Parent FAQs

The Office of Student Success works closely with our students and families. We receive hundreds of calls on the office hotline (407.646.2354) and emails from students and families every year. We've collected many of the most frequently asked questions here for your convenience.

Academics
Getting Involved
Orientation
Miscellaneous
Housing & Meal Plans

Academics

How do I get classes for my first semester?

Now that you’ve decided to come to Rollins, you’re probably be wondering “How do I select my classes for the spring?” That’s a good question, and the answer is different for transfer and new (first-year) students, but both groups will access all necessary forms through Foxlink.

Transfers register with the assistance of Adrianne Benso (abenso@rollins.edu), a professional student success coach. Adrianne will be in touch with you via email soon after you deposit to help walk you through the process of registering and declaring a major/minor. You’ll meet with your faculty academic advisor during Fall Orientation and you’ll have the chance to make changes to your schedule at that time.

First-year students complete the Course Preference Form (CPF) through their Foxlink accounts. The CPF gathers information about your academic history and interests, which we turn over to a specially-trained group of faculty and staff. They in turn will then use this information to custom-build your schedule based on your academic interests, AP/IB/dual enrollment credits, and the general education curriculum. You will then have a chance to make changes to your schedule during Fall Orientation when you meet with your RCC professor.

How many hours are typical for the first semester? What types of classes should I expect?

Most students will take between 16-18 credits in their first semester. Rollins requires 140 credits to graduate. A typical first-semester schedule will include a Rollins College Conference (RCC), at least one course that meets a general education competency requirement, and some exploratory classes.

Can I make changes to my schedule?

First-year students can make changes to their schedules during Fall Orientation in August. During Orientation, you’ll have a chance to meet with your RCC professor, who will also serve as your academic advisor. In that meeting, you’ll discuss your interests and aspirations and will be able to make some changes to your schedule based on that conversation. Please note that you will not be able to switch RCCs at this point.

Who will be my academic advisor? How can I contact him or her?

While you are a Rollins student, you will have the opportunity to work with faculty advisors and full-time staff academic advisors. During your first semester, and until you declare a major, your RCC faculty member will serve as your faculty academic advisor. You will meet with this advisor during Fall or Spring Orientation, and be able to make changes to your schedule at that time. In the meantime, if you have questions about the curriculum or your schedule, contact Explorations and we’ll be able to provide answers or connect you to our professional advising staff.

When and how do I declare a major or minor?

You should feel no pressure to declare a major when you arrive at Rollins. In fact, Rollins doesn’t require you to declare a major until the end of your second year. Once you decide on a major, you can declare that major through your Foxlink portal.

How do I receive credit for AP/IB test scores or transfer credit?

To receive credit for AP or IB test scores or transfer credit, the testing agency or transfer institution will need to send a copy of your records to Rollins’ Student Records department at:

1000 Holt Avenue - 2713
Winter Park, FL 32789
Main: 407-646-2144
FAX: 407-646-1576

Note that for test scores, the records need to come directly from the IB or AP test center, not a high school. For questions, contact Student Records at registration@rollins.edu.

What is the Summer Reading book?

The Summer Reading program at Rollins was created with the purpose of engaging incoming first-year students to topics of leadership and citizenship. These challenge students' conceptions of the immediate world around them and to the larger world of which we are all an integral part.

Each student will be expected to finish the book before Fall Orientation starts in August. In addition to the Summer Reading, every incoming student is required to complete a substantive response to the summer reading book. Your RCC faculty member will give you more information on this project over the course of the summer.

Do I need to buy the summer reading book?

Yes, the book is available at your local bookstore or through amazon.com. 

What is an RCC? Do I have to take one? Does it have to relate to my major?

All first-year and transfer students take a Rollins College Conference, or RCC, in their first semester at the College. RCCs are designed to be exploratory courses, and you shouldn’t worry about taking an RCC that relates to your intended major. For information about the RCCs program and specific course offerings this fall, please refer to the RCC page.

What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors are socially and academically successful second, third, and fourth year students who help incoming students adjust to life at Rollins. Peer Mentors take an RCC along with first-year and transfer students, and plan a series of events to help new students make connections to the campus and each other. In addition to the RCC course, Peer Mentors also receive extensive training over the summer and additional support during the fall semester.

How will I know what books I will need, and what is the best way to purchase them?

Once your schedule has been set, you’ll be able to find the required books listed in your Foxlink account (you may want to wait until after Fall Orientation, and any schedule changes, to access this information). All of your books will be available at the Rollins bookstore, and you can purchase them during Orientation.

How many times do students typically change their majors?

It varies from student to student, but most students will change their major at least one time, with many switching 3 or more times. This is perfectly normal, and happens as students explore classes in different disciplines and develop more insight into their areas of interest.

How do the Pre-Med and Pre-Law programs work?

At Rollins, Pre-Health and Pre-Law students can major in any of our offered disciplines, and are guided through a pre-professional “track” by expert faculty members. This process gives students the ability to study in a field that interests them and simultaneously prepare for entrance and success in a graduate program of their choice.

For more information about Pre-Health Professions Advising Program, please see their website: http://www.rollins.edu/biology/prehealth/.

For more information regarding Pre-Law, refer to the Rollins College Center for Pre-Law Advising: http://www.rollins.edu/pre-law/index.html.

How can I find out my student’s grades?

The easiest way for parents to review their students’ grades is to ask their students! Under FERPA guidelines, the College can release academic or social records to persons other than the student only if the student has a written permission on file with Rollins or is under 18. Having a conversation about what information parents can access is a great way for families to clarify expectations and help students and families take shared responsibility for student success.

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

FERPA stipulates that

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record.

(Information taken from US Department of Education website—for more information, see http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.)

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Getting Involved

What’s the best way to find out about clubs and organizations?

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is a team of full-time professionals, graduate assistants, and student staff who are dedicated to improving the quality of life on campus through student involvement and leadership opportunities.

OSIL supports the mission of Rollins College by providing meaningful and intentional learning opportunities that prepare students for lifelong responsible citizenship in our global society.

The office oversees the student organizations, fraternity and sorority community, major campus events, student government, campus media, leadership initiatives, and campus programs.

GET INVOLVED! getinvolved.rollins.edu is the website to look at to find out about all of the different clubs and organizations.

You’ll also be able to meet with many of the student organizations during R-Big Event during the first two weeks of school—be sure to ask your Peer Mentors to bring your class!

I’m interested in joining a fraternity or sorority. Where can I find more information?

Fraternity and Sorority Life are housed within the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. Here is the website to find out more: http://rollins.edu/osil/fsl/index.html. You can also check out the FSL blog to learn more about the Greek community.

How many clubs does Rollins currently have?

Rollins College supports more than 100 student organizations! Our programs are aimed at creating innovative learning environments from within and outside of the classroom, aiding the transition to college and beyond.

Our goal is to provide the proper tools and resources to students interested in joining an organization. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at: getinvolved@rollins.edu.

What are prematriculation field studies?

Rollins College is excited to offer special field study opportunities for first-year students. We know that many incoming first-years are already looking forward to opportunities to travel and study abroad. Our international experiential learning courses are designed specifically for first-year students and are led by experienced faculty. We aim to provide the first-year students who participate in these courses a chance to connect with a Rollins professor off-campus and to develop connections with their classmates--fellow travelers and fellow first-year students. We hope that these field study courses spark a lifelong interest in travel and intercultural learning.

How can I play varsity or intramural sports?

In order to play varsity sports you must contact the specific coach from the sport you want to play and find out if you are eligible to participate.

In order to play intramural sports you can contact Nathan Arrowsmith, who is in charge of intramurals. He will be able to provide with all the intramural information you may need. The Rollins College Intramural Sports Program provides organized athletic activity for the Rollins Community. Our goal is to offer every individual the opportunity to participate. Only a desire to compete and have fun is necessary. Participation in any intramural activity or event is purely voluntary and individuals participate at their own risk. 

If you go to www.rollinssports.com you can find information about all sports and intramurals at the college.

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Orientation

What is the difference between Summer Orientation programs and Fall Orientation?

Rollins offers two orientation programs for students entering the College in August. Summer Orientation is an optional (but highly recommended) interactive web-based program in June and July.  Explore Rollins is an optional (but highly recommended!), two day experience offered in June, while Fall Orientation includes move-in and students’ formal entrance into the Rollins. Fall Orientation is required for all incoming students.

Summer Orientation is a great interactive web-series providing all incoming students and their families with valueable information on student success coaching, residential life (housing), campus life, and student on-campus employment.  Sessions will allow students to create meaningful connections to their peers, staff, and faculty.

Explore Rollins is a chance for new students to come to campus for two days (parents are welcome too). You will have the opportunity to meet other incoming students, spend a night in the residence halls, get to know your way around campus, start exploring Rollins' Liberal Arts curriculum, become familiar with campus life, and meet some of the best and brightest student leaders on campus. Summer Orientation is tons of fun. A great way to meet people, and just begin to feel more comfortable at Rollins before you arrive in the fall. Students who come to Summer O always say that it helps alleviate their anxieties about coming to college, and they always leave excited for school to start! The even better part is that it will mean you have friends on campus before you even arrive in the fall! 

Fall Orientation kicks off the Wednesday before classes, which is August 21 this year. It involves a weekend of activities to help you transition to campus. You will move into your residence hall, meet your RA, participate in campus traditions such as Convocation and Candlewish, meet your Peer Mentors and your RCC faculty, participate in SPARC day, and more. It is really an opportunity for you to begin your life here at Rollins for the next four years. It is also a chance for us to really welcome you!

Both Orientations are designed to be fun and help you adjust to a new school and new friends. They are almost 100% student created and run, which means that students have identified what was important to them and what the new student experience should be like.

If I attend Summer O and/or Explore Rollins, do I still need to attend Fall Orientation?

Yes, Fall Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

Can I move in early?

Only athletes who play specific fall sports and international students can move-in early. Please contact our office if you have questions about early move-in.

Are there activities for parents during orientation programs?

Student Success plans parents’ activities for both days of Explore Rollins and the first and second day of Fall Orientation. There is a shorter, one day program for parents during Spring Orientation.

Where can families and friends stay during orientation programs?

The Alfond Inn.** 300 E New England Ave  Winter Park, Florida 32789 407-998-8090

Best Western Mt. Vernon Inn** 
  110 South Orlando Avenue 
  Winter Park, FL 32789 
  407-647-1166

Comfort Suites ** 
  2416 North Orange Avenue 
  Orlando, FL  32804 
  407-228-4007

Grand Bohemian ** 
  325 South Orange Avenue 
  Orlando, FL 32801 
  407-313-9000

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes *  
 4040 Central Florida Parkway  
  Orlando, FL 32837 407-206-2300

Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs** 350 North Lake Boulevard 
  Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 407-830-1985

Homewood Suites ** 
  290 Southall Lane 
  Maitland, FL 32751 
  407-875-8777

Park Plaza Hotel 
  307 Park Avenue South 
  Winter Park, FL 32789 
  407-647-1072

Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes* 
  4012 Central Florida Parkway  
  Orlando, FL 32837  
  407-206-2400

* These properties are approximately 45 minutes from Campus. 

** These properties usually give a discount for Rollins students and families

Can I ship packages to my student before Orientation begins?

Yes.  Items can be sent to the following address within ten days of move-in
Student Name- Class of 2018
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue  
Winter Park, FL 32789  

There should be no other information on the label.  It will be at the warehouse when you arrive to campus.

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Miscellaneous

What is the weather like in Winter Park?

In a word-beautiful. We get warm weather all year-round, with highs ranging from the low seventies to the low nineties. Most days are sunny, but we do get quite a bit of rain in June, July, and August, mostly in the form of afternoon showers. See http://www.reserveorlando.com/cityguide/orlando_weather.asp for more detailed information.

How does parking on campus work for new students?

Parking privileges are handled by Rollins Campus Safety and Security, and parking decals can be purchased from that office during Fall and Spring Orientations. Generally, first-year students are not permitted to keep cars on campus, with a few exceptions, including membership in a varsity sports team that practices off-campus, a demonstrated need to travel for a job or medical purposes, or enrollment in the Honors program. If you have questions about parking regulations, visit the Campus Safety website at http://www.rollins.edu/safety/parking/index.html or call the office at 407.646.2999.

I don’t have a car. What’s the best way to get around?

If you don’t have a car, don’t worry—Winter Park offers many great dining and shopping opportunities within walking distance of campus! Biking is also a great way to get around town, and the Olin Library will loan bikes to students for three-day periods.

 Also, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL) provides a shuttle to Winter Park Village on Friday evenings. The shuttle runs to and from campus until midnight and gives students access to Winter Park Village’s grocery store, movie theatre, and restaurants and shops.

Rollins is a small, close-knit community, so most new students will quickly make at least one friend with someone with a car. If you need to travel outside of Winter Park, you will be able to ask one of those friends or your Peer Mentors for a ride.

My Foxlink or email account is not working.

Uh oh! In rare cases, the computer system that creates student accounts will make an error, preventing a student from logging in. If this happens to you, please email or call Student Success at studentsuccess@rollins.edu or 407.646.2354 so that we can assist you.

When should I start checking my Rollins email address? Can I forward my Rollins emails to a personal account? 

You should start checking your Rollins email account regularly as soon as you get access to that account. Several campus offices, including Explorations and the Bursar will send important information to you over the summer, and will be using your Rollins address. Our IT department recommends that you DO NOT forward your Rollins emails to another account, as this greatly increases the chances of having the email caught in your spam or junk mail folder.

What is Foxlink?

FoxLink is an online collection of resources for Rollins faculty, staff, and students. This software application allows Rollins affiliates to more efficiently monitor many of the administrative aspects of their accounts via the World Wide Web. FoxLink accounts are automatically created for members of the Rollins College community upon payment of the Admissions deposit. Incoming students will complete all of their summer paperwork using the Foxlink system. A few of the other resources and capabilities available through FoxLink are:

  • Checking and printing of class schedules
  • Viewing and printing of term grades and academic transcripts
  • Monitoring financial aid and student payment accounts
  • Access to course resources such as message board


Housing & Meal Plans

How do I get assigned housing?

All incoming students should complete the My Housing application through their Explorations Checklist in Foxlink. Once you’ve entered the My Housing site, select and complete either the incoming first-year or incoming transfer questionnaire. Students who do not plan to live on campus should complete the housing exemption form, which can be accessed through the My Housing link. Housing assignments are typically made in late July, and will be visible on Foxlink as soon as they are finalized.

What meal plan options are available?

All residential students (excepting residents of Sutton Apartments) are required to purchase a Board Plan, which gives them the ability to use their R-Card to purchase food from any of the dining locations on campus. For more information about the meal plan, visit the Rollins Dining Services webpage at http://www.rollinsdining.com/plans.html.

What types of rooms are available?

Rollins College offers four types of living arrangements, each with a different cost. Below is a breakdown of the 2012-2013 rates (per person):  

Type of Room                          

Academic Year Cost 

Single (limited availability)

$9,900

Double

$7.340

Triple (limited availability)

$5,980

Quad (limited availability)

$4,880

Sutton Apartment

$8,540


Please note that the vast majority of rooms available are doubles. For more information about living with roommates, see Residential Life’s webpage on the topic: http://www.rollins.edu/reslife/living-on-campus/roommate.html.

Note: Residential Students (except Sutton residents) are required to purchase a Board Plan - $5,130/year. 

How big are rooms? Can I loft my bed? What should I bring/not bring?

Due to the unique nature of our facilities, we do not have a standard room size. Below, however, is a listing of the typical room size.

 Building:

 Type: 

Dimensions: 

 Elizabeth (transfers)

Double

13 X 17

 

Single

9 X 16

 

Triple

16 X 17

 Holt (transfers)

Single

9 x 14

 McKean (first-year students)

Double

13 x 17

 

Single

8 x 16

 Ward (first-year students)

Double

17 x 12

 

Single

8 x 16

 

Triple  

11 x 25

Rex Beach (first-year students)

Double

15 x 12

 

Single

8 x 10

Rooms are furnished with a dresser, closet or wardrobe, bed, desk and desk chair for each assigned occupant and a trash can and recycling bin for each room. 

Mattresses, for student comfort, are extra-long twins, measuring 80"x 36". Yes, you can loft your bed.

Do I need to live on campus?

All full-time Arts & Science students with less than 60 semester hours must live on campus. Exceptions are made for students residing with their parent or legal guardian within a 50-mile commutable radius of the campus, students who are at least 21 years of age, or students who are married. Students who wish to be exempt from the housing residency requirement must apply and receive approval before the beginning of the academic year. For more information, contact Residential Life at reslife@rollins.edu or 407.646.2649.

I’m planning to live off-campus. Do I still need to complete a housing application on my Foxlink?

Yes, you still need to login in to Foxlink and fill out the housing exemption form.

When do housing assignments happen?

To ensure the best possible roommate pairings, incoming students for fall semester will receive their assignments and roommate information toward the end of July. Spring semester incoming students will typically receive information approximately a week prior to the residence halls opening for spring semester.


Still Have Questions?

Please give us a call!
407-646-2354

Office of Student Success
Rollins College
Mills Building – 2nd Floor
1000 Holt Avenue Box 2764
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
T. 407.646.2354
studentsuccess@rollins.edu