Why I Chose Rollins

Find out why nine of your future classmates picked Rollins—then secure your spot on America’s most beautiful campus.

From epic global adventures to our personalized learning environment, there are dozens of reasons to pick Rollins. Nicole Beckett ’24 chose Rollins because of the powerful partnerships between students and professors. Christopher Barker ’24 picked Rollins for its winning combination of top-ranked academics and championship athletics. Madison Goeser ’24 decided to become a Tar because of our emphasis on social innovation and community engagement. Learn more about why Nicole, Christopher, Madison, and more of your future classmates chose Rollins. Then submit your deposit and secure your spot on America’s Most Beautiful Campus.

Hollie Tweedie ’24

Hometown: Carlisle, England

Why Rollins? “From the moment I set foot on campus, I knew there was something special about Rollins. Everyone we passed said a cheery ‘hello,’ and a few stopped to ask if we needed directions or any help. It just felt friendly from the get-go. I was also very impressed with the architecture, shaded walkways, and numerous open spaces where I could immediately imagine myself studying and living. The other most striking and appealing thing about Rollins is that it’s small. I come from a rural town in northern England of only 200 people, so the small campus and intimate class sizes at Rollins will be just right for this small-town girl. I can’t wait!”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “Coming from England, I must confess that I’m looking forward to 365 days of sunshine! But on a more serious note, I’m excited to meet like-minded people with a passion for the environment and an open mind about how my generation can help make the changes needed to save us from environmental disaster and ecological collapse. I’ve been passionate about these subjects for many years, and I know Rollins is where I’ll learn the skills needed to become a great environmentalist and thought leader.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “I’d like to learn as much from non-academic activities as I do in class. I’m excited to make new friends and join groups with active members and meaningful causes. I’m also really excited about the study abroad program. I’d love to spend some time in New Zealand working with large marine mammals and am excited to find out how Rollins can help me achieve that.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I first walked through campus, with the sun on my face and a dream in my heart.”

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Nicole Beckett ’24

Hometown: Great Neck, New York

Why Rollins? “The small class sizes really resonated with me. I was able to sit in on two classes on my third visit to Rollins and could tell that the teachers and students had a strong personal relationship with one another. I was also able to interact with two professors in subjects I was interested in and converse with them in person and over email. They were super welcoming and made me feel comfortable. Everyone I spoke to on campus took the time to answer my questions and made me realize what Rollins has to offer.”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “I’m most excited to join a club and make new friends. I know Rollins has a club that’s focused on training service animals, and I think this would be an amazing way to give back and pursue one of my passions.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “I’m hoping to study abroad in a tropical location, do animal behavior research, and start a club by the time I graduate from Rollins.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I stepped on campus for my first tour.”

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Robert Sena ’24

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Why Rollins? “One of the reasons Rollins stood out to me was because of the close-knit community. My choir teacher in high school went to Rollins and met her husband there. She also stays in close touch with her college friends. I want to be part of a community where people lift each other up, and that’s what I always hear about Rollins.”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “I want to get involved in student government and join the theater. I also can’t wait to take part in Rollins traditions like Fox Day and try out some of the water sports.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “By the time I leave Rollins I want to learn how to sail and take part in community service with different clubs and organizations on campus.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I stepped on campus for the first time.”

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Madison Goeser ’24

Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas

Why Rollins? “I want to pursue what I’m passionate about in college, which is nonprofit and humanitarian work, and at Rollins, I found a huge variety of majors to choose from. Social innovation is a major that was actually created by Rollins, and it sounds just like what I want to do. This was a big indication to me that I was taking the right path.”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “I’m looking forward to meeting new friends, finding a group of people who I can relate to and who I can build relationships with that will last for years to come.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “I can’t wait to study abroad and take an Immersion trip. I want to be involved with theater at Rollins and get into one of the plays. I also want to join a sorority or a similar community and maybe even become a social media intern at the College.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I discovered it offers majors that other schools don’t.”

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Skylar Hines ’24

Hometown: North Palm Beach, Florida

Why Rollins? “The overall environment really resonated with me. I know the small classes will enable me to build connections with other students and professors, which will enhance my learning experience. I also feel that the many opportunities for research, study abroad, and internships will expand my horizons and help me gain real-world skills.”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “Exploring! I’m excited to have the opportunity to take a variety of classes in areas I’ve never studied before and to go more in depth in subjects that already interest me.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “I’d love to study abroad for a semester while at Rollins. Since I’ve never traveled outside the U.S., I think it would be amazing to continue my studies while broadening my perspective and immersing myself in a new culture.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I sat in on two classes—one in marine biology and the other in cultural anthropology. These experiences showed me what discussion-based classes are really like. As soon as I saw how the professors’ teaching style encouraged students to be actively engaged, I understood how a Rollins education could provide me with the tools I need to be successful in the real world.”

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Christopher Barker ’24

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

Why Rollins? “I like the small class sizes that create a personalized connection with the professors, and I was really drawn to the business program and the swim team. The 3/2 Accelerated Management Program allows me to get my BA and MBA in five years, and I’m able to enjoy the sport I love in a beautiful place.”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “I can’t wait to meet my professors, other students, and my teammates on the swim team. I'm also excited for Fox Day and getting involved on campus.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “By the time I graduate, I’d like to study abroad, possibly in Europe or Australia. I really want to see how people from different countries live and what differs between their lives and mine. I also hope to find an internship that will help me advance my skills and knowledge, and I want to create lifelong relationships that I will never forget.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I visited campus for the first time. The minute I stepped on campus I knew Rollins was the place for me because of what the school had to offer. It made me feel like I was home again.”

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Kayla Kraft ’24

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Why Rollins? “As soon as I walked on campus, I felt like I belonged at Rollins. It is so beautiful! Even the surrounding town of Winter Park looked like it was from a Hallmark movie.”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “I’ve committed to the Rollins swim team, so I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and seeing what college swimming is like. I also can’t wait to see my dorm room and meet my roommate.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “I’m really interested in joining student clubs and organizations, but I haven’t decided which ones yet.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I stepped foot on campus. From the admission building to the beautiful lake to the study areas near professors’ offices, Rollins seems like an amazing place to learn.”

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Ryan Hamley ’24

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Why Rollins? “The low student-to-professor ratio was very important to me. I was home-schooled until the 11th grade, so I like that I’ll be able to know my professors and work closely with them to achieve my academic success.”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “I’m most looking forward to my first day of class so that I can meet new friends. I also want to participate in intramural sports, especially soccer.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “I want to graduate from the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program, which lets me get my BA and MBA in five years, and use the knowledge I gain from the program to grow my business, Avalon Chess Academy. I also hope to participate in several internships and can’t wait for Fox Day.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I attended Discover Rollins. From the knowledgeable student diplomats who guided me on a tour through campus to learning about the Crummer business school, everything was the right fit.”

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Jayla Strong ’24

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Why Rollins? “Rollins in one word is home. When I visited the campus, I instantly fell in love. I felt welcomed immediately. The environment and the people at Rollins made me feel amazing.”

What about your #RollinsLife are you most looking forward to? “I’m really excited to meet my roommates! I hope that we become best friends. I also can’t wait to experience the famous Fox Day and have my own stories to tell.”

What’s on your Rollins bucket list? “I want to study abroad and immerse myself in new cultures.”

I knew Rollins was right for me when … “I first toured campus. I just had a feeling inside that told me this is where I need to be.”

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