Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations on your admission to Rollins! We know you have a lot to consider, so we've compiled some frequently asked questions to make it as simple as we can to help you with your decision. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your admission counselor with questions as well!

Student Life

Q. How can I get involved on campus?

A. Through the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement, we have more than 100 student organizations on campus with which you can get involved. For example, you can join Rollins Entertainment Programs (REP), which is our student programming board that hosts events like bands, comedians, and movies on and off campus, or perhaps the Student Government Association. Our students explore leadership and involvement through the clubs and organizations, including our vibrant cultural organizations and our tremendous Arts at Rollins (dance, theatre, art, music, etc). For more information, visit the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement.

Q. What is there to do on weekends?

A. Students can find many things to do on weekends in the Winter Park and Central Florida areas. There is a weekly farmer’s market just off of Park Avenue (within walking distance) on Saturday mornings. You will find restaurants and shops up and down Park Ave. We offer a free shuttle service to the Winter Park Village on Fridays where you can dine, shop, or catch a movie. In addition, we are minutes from downtown Orlando which has a bevy of traveling shows and live music venues to choose from. Furthermore, The Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement offers discount tickets to students who would like to attend Orlando Magic games or venture to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and Orlando's other theme park attractions. Many students will take advantage of the local area sights and sounds but all of them spend their weekends at the campus pool, lake, or attending a Rollins event such as an athletic game or Rollins Entertainment Program (ice cream pool party, anyone?).

Q. Tell me more about Fraternity and Sorority Life.

A. About 42 percent of our student body is involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life, which is centered on leadership, service, academia and brother/sisterhood. Recruitment into one of our six fraternities or seven sororities occurs for first-year students in January and is a mutual selection process based on your values and interests and the values of the organization. Most, if not all, students who participate in recruitment find a brotherhood or sisterhood that suits them as a family; of course, there is also the option to join at a later date.

Sororities: Fraternities:
Alpha Delta Pi Chi Psi
Alpha Omicron Pi Lambda Chi Alpha
Chi Omega Phi Delta Theta
Delta Zeta Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Kappa Delta Tau Kappa Epsilon
Non Compis Mentis X-Club
Sigma Gamma Rho

Athletics

Q. I’m interested in playing a competitive sport in college. Is it possible to walk on to a varsity team? Where do I start?

A. Yes – Rollins is a member of NCAA DII athletics and at rollinssports.com, you can find the sport you're interested in and the coaches’ contact information. The coaches love speaking with students and can provide you with further sport-specific information. Also, the Alfond Sports Center houses our athletic offices on campus, so feel free to stop by!

Q. Are there intramural sports?

A. Yes – During both the Fall and Spring semesters, different intramural sports are offered ranging from flag football, basketball, soccer and volleyball to ping pong. Rollins also offers different free group exercise classes (Yoga, Zumba, Bootcamp, etc.) and Club Sports (dance, equestrian, hockey, climbing, etc.) For more information visit rollinssports.com or contact Nate Arrowsmith at narrowsmith@rollins.edu.

Q. Is the gym (weight room, locker room, showers, etc.) accessible to all students?

A. Yes. The gym, weight room, recreational locker room, and showers are available to all students with their Rollins ID.

Q. Can students and Rollins family attend home events for free?

A. Rollins students are allowed to attend home events free of charge with their Rollins ID.

Housing

Q. Are students required to live on campus?

A. Rollins College has a live-on-campus requirement for first-year and sophomore students. Students can request an exemption if they meet one of the following three criteria:

  • The student is living at home with a parent/guardian within a 50-mile radius;
  • The student is 21 years of age by the first day of class; or
  • The student is married.

Q. Is on-campus housing guaranteed?

A. Housing is guaranteed for first-year and sophomore students because they are required to live on campus. Beyond that, housing is not guaranteed but we have always been able to accommodate all students who wish to live on campus.

Q. Do your rooms have private bathrooms?

A. The vast majority of our halls are set up with community bathrooms—bathrooms that are shared by members of the same sex living on the floor. Our housekeeping staff is responsible for the cleaning of these community bathrooms.

Q. Are your residence halls co-ed or single gender?

A. All of our residence halls are co-ed except for our fraternity and sorority houses, which are single sex. The typical arrangement is for women to live at one end of a hall and men at the other or for women to live on one floor of a hall and men on another.

Q. Are single occupancy rooms available for incoming first-year students?

A. We have a small number of singles in our residence halls that house incoming first-year students. Most are assigned to students who have a medical or special need for that type of room. Incoming first-year students should plan to live in a double occupancy room and later can apply to live in suite or apartment-style housing.

Financial Aid

Q. How do I apply for financial aid?

A. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Once complete, you may be selected for a process called verification. There will be a notice on the FAFSA and we will notify you as well. If selected for verification, submit the verification worksheet. This worksheet will be available on our Financial Aid website. If you are a Florida resident, you may also apply for Florida Bright Futures and the Florida Resident Access Grant.

Q. When will I know how much financial aid I qualify for?

A. Once filed, students should receive an aid package 1-2 weeks after they have been notified of their admission.

Q. Will I receive the same amount of financial aid in my second year?

A. Scholarships are renewed based on achieving a specific grade point average. As long as you meet the terms of your scholarship, you will receive it up to four years at Rollins. Need-based grants are based on the family’s income situation and filing the FAFSA on-time. Assuming your family’s financial situation is relatively the same each year, your financial aid will be similar.

Q. What if the FAFSA does not accurately reflect my situation?

A. Please contact our office and we would be happy to discuss your situation. If appropriate, we can review additional documentation to more accurately reflect your family’s individual circumstances. Examples include a loss of a job, reduction of income, one-time bonus received, and excess medical expenses (typically exceeding $5,000 paid out of pocket).

Q. I have received my scholarship and financial aid package, but I still need more money. What should I do next?

A. Review your FAFSA data for accuracy. We can assist in making corrections to your FAFSA if needed. In addition, you can contact the Office of Financial Aid and we will be happy to review your application for accuracy and to discuss special circumstances (such as a change in your income). Rollins always offers the maximum award you qualify for upfront; however, if there are extenuating circumstances or inaccuracies in your financial aid application, we will gladly re-evaluate your application.

Career Services

Q. How does Rollins help students prepare for a career after graduation?

A. The Office of Career and Life Planning assists students and alumni in all majors offered at Rollins. In addition to developing an academic plan for their four years at Rollins, Career and Life Planning recommends that every student also create a professional development plan. This should include things like researching career interests, writing a resume, joining campus clubs, completing internships, practicing interviews, shadowing professionals and learning to network. A liberal arts education combined with career exploration and practical work experience will help make you extremely marketable in the job search process. The Office of Career and Life Planning assists students as they develop career plans, find internships and start the job search process. Each spring, Rollins hosts the Career & Internship Expo on campus for employers to recruit our students for jobs and internships. To learn more about how Rollins prepares our graduates for both short-term and long-term success, visit rollins.edu/rollins-results.

Q. Does Rollins offer internships and can students get credit for those?

A. Absolutely. The Office of Career and Life Planning encourages all students to complete at least two internships during college. If desired, internships may be completed for academic credit, or students may choose to complete an internship simply for the practical experience. Regardless of whether they are receiving academic credit, Career and Life Planning assists students in finding and applying for internships, both in Central Florida and all around the country. Recently, Rollins students have interned at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sirius radio in New York City, the Orlando Museum of Art, Boone Heart Institute of Denver, MTV International, Merrill Lynch and NBC Universal in Los Angeles.

Q. Does Rollins offer any classes to help students get focused on careers?

A. Yes, the Office of Career and Life Planning partners with the Academic Resource Center to teach Academic and Career Planning targeted toward first and second-year students. In this class, students are provided the strategies and skills necessary for a lifetime of career-related decision making. In collaboration with local community members and Rollins alumni, students participate in self-discovery initiatives, conduct career research, reflect on various careers and are encouraged to refine educational and career goals. Additionally, students complete an academic planner, identify internship opportunities, complete two self-assessment instruments and write a professional resume. In addition, Career and Life Planning partners with faculty to offer major-specific career planning courses including Careers in Biology, Careers in Humanities and the Meaningful Life Productive Career course in the International Business Department.

Q. Can the Office of Career and Life Planning help students prepare for graduate school?

A. Yes, the Office of Career and Life Planning offers assistance to students interested in continuing their education after Rollins. The staff there can help students research and identify graduate programs, complete applications, write personal statements, and prepare for the standardized graduate entrance exams. In addition to graduate school workshops and one-on-one counseling appointments, students are also encouraged to take a free, practice graduate admission test offered on campus each semester. Students interested in law or medical school are encouraged to meet with the specific faculty advisors who direct Rollins’ pre-law and pre-health programs.

Study Abroad

Q. What are the study abroad opportunities at Rollins?

A. Over 75% of our students study abroad during their four years whether that is through a faculty-led 2, 4 or 6-week field study or through a semester-long internship, academic or independent study. Rollins students venture to destinations that include the skyscrapers of Shanghai, the deserts of Tanzania, the castles of London, and the opera house in Sydney. Students work closely with the Office of International Programs to find a Rollins Approved Program and form of study that suits both them and their academic needs whether that be an international experience, internship requirement, general education or major/minor credit. Each program has unique features including homestays, service-learning, language immersion and cultural excursions.

Q. What about financial aid and scholarships?

A. For the Rollins Approved Semester programs, scholarships and financial aid that apply here on campus apply to the cost of the international program, which are roughly the same price as a semester’s tuition on the Rollins campus. This means that every student at Rollins should be able to take advantage of a full semester abroad. The Field Study and Summer Programs occur outside of the regular semester and do require an additional cost for tuition and travel. However, in many cases financial aid can be applied and Rollins offers need-based scholarships to assist students with costs. Our aim is make study abroad as accessible as possible to our entire student body!

Q. When do most students study abroad?

A. Students can study abroad as early as the winter of freshman year and as late as their final semester. It is extremely important to discuss your academic plans with faculty and advisors on campus and to consider other commitments such as work or extra-curricular activities before deciding when to study abroad. If you are planning to major in a department that has a rigid curriculum, it will be more challenging to do a semester abroad and you must plan well in advance (as early as your first year). Keep in mind that many Rollins students study abroad more than once, for example by combining a semester or summer abroad with one short-term experience.

Academic Support and Advising

Q. Who will my advisor be?

Every Rollins student has a faculty advisor. In the first year, the faculty advisor is the professor of your first year seminar course, the Rollins College Conference Course. This arrangement means that students have significant contact with advisors at least three times a week during the first semester. At the end of the first year, if you are ready to declare a major, the advisor will change to a faculty member in your major department. 

Q. What are Rollins’ graduation requirements?

Rollins students are required to complete 140 credit hours to graduate. Included in these 140 credits are all courses necessary to complete a major, all courses in the general education curriculum (the foundation of the liberal arts) and other electives selected by the student (minors, internships, study abroad experiences, courses of interest). With the Neighborhood system that Rollins has created and adopted, students take this wide variety of classes to build an academic foundation, but they take these classes in areas and themes that interest them rather than simply general classes. A typical Rollins course earns four credits (some are more, some less), so over four years students complete on average nine semester courses per year.

Q. What if I don’t know what I want to do for a career and/or major?

A. The vast majority of college students either don’t know their major when they arrive on campus or change their major while they are in college. During your first year, you will have an opportunity to take classes in many different disciplines and explore possibilities for majors. We also offer a course, Academic and Career Planning, which can assist you in exploring majors and careers through a structured classroom process. Professional staff is available in both the Office of Student Success and the Office of Career and Life Planning to assist you in the process of determining your major and career interests. Students defer their declaration of major at Rollins until the end of their sophomore year.