Rollins’ Communication Program Ranks Among Nation’s Best

College Factual has ranked Rollins No. 2 in Florida and in the top 15 percent nationwide on its 2021 list of the nation’s best communication programs.

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College Factual recently ranked Rollins’ communication studies program No. 69 out of 504 schools nationwide, which lands the College in the top 15 percent of all communication programs in the country.

Rollins’ communication program has also been ranked No. 2 out of 14 colleges in Florida, a top ranking the College has earned for the third time.

College Factual—a leading source of college data analytics and insights—covers more than 1,700 colleges and universities and 350 college majors for students in more than 160 countries. The organization also maintains a strong emphasis on student outcomes and reports that Rollins students who earn communication and media studies degrees secure above-average earnings immediately following graduation and throughout their careers.

“The ranking that the department has received this year is a continuation of our endeavor to provide the value of a liberal arts education to our students,” says communication professor Hesham Mesbah. “Not only do we engage students in discussing and critiquing theories and models of interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication, but we also encourage them to design persuasive messages, research projects, and public relations campaigns for real clients in the community.”

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Since the Department of Communication launched eight years ago, it has grown into one of the largest, most popular programs at Rollins. Mesbah describes its unique approach as blending theory with practice, offering collaborative student-faculty research opportunities, and providing experiential learning, such as community engagement classes that allow students to produce professional-quality materials that can go right on their resumes.

“At Rollins, I worked on very big, very real projects—projects where we had to function as professionals and do very exciting and relevant things,” says communication major Phillip Denizard ’16, who currently works as an inventory planner at Alexander McQueen in New York City. “We weren’t just reading about the industry. For my last project at Rollins, I created a marketing plan for Burberry’s charitable foundation, which focuses on improving education for children in the U.K.”

Upon graduation, Rollins communication majors are prepared for a variety of fields—health care, fashion, sports, law, social entrepreneurship, organizational leadership, and many others—where they make their mark in everything from human resources and branding to health policy and public campaign design. As communication majors, Rollins students can pursue specialized skills in critical communication areas such as organizational communication, public relations, and health communication.

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