Before even setting foot in a classroom, first-year Rollins students have the opportunity to embark on a 10-day field study to Costa Rica led by environmental studies professor Barry Allen to learn about conservation and sustainability.
Welcome Week at Rollins is about far more than settling into your dorm room. Think of it as an immersive introduction to your #RollinsLife. You’ll meet your faculty advisor and peer mentors for the first time. You’ll begin to find your anchor on campus, and you’ll start building relationships that will stand the test of time. Oh, and you’ll attempt to catch stacks of pancakes during Pancake Flip, one of our most delicious (and hilarious) traditions.
Our residence halls are far more than a comfy place to lay your head. They’re kinetic hives of community and collaboration, diversity and discourse, learning and laughter. Curtis Shaffer visits friends in their residence halls to give you a sneak peek at what life looks like on America’s most beautiful campus.
Political science professor Dan Chong and his students took advantage of Florida’s fine fall weather and enjoyed a sun-drenched discussion at the outdoor classroom near Orlando Hall. The idyllic courtyard is one of the many open-air classroom locations on campus.
As a student, computer science major Michael Gutensohn completed four internships at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Those experiences laid the groundwork for his current career as an artificial intelligence and machine learning engineer at Apple. Rollins has an entire office dedicated to helping students land the best internships in Orlando and beyond.
Chemistry professor Pedro Bernal led students on a field study to the Dominican Republic. During their two weeks on the island, Bernal and his students worked to reduce the incidence of water-related illnesses by installing household water filtration systems, testing water quality, and administering health surveys.
Tag along with Curtis Shaffer and his classmates as they give you an insider’s look at Winter Park’s wonders. From the best restaurants to hip boutiques, explore your future classmates’ top picks and find out what it’s like to be a college student in one of America’s trendiest towns.
Students in computer science professor Dan Myers’ Creating the Digital Future course partnered with the Hannibal Square Heritage Center to develop a new walking-tour app for Hannibal Square, a historic African-American neighborhood located a mile from campus.
At Rollins, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn by doing. In fact, environmental studies professor Lee Lines has designed a one-of-a-kind collection of courses around the Rollins tradition of hands-on application. Each of the courses focuses on issues related to sustainability, with core concepts highlighted through hands-on learning opportunities in environments like Florida’s Canaveral National Seashore and California’s Point Reyes National Seashore.
Faster, bigger, flashier—all of those are synonymous with better when it comes to NASCAR, and for eight weeks, Ryan O’Donnell worked on developing strategies to make the brand more of all three. O’Donnell worked in the New York City office as the only intern in the strategic development branch, which continually works on dreaming up big ideas to enhance the sport’s long-term trajectory.
Rollins offers the perfect blend of athletic and academic excellence. For proof, look no further than Rollins’ 23 national championships and nine consecutive NCAA Division II President’s Awards, which recognize colleges for achieving the nation’s highest academic success rates. In 2019, Rollins achieved a 96 percent success rate, topping the Sunshine State Conference and tying for fourth in the nation.
From craft coffee, to PETA-approved vegan dishes, a variety of international options and more, Rollins offers tons of dining options to satisfy any palette.
Rollins and neighboring Full Sail University banded together to get everyone in the holiday spirit with Songs of the Season, a free concert on the lawn at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.
During Intersession over winter break, students in art history professor MacKenzie Moon Ryan’s Art in Orlando class visited seminal art institutions around the city, soaking up everything from sculptures and paintings to installations and public arts spaces.
Just before the start of the spring semester, a group of Rollins students visited the Farmworkers Association of Florida, where they were tasked with examining the economic and political implications of immigration as well as the environmental and biological consequences of farming practices. The Immersion experience was one of more than two dozen courses taught during Intersession.
In January, Rollins opened the doors to its new applied learning center, Kathleen W. Rollins Hall. Located in the center of campus, the state-of-the-art facility brings together 10 Rollins programs—from the Center for Career & Life Planning to the Office of International Programs—that empower students to put their education into action. It also features four classrooms, a student lounge, and loads of space to study, work on your resume, or just hang out.
Physics professor Ashley Cannaday partnered with Samuel Hanna and James Hoelle through Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Program to build a customizable angular scattering microscope using off-the-shelf optical components. Their novel technique, which allows them to measure the light scattering from a single cell at a time, could contribute to earlier detection of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.
In February, Rollins was named a top producer of Fulbright students for the eighth time. The honor is an important marker in a continuing legacy of cultivating lifelong leadership and international service among Rollins graduates. The College has produced more than 50 Fulbright students since 2006, including seven recipients for 2019-20.
At Rollins’ on-campus Child Development and Research Center, Janae Noah observes a preschooler’s social-emotional development, fine motor skills, and other progressive behaviors as part of her Developmental Psychology lab.
Whitney Elliott and Sunny Toreihi bested two other all-female teams from Jamaica and China, debating the resolution, This House Would Respond to the #MeToo Movement, during Rollins’ annual Great Debate.
Students in Raja Singaram’s community engagement course Systems & Design Thinking for Social Change helped local social enterprise deux mains secure ethical certifications for its sustainable fashion line.
Fox Day was once again the best day of the year. Arguably the College’s most beloved tradition—and with good reason—Fox Day occurs each spring on a random day the president deems “too pretty to have class.” Students celebrate in a number of ways, from lawn games on Mills Lawn to trips to theme parks and nearby beaches.
Thanks to Rollins’ lakeside location, students are always a stone’s throw from a multitude of aquatic adventures. Navigate the Winter Park Chain of Lakes by paddleboard, earn credit for learning to sail and scuba dive, or soak up the sun while studying on our white-sand beach.
Four Rollins social entrepreneurship students—Nikki Hall-Elser, Matias Meirelles Van Vliet, Dayra Diaz-Marquez, and Kinsley Gerks—won the regional competition of the Hult Prize, the world’s most prestigious collegiate competition for social innovation startups.
Art professor Rachel Simmons’s printmaking studio in the Cornell Fine Arts Center feels like the physical manifestation of her collaborative approach to art and teaching.
Students in anthropology professor Zack Gilmore’s Archaeological Field School course excavate an ancient mystery from a swamp just 20 miles east of campus. During the four-week Intersession course, students partnered with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research to investigate 5,000-year-old Native American sites.
Communications major Emma Webb worked as a social media intern for the Orlando Ballet, attending all the performances, shooting original photo and video content, interviewing performers, and working behind the scenes on daily promotions.
From semester and summer programs to faculty-led field studies, Rollins offers more than 90 study-abroad programs throughout the year, and more than 75 percent of Rollins students study abroad. It’s little surprise then that Rollins was ranked among the top 10 master’s-granting institutions in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad.
As part of the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, Mary Vickers and anthropology professor Nolan Kline listen intently to stories of struggle from immigrants at the Hope CommUnity Center, just 40 minutes from campus.
In May, the newest crop of Rollins graduates received their virtual diploma in the midst of a global pandemic, ably prepared to forge productive careers and empowered to lead meaningful lives.