Rollins College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (3)
Academic rigor aside (which varies by degree as Rollins provides exceptional Business, Chemistry, and Bnglish programs but has fewer resources in departments like Computer Science), Rollins College's largest advantage is in networking and relationships. The school emphasizes small class sizes which encourage you to network and build relationships with your classmates and professors, make it easier for professors to understand their students' strengths and weaknesses and provide detailed feedback, and foster public speaking and presentation skills in all types of courses. Part of the frustration that often grows up surrounding these incredible networking opportunities though, is the limited student body and faculty with which to work. While Rollins students there do tend to become very influential contacts, the student population is small enough that only certain groups are truly represented. But even more problematic is the limited faculty which, while likely providing good letters of recommendation, are unlikely to be carry much weight in applying to top-notch graduate programs (though, again, it depends on your field). As a liberal arts school, Rollins encourages its students to explore other majors--which is wonderful--but you, as the student, also need to understand Rollins' limitations. If you switch to Computer Science, you may want to consider transferring schools. However, Rollins does have a lot of resources to offer its students -- particularly internationally. Not only do they provide absolutely amazing study abroad opportunities, their study abroad team is a well oiled machine that will work with each student to make the process of applying, moving, and securing funding for study/internships abroad easy and painless. Studying abroad is actually a central tenet of the Rollins curriculum. Most students study abroad and many do so for even more than one semester. This provides some much needed balance to the learning process since the student body is quite homogenous. Study abroad opportunities (and very high rates of students who study abroad during their academic careers) do help provide some very valuable work and study experiences in other cultures. Rollins also has a lot to offer its students in terms of career or post-graduate counseling. The school has been one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars (a prestigious year-long scholarship to study, teach, or complete research as exchange students) for a number of years, and their Fulbright advisor is very adept and a wonderful support figure.
The Rollins College English Department is truly something special. All of the faculty are approachable, knowledgeable, and genuinely invested in the continuing education of their students. The department has fantastic programs such as Winter with the Writers, a festival throughout February where authors from all over the world visit, affording students the opportunity to meet and even workshop their own work with them. There is a great variety of classes, ranging from a focus on classic literature to more contemporary, perhaps lesser-known works, with all of these courses fostering social and cultural awareness. Rollins as a whole truly wants all of its students to be global citizens. I'd highly recommend Rollins and the English Major to anyone interested in literature and writing. I have learned so much and am legitimately enjoying my time at Rollins, taking fun, challenging classes, and interacting with amazing people everyday.
Small class size for more personalized attention. Good small group conversations and friendly, supportive environment. Very great place.