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Rollins Ranks Among Nation’s Best for Athletic and Academic Excellence

January 11, 2023

By Audrey St. Clair ’03

The College was recently honored with the NCAA’s Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving an academic success rate of 95 percent.

For the 12th consecutive year, Rollins has earned the NCAA Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, which recognizes the College among the nation’s best at blending athletic and academic excellence.

The NCAA recognizes Division II members schools earning an academic rate of 90 percent or higher, and Rollins is one of just 44 schools to receive the distinction this year.

The academic success rate (ASR) equates to the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial collegiate enrollment. For 2022, Rollins student-athletes achieved a 95 percent success rate, landing in the top spot in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) and tying for seventh highest in the nation.

Jessika Linnemeyer ’22 serving a volleyball.
Student-athlete Jessika Linnemeyer ’22 is putting her NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship toward a doctorate in physical therapy, which she plans to use to open a clinic tailored to underserved populations.Photo by Mike Watters Photography.

“I am excited to honor and recognize the 44 schools for this prestigious award,” says Steven Shirley, president of Minot State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “It is a testament to their hard work, commitment, and dedication to achieving academic excellence.”

The Tars join Florida Southern College, Barry University, and Eckerd College as the only schools from the SSC to earn the Presidents’ Award.

“Being a student-athlete at Rollins has not only allowed me to fulfill my childhood dreams of becoming a collegiate athlete but has also pushed me beyond my perceived limitations,” says volleyball star and biology major Jessika Linnemeyer ’22, who earned a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy.

According to the NCAA, Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. Since the organization started recognizing institutions with high ASRs in 2010, Rollins has consistently made the list, becoming one of only eight schools to have earned the award every year.

Rollins has a long history of athletic and academic excellence. The College’s 21 varsity sports teams have won 23 national championships and 91 Sunshine State Conference Championships, and Rollins student-athletes have posted a cumulative GPA above 3.0 for 40 straight semesters.

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