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Academics

Located in sunny central Florida, Rollins College is “small enough to help the individual but is fortunate enough to have a large endowment capable of providing each student with necessary academic means.” The generous academic merit scholarships bring in a smart crowd, and the small class sizes, dedicated faculty, and numerous “student leadership opportunities, internships, academic presentations, [and] conference opportunities” sweeten the pot.

Rollins is “all about individual growth personally and educationally,” but it also stresses “responsible community leadership both on and off campus.” Students have a great deal of freedom to study what they choose, and many large projects are individualized toward the student, meaning a student “can tailor my topic to my interests.” In addition to the autonomy this approach grants students, it “reinforces the idea of a holistic education,” which helps to “make [students] competitive in an ever-changing job market.” Working at this speed, students are able to “discover purpose and identify goals.” Many services are also available to students, such as free tutoring and counseling.

Professors “perform very well” and create an “open and invigorating classroom environment” that is “open to diverse ideas and perspectives.” Teachers “know every student’s name, and they will remember you throughout your college experience.” “My first year, one called my cell phone when I missed class,” says a student. “The interactions that I have with the professors are second to none,” says another. The small class sizes (even introductory courses are tiny) make it “very easy to learn and share your opinion,” and since professors are “very engaging and willing to hear all points of view,” “no one is left feeling like they don’t matter.”

Student Body

Rollins is such a small school that “everyone knows everyone.” It’s a true split at Rollins between in-staters and out-of-staters (and the international contingent) and among socioeconomic classes. “There are extremely wealthy spoiled kids driving Mercedes and smoking, [and] then there are true nerds who busted their butts to get in,” says a student. Since the two groups mix constantly, “it is often hard to differentiate between the students who are set to inherit their parent’s company after they graduate and those here on scholarship.” Luckily, the “family environment and the closeness of all of the campus bring all the students together as scholars.” Everyone may have small groups to which they belong, but “there is intermingling going on all the time.”

Campus Life

The “very beautiful and relaxing” campus can often feel sort of like a “country club” in both appearance and attitude. With “so many attractions in the Orlando area, the accessibility of the lake and the beach it is hard not to bring your books outside.” Some people like “to go out to nearby downtown Orlando” (which is fifteen minutes away from school), some “live for Disney World,” and some just stay in and hang out. A favorite activity among students is “walking up Park Avenue and exploring the delicious culinary endeavors there,” and Lake Virginia is a great spot for perching, wakeboarding, or sailing. Students here tend “to travel a lot and explore other towns in Florida during the school year.”

There are “always events on campus that are fun,” like “a student who is a DJ [who] had a concert on the lawn one night,” and almost one-third of the school is involved in Greek life. Community service is also “a pretty big part of the campus,” and there is “always something service-related going on either from student groups or from the community engagement office.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jill Pigmon
Visitor Liaison

Address
Office of Admissions
1000 Holt Ave. - 2720
Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone
407-646-2161

Email
admission@rollins.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cornell Campus Center
Olin Library
Alfond Sports Center
Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Art Gallery)
Rice Family Bookstore

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Park Avenue (Winter Park shopping/dining)
Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure
Sea World
Disney World
Beaches

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturdays
8:30am-5pm
407-646-2161

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F: 10am / M-R: 2pm / Select Sat: 10am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Immediately following each campus tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@rollins.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Orlando International Airport is 13 miles from campus. Taxis and limousines are available. Amtrak trains serve Winter Park; the station is on Park Ave. To get to campus, head south on Park Ave. about 6 blocks.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north and east, take I-4 W. to Exit 87 (Fairbanks Ave.). Turn left onto Fairbanks. Turn right onto Park Ave. The Office of Admission is in the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker building, on the corner of Fairbanks and Park. From the south and west, take I-4 E. to Exit 87 (Fairbanks Ave.). Turn right onto Fairbanks and travel 3 miles to the campus.

Local Accommodations
You have some nice choices in Winter Park, the home of Rollins, but you have to a pay a little more to stay there. Our favorite is the Park Plaza Hotel (307 Park Ave. S.; 407-647-1072). This European-style hotel, with antiques, a garden, and a delightful balcony, is a great place to relax after a long day on campus. A mile away is the moderately priced Best Western Mount Vernon Inn (110 S. Orlando Ave.; 407-647-1166). It has a pool and restaurant and most of the rooms have refrigerators. For a change of pace, consider the 6-room Courtyard at Lake Lucerne (211 N. Lucerne Circle East; 407-648-5188), a short drive (5 minutes) from Rollins in Orlando. This inn, located in an old and picturesque part of Orlando, is the oldest house in town. Other local accommodations include the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Four Points Orlando-Downtown, Westin Grand Bohemian, Marriott Orlando-Downtown, Marriott Courtyard, and the Radisson Plaza Hotel Orlando.

Admissions

Applicants: 6,167
Acceptance Rate: 58%
Average HS GPA: 3.35







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