Winter Park, Florida
4-year, Regionally accredited
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
This college’s stocker price of over $60,000 almost threw our “Best Value” calculators into convulsions, but we went on with our research and examined Rollins College more closely. We’re glad we did. Students comments citing “perfect,” “awesome atmosphere” and similar statements kept us interested. Yes, expensive if your family’s income is over $110,000 annually, but much more reasonable (net cost to attend in the mid-$25,000 range) if family income is a bit less. Financial aid is provided to 84% of Rollins College’s students, with aid averaging a generous $32,000. So once we were convinced we might deem Rollins a Best Value School we continued with our research.
Located on a lake in picturesque Winter Park, Florida – a suburb of Orlando – the Rollins campus is classic, inviting, and absolutely loved by students as well as pointed to with pride by the residents of upscale Winter Park. The place itself is probably worth a couple thousand more per year to an appreciative student. The student body, over 80% of which is 24 or younger, is diverse and inclusive, with 43% from out of state and about 12% from foreign countries.
Academic programs offered by Rollins are diverse and quite current as they directly relate to a liberal arts education for the modern connected world. The most popular programs are in business, including an MBA, a master’s in human resources, and a bachelor’s in international business. Both bachelor and master degree programs are offered in education and psychology; popular bachelor degree programs include communication/journalism, economics, information/computer science, environmental science, and visual/performing arts. In conclusion, we designated Rollins College a 2017 Best Value School awardee for all the right reasons: cost, value for the money, and a special experience in a progressive academic environment.