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.

Liberal Arts college students helping to re-sod a park for Sparc Day.

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.

An alumn on the track as he interns for NASCAR.

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 college student teaching a child whild on an international field study in Rwanda.

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.

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:

Source: Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work

  • 94%

    Internship with a company or organization

  • 83%

    Field-based project in community with people from diverse backgrounds

  • 81%

    Research project done collaboratively with peers

  • 78%

    Service learning project with community organization

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A group of liberal arts college students looking out into a valley during the sunset in Moab, Utah.

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.

Students sitting and traveling through the plateaued atrium of KWR Hall.

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.

A chemistry professor helping a student in the chemistry 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.

Traveling a prestigious pathway

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

  • Top 10 percentage of students who study abroad

  • No. 1 percentage of students who participate in alternative breaks

  • Top Producer of Fulbrights

    54 since 2006

  • Florida’s Most Engaged Campus — Florida Campus Compact

A player on the basketball team shooting a basketball in his dorm room.

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.

Rollins College students enjoying lunch by the Lakeside pool.

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