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Academic Advising

Academic Advising at Rollins College is an intentional, collaborative relationship facilitated by our outstanding faculty. We believe the faculty-student advising relationship is essential to students’ ability to reach their goals and to make meaning of their liberal arts education. Rollins faculty advisors are central to the mission of the College, specifically “empowering graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers.”

NEW Finish-in-Four: Facts for Faculty Advisors

"Advising at its core is teaching, which is why Rollins is committed to excellence through our one on one faculty-student advising model."

Advising is Teaching

"Advising at its core is teaching, which is why Rollins is committed to excellence through our one on one faculty-student advising model."

Dr. Jennifer Cavenaugh
Dean of the Faculty

Rollins Guide to Virtual Learning

Rollins Guide to Virtual Learning

Rollins faculty and staff have been working around the clock to ensure that we can deliver a Rollins education remotely through combining the latest technologies with evidence-based teaching methods. Here are all the resources available to you as we navigate this transition to distance learning. 


A new email address,, has been set up to provide a one-stop source for any questions you may have. Whether it’s an academic need, a student support issue, or a COVID-19-specific question, a Rollins staff member will read your message and respond promptly with assistance.

Joining Class

The best professors in the South will lead real-time classes using WebEx and Canvas Conferences, which are already available for each course during an ordinary semester. Fortunately, you’ve already established face-to-face relationships and connections during the first two months of the semester, so you’ll just be picking up where you left off before spring break, only virtually.

Your academic advisor and professors should have reached out to you in advance of classes resuming with instructions and advice. Most of your faculty will have posted their URLs on your class Canvas site, and many include it in their email signatures. 

You can join class via a computer, smartphone or tablet. For a mobile device, install the Cisco WebEx Meetings app.

When it is time for your virtual class, wherever you are, simply paste your instructor’s URL into your browser and connect. Check the buttons at the bottom, and click on both the microphone to mute it and the video to turn it on. Remember to unmute when you want to join the conversation.

Staying Connected

You can set up your own personal WebEx room, which will allow you to stay connected with each other, set up study groups, work with your fellow students, or simply chat and catch up virtually. To launch your own room, log onto WebEx on your laptop (Links to an external site.) or via the mobile app (Links to an external site.). Next, locate the URL for your personal meeting room, which is located above the “Start Meeting” button. This is the link you will share with others to access the meeting.  

In addition, Rollins is providing all full-time students access to the Adobe Creative Cloud software. Here are the instructions to authorize and install the suite (Links to an external site.).

IT Issues

Should you need assistance with hardware or software as you adjust to new ways of using online tools, contact or call 407-628-6363. A help desk professional will help you individually.

Academic Advising

You’ll still meet one-on-one with your faculty advisor—only now advising appointments will take place via Webex or over the phone rather than in person. Rollins’ Academic Advising website (Links to an external site.) includes comprehensive resources including curricular requirements, planning documents, and co-curricular opportunities.


The Office of the Registrar has added to its registration page (Links to an external site.) a new FAQ related to Spring 2020 registration here (PDF) (Links to an external site.) for College of Liberal Arts and Holt students.

Before registering for class, you should make an appointment with your faculty advisor to review your academic goals and schedule for the future virtually via WebEx or on the phone. The advisor hold on your registration will not be lifted unless you have consulted with your academic advisor. For assistance, you may call 407-646-2232 or email your advisor (Links to an external site.).

It will also be helpful to familiarize yourself with the course offerings in the Schedule of Classes (Links to an external site.) and to plan ahead of your time ticket opening. DegreeWorks (found in FoxLink (Links to an external site.)) is also an excellent resource to assist you in selecting courses that will progress you toward graduation.

Olin Library

The Olin Library is ready to show the instructional world what it can do remotely.

As we transition to virtual instruction, the majority of Olin’s collections are already online, and the library will be providing online services, including appointments with library faculty in support of your work.

Follow this link (Links to an external site.) to find the catalog search box, research guides, “Your Librarian” pages, the chat widget, and the A-Z list of databases. If you have trouble accessing collections online from off campus, go to this link for help (Links to an external site.). The library’s electronic collections are robust: 96 databases, more than 245,000 books, 113,423 audiovisuals, and nearly 158,000 serials.

Rollins’ librarians are ready to meet via WebEx, phone, and email. Please email your librarian for an appointment. Consult the Follow the Your Librarian pages (Links to an external site.) for a list of the library liaisons per discipline and to find their WebEx URLs. For questions about materials on reserve, please email

Borrowing materials via Interlibrary Loan will still continue. Make requests as usual through the library’s online catalog.

There is now a link to Olin Library’s key resources in every Canvas course, described as “Olin Library Resources,” and the library offers a subject guide with links to current COVID-19 information (Links to an external site.)

Olin is open during regular posted hours to all members of the Rollins community who have a valid R-Card. 

Tutoring & Writing Center

These services will be moving to all-virtual, synchronous tutoring this week. The new Virtual Tutoring page (Links to an external site.) offers more information, and our tutors are excited to start meeting with students via WebEx.

Rollins College Wellness Center

If you have health-care questions or need prescriptions refilled, in-state students will find health services open and available weekdays via telehealth consultations, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Please call 407-628-6340 to schedule, or email

The Wellness Center, including Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), has been reaching out to all current clients to create a phone or online consultation that helps connect them with appropriate resources and create an alternative care plan. The Wellness Center is exploring how individual or group therapy could become available remotely.

Students continue to have access to Well Track, an online interactive self-help therapy suite of online tools and courses that uses aspects of Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help students identify, understand, and address issues they are having. The Wellness Center is also working to develop an online workshop or video that students will be able to access in addition to other self-help apps.

Helpful tips and information are consistently pushed out through our Wellness Center Instagram account (Links to an external site.). The center is working to develop a series of online workshops and videos to serve as helpful resources for our campus community. 

Center for Career & Life Planning

From one-on-one advising appointments and resume help to connecting with prospective employers and virtual events, you’ll be able to access all of CCLP’s services and resources remotely. Review this FAQ page (Links to an external site.) for the full suite of information.  

Accessibility Services

Even though the mode of learning may be changing, students’ academic accommodations are still in effect. The Accessibility Services team reached out to students and faculty on March 13 about specific accommodations, and they’re ready to assist with the transition to virtual, synchronous learning. The Office of Accessibility Services is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at or by phone at 407-975-6463.

Student Account Services

Student Account Services remains committed to supporting students. Please reach out to our office if you need assistance with understanding your payment options at (Links to an external site.) or 407-646-2252.

Emergency Campus Resources

It goes without saying that the safety and health of all members of the Rollins community is of paramount concern. Rollins’ COVID-19 Response Team continues to meet daily and update Rollins’ Emergency Management (Links to an external site.) page regularly with current news, FAQs, external resources, and emergency plans and procedures for the campus community. The emergency site features this section for students (Links to an external site.).

A limited number of staff providing critical, in-person support roles continue to work on campus, including to help make housing and meals available to a small group of students.

Social Media

It’s important to come together in virtual spaces beyond the classroom. Impromptu social media groups, hashtags, and chat rooms will be important as we connect with each other during this time of virtual learning. Check out Rollins’ Instagram for info and updates.


Faculty Advising Workshops

Advising workshops for 2019-2020

Purpose Statement

At Rollins, Academic Advising is a dynamic, developmental decision-making process that assists students in clarifying long-term goals and developing educational plans for the realization of those goals. The process empowers students to become responsible for their own education and to make viable academic decisions regarding their future.

In the advising relationship, students realize their maximum educational potential through ongoing communication and information exchanges with their advisor. In this interactive partnership, the advisor serves as facilitator, teacher, mentor, and guide, and shares responsibility for enhancing student success.

Goals of the Advising Relationship

  • Student and faculty advisor are in an intentional collaborative relationship.
  • Students can identify and explain their short-term and long-term goals.
  • Students can explain how their education plan (liberal arts education, major/minor and co-curricular learning) supports the realization of their individual career and life goals.
  • Students will understand the process of advising sessions and the defined roles of an advisor and an advisee.
  • Students will have an effective plan which allows them to reach their goals.