Rollins has lots of wealthy students and an excellent reputation for business. It “places” very well throughout the South. Academically, it’s not an easy admit and there are lots of scholarships but they’re quite competitive. In terms of vibe, it’s very close to UMiami’s.
People who would know UMiami because of sports or because “Miami” is in the name wouldn’t really “know” the school but would make assumptions based on their affinity for sports.
Overall, there are so many colleges throughout the US that people simply cannot know them all, nor to they have any idea of their respective ranking (beside putting HYPSM at the top).
I don’t think it’d really matter throughout the South or elsewhere. Internships, skills, relevant courses taken and relevant experience would all matter more than the college’s name (unless the recruiter is a graduate from that college), in which case it can be a positive.)
Resources (= ability the college has to support students’ needs and offer opportunities) and academic quality matter more to student experience than USNWR rankings though.
@PickleParent : is PBA on your list because your daughter is interested in evangelical colleges or just because it’s in Florida?