Rollins Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Colleges

September 12, 2016

By Meredith V. Wellmeier

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Photo by Scott Cook.

For the 22nd consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rollins College among the top two regional universities in the South in its annual rankings of “Best Colleges.”

Rollins College has been ranked one of the top regional universities in the South in the annual rankings of “Best Colleges,” released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Rollins was ranked No. 2 among the 105 colleges and universities in this category, which is composed of schools that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs. For 22 consecutive years, Rollins has been ranked among the top two regional universities in the South and first in Florida.

“We’re proud to be at the top of the list year after year,” said Rollins President Grant Cornwell. “This is testament to a long legacy of commitment to our mission and our students.”

Rollins continues to rank high among some of the most renowned universities in the country because of factors that include graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving.

Additionally, Rollins’ ranking can also be attributed to the College’s pledge to small classes and engaged, personalized learning between students and faculty, which has been the hallmark of a Rollins education since the College’s founding in 1885. That is why a majority of Rollins courses have fewer than 20 students. With 71 percent of courses fitting this criteria, Rollins ranks higher in this area than the other top 20 universities in the same category.

“There are many colleges and universities that take a liberal arts-style approach to education,” Cornwell said, “but Rollins stands out for our innovative and engaging curriculum designed to educate students as global citizens and responsible leaders, equipped to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers.”

The print edition of the “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook can be purchased online now or on newsstands October 4.


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