From field studies and prestigious internships to service learning and study abroad, at Rollins you’ll sharpen your skills and knowledge on the stone of experience.
Beyond the Classroom
Lots of awesome things happen on our campus every day, but the fact is, the world is a lot bigger than our 80 acres. That’s why Rollins is committed to helping our students explore the world around them—in Florida and beyond. More than 75 percent of our students study abroad, and we’re committed to providing opportunities for research, service-learning, and industry-level work designed to broaden our students’ world views. The quest for knowledge is exactly that—an epic adventure. Let us show you all the possibilities Rollins offers for those ready to take on the world.
Real World Expertise
of Students Study Abroad
internship listings per capita
in the nation for alternative break participation
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Liberal Arts in Action
At Rollins, you’ll learn by doing. Discover a few of the many ways Tars are empowered to put their ideas to work in the world.
At Rollins, you’ll make an impact around the globe. From Australia to Argentina and virtually everywhere in-between, Rollins offers more than 90 international programs throughout the year. Whether you want to study entrepreneurship in France or community development in Tanzania, you’ll explore the world and test your ability to make it brighter.
Faculty-Led Field Studies
Interviewing a local researcher about reforestation amid a lush Costa Rican rainforest trumps sitting through a lecture on the topic any day. Our faculty-led field studies, which range from one to three weeks, take you right to the source of the 21st century’s toughest challenges, teaching values, nuance, and complexity in a way not possible through a textbook.
From addressing access to safe drinking water in the Dominican Republic to helping preserve one of America’s most dramatic landscapes, Rollins’ Immersion experiences allow students to engage some of the world’s most pressing issues through weekend and sometimes weeklong journeys of education, reflection, and action. These transformative trips have become bucket-list experiences for Tars, which is a big reason why the College has ranked No. 1 nationally for the highest percentage of students who participate in alternative breaks for four of the past six years.
Social Impact Hub
Looking to channel your passion for social change into solution-oriented action? Head to the Social Impact Hub in Kathleen W. Rollins Hall. This on-campus incubator for changemaking provides Rollins students, faculty, and staff with tools and resources to address local and global social issues with big, innovative, system-changing solutions.
During her first year at Rollins, studio art major Meredith Ewen ’19 developed an immersive art program for an Orlando nonprofit that serves children and adults with special needs. A year later, computer science major Sam Sadeh ’18 founded an after-school coding program for students in local Title I schools that earned funding from Google. Both Ewen and Sadeh learned how to lead powerful change in their community through Rollins’ Bonner Leaders Program, a four-year community service opportunity administered through the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement to students passionate about volunteering.
In 2018, Rollins was selected as one of just 30 colleges worldwide to host the global pilot program of the Millennium Fellows, a prestigious leadership development program that empowers students to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on campus and in their communities. Ever since, teams of entrepreneurial Tars have created projects to tackle everything from hunger to inequality.
Over the years, Rollins’ student-run Sustainability Program has spearheaded everything from the College’s Fair Trade-campus designation and bike-share program to an urban farm that supplies fresh, organic produce to campus dining services.
Community Engagement Courses
Each semester, Rollins offers dozens of community engagement courses that partner students with some of Orlando’s most innovative organizations and help Tars apply what they’re learning in the classroom to make a difference right in our backyard.
August 10, 2020
Cool Class: Writing Books for & with Children
This honors course pairs students with preschoolers to explore the fine art of children’s literature—and the takeaways extend far beyond the creative process.
November 14, 2018
Cool Class: Strategies for Changemakers
This 300-level course is all about learning what it really takes to become, as Gandhi encouraged us to do, the change we want to see in the world.
November 20, 2017
Cool Class: Creating the Digital Future
This project-based course goes beyond learning HTML to examine how computer science, the web, and digital media are shaping our society.
A Campus Committed to Change
Rollins is one of just 42 colleges in the world to earn Ashoka U’s Changemaker Campus designation, which recognizes the leading institutions in social innovation and changemaking.