Winter Park, Florida
Rollins’ extraordinary undergraduate and graduate degree programs feature small classes taught by renowned faculty. The academic experience is enhanced by study abroad and internship opportunities as well as ways to participate in student organizations and the local community. Bordering Lake Virginia, Rollins has a lush, 70-acre campus located in Winter Park in the heart of Central Florida.
Get to know Rollins College
AN ENGAGED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
A Rollins education offers top-ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs featuring small classes taught by renowned faculty. The academic experience is enhanced by study-abroad opportunities as well as ways to participate in student organizations and the local community.
More than 60 percent of Rollins students study abroad before they graduate, and many choose to repeat the experience. Ranked among the top 10 master’s degree-granting institutions in the country for the number of students who study abroad, Rollins is committed to providing students with a broad international perspective. Students can choose from off-campus field studies and Rollins-approved study-abroad programs offered in places such as Australia, China, Costa Rica, Greece, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
A SCHOOL OF SERVICE
Rollins has consistently won awards that recognize its commitment to community service and engagement. For six consecutive years, Rollins has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service. Rollins provides students opportunities to bring their academic curriculum to life through service projects that benefit local community members and beyond. These real-world engagement experiences include community engagement-designated courses, alternative spring breaks, immersion programs, and nonprofit internships.
Rollins has a long history of producing students who are awarded a wide variety of prestigious scholarships. In 2013, Rollins was named a top producer of Fulbright scholars, with eight students awarded Fulbright scholarships and two faculty members awarded Fulbright grants in the 2013/2014 academic year. Since receiving its first Fulbright award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 49 Fulbright scholars, 24 of whom have been awarded since 2006.
A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY
Rollins boasts an economically, ethnically, and geographically diverse learning community with a student body representing 43 states and 50 countries across the world.
Rollins has been a leader in environmental education and sustainable business practices for more than 20 years. Sustainability-focused academics, initiatives, and student-led programs have become ingrained in nearly every facet of life at Rollins. Rollins’ dedication to environmental stewardship and social responsibility has been recognized by The Princeton Review, which named Rollins as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
Internships also play an important role in a student’s education at Rollins. The College’s location near Orlando provides access to a bustling metropolitan area and international airport, resulting in exceptional opportunities for undergrad and graduate internship positions with a variety of companies and organizations.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 9%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 6%
White, non-Hispanic: 55%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
FACULTY AS PARTNERS IN SCHOLARSHIP
Approximately 89 percent of Rollins faculty members have a PhD or the highest degree in their field. At Rollins, one-on-one interaction with professors is the norm. Small class sizes and the faculty’s level of investment in each student ensure that Rollins students receive an education that meets their individual needs and expectations.
Rollins offers students the opportunity to participate in high-level, collaborative research with their professors. Since the inception of the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program in 1999, more than 400 students have worked in partnership with 86 faculty members, publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and presenting findings at national conferences.
AREAS OF STUDY
The College offers a wide range of majors and minors in a variety of areas, including expressive arts, humanities, interdisciplinary study, sciences and mathematics, social sciences, as well as pre-professional programs. The 3/2 Accelerated Management Program allows students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Rollins’ prestigious Crummer Graduate School of Businessin five years. Additionally, a variety of Rollins-approved, off-campus academic programs offer students the opportunity to extend their education beyond the borders of the campus.
The Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies offer traditional, full-time undergraduate education; the Crummer Graduate School of Business offers MBA and management and executive education; and the Hamilton Holt School offers evening undergraduate and graduate programs.
A COMMUNITY OF GREATER CONNECTIONS
Members of the Rollins community have lifelong access to a network of highly connected individuals and organizations. With career services, alumni associations, mentorship programs, and community involvement, students never find themselves lacking opportunities or guidance.
ROLLINS CONTRIBUTES TO THE THRIVING CULTURAL LIFE OF THE CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY.
Annie Russell Theatre
The longest continuously operating theater in Florida and named to the National Register of Historic Places, the Annie Russell Theatre stages an exciting season of musicals and dramas that feature student and faculty performers.
Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
The third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States and Central Florida’s oldest operating performing arts organization, this acclaimed choir and orchestra presents an annual two-week classical music festival, a choral masterworks series, a full calendar of world-renowned visiting-artist performances, and a variety of educational and community outreach programs.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM)
With one of the oldest and most distinguished permanent collections in Florida, CFAM presents a stimulating year-round program of exhibitions, public talks, films, and educational programs.
Winter Park Institute
Designed to foster enlightened and ongoing conversation at Rollins and in the community, the Institute hosts leaders from a broad spectrum of disciplines and expertise for public lectures, readings, symposiums, seminars, master classes, interviews, and special-interest sessions. Past speakers include Béla Fleck, Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Paul Simon, Gloria Steinem, David McCullough, and Oliver Stone.
Music at Rollins
The Nelson Department of Music showcases the range and depth of talent among students and faculty in performances, including orchestral classics, choral music, contemporary jazz, and world music.
Art at Rollins
The Department of Art and Art History annually presents an exhibition of works by graduating students at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Additionally, the Art History Program presents a series of visiting scholars and speakers each semester.
Winter With the Writers
Each February, this festival of literary arts brings to Rollins a selection of the finest contemporary authors and poets for a series of free and open master classes and presentations. Past speakers include Maya Angelou, Michael Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg, Zora Neale Hurston, Sinclair Lewis, Adrienne Rich, and Kurt Vonnegut.
BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS IN A BEAUTIFUL CITY
The Rollins College campus is awe-inspiring. The tree-lined, 70-acre lakefront campus is located two blocks from historic downtown Winter Park and just minutes from downtown Orlando and Central Florida. The cities allow students to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty and take courses in buildings known for their magnificent Spanish-Mediterranean style.
With the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2007/2008, Rollins has 23 varsity athletic teams with most competing in NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference. The Tars have won 22 NCAA Division II National Championships, 66 Sunshine State Conference Championships, and annually finish in the top 10 percent of all NCAA Division II schools in the Directors’ Cup All-Sports Standings. Other student activities include student government, campus media, Greek organizations, special-interest groups such as the Film Appreciation Organization, and numerous artistic, musical, dramatic, and social clubs and organizations
The Office of Career Services is available to assist current students and alumni, offering career counseling, workshops, programs, career fairs, an on-campus interview preparation program, and a job-listing service. Rollins students also have the benefit of connecting with a global alumni network.
RESPONSIBLE LEADERS AND GLOBAL CITIZENS
Throughout Rollins’ long history of academic excellence, the College has frequently produced Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater, Boren, Udall, and Truman scholars. In 1987, Donald Cram ’41 received the Nobel Prize in chemistry. One of Rollins’ most notable alumni is Fred M. Rogers ’51 ’74M. A music composition major, Rogers went on to create, host, and direct Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, one of the longest-running shows in public broadcasting history. Other notable alumni include:
- Junia Jean-Gilles Beaubrun ’98, microbiologist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Eric Bolling ’84, co-host of The Five on FOX News Channel
- Muriel Fox ’48, co-founder of the National Organization for Women
- Janis Hirsch ’72, co-executive producer of Will & Grace, writer for Murphy Brown and Frasier
- Allen R. Weiss ’81 MBA, president emeritus of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
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