Academic Support and Advising FAQ
Dr. Karen Hater

Answers by Dr. Karen Hater, Dean of Student Affairs.

Dean Hater earned her undergraduate and master's degrees from The Ohio State University in Special Education and her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in School Psychology and Special Education.

Q. Who will advise my son/daughter regarding classes they should take?

A. Every Rollins’student has a faculty advisor. In the first year, the faculty advisor is the professor of their first year seminar course, the Rollins College Conference class. This arrangement means that students have significant contact with advisors four times a week during the first semester. At the end of the first year, if your son/daughter is ready to declare a major, the advisor will change to a faculty member in the major department. In addition, there are supplemental advisors in the Thomas P. Johnson Student Resource Center that can assist students in exploring their major, helping them with time management skills, or supplementing the work of their faculty advisor in a variety of ways.

Q. What are Rollins’ graduation requirements?

A. Students must complete 140 credit hours to graduate. Included in these 140 credits are all courses necessary to complete a major, all courses in the general education curriculum (the foundation of the liberal arts) and other electives selected by the student (minors, internships, study abroad experiences, courses of interest). A typical Rollins course earns four credits (some are more, some less), so over four years students complete on average nine semester courses per year.

Q. What if my son/daughter doesn’t know what he/she wants to do for a career and/or major?

A. The vast majority of college students either don’t know their major when they arrive on campus or change their major while they are in college. During their first year, students will have an opportunity to take classes in many different disciplines and can explore possibilities for majors. We also offer a course, Academic and Career Planning, which can assist a student in exploring majors and careers through a structured classroom process. Professional staff is available in both the Thomas P. Johnson Resource Student Center and the Office of Career Services to assist students in a process to determine their major and career interests. Students are required to select a major no later than the end of their sophomore year.

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