The Start of Your #RollinsLife

Welcome Week is the kick off to your Rollins College experience. Orientation will help you get familiar with campus, connect you to other new Tars, and introduce you to our mission of global citizenship and responsible leadership.


Welcome Week: Orientation

We are committed to giving you the tools you need to thrive at Rollins during your orientation. You will explore campus, meet new students, and familiarize yourself with the wide variety of academic resources and student activities on campus. In short, Welcome Week is the start of your #RollinsLife and we're here to help! Taking advantage of all Rollins has to offer starts in these first few days and we encourage you to get off to a good start by fully participating in Welcome Week activities. 

Pre Arrival

Can't wait until January 12? Neither can we! We've included some FAQ's and helpful guidelines here to make sure your transition to Rollins is smooth sailing!

1. Am I ready to go? What do I need to complete before I get to Rollins?

  • The FoxLink checklist is a great place to start.
  • Complete your Course Preference Form and Housing application on FoxLink. You'll receive your tentative course schedule created by our faculty in late June and your housing assignment from Residential Life & Explorations in mid-July. 

2. What should I bring to Rollins?

  • Residential Life & Explorations has a great list of suggested items compiled here.
  • Don't forget that Winter Park and the greater Orlando area has plenty of shopping options nearby, so don't worry if you forget something. 

3. I have billing questions and want to pay my tuition. Who should I contact?

  • At Rollins, the Bursar manages your student account and billing information. You can reach them at 407-646-2252.
  • If you have questions that relate to your financial aid package, reach out to Financial Aid.

4. What else should I be doing this summer to prepare for college life?

  • Get immunized and send the Wellness Center your medical records. 
  • Talk to your parents or guardians about expectations surrounding FERPA, your academic record, and living independently. 
  • If you're living on campus, get in contact with your roommate to talk about what to bring.


Our campus comes alive on Move-In Day!

  • Residence Halls open for move-in on Friday, January 12 at 9:00 AM
  • Please come pick up your key and check-in with Residential Life & Explorations in McKean Hall. 

Tips for a Tar-rific Move-In

  • We recommend wearing comfortable clothing (think work out clothes and tennis shoes) because you will sweat!
  • If you have a dolly or cart, we encourage you to bring it along for the day. We have a limited amount of dollies and carts to loan out at each residence hall, but the process will go faster if you plan ahead.

Spring Orientation

We welcome new Tars twice a year and we can't wait to meet our spring admits!

Download the Spring Orientation Guide & Schedule

January 12 - Domestic student move-in day

9 a.m. – noon        Residence Hall Move-In

McKean Hall, Office of Residential Life & Explorations

Residential students should report directly to the Office of Residential Life & Explorations in McKean Hall to receive their room keys. Students and their families will have the entire day to move in and get settled.

7 p.m. – midnight         Free Shuttle to Winter Park Village

Tars Plaza

January 13 - Orientation

9 – 10 a.m.         College Check-In

Galloway Room, Mills Memorial Hall

Check in at the Galloway Room to receive your orientation booklet. We will have plenty of staff members available to answer your questions!

10  – 10:15 a.m.        Welcome

Galloway Room, Mills Memorial Hall

Your official welcome to Rollins! Join President Grant Cornwell, Dr. Mamta Accapadi, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Leon Hayner, Senior Director of Residential Life & Explorations, as they welcome students and families. 

10:15 – 11 a.m.       Peer  Mentor  Primer

Library Meeting Room, Olin Library

Engage in a dialogue with your Peer Mentors about the “must- know” information about Rollins, and participate in some fun activities!

 11 – 11:30 a.m.             #FindYourAnchor: The Rollins Student Experience

Library Meeting Room, Olin Library

 What’s life like as a Tar? We hope to answer this question and many more at this session. You will learn about leadership, service opportunities, academic internships, studying abroad, and all other facets of student life.

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.         Lunch

Cornell Campus Center

Get to know your fellow classmates and Peer Mentors while dining in the Campus Center.

1 – 2:30 p.m.        Title IX Training

Library Meeting Room, Olin Library

This session will focus on Rollins’ responsibilities and student’s rights under Title IX as well as bystander intervention and issues of sexual and gender violence.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.          Advising Preparation

Library Meeting Room, Olin Library

Learn more about the unique liberal arts education Rollins offers and how to progress through our curriculum to earn your degree.

3:30 – 5 p.m.         Rollins Fox Hunt

Galloway Room, Mills Memorial Hall

Join your fellow Tars as we explore our campus!

January 14 

5:30 – 7 p.m.         Family Dinner

Cornell Campus Center

Sunday family dinners don’t have to end now that you’re in college! Every Sunday, different faculty and staff bring their families to eat with students in the Marketplace. Just look for the Family Dinner sign and pull up a chair for fun conversation!

January 15

6 p.m.        Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil

Tiedtke Concert Hall

January 16

All Day Faculty Advising Appointments
Meet with your faculty advisor to review your spring schedule and
prepare for your first semester at Rollins.

7 – 9 p.m. Spring Glow Party
Mills Lawn
Join us on Mills Lawn for a Glow Party

Residential Life & Explorations
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue
McKean Hall