August 21, 2012
Rollins is one of the country's
best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton
Review. The education services company features Rollins in its new 2013 edition
of its annual guide The Best 377 Colleges.
Rollins is recognized among about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. The guide includes detailed profiles of colleges with high rating scores, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories, based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.
“We commend Rollins for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher and author of The Best 377 Colleges. “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
In Rollins' profile, The Princeton Review praises the school for its beautiful campus, academic excellence, small class sizes, engaging faculty, community service opportunities, and close-knit student body, and it quotes extensively from the Rollins students whom the company surveyed for the book. One student said, “It’s 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 he or she doesn’t matter.” Another said, “The family environment and the closeness of the campus bring all the students together as scholars. Everyone may have small groups to which they belong, but there is intermingling going on all the time.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category. Instead, it reports 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools in several areas and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body's political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx
Rollins ranked eighth in the “Most Beautiful Campus” category and 17th in “Class Discussions Encouraged.”
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