Rollins College was established as the Congregational Church College in 1885. Over the next 100 years, the college campus continuously kept expanding after several buildings were donated. The college is ranked #1 among all regional colleges in the South by the U.S. News and World Report 2011.
Rollins College is a private, co-educational college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. It has several school specific accreditations such as those from The Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business and the American Chemical Society.
Students can enroll in undergraduate and graduate programs at the following schools:
College of Arts and Sciences
Hamilton Holt School
Crummer Graduate School of Business
Apart from full time programs, studnets also have the advantage of evening undergraduate programs in business and a part time MBA program.
Rollins College offers several programs in international studies with study abroad options in countries like Greece, Australia, Spain, and Germany. Programs include international studies, Latin and Caribbean Studies, and Asian Studies.
The primary focus of Rollins College is on liberal arts studies. Liberal arts programs at the college lay an emphasis on honing writing skills of students through essays, writing workshops and writing marathons.
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Prospective students can apply online after paying a nominal application fee. The college also accepts paper applications. Teacher recommendations are not required; however, if supplied, they can aid in the college’s decision process. Here are the admission requirements:
Students must submit official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a personal statement at the time of applying.
To apply for an honors degree program, you must have very high academic scores and should have also participated in extracurricular activities.
At the time of filling out the application form, you must provide a personal statement, all college transcripts, and SAT or ACT
Students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree can transfer their total credit hours to Rollins College.
International students are required to submit a proof of English proficiency, such as TOEFL or IELTS scores. Additionally, all school or college transcripts and SAT or ACT scores are also mandatory.
Federal financial aid is available in the form of Pell grants, work study programs, and direct loans. State aid is also available as grants. To apply for federal or state financial assistance programs, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.
To apply for scholarships, students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 and an SAT score of 1200 (or ACT score of 26). Scholarships are awarded to students with high academic scores. Some prestigious scholarships cover the entire tuition cost or have an award amount of $18,000 and above. These include the Cornell Scholars Program, Alonzo Rollins
Scholarship, Presidential Scholarships, Centennial Scholarships, and Deans Scholar Program.
Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarship programs by other local and civic bodies. Athletic scholarships are also available depending on the sport you play.
Approximately 75% of the total students at Rollins stay on campus in six residential halls, all of which have their own unique offerings. Almost all residential halls are designed to provide a learning environment for students and are located on the edge of Lake Virginia. Apartment style housing is available for upper class students at Sutton Place South Apartments.
Eleven other housing facilities are available for fraternities, sororities and social organizations. For example, the Pinehurst Cottage houses a group of students that strive to find new ways of academic fulfillment outside the traditional classroom.
Dining options are available for both commuters and residential students through meal cards. Eateries include The Grill, Cornell Courtyard, Bookmark Café, and Dianne’s Café.
With more than a hundred student organizations and clubs, there is always something to look forward to at Rollins. Academic clubs include the psychology club, English club, classics club and many more. Other organizations of interest are People of Indian Origin, Voices for Women, All Campus Events, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, LEAD team, and Poetry Club.
The college has an active Greek life. Greek associations include Pan Hellenic Council, Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Tau Delta, and Phi Eta Sigma.
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Athletic teams at Rollins are known as the Tars and play in the official school colors of blue and gold. The Tars are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and play in the Sunshine State Conference. The sailing team is a member of the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association and waterski teams are members of the National Collegiate Water Ski Association.
Sports played by the college teams include baseball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s golf, men and women’s swimming, men and women’s tennis, waterski, cross country, sailing, swimming, and rowing.
Multiple athletic facilities are available on campus such as the Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center, Alfond Boathouse, Showalter Field, and a few others. Students can attend Yoga and Zumba classes at the Alfond Sports Center.
Each year, the college plays host to several annual events like the Fox Day – a much loved tradition where the college president places the statue of a fox somewhere in the campus on any spring day, indicating a surprise day off for students, faculty, and staff.
Since 1935, Rollins has been conducting a Bach Festival for classical singers at the John Tiedtke Concert Hall located on campus. Other festivals include the movie fest, the annual Lip Sync, a two week long dance marathon, and Winter with the Writers program.
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