As a residential liberal arts college, education at Rollins is not limited to the classroom. Rather, the discipline of academic study is enhanced by many other opportunities for learning and personal development. Residential life, student self-governance, and extracurricular activities contribute distinctively to a student’s education.
The Rollins student lives and works in a cohesive, dynamic community formed for the sake of learning and marked by its diversity. Rollins makes a special effort to attract students with diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences in order to enrich the educational experience available to students on campus. Many students come to Rollins from New England, the Midwest, the Middle Atlantic States, Latin America, and Europe. This geographically diverse mix, which is represented also in terms of cultures, languages, and ethnicity, forms the basis for a cosmopolitan community of learners on Rollins’ beautiful lakeside campus.
Rollins College is dedicated to fostering social responsibility as well as intellectual achievement and personal growth. For students to learn to live and work successfully with others, they must have respect for and be responsible to other members of the community, including other students, members of the faculty and staff, and residents of Winter Park.
The Code of Community Standards, created jointly by administrators, faculty, and students, is published annually on the Rollins web site http://www.rollins.edu/csr/policies/code.html.
The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement
The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement’s vision is to create positive and meaningful relationships between Rollins College and the community at large through sustained involvement and service with and for each other. The Office supports this vision and the mission of Rollins by encouraging and promoting student, faculty, and staff involvement within our local and global communities. By providing the campus with innovative programs and resources, we help identify opportunities to volunteer and connect with the community, and help to educate and support service-learning in the curriculum. Through these services, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement is deeply committed to fostering lifelong civic engagement and social responsibility in every member of the Rollins community.
For more information, go to www.rollins.edu/leadership-community-engagement/.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) connects students to opportunities for building relationships with others throughout Rollins and the larger community so that students can gain a greater awareness of themselves and others. Programs are created to foster dialogue and relationships around the intersections of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ability, age, economic background, and gender. Being involved in the Cultural Action Committee or one of the thirteen (13) organizations underneath this umbrella group allows students to connect with one another through social and educational events. Students can also participate in Camp Alliance, a pre-orientation program for first-year and transfer students of historically underrepresented populations who pair with a “big brother or sister” to get acquainted with the Rollins community before the start of classes. Students can also continue on throughout the school year through Circle of Friends, a mentoring program addressing the concerns of historically underrepresented students through dialogues about identity, building community relationships, and fun social events. Through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and its collaboration with the Office of Admissions, students can assist in the recruitment of a more diverse student body through phone-a-thons, newsletters and Diversity Day, a day created to bring accepted students interested in issues of multiculturalism to campus to be a part of what Rollins has to offer.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs also houses a resource library of books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines supporting various identities. These resources are available to any student, faculty, or staff member. Students can also participate in any of the Habitat for Humanity work days that are coordinated through the office or one of the many courses offered in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
We believe in the residential experience and the many benefits that living on campus brings to students. Rollins has a three-year live-on requirement policy (students may request exemptions based on specific criteria - please see our website for more information). We offer three types of residential housing options: traditional residence halls, residential organizations, and apartments. Most students live in one of the 21 residential facilities on campus. Residence halls accommodate anywhere from 18 to 500 students and are staffed by Graduate Hall Directors and Assistant Hall Directors, along with upper-class students (RAs), who assist in developing community within the building. The staff also help students understand the basic rules and guidelines that are in place for positive community development and health/safety reasons. We also staff two (2) Associate Directors and one (1) Assistant Director that traditionally live on campus, providing a professional adult presence on campus. Residential organizations whose members share common interests include fraternities, sororities, and Pinehurst. There are first-year Living-Learning Communities in Elizabeth Hall, Ward Hall, Rex Beach, and Strong Halls. Living in a residence hall provides challenges and opportunities that are an important part of the overall college experience.
Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement
The Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement is a group of staff, volunteers, and professionals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life on campus through student involvement and leadership opportunities. Please visit us in the Cornell Campus Center.
The Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement supports the mission of Rollins College by providing intentional learning opportunities that prepare students for responsible citizenship in a global, diverse society. The office stands to promote citizenship, multiculturalism, and community involvement through leadership education, experiential learning opportunities, student organization involvement, and campus programming. Our programs are aimed at creating innovative learning environments within and outside of the classroom, aiding the transition to college and beyond, and facilitating holistic development.
Students may benefit from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership by:
- Developing new friendships,
- Connecting with diverse others,
- Exploring new leadership horizons,
- Connecting class and out-of-class experiences,
- Unveiling abilities and developing new skills,
- Building self-awareness, and
- Discovering that anyone can be a leader.
The Wellness Center provides on-campus health services with a staff of a part-time physician, and two nurse practitioners. The College also offers a health insurance plan for all students. All entering first-year and transfer students are required to have a completed current medical history and current immunization record on file in the Student Health Center prior to matriculation.
The Wellness Center provides on-campus medical treatment for mild illnesses and accidents. Serious illnesses and accidents are treated at two nearby hospitals and an urgent care center. All sessions and medical records are treated with strict confidentiality. Routine health care is free to Arts and Sciences students. Fees may be charged for specific laboratory work, treatments, medication, and specific physicals (annual school, athletic, gynecological).
Student Health Services provides campus and community health promotion through its extensive peer health education curricula.
For more information, The Wellness Center, 407-628-6340.
The College’s Personal Counseling Center provides counseling for a range of student problems including adjustment to college, depression, substance abuse, and other personal concerns. Counseling services are free for Arts and Sciences students. Sessions are treated with strict confidentiality.
Arts and Theatre
The arts have always been a highly visible part of the Rollins experience. Each year the college calendar is filled with concerts, exhibitions, lectures, readings, and performances that draw audiences from campus and the larger Central Florida community.
The Department of Music offers an eclectic array of concerts and showcases each year featuring distinguished visiting artists, faculty, and students. More than a dozen student groups, such as the Rollins Singers, the Rollins College Choir, the 10 O’clock Jazz Ensemble, and the Percussion Ensemble provide performance experiences for majors and non-majors. The Annie Russell Theatre and the Fred Stone Theatre present plays and dance productions throughout the academic year. Each February, Winter with the Writers, a Festival of the Literary Arts, brings distinguished authors to campus for readings, interviews, and master classes. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum presents several exhibitions each year and holds a collection of nearly 6,000 objects from ancient to contemporary. The Museum works closely with the Department of Art and Art History, offering student internships, serving as a resource for study and inspiration, and exhibiting the work of graduating studio art majors and minors in the annual Senior Art Show.
Athletics and Intramurals
Athletics and campus recreation are a vital part of life at Rollins. Students have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of sports and activities. Intramurals, Group Fitness, and Club Sports are under the Rec Sports umbrella and include the following: Basketball, Cross Country, Dance Team, Equestrian, Esports, Flag Football, Pickleball, Pilates, Ping Pong, Scuba, Soccer, Softball, Spikeball, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, Zumba. All campus recreation is inclusive and coed
The Alfond Sports Center contains basketball courts, volleyball courts, a fitness weight room, locker rooms, a training room, classrooms, and department offices. Other facilities include Alfond Boathouse, Bradley Boathouse, Alfond Pool, Harper-Shepherd Field, Cahall Sandspur Field, Tiedtke Tennis Courts, and Martin Tennis Courts. These facilities are available to students at designated times.
The College has achieved considerable national recognition in intercollegiate competition with the aid of a modest scholarship program and solid academic standards. The varsity athletic program encourages individual participation in twenty-one intercollegiate teams: baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and waterskiing. Rollins is a member of the Sunshine State Conference and Division II of the NCAA.
Additional information available at RollinsSports.com
The mission of Knowles Memorial Chapel and the United Campus Ministries, led by the Dean of the Chapel, is to nurture the religious life in the Rollins community. The character and programs of the Chapel are interdenominational and interfaith, seeking to serve and support persons in a variety of faith traditions and to emphasize the conviction and commitments they share with one another. Each Sunday at 11:00am, students help lead and participate in interdenominational services in the Chapel. Students, faculty, and others may relate to the Chapel as associates. Services of meditation, vespers, gatherings for spiritual responses to special crises or celebrations, weddings, and memorial services are offered.
The United Campus Ministry offers programs and a variety of religious services to Roman Catholics, Christians of all denominations, Jewish, and Muslim students.
The Dean of the Chapel is also the Director of the Center for Public Service, which offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Rollins College has enjoyed a relatively safe and secure environment throughout its existence. Within this small, liberal arts institution, students, faculty, and staff enjoy daily positive interactions within a tightly-knit community setting. As a service-oriented department of the Vice President and Treasurer, Campus Safety has maintained the goal of serving the needs of the college community and ensuring everyone’s safety, while exerting considerable effort in continuing to build a strong sense of community.
As a relatively small department that is comprised of 24 staff members, we function in essentially 6 roles: Safety Officers, Supervision, Dispatch Personnel, Emergency Management and Planning, R-Card (I.D.) Management, and Administrative Staff. The role of the department is to protect life and property, preserve peace, recover lost/stolen property, perform support services, maintain a sense of community security and confidence, and ensure compliance with all college rules and regulations.
In maintaining our principal aim of service to the college community, our message is one of a team concept. Realizing that ours is a singular but progressive role, we want to communicate that it is important for us to have your understanding, cooperation and assistance in order to better serve you.
For more information on campus safety, compliance and services, www.rollins.edu/safety.