares our students to land some of the world’s most competitive opportunities.

Clockwise from top left: Adam Roderick ’19, Karina Barbesino ’19, Caleb Archuleta ’18, Ryan Colangelo ’19, Kate Knight ’19, Jonathan Leeper ’19, and Nico Khazzam ’18. Photos by Scott Cook.

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7 Rollins Students Named Fulbright Scholars

Caleb Archuleta ’18, Karina Barbesino ’19, Ryan Colangelo ’19, Nico Khazzam ’18, Kate Knight ’19, Jonathan Leeper ’19, and Adam Roderick ’19 have earned 2019-20 Fulbright Scholarships.

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Holt Commencement 2019 in Photos and Video

A look back at some of our favorite moments from the Hamilton Holt School’s 2019 commencement.

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Video: Holt Outstanding Senior Shannon Burrows’ Commencement Speech

With pride and gratitude, Shannon Burrows ’19, the outstanding graduating senior from Rollins’ Hamilton Holt School, reminds her fellow graduates that it’s never too late to chase your dreams.

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Video: Valedictorian Gabbie Buendia’s Commencement Speech

Gabbie Buendia ’19, one of Rollins’ five 2019 College of Liberal Arts valedictorians, encourages her fellow graduates to be proud of their accomplishments and embrace uncertainty.

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Johnston to Succeed Keen on Rollins Board of Trustees

Susan Whealler Johnston ’75 will succeed Allan E. Keen ’70 ’71MBA as chairman of Rollins’ board of trustees.

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What I’ve Learned: Shannon Burrows ’19

For the longest time, the 2019 Holt Outstanding Senior thought Rollins was out of her league. Now, she’s graduating with straight As.

Raúl Anguiano (Mexican, 1915-2006), The Thorn (La espina), Oil on canvas, 2002. Collection of Dr. Richard Zapanta.

CFAM Announces Summer 2019 Exhibitions

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum announces three new summer exhibitions, which will be on display from May 23 through September 8.

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Going the Distance

On the eve of his 70th birthday, Gary Gorman is set to represent the U.S. in the aquathlon at the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships.

Robiaun Rogers Charles ’94, Ben Brotemarkle ’93 ’97MLS, and Roseann Harrington ’90MBA

Rollins Announces 2019 Commencement Speakers

Robiaun Rogers Charles ’94, Ben Brotemarkle ’93 ’97MLS, and Roseann Harrington ’90MBA will address graduates at this year’s commencement ceremonies.

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Rollins Named a Best College for Merit Aid

Rollins has been named one of the country’s best colleges for merit scholarships.

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Rollins Among Nation’s Best Colleges for Transfer Students

Phi Theta Kappa selects Rollins as a leader in transfer-student development and success.

Rollins Announces Expansion Plans for The Alfond Inn

The Alfond Inn at Rollins will be expanding its offerings with new guest rooms, a spa, wellness center, and more.

Hamilton Holt School Appoints New Leadership

Rollins welcomes Robert Sanders as the new dean of the Hamilton Holt School.

Rollins Ranked No. 1 for Leadership Development

For the fourth year in a row, the MBA program at Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business was named the country’s No. 1 master’s program for leadership and organizational development.

Emily Wayne ’18 kicked off the 2018 Latin American Studies Symposium. Photo by Scott Cook.

Event: Latin American & Latinx Studies Symposium

On April 5, Rollins students will present original research on topics related to Latin American studies.

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Rollins Ranked No. 2 Undergraduate Business Program in Florida

College Choice recently ranked Rollins’ undergraduate business programs among the best in Florida.

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Office of Marketing & Communications Wins Three CASE Awards

Rollins’ Office of Marketing & Communications and staff photographer Scott Cook recently received awards of excellence from CASE District III.

Rollins Debate Team Takes Top Spot in Jamaica

Rollins debaters took home first- and second-place wins in the Jamaica Debate Academy and Open 2018.

Alice Dye ’48 ’02H and President Emerita Rita Bornstein in 2002 after Dye was honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters for her lifelong demonstration of excellence, innovation, and community. (Photo courtesy Rollins College Archives)

In Memory: Alice Dye ’48 ’02H

Rollins says goodbye to the “First Lady” of golf-course architecture Alice Dye ’48 ’02H, whose contributions revolutionized the sport both on and off the links.

Rollins Names 2019 Alumni Award Winners

Meet the recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award, and Alumni Service Award.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum Appoints New Consulting Curator

Abigail Ross Goodman joins Rollins as the new consulting curator at CFAM.

12 Reasons Foodies Flock to Rollins

A trio of review and rankings organizations recently ranked Rollins’ dining offerings as some of the best in the country. Here are 12 reasons Rollins continues to deserve a seat at the table.

15 Reasons Rollins is Florida’s Most Engaged Campus

Florida Campus Compact has named Rollins the Most Engaged Campus of 2018 for its demonstrated commitment to social and community engagement. Here are 15 ways the College is leading the charge in changemaking.

Top 18 Stories of 2018

The Rollins stories you loved most this year—one more time.

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Rollins Top Ranked for International Business Program

Rollins takes the No. 22 spot nationwide for the best international business program.

Facilities

Building Momentum

This past summer, Rollins broke ground on an ambitious building project that will breathe new life into a campus icon, Mills Memorial Hall. We recently sat down with President Grant Cornwell to get the inside scoop on what the rejuvenated Mills will mean for current and future Tars.

Ena Heller and CFAM Elected to Association of Art Museum Directors

Cornell Fine Arts Museum and director Ena Heller have been chosen to join the Association of Art Museum Directors.

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Rollins Among the Nation’s Best Colleges for Food

The Daily Meal has ranked Rollins No. 43 in the country in its annual survey of best colleges for good grub.

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The Alfond Inn Tops Four Best-Of Lists

Rollins’ boutique hotel once again takes top honors as one of the best hotels in Florida.

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Rollins College Participates in For Freedoms 50 State Initiative

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Alfond Inn, and the Olin Library will host For Freedoms election-related events throughout the fall.

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Rollins Ranked in the Top 25 Best College Dining Halls

College Consensus—which combines rankings from top publishers and students—ranked Rollins’ dining options in the nation’s top 25.

Full Sail and Rollins Announce New Educational Partnership

Rollins Athletics teams up with Full Sail’s Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting to deliver next-level sporting events at the College.

Students in the community engagement course Strategies for Changemakers work with local nonprofit Fleet Farming to turn residential lawns into micro-farms. Photo by Scott Cook.

Rollins Named a Finalist for Most Engaged Campus

Florida Campus Compact has selected Rollins as a finalist for its Most Engaged Campus of the Year award.

Students in communications professor David Painter’s The Truth About Fake News course learn how to identify fake news and understand the psychology driving the demand for it. (Photo by Scott Cook)

President Cornwell on the Assault Against Facts in Today’s World

In a recent op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel, President Grant Cornwell says it’s more important than ever to pursue truth and facts.

Rankings

Rollins Ranked Among Nation’s Top 25 Theater Programs

OnStage has ranked Rollins one of the top 25 BA theater programs in the country and the No. 1 program in Florida.

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Rollins Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Colleges

For the 24th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rollins College among the top two regional universities in the South in its annual rankings of “Best Colleges.”

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Rollins Ranked No. 2 Healthiest Employer for 2018

Orlando Business Journal ranks Rollins No. 2 in its annual list of Healthiest Employers.

21 Reasons We Can’t Wait for the New Rollins Hall

This past summer, Rollins broke ground on an ambitious building project that will breathe new life into a campus icon, Mills Memorial Hall. When it’s finished next fall, the new Kathleen W. Rollins Hall will serve as the beating heart of Rollins’ mission.

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Rollins Earns Voter-Friendly Campus Designation

A pair of national nonpartisan organizations once again recognizes the College for its efforts to engage students in the electoral process.

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Rollins Ranked No. 1 College in Florida for 2018

College Consensus—which combines rankings from top publishers and students—named Rollins the No. 1 college in Florida for the second consecutive year.

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Rollins Named a “2018 Great College to Work For”

For the 10th consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Rollins a “Great College to Work For.”

“You can always use creative thinking—always.” — Nicholas Bowers ’14 (Photo by Laura Totten)

Future Proof

The job landscape in the year 2030 is a complete mystery. And that begs the question: How do you prepare students for careers that don’t even exist yet?

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College of Arts & Sciences

Video: Valedictorian Becca Wilson’s Commencement Speech

Becca Wilson ’18, Rollins’ 2018 College of Liberal Arts valedictorian, challenges her fellow graduates to go out into life with an open mind and be brave enough to embrace opportunity without fear of failure.

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Video: Holt Outstanding Senior Doragnes Bradshaw’s Commencement Speech

Doragnes Bradshaw ’18, the outstanding graduating senior from Rollins’ Hamilton Holt School, reminds her fellow graduates that they will be defined by how they face adversity.

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In Memory: Philip Deaver

Rollins says goodbye to Professor Emeritus of English Philip Deaver, whose stories and poems—wrought with memorable characters and quiet humor—delighted readers throughout our community and beyond.

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Power Play

Four Rollins social entrepreneurship students are literally bringing power to the people with a portable upcycled battery that harnesses renewable energy for those who need it most.

Parker Named NCAA Division II Nike Administrator of the Year

For her strong commitment to both athletic and academic success, Director of Athletics Pennie Parker has been named 2020’s NCAA Division II Nike Administrator of the Year.

A Message to Rollins International Students

A briefing from President Cornwell in response to SEVP modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students.

Hayner ’11MBA Named Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Leon Hayner ’11MBA steps into his role as dean of students at a remarkable time for Rollins and society at large.

Rollins Magazine Spring 2020

From the official opening of the new Kathleen W. Rollins Hall to the promise of our unique educational vision, Rollins Gateway, explore the spring 2020 issue of Rollins magazine.

Racial Justice and Rollins College

A dispatch from Rollins College President Grant Cornwell in light of recent events.

What are you doing this summer?

We want to feature your summer experiences in Rollins publications and social media.

Cajuste ’21 and Toppin ’21 Earn Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowships

Farahana Cajuste ’21 and Cristina Toppin ’21 have both earned a spot in Public Policy and International Affairs’ highly selective Junior Summer Institute, a program designed to prepare students for roles serving the public good.

11 Reasons to Finish Your Degree at Rollins

Transferring to Rollins is as seamless as it is rewarding, and there’s no time like now to make the move.

Rollins Theatre Department Attracts Multiple Honors for 2019 Season

The Orlando Sentinel praised the creative work of the Rollins theatre department for putting on some of the past year’s top productions.