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What Is Florida’s Oldest College?

Wed, May 13, 2015 at 6:30PM

Florida is a state full of famous colleges, including the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Florida. The oldest recognized college in the state, however, is Rollins College... a liberal arts college based in Winter Park that was founded in 1885. Located just outside of Orlando, Rollins holds its own compared to its more nationally known siblings... U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Rollins as one of the best universities in the south.

It all started one afternoon in 1880, when Lucy Cross had a vision for a college in Central Florida. Rollins became the first college in the area five years later and issued its first bachelor's degree to Ida May Missildine and Clara Louise Guild in 1890. More than 100 years later Rollins has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,890 on an 80 acre campus.

To see a full timeline of the history of Rollins College, please visit the college's official history page: http://www.rollins.edu/about-rollins/traditions-and-history/index.html


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