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Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Rollins is one of the nation’s best institutions of higher education. Their top-ranked 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 is a lush, 70-acre campus located in Winter Park in the heart of Central Florida.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,687 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
44% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
232 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: 62% of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies students live on campus. 17 residential facilities (coed residence halls, Greek houses, special residential organization houses, apartment complex).

School Location

Winter Park, Florida-50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, 70 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

Retention Fall 2015

89% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

71% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 8%
Hispanic/Latino 16%
Black or African American 5%
White 61%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


NCAA Division II, Sunshine State Conference. 23 varsity sports (11 men’s: baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, waterskiing; 12 women’s: basketball, crew, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, waterskiing).

Other Information

Rollins College is a four-year, coeducational, liberal arts college, founded in 1885. 

Academic Programs

American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Art (Studio), Asian Studies, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Critical Media & Cultural Studies, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies & Civic Urbanism, French, History, Humanities, International Affairs, International Business, International Relations, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Music, Organizational Behavior, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Entrepreneurship & Business, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Arts

Pre-Professional and 3-2 Programs: Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Secondary Education Certification, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Accelerated Management Program (B.A./M.B.A.), Engineering (B.A./B.S.), Environmental Management/Forestry (B.A./M.E.M./M.F.)

More Distinctions

  • Rollins ranked No. 1 in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Forbes magazine ranked Rollins as the top business school in Florida and its MBA as 52nd in the nation.

  • For six consecutive years, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named Rollins College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Rollins as one of the recipients of its 2008 Community Engagement Classification.

  • Bloomberg Businessweek magazine ranked Rollins as the No. 1 part-time MBA in Florida and ninth in the nation.

  • The Princeton Review named Rollins one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada in its 2012 edition of Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Rollins is also ranked in The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, The Best 296 Business Schools, The Best 300 Professors, and Colleges with a Conscience.

  • The Best Colleges ranked Rollins No. 37 of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses.

  • Rollins received the 2012 NCAA Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, which honors athletics programs with four-year academic success rates of 90 percent or more.

  • Rollins is ranked No. 4 in Division II and No. 65 overall in NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings.

  • Ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 19 in Leadership Development Programs by Leadership Excellence magazine. 

  • Ranked among the top 100 private colleges in Kiplinger’s “Best College Values.”

  • Ashoka U has named Rollins a Changemaker Campus. Rollins is the first liberal arts institution in the South and the first college in Florida to join the Changemaker Campus Consortium.

  • Ranked No. 1 in Percentage of Alternative Spring Break Participants by Break Away.

  • ranks Rollins eighth among colleges with the best professors in the nation.

  • Rollins athletics programs have a long history of being highly ranked among peer institutions, winning 22 NCAA Division II National Championships, 66 Sunshine State Conference Championships and 14 tournament titles, and annually finishing in the top 10 percent of all NCAA Division II schools in the Directors’ Cup All-Sports Standings.

  • Rollins is one of two Florida colleges to receive an A rating for vegan dining options, as rated by Peta2.

  • The Daily ranks Rollins No. 48 of the 60 Best Colleges for Food in America.

  • Rollins is Florida’s oldest 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.

study abroad

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.

achieved scholars

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.

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.

engaged research

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.

career services

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.


Admissions Fall 2015

4,922 Total Applicants 
2,972 Total Admissions 
493 Total Freshman Enrollment

60.38% of applicants admitted




Tuition $ 44,760
Total $ 44,760
Room and Board (on campus) $ 13,910
Room Only $ 8,230
Board Only $ 5,680
Estimated Total On Campus $ 58,670


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

85% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
44% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$27,137 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,588 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates