Section Menu

Full-Time Undergraduate Admission

COVID-19 Admission FAQs

Our admission team is here to help you navigate through these uncertain times.

Rollins will continue to practice holistic admission review, understanding that COVID-19 has presented extraordinary circumstances for standardized testing and grading. We have been a Test Optional School for over 10 years and that is a viable option for students wishing to apply for fall 2021 who were not able to sit for the SAT or ACT. For more information, visit our Test Score Waived page.

Students that apply test optional can qualify for a range of merit scholarships and also may qualify for need-based aid as determined by the FAFSA. To be considered for the Alfond Scholarship, our full tuition, room and board award, students must submit a standardized test score by the November 15 Priority Scholarship deadline.

No, your admission will not be impacted by students who deferred their fall 2020 admission.

Rollins will take a holistic view of your application, which will include a review of your grades, rigor of curriculum, extracurricular activities, and test scores if you choose to submit them. We understand that many extracurricular activities may look different this year and your access to virtual activities could be limited.

If you have the means to do so, we encourage you to take advantage of virtual options or highlight other activities you might be participating in, such as learning a new skill or community service. You may also use the resume portion of the application to explain any challenging circumstances or any additional contextual information that may be helpful in our review.

We recommend that you apply by November 15 if you would like to be considered for the Alfond Scholarship, as that is the deadline for consideration. We allow you to self-report your test score on your application, so if you take an October test and receive your results, please email your admission counselor directly to share your score in order to be considered before November 15. You may also upload new test scores not indicated on your application via your Rollins Application portal, and we will automatically review your application with this new information.

We will ask that you offer detailed information about how you spent your gap semester or year and will consider this information when reviewing your grades, extracurricular activities, and test scores if you choose to submit them. We also understand this is an unprecedented time and your access to activities, work, service, or travel could be limited and we will review with this in mind.

Rollins recalculates your core courses taken throughout high school on a standard 4.0 grading scale. We will individually review pass/fail grades awarded as a result of COVID-19 impacting the spring 2020 semester but will not use them in your overall GPA calculation.

Your application will not be at a disadvantage if you choose to pursue all online classes. We review both the Secondary School Report and the types of courses you are taking such as AP or honors to determine the rigor of your course load. As part of the application review, we will also assess performance in academic courses, regardless of modality of delivery.

There is an optional free-form question on the application that will allow you to elaborate on how COVID-19 has impacted you and your application to college. We will review as part of our holistic review process.

We understand the financial uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused many families. Early Decision can still be a great option for you if Rollins remains your top choice because it comes with many benefits, such as early notification of your admission decision, early financial aid notification, priority course scheduling, and placement in one of your top three choice first-year seminar courses.

We encourage you to gauge your expected financial contribution by completing the net price calculator on our Financial Aid website and then having a conversation with Financial Aid about your specific situation after you complete the calculator. Financial Aid counselors are available for video appointments and phone calls and you can register online. If you are admitted under the Early Decision agreement and finances do not work out, you may be released from the contract.

We understand that high schools must make curriculum decisions differently at this time and that the variety of advanced or AP courses available to students may have been reduced. We will review rigor of high school curriculum in the application process in the context of the individual high school, and students will not be penalized for reduced availability of advanced courses. There is also a section on Rollins’ application for admission that allows students to disclose any extenuating circumstances or hardships experienced as a result of COVID-19, and you are encouraged to add information about availability of courses there.