Talk may be cheap, but Rollins students have earned the right to scream “We’re No. 1!”
Rollins ranks above all other state institutions of higher learning in perhaps the most meaningful college category.
No, not football ranking.
We’re talking cost.
Why does it cost so much?
Because it’s worth it, according to Rollins officials.
“It’s important when students are making decisions about where to attend college that they not focus solely on the sticker price,” said Faye Tydlaska, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing.
Rollins was No. 2 among regional universities in the south in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, getting a score of 98.0 out of 100.
The 132-year-old school has long been acclaimed for its academics and overall panache. About 3,200 students attend classes at the campus nestled on the shores of Lake Virginia.
And among alumni, it is the only college in the world that can boast of educating Mr. Rogers, who graduated in 1951 with a degree in music composition.
“Our average financial aid package for enrolling students who have financial need is $35,000,” she said, “and over 85% of our students receive some form of financial aid.”
And to be fair, Rollins isn’t the most expensive place to get a degree. The University of Chicago tops Business Insider’s overall rankings with a total tab of $72,717 a year.
As pricey as Rollins is, it recently received a “Best Value School” rating by University Research and Review.
“The college’s sticker 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,” the review said. “We’re glad we did.”
They were impressed by the school’s financial aid offerings, academic offerings, Winter Park locale and the school pride.
“The Rollins campus,” the report noted, “is classic, inviting and absolutely loved by students.”
That’s why they don’t mind screaming “We’re No. 1!”