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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:

    Freshmen Students

    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.

    Transfer Students

    At the time of filling out the application form, you must provide a personal statement, all college transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores.

    Students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree can transfer their total credit hours to Rollins College.

    International Students

    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.

    Financial Aid

    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.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 1953rd for the average student loan amount.
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    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.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics


    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.


  • Donald J. Cram, Nobel Prize Winner
  • Dana Ivey, actor
  • Duane Ackerman, CEO Bellsouth
  • Bibliography

    • Rollins College. Rollins College. Web. June 10, 2011.
    • Rollins Dining. Rollins Dining. Web. June 10, 2011.
    • Rollins Sports. Rollins Sports. Web. June 10, 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 2nd in Florida and 133rd overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault N/A N/A
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 1 0.03
    Robbery 1 0.03
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 5 0.15
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 1 0.03
    Arrest 13 0.40

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 45 0.16
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Forcible Rape 5 0.02
    Robbery 27 0.10
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 226 0.80
    Larceny 615 2.18
    Vehicle theft 29 0.10

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
    Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population23,764 (23,764 urban / N/A rural)
    Households10,336 (2.18 people per house)
    Median Household Income$45,795
    Families5,772 (2.85 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
    UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
    GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
    EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
    Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District1207

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 88th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $41,460 $41,460 $41,460
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $423 $423 $423
    FT Graduate Tuition $18,950 $18,950 $18,950
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $523 $523 $523
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $59,438 $59,438 $59,438
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $54,313 $54,313 $54,313
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $44,747 $44,747 $44,747

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $38,400 $39,900 $38,400 $39,900 $38,400 $39,900
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $780 $804
    On-Campus – Room & Board $12,000 $12,470
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,920 $4,646
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $2,565
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,731
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $2,993

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$40
    Graduate Application Fee$50
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 4,729 (1,871 male / 2,858 female)
    Admitted 2,785 (1,100 male / 1,685 female)
    Admission rate 59%
    First-time Enrollment 477 (192 male / 285 female)
    FT Enrollment 477 (192 male / 285 female)
    PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
    Total Enrollment3,153

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Formal competency demo
    Admission test scores
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Basketball Conference Sunshine State Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference Sunshine State Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Sunshine State Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    172nd for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 53%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 31
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 28
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29

    SAT Test Admission

    215th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 68%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 640
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 650
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1100 / 1290

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity1,242
    Meals per Week21
    Room Fee$7,620
    Board Fee$5,340

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 853rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $77,671 ($84,967 male / $65,984 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 211 (116 male / 95 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 211
    FT Faculty Ratio 1 : 1
    Total Benefits $7,703,000
    1000 Holt Avenue
    Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
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