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Tommy Tar's Course Registration Guide

Course Registration is probably the part of your FoxLink To-Do List that you have most highly anticipated! We've worked to make the process as easy as possible.

What You Need To Do

There are only two steps for you to complete.

Step 1: Read through all the information on this page and explore the links.

Step 2: Complete the Course Preference Form (CPF) that is located in your Foxlink checklist, and submit it online by the due date.

Then What?

Once you submit the CPF a team of faculty advisors will use this information to construct a course schedule for you according to your preferences, the required foundation competencies, your academic background, anticipated major, and course availability.

You will be able to access your course schedule through FoxLink. When you arrive on campus for Orientation, you will have an opportunity to meet with your faculty advisor to review this preliminary schedule and make revisions.

Please note that transfer students will not complete the Course Preference Form and will register for classes with the assistance of our transfer advisor from the Office of the Registrar. 

CPF Part 1: RCC

What is the Rollins College Conference? All first-year students enroll in a Rollins College Conference (RCC) during their first semester. Students in the same RCC will also live together in the residence halls in a Living Learning Community.

The RCC is a seminar class in which approximately 16 first-year students meet with a faculty member to explore a topic in the professor’s area of expertise. Professors are drawn from the full range of academic disciplines encompassing the arts, the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences and include many of Rollins’ most distinguished faculty members. Peer Mentors assist in the RCC and help first-year students make the transition to college life and work. Typically, this course meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with additional meeting times over the course of the semester. The faculty member teaching this seminar course also serves as the student’s faculty advisor.

Your RCC course does not need to relate to your intended major--this is a chance to explore and study something different! 

If you have been invited and accepted enrollment into the Honors Program you will have honors specific RCC options.

Review and select your RCC choices carefully (fall students only). Once you have made your selections and your RCC has been assigned you cannot change it. You will have the opportunity to make changes to your course schedule with the exception of RCC during Orientation.


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CPF Part 2: Competencies

The CPF asks you a series of questions about Competencies, which are a part of the Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts.

What is the Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts (rFLa)? The rFLa, or Foundations, is the equivalent of general education curriculum at other institutions. Feel free to take a look at our full outline and explanation of rFLA.

The CPF will ask you questions about foreign language, health & wellness, quantitative reasoning, and writing so that we can place you in the appropriate competency courses.

What You Need To Do:

  • Review the rFLa info at the link above.
  • Provide answers to the questions under the Competencies heading.

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CPF Part 3: Majors

Rollins offers a whole bunch of great majors, minors, and pre-professional programs: you can explore all of these programs on our academic department's page!

The CPF will ask you to list majors you are interested in exploring. This is NOT your major declaration. You will not formally declare a major until your second year. 

If  you are interested in pursuing a science major (biochemistry/molecular biology, biology, chemistry, or physics/pre-engineering), computer science, or mathematics must begin to take specific courses during their first semester. Course descriptions and major requirements are available on-line in the Rollins College Catalog.

What You Need To Do:

  • Explore the Majors information. Review any majors you think you are certain about, and then also review a few you think you might like to explore.
  • Complete the items in the Major section of the CPF.

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CPF Part 4: Electives

Part of the rFLa curriculum consists of electives from a wide variety of interest areas. Review the elective areas.

What You Need To Do:

  • Explore the Course of Instruction information and think about which areas you might like to take electives.
  • Complete the Electives section of the CPF.

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Additional Courses: Information Technology and Physical Education

You will have the opportunity to take information technology (IFT) and physical education (PEA) courses in your first semester. The courses usually only meet for part of the semester. The IFT courses focus on Excel, Web Page design, Photoshop, PowerPoint, and Digital Video.

PEA courses are part of the rFLa requirements, and students should plan to take two PEA courses while at Rollins. The first semester is a great time to start.  Students who intend to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Rollins do not need to take PEA courses.

Some IFT and PEA courses have additional fees.

What You Need To Do:

  • Select your IFT or PEA courses of interest in the CPF.

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You’re Done!

Once you have reviewed this information, completed and submitted the CPF your part of registration is done! A team of faculty and staff will take it from here!  CPFs submitted after the deadline will be processed on a rolling basis throughout the summer.

How many courses should I take my first semester? Students normally enroll in four academic courses (a total of 16 to 18 semester hours.) You will enroll in the Rollins College Conference (RCC), which we advise you pay special attention to because you cannot change or drop!

In addition to RCC, you will be enrolled in a competency course, an elective and a course for major exploration. You may also consider taking a physical education course or an information technology class. You may also want to audition for one of many offerings in music performance or theatre arts.

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