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Learn more about what to expect from your first semester at Rollins and how we can help!

Rollins believes that a liberal arts education should be practical (applied), that students learn best by doing, and that classes are most impactful when students and faculty learn together.

Learning Together

Rollins believes that a liberal arts education should be practical (applied), that students learn best by doing, and that classes are most impactful when students and faculty learn together.

Rollins College Conferences

In addition to taking exploratory courses in Foundations, your first semester at Rollins will include a Rollins College Conference, or RCC. In your RCC, you'll encounter your Peer Mentors who are sophomore, junior, and senior students who will guide you through your transition to Rollins. The RCC is a seminar class in which approximately 16 students meet with a faculty member to explore a topic in the professor's area of expertise. The professors are drawn from the full range of academic disciplines encompassing the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

RCCs are generally not connected to a specific major, so you should feel free to explore a topic that truly interests you.

This course applies design thinking to help students design their life and career. It offers a framework, tools, and individual mentoring to empower students to develop an effective approach to designing a meaningful and productive life at and beyond Rollins. Additionally, improving academic writing and public speaking skills are core goals of this course.

Have you ever watched a fantasy or animated movie and wondered if it could really take place? From real-life scenarios like Earth’s existing habitats or survival on Mars to completely imaginary galaxies like in Avatar and Star Wars, the environment is often a major component of the story in fictional films. But how accurately is it depicted? This course will explore the ecological reality of the landscapes and environment as they are portrayed in film. We will explore ecosystem concepts such as species interactions, energy and matter cycling, and climate processes, and view and discuss films through the lens of their ecological integrity. Students will gain knowledge about ecosystem processes and a new appreciation for imagined environments on film.  

The Rollins Transition Seminar is a course designed to assist new transfer and exchange students with their adjustment to Rollins College. The seminar will provide an introduction to the liberal arts and campus support services as well as an overview of general policies and procedures. A variety of topics, including Global Citizenship, Responsible Leadership, Career and Life Planning, Information Literacy, and Campus Involvement will facilitate the transition to the college academically and socially.