Rollins has been ranked the No. 1 regional university in the South in the 2021 rankings of “Best Colleges,” by U.S. News & World Report. Rollins was ranked No. 1 among the 142 colleges and universities in this category, which is composed of schools that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs. For more than 25 consecutive years, Rolllins has been ranked among the top two regional universities in the South and has been the top-ranked Florida school in the category.
The “Best Colleges” rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 15 measures of academic quality, and Rollins continues to rank high among the country’s most renowned institutions based on first-year student retention, strength of the faculty, graduation rate, admission selectivity, and alumni giving.
WPC is proud of our relationship with Rollins College. In 2019, the Winter Park-based college leveled the former McKean Hall near Lake Virginia to prepare for the new Lakeside Neighborhood. The student housing area accommodates 496 student beds. The new $71 million student housing project is part of the school's strategic initiative to have a three-year, on-campus residency requirement in the 2021-2022 academic year.
The 250,000-square foot student housing project was completed in two phases (188,495 in phase 1) and (49,235 in phase 2), with WPC serving as the general contractor for both phases of the project working with Winter Park-based real estate developer Alan Ginsburg. Orlando-based Rob Schaeffer Visualization & Planning was the architect for the project.
Named “Lakeside Neighborhood” the new student dorms are part of the Lakeside community, which includes three wings named in honor of past Rollins College presidents Hugh McKean, Thaddeus Seymour, and Rita Bornstein.
“Each of these storied leaders laid the groundwork to make Rollins the great college it is today, and set the stage for those of us who have the honor of stewarding its mission to educate our students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering our graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers,” said President Grant H. Cornwell.
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