9 Reasons to Finish Your Degree at Rollins

For the third consecutive year, Phi Theta Kappa has named Rollins to its Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the nation’s top four-year institutions creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. What did we do to earn such an honor? We could go on and on about why Rollins is a top college for transfer students, but we know you’re busy so we narrowed it down to 9 of our favorites.

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1. A Personalized Pathway to Success

You’re unique and so are your career goals. That’s why we’ve never believed in a cookie-cutter approach to a college education. At Rollins, you’ll have the freedom to craft a one-of-a-kind educational journey that is tuned to where you’ve been and where you’re going. Start mapping out your journey by exploring Rollins Gateway, our signature approach to preparing students for meaningful lives and productive careers in the 21st century.

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2. Mentorship Matters and We’ve Mastered It

At Rollins, you have the freedom to pursue your unique interests and professional goals, but you’re far from alone on these journeys of discovery. In fact, Rollins’ unique mentorship model provides every student an entire community of mentors at every step. That constellation of support is critical. After all, a recent report from Gallup revealed that having at least one mentor during college was the single most important facotr to personal and professional success.

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3. A Future-Proof Foundation

A recent report by Dell Technologies estimates that 85 percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be invented. Through Rollins’ innovative, interdisciplinary core curriculum, you’ll develop broad-based knowledge and an array of 21st-century skills like creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, and clear communication that are immune to the fast-paced fluctuations of our ever-evolving world.

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4. Our Individualized Approach

At Rollins, your education is built on a human scale. It’s powered by relationships, particularly the partnerships between our inventive, inspiring faculty and motivated, industrious students. Thanks to small classes that average just 17 students and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, you receive the kind of personalized attention and support that you’ll find only at one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.

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5. Get Credit for Your Classes

Have your AA degree? Good news: You’ve met your general education requirements, and you’re ready to dive directly into your major. Even if you haven’t finished your AA, Rollins accepts most college-level credit earned at accredited institutions, and we’ll help you craft a individualized course plan based on your transfer credit award.

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6. Ample Assistance

Everyone from respected publications to former university presidents rates Rollins a top value among the nation’s best colleges because we believe every student should have access to our transformative education. With generous merit scholarships and need-based financial aid, finishing your degree at Rollins is far more affordable than you might think.

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7. A Powerful Alumni Network

Phillip Denizard ’16 transferred to Rollins and quickly realized the power of our alumni network. The communication major forged a mentorship with fashion executive Stacy Van Praagh ’93, which led to internships at L’Eclaireur in Paris and Givenchy in New York as well as his first position after graduation as an assistant buyer at Gucci’s U.S. headquarters in New York City. The fashion aficionado has continued to thrive in the Big Apple and is now an inventory planner and account executive at Alexander McQueen.

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8. Real-World Experience

Rollins has an entire office dedicated to helping our students secure the best resume-builders. Just ask Michael Gutensohn ’18, a computer science major and transfer student who landed four consecutive internships at NASA during his time at Rollins. Gutensohn handled software development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and served as a computer-engineering intern at Kennedy Space Center. Today, Gutensohn is an artificial intelligence engineer at Apple.

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9. The Opportunity to Flourish

Rebecca Charbonneau ’16 hit the reset button on her college career at Rollins and quickly reaped the rewards of our interdisciplinary liberal arts education. As a student, the art history and critical media studies major performed independent research in England and Italy. After graduation, Charbonneau earned her master’s in the history of science, medicine, and technology from the University of Oxford. And in 2018, she was one of just 35 U.S. students to earn a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarships in the world.