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College Guide

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Neighborly: Fred Rogers, creator of the classic kids’ show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, was a Rollins graduate. In 1991, he donated one of his signature cardigan sweaters to the school’s Olin Library. Also, actor Buddy Ebsen, better known as Jed Clampett of the The Beverly Hillbillies, is an alumnus.

Puritan roots: In the school’s Mayflower Hall is a 15-inch piece from the original Mayflower ship, which brought some of England’s first pilgrims to America in 1620. Also in the Hall is a woven quilt recovered from the ship, and a piece of Plymouth Rock, the location in Massachusetts where the pilgrims first disembarked. Puzzlingly, this building of rare artifacts is currently used as a sorority hall.

Full Sail University

Upward mobility: Full Sail was actually founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1979, with a satellite branch in Orlando. The school moved to Orlando in 1980. During its inaugural year here, the school had no permanent campus, so classes were held at rented recording studios.

Light bright: On Jan. 27, 2010, Full Sail set the world record for “Largest Torchlit (Flashlight) Logo/Image Formed by People.” To accomplish that goal, 528 people holding lit flashlights above their heads were corralled and choreographed into the shape of the Full Sail logo. The school’s public relations department took full advantage of Full Sail’s foray into fame, pointing out that the flashlights were all outfitted with brand new batteries and sent to the earthquake-ravaged country of Haiti after the record-breaking event.

Sing it: All five nominees for Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards were mixed or engineered by Full Sail graduates.

Flighty: One of the owners of Full Sail, John Phelps, owns a Douglas DC-3 propeller-driven plane, which is why the school has an airplane in its logo.

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