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Liberal Arts in Action

Get ready to go. Through Rollins Gateway, you’ll reach far beyond the walls of the classroom to hone your knowledge and skills through immersive real-world experiences.

At Rollins, you’ll start putting your ideas to work in the world right away. In fact, a few days after they move into their dorms, every Tar receives a swift introduction to the power of service via SPARC Day. During this annual day of service, first-year students partner with faculty, staff, and classmates to support an average of 24 community organizations right in our backyard.

Developing the future of augmented reality at NASA. Managing logistics at one of the world’s biggest races. Curating a cutting-edge art exhibition. Orlando ranks in the top 10 in the country for internships per capita, and Rollins has an entire office dedicated to helping Tars secure the very best career builders. As a result, you’ll have a serious leg up when it comes to securing your ideal internship. In recent years, your future classmates have honed their craft everywhere from Universal Orlando Resort and The Walt Disney Company to Capitol Hill and the United Nations.

Each year, Rollins’ Office of International Programs offers more than 90 study abroad programs. Every semester, Tars see and do things around the world that most people only dream of—from hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to hopping a train through the French Alps. But these once-in-a-lifetime adventures aren’t just about exploring the globe—you’ll also hone your communication skills and develop cultural fluency. No wonder more than half of executives say they’re more likely to hire graduates with study abroad experience.

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 six of the past seven years.

Exploring star formations of isolated galaxies. Investigating nanoparticles to improve cancer therapies. Crafting on-the-ground solutions to immigration issues. For the past 20 years, Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program has empowered students to conduct real-world research alongside Rollins faculty. These powerful partnerships have generated dozens of professional publications, performances, and exhibitions, and paved the way to some of the world’s most prestigious graduate programs.

Creating promotional strategies that help a local social enterprise increase its impact. Using 21st-century tools to bring a hidden history to life. Helping fourth-graders ace their math exams. Every semester, Rollins offers dozens of community engagement courses that allow students to put the knowledge they develop in the classroom to work in the real world while also making a positive impact in our local community and communities around the world.