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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.

Rollins liberal art students volunteering on SPARC day moving sod outside.
A buddhist monk with volunteers working outside.

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.

Students volunteering to work with local elementary students on an art project.
Rollins students volunteer to paint a wall.
Liberal arts students volunteering to breakdown and recycle mattresses.
A volunteer holds a box of food as part of volunteering for a food drive
A Rollins alumn working at a NASCAR event.

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.

A dance student records her friend leaping in the air touching her toe.
A Rollins computer science student stands behind a rocket at the Kennedy Space Center where he interns.

Gateway to real-world experience that works

A survey recently conducted by AAC&U reveals that today’s employers demand college graduates who have demonstrated the ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings—precisely the kind of graduate Rollins Gateway is designed to produce.

Executives and hiring managers also said that they were more likely to hire candidates with these experiences:

94 percent

Internship with a company or organization

83 percent

Field-based project in community with people from diverse backgrounds

81 percent

Research project done collaboratively with peers

78 percent

Service learning project with community organization

Source: Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work
Students meeting children at a school on a Rwanda international field study.
Rollins students hiking across a bridge in a jungle.

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.

Rollins students ride horses across a Cost Rican river.
A student holding a parrot on a study abroad trip.
Liber arts students sit atop a van in the Tanzanian savann while a baboon crosses the road.

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Study abroad tudents stand atop a mesa.
A group of students walking and studying a desert mesa.

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.

A Rollins volunteer helps with cooking in a village home.
Students on an airboat navigating a shallow river.
Students meeting with their mentor in Rollins Hall.
An image from inside the newly renovated Kathleen W. Rollins Hall showing the amphitheater like seating space.

Center of it All

The newly renovated Kathleen W. Rollins Hall has made maximizing your #RollinsLife even easier. The state-of-the-art facility brings together 10 curricular and co-curricular programs—from the Center for Career & Life Planning to the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement—at the heart of campus in an environment that encourages community-building collaboration. Whether you’re pursuing one of Orlando’s top internships or one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, Kathleen W. Rollins Hall is your one-stop shop for an array of opportunities that deepen your learning through experience.

Students discussing a project around a table in Rollins Hall.
Inside the WPRK broadcasting studio.
Students sit on the steps in Rollins Hall taking a selfie with a phone.
Rollins liberal arts students performing optics experiments in a lab, lit bright green.
Students in the middle of an experiment wearting protective gear in a lab.

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.

A graduate student studying starfish with a professor.
A student and professor organizing equipment.
A student and astrophysics professor in front of a projected image of space.

Traveling a prestigious pathway

Rollins is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top colleges for experiential learning.

A group of students hiking in a rainforest while looking at a waterfall.

Top 10 percentage of students who study abroad

A student is helping to clear weeds out of a garden.

No. 1 percentage of students who participate in alternative breaks

A study abroad student is kneeling at a desk teaching a group of children at a school in Africa.

Top Producer of Fulbrights

54 since 2006

Rollins students helping to prepare the raised bed community garden on campus.

Florida’s Most Engaged Campus — Florida Campus Compact

A student athlete shoots a basketball while relaxing in his dorm.
Choir members singing during a performance on campus.

This collection of opportunities is just the tip of the iceberg. Get paid to gain experience with an on-campus job. Learn from an alumni mentor whose professional path matches your career interests. Hone your leadership skills as a student-athlete or RA. Through Rollins Gateway, access to these types of high-impact experiences is virtually limitless.

Theatre arts students with rolls of tickets in the box office.
A student walking and talking with their advisor while holding coffee.
A group photo of Rollins student athletes representing each sport while sitting in the gym bleachers.