Rollins Ranked No. 1 Regional University in the South

September 06, 2019

By Audrey St. Clair ’03

Rollins graduates walk past the iconic campus rose garden on their way to commencement.
Photo by Scott Cook.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rollins the top regional university in the South in its annual rankings of “Best Colleges.”

Rollins has been ranked the No. 1 regional university in the South in the 2020 rankings of “Best Colleges,” released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Rollins was ranked No. 1 among the 120 colleges and universities in this category, which is composed of schools that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

For 25 years in a row, Rollins has been ranked among the top two regional universities in the South and has been the top-ranked Florida school in the category.

“Rollins is proud once again to be recognized so prominently among the nation’s best colleges,” says Rollins President Grant Cornwell. “Our longstanding placement at the top of this ranking affirms that our intimate, innovative, interdisciplinary learning environment is the best preparation for the next generation of leaders as they tackle the challenges of the 21st century.”

The “Best Colleges” rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 15 measures of academic quality, and Rollins continues to rank high among the country’s most renowned institutions based on first-year student retention, graduation rates, strength of the faculty, admissions selectivity, and alumni giving.

Chinese professor Li Wei instructs students in class.Chinese professor Li Wei instructs students in class.
Rollins was also ranked No. 1 for best undergraduate teaching programs. Photo by Scott Cook.

Rollins’ ranking can also be attributed to the College’s commitment 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. In addition to ranking as the South’s top regional university, Rollins was also ranked No. 1 for best undergraduate teaching programs, which recognizes colleges for having a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates.

U.S. News & World Report also recognized Rollins as a best value school and as one of the South’s most innovative colleges. The College’s undergraduate business program was ranked among the nation’s best, and Rollins made the list of regional universities in the South with the most ethnically diverse student body.

“This kind of recognition is a testament to the College’s commitment to academic excellence and the achievement of our innovative faculty and industrious students,” says Cornwell. “It underscores how well Rollins is delivering on its promise to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering them to lead meaningful lives and forge productive careers.”

The print edition of the “Best Colleges 2020” guidebook can be purchased online now or on newsstands October 15.

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