Lifelong Learning Through Literature

The Summer Reading program at Rollins was created with the purpose of engaging incoming students in topics of leadership and citizenship. These challenge students' conceptions of the immediate world around them and to the larger world of which we are all an integral part.

The Summer Reading program is required for all incoming first-year students and all transfer students. 

Summer Reading

The 2015 Summer Reading book will be StrengthsQuest, produced by Gallup, Inc.

About StrengthsQuest

StrengthsQuest is an engaging read, and your preparation for the activities surrounding the text will be an important first step in your acclimation to the academic world of Rollins College, and to our ongoing engagement with the concept of “empowering graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers,” a key dimension of the Rollins mission statement.

You may either buy the book itself or simply purchase an access code that will also provide you with an electronic version of the book.  

You are required to take the StrengthsQuest assessment, so be sure to purchase a version of the book with an access code (no used books!). We recommend purchasing the digital pdf version of the book with the access code for the assessment.

Previous Summer Reading Selections

Each student will be expected to finish the book prior to arriving on campus for Fall Orientation in August.  In addition to the Summer Reading, every incoming student is required to complete a substantive response to the summer reading book.  Your RCC faculty member will give you more information on this project over the course of the summer.

My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beavan

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

G-Dog and the Homeboys by Celeste Fremon


Purchase your summer reading book here.

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