The Office of Explorations 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
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 (email@example.com), a professional exploration 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Yes, the book is available at your local bookstore or through amazon.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(Information taken from US Department of Education website—for more information, see http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.)
The Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement 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.
The Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement 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!
Fraternity and Sorority Life are housed within the Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement. Learn more about Fraternity and Sorority Life.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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.
Fall Orientation kicks off the Wednesday before classes, which is August 19 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!
Orientation is designed to be fun and help you adjust to a new school and new friends. Our orientation program is 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.
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.
Student Success plans parents’ activities for the first and second day of Fall Orientation. There is a shorter, one day program for parents during Spring Orientation.
The Alfond Inn**
300 E. New England Ave.
Winter Park, Florida 32789
2416 North Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
325 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes*
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs**
350 North Lake Boulevard
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
290 Southall Lane
Maitland, FL 32751
Park Plaza Hotel
307 Park Ave. South
Winter Park, FL 32789
Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes*
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837
* These properties are approximately 45 minutes from Campus.
** These properties usually give a discount for Rollins students and families
Yes. Items can be sent to the following address no more than three (3) days prior to move-in, which is August 19, 2015.
Student Name- Box #
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. Student Box numbers will be released on FoxLink in August prior to move-in day.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 407.646.2354 so that we can assist you.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Rollins College offers four types of living arrangements, each with a different cost. Below is a breakdown of the 2015-2016 rates (per person):
|Type of Room||Academic Year Cost|
|Single (limited availability)||$11,100|
|Triple (limited availability)||$6,720|
|Quad (limited availability)||$5,480|
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 ($5,680/year).
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.
|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.
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 email@example.com or 407.646.2649.
Yes, you still need to login in to Foxlink and fill out the housing exemption form.
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.