Rollins College

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  1. Self-Guided Tour

    Experience one of the most beautiful college campuses on Earth.


    1. Rinker Building - Admissions

      Welcome to Rollins! On behalf of the Office of Admission, we would like to thank you for visiting our beautiful home. If you have questions after your self-guided tour, please stop by the first floor of the Rinker Building or give us a call at (407) 646-2161 and we would be happy to answer those for you! The Office of Admission is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    2. Ward Hall

      Ward Hall is one of our first-year residential halls. About 65 percent of our undergraduate students live on campus, and new students are required to live on campus for their first three years unless they reside with a parent or legal guardian within 50 miles of campus. All of our residential halls are locked 24/7, and students use their student ID to access the buildings and their individual rooms. Every residential hall also has free laundry, free cable and Wi-Fi, common spaces, a kitchen, and residential assistants on duty. Floors and wings are separated by gender, and students will only be sharing a bathroom with other students in their wing. First-years will most likely live with a roommate, and upperclassmen have the choice between living in a single, double, triple, suite, or apartment.

    3. Olin Library

      The Olin Library is open 24/7 and provides students with several resources, including 300,000 books and periodicals, access to thousands of online peer-reviewed scholarly sources, interlibrary loans, a tutoring and writing center, IT, help desk, Mac and PC labs, regular and 3-D printers, electronic device rentals (laptops, video cameras, etc.), individual study rooms, quiet floors, a pillow room, and cafe. Students can also reach out to our research librarians for additional assistance. Rollins community members must use their IDs to access the library after midnight. 


    4. Lake Virginia / Alfond Swimming Pool

      Lake Virginia is home to our sailing and waterskiing teams. Our mascot is a Tar, which is a nickname for a British sailor. Students can rent sailboats and canoes for free from our on-campus boathouse, enjoy the man-made beach, and take a bike ride along the lakeside trail. The Alfond Swimming Pool is open to students whenever the swim team is not practicing. The pool is heated, and there is always a lifeguard on duty. The pool is also a great spot for students to take scuba diving lessons.


    5. Dave's Boathouse & C-Store / Cornell Campus Center

      Dave’s Boathouse is our late-night dining option on campus. It is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and is the perfect spot for students, faculty, and staff to connect in a casual setting. Every week, this dining venue hosts a trivia night along with other fun events such as open-mic nights and movie nights. The C-Store is our convenience store where students can purchase groceries via their meal plan. Students can also special-order items from the C-Store.


    6. Cornell Campus Center

      The Cornell Campus Center is our main dining hall on campus. Students pay a flat rate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have access to an all-you-can eat-buffet. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergy-sensitive stations are always available. Students receive $2,500 each semester on their student ID for their meal plan that can be used across campus at any dining location. A small portion of their meal plan can also be used off-campus to enjoy a meal on Park Avenue or within walking distance of the College. The flags hanging from the ceiling of the campus center represent our international student population and are updated each year when new students arrive on campus.


    7. Pinehurst Cottage

      Pinehurst Cottage was built in 1886, making it the oldest building on campus. The original architecture of the College was inspired by New England to honor the liberal arts. Pinehurst has been everything from the president’s house to the library throughout Rollins’ history. Pinehurst is now a co-ed residential hall for members of the Pinehurst organization, which focuses on campus, community, and global issues.


    8. Mills Building / Mills Lawn / Tars Plaza

      Welcome to the heart of campus! Inside the Mills Building you will find our post office; student-run newspaper, magazine, and radio station; Center for Leadership & Community Engagement; Office of International Student & Scholar Services; and the Office of International Programs. Our mission as a college is to graduate scholars who are global citizens and responsible leaders. About 77 percent of Rollins students study abroad on either one- to three-week faculty-led field studies, six-week summer programs, or full-semester programs to over 80 international destinations. We try to make international experiences as accessible as possible by offering the student’s same scholarship and financial aid package during their semester abroad. Rollins is also a national leader for the number of students participating in community-service-based spring-break and weekend trips that focus on a variety of social justice issues. Students can also volunteer with local community partners on a regular basis or take courses with a community engagement component. Students enjoy studying and playing sports such as Ultimate Frisbee and quidditch on Mills Lawn daily. One of our students’ favorite traditions occurs on an unexpected day each spring when the president of the College rolls a fox statue out onto Tars Plaza at 6 a.m., and the entire campus is closed for our unique holiday called Fox Day.

    9. Cornell Fine Arts Museum

      Free and open to the public, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in Orlando and showcases professional and student artwork. Among the more than 5,500 works ranging from antiquity to contemporary, CFAM holds the only European Old Masters collection in the Orlando area, a sizable American art collection, and the forward-looking Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, on display at both at the museum and at The Alfond Inn. The museum’s exhibitions change seasonally and feature art for all tastes, from the early Renaissance to cutting-edge contemporary. Educational programs, offered free of charge, include gallery talks (both at the museum and The Alfond Inn), lectures, panel discussions, films, as well as hands-on art activities, special tours, and scavenger hunts for the younger visitors.


    10. Alfond Sports Center

      In addition to the Sandspur Stadium and the Shepherd Baseball Field, the Alfond Sports Center is home to our 23 varsity sports and 13 intramural teams. All of our teams are NCAA Division II and are in the Sunshine State Conference. Student athletes have access to their own workout facility and a physical therapist on campus. Students, faculty, and staff can enjoy Daryl’s Fitness Center equipped with free weights and exercise machines early in the morning and late at night. There are also free fitness classes such as yoga, abs and core, body works, and barre offered every weekday to students, faculty, and staff. Most of the coaches’ offices are also housed in the sports center.


    11. Annie Russell Theatre

      The Annie Russell Theatre was built in 1932, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is home to the department of theater and dance. The Annie is the longest-running theater in Central Florida and was named after Annie Russell, who was a sweetheart of British and American stages. Students present four theater productions and a dance performance on this stage every year. The Fred Stone Theatre also hosts student-produced-and-directed works and improv shows with the Rollins Improv Players. 
    12. Knowles Memorial Chapel

      The chapel was built in 1932 and is home to our Religious Life Services, Bach Festival concerts, Vespers holiday concerts, and alumni wedding celebrations. Similar to the Sistine Chapel, the ceiling was hand-painted by one woman lying on her back over the course of a year. Rollins is non-denominational but offers an interfaith worship space, Christian services, Buddhist meditation, Jewish services through our Hillel organization, and Muslim services. Through worship, study groups, fellowship, Bible studies and retreats at the chapel, religious life and values are enhanced and students are encouraged to grow in their religious understanding and faith. 


    13. Crummer Graduate School of Business

      Crummer is home to our MBA program, which is No. 1 in Florida and a top 50 in the nation. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to take part in the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program, which allows them to complete three years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study, thus graduating in five years with both their BA and MBA degrees.


    14. Bush Science Center

      The Bush Science Center is home to the departments of biology, marine biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, psychology, and mathematics. Renovated in 2013, our science center includes a three-story atrium, instructional labs, a marine biology wet lab, student-faculty lounges, and a cafe. Biologists, chemists, mathematicians, and physicists share office spaces to foster an interdisciplinary environment. The building is also U.S. Green Building Council-LEED Certified Silver, has two man-made ponds for water filtration, and uses recycled water for restrooms. Students also use these lab facilities through our Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Program, which is available to students within any major. While conducting student-faculty collaborative research, students live on campus for free over the summer, earn a research stipend, have their collaborative work published in peer-reviewed journals, and present alongside their professors at national academic conferences.

    15. Rollins College Bookstore

      The Rollins Bookstore is where our students can purchase Rollins gear, school supplies, and purchase/rent their textbooks for the semester. We hope you will take a piece of Rollins home with you today! 


    16. Park Avenue

      Students consider Park Avenue an extension of our campus. It’s not uncommon to see our students, faculty, and staff enjoying the wide array of shops, cafes, and restaurants just two blocks from campus, where you’ll also find a train station. Whisk to downtown Orlando in about 15 minutes on the SunRail commuter rail or throughout the U.S. on an Amtrak passenger train. The City of Winter Park hosts a farmers market each Saturday, movies in the park once a month, and biannual art shows. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which has the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, is located at the north end of the avenue.