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  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like small classes and a small campus; who want a relationship with their professors and faculty that will help with communication and future recommendation letters; who want to study abroad; in particular, business students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and apply for scholarships such as Dean and Cornell. Also, the financial advisors are incredibly nice and very willing to help so setting up an appointment with one of them would be in your best interest. They are looking for ways for you to save money, not ways for them to benefit.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Rollins is a private liberal arts college, it offers many scholarships and grants. I, in particular, received a free ride to Rollins with a little bit of help from outside scholarships. The benefits of paying more for an education at Rollins are outstanding: as mentioned previously, there is easier access to faculty; better relationships with teachers who will know the student individually; increased student involvement in the classes due to conversation-based curriculum; meal-plan that offers five different dining options that are a-la carte; dorm options that are both clean and modern while friendly and homy at the same time and on or very close to campus; and most importantly, an education that can not be found elsewhere.

    Am enjoying being here

    I had a great time at Rollins. Not only did I meet great friends, but I had the opportunity to already go abroad with Rollins before I even set foot on campus: I did a nine day field-study in Costa Rica on ecotourism. It was an amazing trip that changed my life and I met some of my best friends there. My dorm was incredibly clean and friendly, and I was placed with other students who come from different backgrounds yet have a lot in common with me. Also, there are many dining options which helped me not become sick of the food, and there was coffee always available for late night study sessions. The library offers a vast array of periodicals and other resources, along with quiet study rooms and technology assistance. I took full advantage of the gym and free yoga and pilates classes, along with the post office. Although Rollins is a small campus, this does offer many benefits. These include a close relationship with all professors who will be able to view you as an individual, not just another student; close proximity to classes which helps with tardiness and allows comprehensive understanding of the entire campus; and accessibility with faculty who are ready to help. Professors also do not lecture; instead, they do conversation-based classes that increase student involvement in the subject.

    Am learning a lot

    Due to being in the International Baccalaureate Program in high school, I found that some courses were rather simplistic at Rollins. For those who have taken many years of comprehensive Spanish, the foreign language department will be a breeze until the 300 level. At Rollins, every freshman must take a RCC (Rollins Conference Course) that helps the student adjust to his first year. The teacher of this course is the student's advisor, and there are many field trips or presentations that must be attended to bring the student closer to the Rollins community. While this may be a great idea, it is not greatly executed, and I did not learn any new material during the field trips. I did, however, learn a lot of new material in my Intro to Politics class and RCC Immigration and Poverty Course. Both these classes gave a lot of readings but offered in-depth discussion during class. I found these classes to be the only ones I studied for and consistently stayed up doing their homework. Overall, I believe that Rollins offers a lot of great courses taught by wonderful professors who do a great job ensuring that you learn the material--my personal problem was that I was placed in classes that were below the level I should have been placed in, such as Spanish 210.

  • 10/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The social setting is great for people that like to go out and, well, party. The location of Rollins is very close to clubs and bars, so that's where the majority of the students here can be found on Thursday and Saturday nights. Of course, there is a minority of students who don't take part in those activities. The school is great if you're looking for chances to study abroad and if you like to participate in community service activities. If you want to play football you're in tough luck because Rollins has no football team.

    Tips for prospective students

    I really advise prospective students to apply early because that will give them a better chance to receive scholarships from the school. Scholarships can range from $8000 to full tuition if you have the grades and SAT scores.

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins is a very expensive school, so if you don't receive the financial aid and scholarships to cover the costs I'd suggest that you find a different school.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's not a whole lot of diversity in the school, so it can be hard if you're used to seeing people from many different backgrounds.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers at Rollins are really great and they're all so unique and wonderful in their own ways. If you do poorly on an assignment or a test, the teachers will encourage you to meet with them and help you find a way to study better and find ways to improve your writing to ensure you get a better grade the next time. The lectures are exciting and the classroom is really engaging, which I would have to give credit to the small classes, which are around 15 people at most. If you need extra help, there's free tutoring which I would really encourage people to take advantage of. The library is open 24/7, so you always have access to computers, books, and other research materials. All in all, it's just up to you as a student to make the most of your learning experiences and Rollins really gives students the chance to do that.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 3 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On campus there are stations every 100 feet or so where you can call for help if you are in trouble, or even lost and cant find your way somewhere.

    Greek Life

    Rollins has 12 different fraternities and sororities on campus. 5 fraternities and 7 sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 50 different clubs you can join so you will never get bored. There is a video game club, rock-climbing club, ultimate Frisbee club, and much much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Well the ratio of males to females is 40-60. So 60 percent are women and the other 40 percent are males. So guys are outnumbered and finding a girl should be pretty easy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a day called fox day. For this one day in spring, all of the classes are canceled!! That's right there are no classes for the day, last year there were giant water slides around campus and free food!!

    Bang for the buck

    There is a gym offering a bunch of classes you can take such as yoga, ballroom dancing, zumba, and even work out boot camps.

    What to do for fun

    There are a bunch of different clubs you can join when you have free time, there are over 50 different clubs ranging from the rock climbing club to the cooking club. The school is 15 miles away from downtown Orlando if you wanted to go to clubs, bars, or malls. You cant forget that Disney world and universal studios is only a few minutes away from downtown Orlando.

    Food and Dining

    There is a two story building where they you can get your food. on the main floor there is a huge selection on what to eat and drink ranging from pizza, chicken, steak or ribs, even sushi. On the bottom floor you can get and stock up on food to bring to your dorm, like milk, eggs, chips, bread and boars head meat.

    Dorm Life

    I have a lot of friends who stay on campus, and it is always nice to go up there and visit. They are pretty nice and always people to meet and socialize with.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not to difficult in my opinion but even if they are a little challenging, you can always get a tutor. There is a tutoring center in the middle of campus and the best part about it, its FREE!

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a type of school where everyone seems to know everyone and you can easily make tons of friends. So the number one tip for me is to not be shy, not shy around your peers or your professors.

    In three sentences

    When i started attending this college it was so surreal, everything about his school was perfect. The campus was beautiful, the professors amazing and my peers pretty awesome. The classes are small and have been more focused on the individual students unlike state college.

  • 11/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Business majors -Undecided -Theater majors -Pretty much anyone :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and see if you can get a Fast App. Teacher recommendations are a great bonus too. Definitely visit the school. It's amazing and you'll fall in love the minute you walk on.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty expensive to go here but Rollins is great about offering scholarships. I paying what I would've paid for at a regular institution and getting amazing resources. Everything here is well mantained and updated.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous. I still can't believe I live here. Everyone is so nice. I feel like I know everyone on campus. The professors are great and willing to help with everything. I actually had an academic advisor I didn't know email me and ask how my first semester was going. It made me feel important.

    Am learning a lot

    Rollins is a liberal arts school so it exposes you to a lot of different subjects. I'm taking classes I wouldn't normally think to take and am now considering taking up a new minor. :)

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have very good campus safety. Campus security is always on the look, and you can even get rides from them for no reason whatsoever.

    Greek Life

    33%of school is greek. Those involved in greek life are usually not exclusive. Everyone knows everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything! Sports, laughing clubs, philanthropy clubs, multi-cultural clubs, activist clubs, etc. If there is something we do not have, you can always start it. The school is very supportive with new organizations as well.

    Great for these types of students

    For anyone basically, except for those who are looking for a large school where professors do not even know your name and getting to your next class takes you at least half an hour.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox day!!! --- It is a day in which all classes are cancelled and everyone goes to the beach. We have two pools and a lake (Lake Virginia)

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is gorgeous, the facilities can be used by all students, and there are a lot of opportunities and resources for free. We get a lot of free food and free t-shirts all the time. The faculty is extremely nice and helpful.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Orlando is 10 minutes away. There are lots of on-campus activities all the time. We have a lake, canoes and sailing boats available to rent for free for students.

    Food and Dining

    We have amazing food in here and great variety. There is a sushi bar. There is food places open until two in the morning.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can be a little expensive. First-year students are sometimes very loud and noisy. It can also be fun since everyone is living in the same place.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you are taking, but overall it is very rigorous. First-year courses and general education requirements are not as hard as major courses. There are a lot of tools and resources available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your professors are great if you need help, so look for them if necessary. Share your opinion in class. We have discussion-based classes (since we are a small school). Use your time wisely; there is time for both, fun and work.

    In three sentences

    Rollins is a multicultural school with lots of opportunities. Rollins has a gorgeous campus. Rollins has provided me with the support that I need to be successful.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Rich students, people who want a great education but don't want large classes or don't want to worry about the grade curve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be rich or be intelligent, or at least be Floridian. Try not to be too stuck up please, we're really trying to work on it.

    Bang for the buck

    If you've been given good scholarships and ESPECIALLY if you are a Floridian you can get a VERY favorable deal that rivals or beats many of the public school counterparts.

    Am enjoying being here

    Nice weather, lots of shade trees so not too hot, and the accomodations are constantly in a state of improvement so most problems are mitigated over a year or two from what I've observed.

    Am learning a lot

    It's a great place for an education, great location, the students aren't always engaged but that can REALLY work to your advantage due to already minuscule class sizes taught by intelligent, thought-provoking instructors.

  • 08/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Rollins is Great for Student who like learning at in close-nit setting. the school is small so class sizes are small enabling for more one-on-one attention. Student who enjoy sports such Basketball, Soccer, Tennis and Lacrosse but don't exactly want to play or go to a Division 1 school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early so that you are in the running for all the scholarships before funds run out. Keep track of all needed document and requirements so that your application is not delayed. When you get on campus, study abroad at least 1 semester so that you can see the world form a different perspective. enjoy you time in college.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that the education that you get at Rollins is well worth the money, you are given so may opportunities to expand your horizons. And there is so much aid available to you so it is made affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    If you want to enjoy an AMAZING view, small classes, and great Campus life, then Rollins is the place for you! your professors really care and try to help you succeed. they all keep office hours so that if you need help you can come see them. Rollins has Various events on campus from Volunteer activities to Halloween fairs to end of semester activities such as dayglo or pancakes in the campus center.

    Am learning a lot

    As A double major at Rollins I find It very engaging. In both my music and International Affairs courses I have learned including how my two completely different majors both affect the world.

  • 11/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Rollins is a great place for students who stay on top of their priorities, and plan on consistently going to class. Many professors take attendance, and make note of students who do not show up to class. Also, the professors know you by name, and if you ever need help, or just want to chat, most all of them have their door wide open to all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to all of the schools you have ever considered going to! Even if you aren't sure, just go for it! You will never know if you would have gotten accepted if you don't apply!

    Bang for the buck

    Coming here is a little expensive, but the Financial Aid Department works hard to find scholarships for students! We also have a pretty good meal plan, and things such as laundry are included already!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am best friends with my neighbors in my residence hall, and have made so many friends from my classes!

    Am learning a lot

    So many of my friends laugh at all of the fun random facts I have been learning in my Microbiology course. It goes to show that if students enjoy the learning, they are more prone to sharing it with their friends, who also become more informed!

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety on the campus is relatively efficient. Recently we had a bunch of changes to the way our campus security is handled, but I like the fact that I had the oppurtunity to have a say in our protection.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rollins has so many types of activities and clubs. I honestly cannot put a number on it! The functions are mostly inclusive as well, even with frats and sororities, so it is truly one large community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a few unusual locations, like our dock and our miniature beach. Strong Hall seems like a far way away from other dorms, as well as Sutton. We have our Mowbray Greenhouse Dorm and another one next to McKean Hall. We also have a childcare facility, which many people don't realize exists. As for traditions, we have a few good notable ones. At the beginning of the year, the freshman have a week-long orientation with comedians and even a hypnotist. We have alternative spring breaks to other places for volunteering or other fun places. And finally, we have Fox Day, which is a full day off of all classes, no matter what is scheduled. It goes from around 7a.m.-6p.m, and the reason it starts so early is because our president has to put out a statue of a fox. Only when that statue is out is when it is officially fox day. Some people play Fox Day Roulette, which they don't do their homework and hope for Fox Day in the morning. Sometimes it doesn't work, but that is what makes the event fun!

    Bang for the buck

    It's no rumor that this school is expensive. But it is also true that if they really want you, financial aid will work with you to get here. This school can be a life-changer, if its resources are used correctly. The teachers are connected to the world of any given major due to their experiences, and they are eager to share it with you. The campus is absolutely beautiful, and they have to maintain it. Overall, this campus is not something to take for granted, especially for the money it costs. If the opportunities are used right, it's definitely worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    I think that there are about 5 different things to do on campus daily. As a theater major, I love finding out about events within and outside of our department. With a short drive (from taxi or any transportation) there is a whole downtown area full of nightlife and concerts. There are beach trips, alternative spring breaks, and trips to volunteer in different cities, all mostly paid for. With Park Ave., downtown, and our theme parks and beaches, it is hard to become exceedingly bored.

    Food and Dining

    There are literally different cuisine choices every single day, and uniformity for those who who need it. From salad, to sushi, to soul food nights, the campus center holds variety, which I love. It will get pricey if you have no meal plan, but you also have the choice of finding off-campus food and bringing some from home. Also, there is a C-store right below the campus center, and a Grill that opens up at 8. It is a wonderful place for a midnight snack!

    Dorm Life

    To find the proper dorm, people have to find who they are most comfortable with. There are party dorms, quiet dorms, community dorms, and of course the fraternities/sororities. We even have an apartment complex (which is great with the right people). Of course, there are going to be times when the dorms are not going to be completely clean, but that's a part of the experience, really. I live off campus, so I probably cannot rate this properly. However, I have bunked with enough friends there to know that some dorms are not for me, while others are suited to my tastes. I may sound picky in my response, but picking dorms is really an independent experience. It's also really fun to stay over to the point where people ask if you live there. I think it's a sign that I really have joined a community. And for off campus students, it's not all about bumming around on someone's couch or spare bed. There is an off-campus lounge, and if it is maintained correctly, it becomes much more than just an extra room for particular students.

    Academic Rigor

    In my first days at Rollins, I found out that my RCC (a class every freshman has to take) was equivalent to a sophomore general physics class. I never took physics before that class, and I was sure I was going to fail. However, because of the friends I made and a new study ethic I crafted for myself, I managed to receive a B! These classes are really no joke, the teachers will make you take them seriously. But they are really worth it. I never knew there was so much to being a theater major, but I am enjoying every second. There are of course some fun and interesting classes to take the edge off (such as my class that studied the progression of comic books around the world, just in time for the movies in 2012). Things like yoga, running, tennis, swimming, and even scuba diving are offered for physical enjoyment, and I cannot wait to indulge in that. Rollins has made me even more organized as a person and determined to get things done effectively through their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything (but not at once). There are clubs for anything, from theater to democrats to Quidditch. Every club/fraternity/major has little or big grains of oppurtunity to make it truly exciting. Also, be good to those who clean up your messes. Don't be ashamed to change your major. Don't count yourself out of things because you live off campus, I have had SO much fun in one year and I live 30 minutes away. And finally, never be afraid to explore. Being a Rollins student has so many advantages outside of school as well as inside.

    In three sentences

    The very first thing anyone (including me) notices about the campus is its classic beauty. If you know what major you want to invest in, there are so many experienced and well-connected people to help you through it. Finally, even with the smaller size, it is easy to feel truly included.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Rollins is never about exclusion. It's about collaboration and interaction. How can it not be, with over 140 student organizations and multicultural organizations? For every age, taste, genre, one never gets bored in this College! Where diversity means unity. Did you say International? Yes, you may have heard that Rollins students and teachers come from across the globe, but are you acquainted with the in-depth International Learning Program? Donâ??t hesitate to immerse yourself in these various programs, which allow you explore any part of the world for a semester: living, working in, and studying the culture from countries like China, or Costa Rica!

    Great for these types of students

    Regularly each year, various personalities grace the Halls: whether political activists, musicians of any genre from classical to jazz, poet laureates, Nobel writers, acclaimed playwrights, culture floods in with a capital C. Jean-Michel Cousteau? Check. Marilyn Horne? Check. Billy Collins? Check. And more. An additional morsel to whet your appetite: ever heard of Winter with the Writers? For all you literature fans out there, here'Â?s another impetus to go to Rollins!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day! In the Spring, that phrase is the magic word. The College'Â?s Open SesameÂ? if you will. Fox Day means unexpected cancelled classes for the entire day! After a while at Rollins, everyone knows the meaning of this, and the cute statue the President stows on the lawn for the occasion. Not to mention the ensuing picnics, barbecues, games, and free rides to Disney and Universal!

    What to do for fun

    How many colleges can boast of excellent studies and excellent views? With beautiful ochre colored walls, the various buildings in Rollins are nestled in a comfy, beautiful spot of Winter Park: complete with a lake, where various sports classes such as water-skiing and canoeing take place. A sneak tip: looking for calm and solace to study? Climb to the highest level of the college'Â?s library: and find a panoramic view of the lake, as well as the parasol and table adorned terrace and swimming pool nearby. Culture is far from mute here in this side of Winter Park. Not discounting the Tiffany Museum, the Albin Polasek Museum near the area, in Rollins itself, one can find culture aplenty: the Tiedtke Concert Hall, the Cornell Museum of Art, or the Annie Russell Theater, which will satisfy many arts aficionados!

    Food and Dining

    One is never at a lack of good food and beverages here at Rollins: with the Campus Center containing the C-Store on the first floor, and the Marketplace Grill on the 1st floor, with specials every day of the week, varying from week to week. In addition one can find delicious cakes and coffee/chocolate drinks at Dianne's Cafe!

    Dorm Life

    NA: I am an off-campus student. But from what I've seen, the rooms are small, and the security is not that good.

    Academic Rigor

    Worried about fading in class and reduced to simply taking notes? Never fear here at Rollins. The classes are small, but interactive, with dedicated, mind-stimulating teachers, and the lessons are more often than not discussions. Now here'Â?s a university where fun rhymes with learning! Where every student has a place, a voice, and an opinion.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be animated about what you want and the professors will help you! They will help you and guide you! Be curious and don't be afraid to ask questions, to debate. You have to know where to look and who to look for, for some information but if you persist, you get it.

    In three sentences

    Choose Rollins: where the liberal arts and business can be found in the same place. The sense of community is strong here at Rollins and a perfect complement to the studies done there. To be involved and use mature knowledgeable leadership skills to help the community: such as the upcoming SPARC Day of Community.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus safety guys are great (well, most of them). There are a couple of crabby ones, and you won't like them when they give you a parking ticket (which they will, inevitably, sometime during your time here), but for the most part you can tell they genuinely are concerned about the safety of everyone here. If you are in the parking garage at like 11pm and you don't feel comfortable walking back to your dorm by yourself, they will come get you in their little golf cart or in a truck and drive you to your dorm. You can actually call them whenever you want if you need a ride to somewhere on campus. They are really nice for the most part. I even randomly called them a couple of weeks ago because I was creeped out and thought someone might have followed me back to campus, and I wanted to ask their advice on what I should do. They have our backs!

    Greek Life

    Eh, I'm not one for greek life, but I guess ours is as good as it gets.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so many clubs I could not even tell you how many there are. One that most people find pretty interesting is the laughing club. They literally get together for like 15 minutes every week and just start laughing. People think they're crazy, but I think they might be on to something.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, fun-loving, open-minded, people who want to make a difference, people who love to learn and ask questions, people who have great ideas that they need help executing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Okay, fine, you don't have to look Fox Day up - didn't see this box before. Fox Day happens every year in the spring, usually the first or second week of April. It's when the president picks a random day that is supposed to have beautiful weather, and doesn't tell anyone (literally), and at like 5:30am on that day, he goes out to the lawn and puts this big statue of a fox by the flagpole, and that means that class is canceled for the day! It has become such a huge deal, especially in the past few years. People play Fox Day Roulette weeks before it might happen, people place bets on when they think it will be, people won't do their homework/study for tests that are supposed to be on the day that they think Fox Day will be (which is stupid, btw), etc. And people legit camp out all night on the lawn if they think it's gonna be fox day, and when he finally does bring the fox out, people start running around like crazy at 6 in the morning screaming IT'S FOX DAYYY! and posting facebook statuses and calling their friends to wake them up and make sure they know, and then everyone goes and eats free breakfast in the cafeteria, and then goes and does whatever they want. Beach, Disney World, Universal (we sell discount tickets for all the theme parks), chill on campus by the pool, sleep, or Rollins always has some activities on campus for people who don't want to go anywhere, like slip and slides, giant inflatable twister, and so on. Then everyone comes back to campus by like 5:30 and there's more free food for the fox day barbecue! And then everyone goes and gets ready to come back to the real world for class the next day, cause Fox Day is ALWAYS in the middle of the week. Cruel, I know. But it's our own little holiday, and we get real excited about it.

    Bang for the buck

    Hmm, bang for the buck...let me tell you, it is definitely a lotttt of buck. Probably the most expensive school around here. But Rollins totally takes care of me. They're always giving us free stuff left and right, they feed us good food, we live by a lake, we have FOX DAY (look it up!), and you don't have to pay for your cap and gown when you graduate cause that's like pocket change for Rollins. So if you can get enough financial aid, it's a ton of bang for your buck!

    What to do for fun

    Well, as I have mentioned, most people just head 15 minutes away to downtown Orlando to go to all the clubs (mostly on Wednesday and Thursday). I personally don't really like going out. But there are about a gazillion other things to do here - we're like right next to Orlando, hello. Winter Park is beautiful in itself, especially Park Ave and the little side streets that intersect it. So adorable, great shopping and eating. Orlando pretty much has everything you would ever want to do. And Rollins is located on a lake, and we have a beachside pool. So there's always canoeing, paddleboarding, tanning, water skiing, etc. Also, the closest beach is like max 1.5 hours away, which is not bad at all!

    Food and Dining

    We legit have some of the best food around. Come visit and compare it to other college cafeterias. I had no idea how good we had it here until I went to go visit a friend at her college. Filet mignon, crab cakes, and risotto are common occurrences. And we have a made-to-order sushi bar, complete with really talented Asian sushi chefs. No joke. Not helping the country club stereotype, but I'm not complaining.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not the best, but they are pretty much what you would expect college dorms to be like, honestly. They're actually way nicer than any of the other college dorms that I've seen in Florida. They all have community style bathrooms, which is the biggest complaint for me. I just don't feel at home if I keep having to lug all my stuff to the bathroom all the time. BUT we have one apartment-style dorm, which I lived in this past year, and it was AWESOME. The apartments have 2 double rooms that each get their own bathroom, a huge living room, a balcony, a kitchen, a dining room, and the bigger bedroom has a walk-in closet. Plus, we lived on the end, so our balcony was over-looking the lake. Million-dollar view there, folks.

    Academic Rigor

    The gen eds are pretty easy, and you won't lose any sleep over them if you're an intelligent person. I think the academic rigor of the classes here differs depending on your major. There are a couple majors that are predominantly a joke, and most of the people in them are just in them because they want to maximize their party time. I am a psychology and music double major, and I have to work extremely hard to get A's in my classes. Plus, your education here (and anywhere else, for that matter) is what you make it. You can skate by and just take 12 credits a semester and party all the time, or you can load on the work and the extracurriculars and the jobs, etc. I always have a full class load, plus voice lessons, ensembles, and I just started an independent study for research in psychology that I'm going to be continuing until the end of my time here. Let me just tell you science people - you can't get research experience at other schools like you can here. At big universities, at best you can get a student research ASSISTANT position, which basically means you get to help the professor with research that they're doing - which is freaking awesome, don't get me wrong. But here, you can do whatever you want, and the professors are dying to help you make it happen. Grad schools are going to eat that up. Remember that.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only tip I guess I have for prospective students would be that Rollins is not simply a reflection of the stereotypes it has been given. If you're looking at Rollins at all, I am sure you have heard about our reputation: Rollins isn't a college, it's a country club; everyone is rich and snobby; it's just a party school, etc. You will come to learn in your college search that every school has good and bad stereotypes. Rollins is home to a lot of wealthy people, but it's also home to a lot of people who are not, and wouldn't be here without extensive financial aid (myself included). There are snobby people everywhere you go, just don't surround yourself with them - it's not that hard. And if you ask me, every school in America is a party school depending on who you hang out with. I know people who go out every night, and I know people who never go out. Rollins is super diverse - so my final word to any prospective student is just to come and visit, make your own judgments about it, talk to the students who actually work hard here. If you're looking to come here just for a good time and no work, you're coming to the wrong place. You'll have plenty of fun, but you won't last longer than a year without busting your butt in your classes. Just saying. PS, we are the best school around if you want to study abroad. Check it out.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 62

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    Campus Safety

    We might be a very small school, but campus security takes their job very seriously. I never feel unsafe while on campus and I know that if I don't want to walk across campus at night by myself back to my dorm, I can call campo and they'll escort me there.

    Greek Life

    While I'm not part of Greek life, I do know a bit about it. Rush isn't done until the spring semester and there's no hazing. You can still have a social life if you don't join a sorority or fraternity, and there's presence on campus isn't obnoxious like at some other schools I've visited.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone. From serious academic clubs to athletic clubs to political organizations, there's just about everything. There's even Quidditch and, from what I hear, they're starting up the Laughing Club again (they meet at designated times and literally just laugh about nothing for a few minutes).

    Great for these types of students

    I'd like to think that Rollins is great for any time of student. If you want a large school with most classes in large lecture halls where professors will most likely never know you by name, then Rollins isn't for you. Otherwise, come on down for a visit and see for yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day! During the spring semester, a day is chosen (the students won't know until the day arrives). On this day, a statue of a fox is rolled onto Mills Lawn at about 5 in the morning and classes are cancelled for the day. There's also a huge cookout and generally just a bunch of fun stuff. A great Rollins tradition!

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins has one of the highest tuition rates in the country, but the level of education, experiences provided and the generosity of the college with their scholarship money make it worth the price tag.

    What to do for fun

    It's fun to attend plays and other events on campus. When there's not much going on, however, there's plenty to do in the area. Because Winter Park is basically in Orlando's backyard, there are tons of places to go within a reasonable driving distance.

    Food and Dining

    I LOVE the food at Rollins. There's tons of options and I never feel like I have to resort to unhealthy options because there's nothing else I want to eat. Also, if you don't feel like dining on campus, there's Park Ave right off of campus with tons of great dining options.

    Dorm Life

    I like my dorm, but as with most schools, there's a few really obnoxious people that can take away from the experience. I also live on one of the nicest dorms on campus (Ward Hall).

    Academic Rigor

    At Rollins, I always feel challenged in the classroom but never pushed to the brink of my sanity. There's good balance in most everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    While Rollins is sometimes called the Harvard of the South, it doesn't mean we lack personality. My essay for Rollins was humorous and far from dry like the essays that so many of my friends were writing. Good grades and scores are important but are also not everything; I think they'd like to see long-term commitment to an extracurricular or two. If you visit the campus, ask good questions and be polite, but don't be one of those kids who thinks that sucking up to the tour guide will improve your chances of getting in if you haven't already.

    In three sentences

    I feel I made a great choice in picking Rollins College. I'm treated as a person, not a number, and amazing one-on-one interactions with professors. I'm proud to be a Tar (even though most people have to Google what a Tar is : )

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 62

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    Campus Safety

    ALWAYS around and willing to give you escorts to wherever you are going whenever needed.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Rollins is extremely inclusive, does NOT haze (do not believe everything you hear), and is very welcoming to the overall college community. They host a variety of events, parties, service events, and overall are very campus and service oriented.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 140 student organizations on campus and each provide different wonderful services for students

    Great for these types of students

    Rollins is an extremely diverse campus with a multitude of student types and to fit everyone's different needs/desires/passions, there are over 140 student organizations that one can join as an undergraduate student :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day - Spring Semester. Classes Cancelled. Day of Fun. Enough Said. Jumping/Being thrown in Lake Virginia on your birthday - at least once before you graduate (be prepared, it will happen to you at least once)

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins offers so many opportunities and things for the students it is definitely worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much for students to do on campus because different student organizations host events almost on a daily basis (usually notified through Facebook or the daily email). In addition, Park Avenue is wonderful to walk around and Winter Park Village is about a mile up the road (there is a complementary shuttle that runs on Friday evenings to and from the WPV). Also, there is something to do downtown if that is what excites you, Jay Gatsby and Mitch Buchannon are the wonderful Rollins (anonymous students) party planners.

    Food and Dining

    There is only one option for the meal plan so hopefully you like to eat. The main dining hall has interesting, different options each evening however, there are other eating locations on campus in addition to Dominos and Park Avenue Pizza delivering to campus using your meal plan money.

    Dorm Life

    Adjusting to sharing a living space with someone can be difficult but the summer before your freshman year begins, Rollins sends a housing packet for you to fill out with your individual lifestyle preferences. There is no grey areas with most of the questions so be sure to fill them out to the best of your abilities about which thing you prefer (studying at night or day, etc.). Once on campus, there will be amazing activities that your RA hosts, GO TO THEM. They're great community builders and a lot of fun usually with a lot of free things :). Be prepared for loud noises in the hallways, especially on Fox Day ;)

    Academic Rigor

    Since Rollins is a liberal arts college, as a student, you will take courses in all fields in order to obtain a well-rounded education while fulfilling your electives and general education requirements to graduate. Also, class sizes are small and most professors are very discussion oriented so be sure to stay on top of readings and assignments in order to actively participate and receive a good grade in the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Bring shower shoes because the showers are communal in most underclassmen dorms - Do not get overwhelmed by the social scene on the weekends and evenings there will be plenty of Jay Gatsby and Mitch Buchannon parties throughout your time here - Ask for help if you need it, Rollins offers a variety of free services for students in order that they succeed - Do NOT believe everything you read on Rollins Confessions/College Confessions, most of that is extremely untrue - Small class sizes = professors know if you didn't do the reading/assignment

    In three sentences

    - Rollins has a beautiful campus with multiple spots to relax and do homework or hang out with friends while also accessing wifi (even in the middle of the lawn). - The faculty and staff have a genuine care about your well-being and will go out of their way to make sure that their students are succeeding. - The variety of classes offered to undergraduate students include a variety of interests in order that students enjoy their classes while fulfilling the general education requirements.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, dedicated, innovative, and fun loving!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep track of who you are! This goes for any college, you don't want to loose yourself in the crowd, even if the crowd is less than 1,000 people

    Bang for the buck

    You get so much for what you pay for at Rollins. The food is great, the faculty student ratio is like 10 to 1, and the amenities and support are top notch!

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life is very big at Rollins. Though it is intimidating at first, there are ways to have the full college experience at Rollins without going out every night or spending tons of money. The community is loving and full of trust. Much like high school, you do start to really know every student.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot from my experiences at Rollins. While it is an expensive school, I have received so much more than the ticket price. I have become a better leader through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, Rollins Office of Residential Life, and through being a founding member of Delta Zeta's Pi Theta chapter. There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities, and the faculty and staff actually CARES about you, your experiences, and how to make them better in every way. College is about discovery, and I have certainly discovered who I really am.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rollins is great for students who like to participate in class and do well in small institutions. Rollins is also great for athletes and those who are interested in greek life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should visit campus and apply early.

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins can be very expensive without scholarships or Financial Aid, however; it is a ranked school and students receive a great education where the staff truly cares about their students' success.

    Am enjoying being here

    Rollins is a beautiful campus that feels like paradise. Its small enough so it is easy to get around but large enough so it's not crowded. Students make many friends. Because of the small class size, students get to know their classmates very well. The student population is about 1800 so everyone gets to know everyone pretty well. The dorms are for the most part nice and safe. The campus food is good too. There are many events on campus that are open to all students which are a great way to have fun with friends and to meet new people.

    Am learning a lot

    Rollins is a Liberal Arts school that offers a wide variety of classes that may spark a student's interest. There are many general education requirements which helps students to become well rounded and makes students knowledgeable about subjects beyond their major. Most classes are discussion based and are interactive rather than having long lectures where only the professor speaks. Professors are generally opened to all different opinions and enjoy class discussions and debates on a topic. Small class room sizes also help learning because you become close with your professors and other students in your classes. This encourages study groups and allows students to not be nervous to ask questions or speak in class. Professors are also very approachable outside of class for questions or help with projects.

  • 12/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Music Majors COME! Trust me its definitely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to come and make friends. If you have questions ask, and most of all be yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of times people only see the Arts and Sciences program which is no problem but people need to know about the Holt program as well. The Holt program is pretty much the Valencia of Rollins. Bang for the buck and yet you still get the same education as everyone else.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is friendly! No Complains. Most definitely new experiences are being created everyday!

    Am learning a lot

    What Can I say these teachers love their job! I've learned so much more this semester than anything I've learned before. As a music major compassion for the art is more than enough here.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    amazing, and everyone is helpful, even if you just need directions to a class.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    academically strong, or arts inclined.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    fox day! each year in spring the students get one free day off of any classes they may have. it's a different day every year, so we're always surprised!

    Bang for the buck

    i love my college. i've always had a dream of going here and it's certainly lived up to all i had imaged it would be. the professors, classmates, and environment is everything i would look for in a college.

    What to do for fun

    on campus you can go for walks, go to the library, visit the boat house or pool, or go to the gym. if you walk just outside of the campus, the entire winter park area is open to you, including park avenue which is perfect for shopping or a day in the park.

    Food and Dining

    at times it can be pricey, but the location of the cafeteria and any surrounding snack locations are perfect. food is just around the corner when you need something to snack on.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live on campus but i've seen the dorms and they are well furnished and look like they would be nice to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    this is a challenging college, pushing you to your best. the professors are there every step of the way.

    In three sentences

    the professors are knowledgeable and eager to help the students learn. the hamilton holt section of rollins college is spectacular and has been a joy to be a part of. classrooms are generally easy to find and the campus is beautiful.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    rollins is the most expensive school in central florida, but yes, definitely worth every penny. rollins college on your resume makes a statement. it says that you worked hard, studied hard, and now you are ready for the work place.

    Food and Dining

    rollins has an excellent assortment of food in their dining hall. the prices are fair and the options are plentiful. the dining hours are convenient for the late night studiers!

    Dorm Life

    unfortunately, i do not have any experience with the dorm life. the other students that i have spoken with who live on campus really enjoy it and speak highly of the rollins dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    i have never experienced such a challenging school environment. the professors in the mba program expect much out of their students. they are demanding yet helpful at the same time. my professors have set me up to succeed while teaching more than just text book answers. i am getting book knowledge but also learning how teamwork, leadership skills, and managerial know-how.

    In three sentences

    rollins college is a stellar school, and i am proud to be a student there. the professors are outstanding. the education is far superior to any other school i have attended.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus security is always on call. there is rarely crime on campus, very safe!

    Greek Life

    many students participate in greek life!

    Clubs and Activities

    there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    focused students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    fox day is the funnest tradition!

    Bang for the buck

    a bit pricey.

    What to do for fun

    go to the beach, wakeboard, ride your bike, visit orlando's nightlife. so much to do!

    Food and Dining

    the food is awesome!

    Dorm Life

    fun!

    Academic Rigor

    very intensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard, and communicate with your teachers.

    In three sentences

    rollins is an intensive school that values small class sizes. students are able to develop a relationship with their professor, and gain hands on experience. many opportunities are available for students.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 62

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    Campus Safety

    Campo is on top of everything. They're always around, calling out hi and being friendly, knowing you by name and face, and are always there if you need a ride. There's very little crime which is surprising for an open campus, but not unexpected. I feel safe walking across campus alone at night, which is more than you can say for others.

    Greek Life

    There's a definite Greek life here, but its not overpowering. Greek and non-greek mesh well. Everyone comes to LipSync, where mostly Greek houses compete in a dance and lip syncing competition, which is great fun. Rush happens in the spring, to let you get a feel of campus and the fraternities and sororities before you pledge.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of different activities--Rock climbing club, horseback riding, outdoor club, anime club, poetry club, SGA, JUMP, Latin American Association, etc. You can find something for you. And you can create a club as well. The Rock Climbing Club was founded only 3 years ago and already has funding, activities, competitions, and has placed Rollins #3 of all the Florida schools for Rock Climbing.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of students, really. There's such a variety. Sure, there are mostly rich tanned white kids here, but a lot of the population come here on scholarships, the people are insanely smart, and you can see on the ceiling of the cafeteria the flag of every student's nationality who has ever came to Rollins, from America to Japan to Belize to Australia.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day is one day in March or April when the President (P-Dunc) wakes up at 5 or 6 am, puts the statue of the Fox on Mills Lawn and all classes are cancelled for that day. Students go to the beach, to theme parks, and just relax, then come back to school for a huge bbq on the lawn.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a fantastic school, but sometimes seems a little expensive for what you're getting. Dorms are mulah, tuition is mulah, the required on-campus living and meal plan for the underclassmen can be more than some are willing to pay--but the Rollins Grant and financial aid help with that greatly.

    What to do for fun

    Park Avenue is your ritzy shopping/dining area, just off campus. There's always SGA activities going on, a Rollins Trolly to take you to Winter Park Square by the movie theatre, and Downtown Orlando is a few minutes away for the nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    Fantastic the first two weeks, then becomes good, but there's always variety.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm has a reputation, but you'll always find friends because you live near the people you go to class with.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard and you'll go far. Teachers are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick a school that you'd love to spend time in, with the programs you want to study.

    In three sentences

    Gorgeous campus, knowledgeable professors, small classrooms. We have top notch speakers, great programs, sunny weather.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The school is located in winter park, there is a lot of small boutiques in the area, and its close to downtown Orlando for the nightlife.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and try to get a scholarship.

    In three sentences

    An amazing campus, strong study abroad program.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 62

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is pretty good, mostly if something happens like theft it's because of the student's own foolishness like leaving a door unlocked. If you need a ride somewhere (say from your class to the parking garage because it's dark out) they will come pick you up in their golf cart and drive you there. Winter Park is also really good with Rollins students and the surrounding area.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of greek life, but I do know some girls and guys that are a part of sorority and frat life and they are all nice, not the typical stereotype like i thought it would be. There is absolutely no hazing allowed for any greek life, sport team, or club.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and sports, it's just like any other big university. Most recently we have added a Quidditch team and a laughing club. The thing is, if we don't have it, you can create it.

    Great for these types of students

    There is just about every stereotype at this school. For example, the lax bros, the sorority and frat guys, the athletes, the valedictorian, the Einstein, the actress, the artist... There are many different types of student but as long as you are serious about your studies you will fit in with anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year in the spring President Duncan places a statue of a fox in the courtyard and that means it's FOX DAY! Fox Day is the most anticipated holiday, and is a huge event. It has been going on for years and it is a day were all classes are cancelled and you have a day of fun! This year there were many fun things to do on campus but mostly everyone just goes to the beach.

    Bang for the buck

    Although expensive I definitely think it is worth it. Many students do get some sort of academic scholarship or sports scholarship.

    What to do for fun

    Rollins is right on Park Avenue which is a great place for shopping and eating. Also downtown Orlando is about a 10 minute drive and there is so much to do in downtown Orlando. See a Magic game, go clubbing, see a play at the Bob Carr, many restaurants, and the courthouse is right there if you want to see trials open to the public. Also in Orlando there is Disney, Universal, Sea World and so much more. If you want to stay on campus, Rollins is located on Lake Virginia and you can rent out a sail boat, paddle board, or canoe. Also there is a nice gym with just about everything you need with many intramural sports and Zumba or yoga classes. You can go see a play at the Annie Russel or Rollins Improv in the Fred Stone theater and often there are movie nights on Mills Lawn.

    Food and Dining

    The food in my opinion is excellent. They have just about everything you need; vegetarian/vegan, gluten free, salad bars, pizza, and much much more. And they also cook it right in front of you so you know it's fresh. You use a meal plan card called your R-card and that card acts as a key to your room, as a credit card, and multiple other uses.

    Dorm Life

    I personally live off campus, but I have been in a majority of the dorms. Most are nice. There are freshmen dorms and then upper classmen dorms and I think they are all presentable and livable.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the classes at Rollins are harder, more in depth, and more beneficial for real-world uses. Yes, the classes are challenging, but the good thing about Rollins is that the average classroom size is around 12 (mind you freshmen gen-eds usually have more that that, about 20) but the professors know your names and they talk to the students one on one. There are no TA's and they always have office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go big or go home! Don't be afraid to apply to Rollins! Don't just focus on GPA, Rollins looks at everything, volunteering, extra curricular, and more. Don't be fooled by the rich kid stereotype, because I have seen just about every different type of person you could think of. There are athletes, academic geniuses, and of course there are some students that could actually afford to go to school without any financial aid. Just about everyone at Rollins can find some sort of financial aid if you need it.

    In three sentences

    I have lived in Florida my whole life and almost everyone I know either goes to FSU, UF, or UCF. I didn't want to go to a big school, I wanted a small school that could take care of my needs; Rollins does that. They have almost everything you will find at bigger universities, but here at Rollins the faculty and staff really care about you, and even know your name!

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Foxday - annual tradition in which the president presents a stone fox on tars plaza at 5 am. This means that class for the day is cancelled for day A & S students. No tests, quizzes, speeches, or anything it's all cancelled. It's a fun day of sun, tanning, sometimes the beach or Disney/Islands of Adventure, free food, fun on the lake and school and community bonding. Its been a tradition since 1929!

    What to do for fun

    Park Avenue is right next to campus downtown orlando - only 10 minutes away! clubs 18 + to get in 21+ to drink disney world/seaworld/islands of adventure etc. - 25 min away always on campus activities like dayglo, concerts, Foxday, pool parties pool - tanning the lake - paddleboarding, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding beach - coco is like 45 minutes away + lots more

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest some key things: - ask questions! such a small classes allow for lots of discussion and debate which helps all the students learn so much more! -time management the time in between class is precious so use it wisely, so at night your not overwhelmed -use professor office hours! they are easily available and always willing to help so go to them and don't wait until its too late! -USE TJ's! its an awesome resource that helps students with homework, studying, and every step of a paper (planning, organization, drafts, and revision). -utilize the c store

    In three sentences

    Rollins is amazing small private institute of higher learning that stresses the importance of global citizenship, diversity, leadership, community service among many other values. Rollins also offers countless opportunities to study abroad, join the over 140 organizations, start your own organization, attend field studies, go to leadership conferences, etc.. Rollins prides itself on being committed to student success and happiness. They offer on campus jobs, a tutoring center with tutors and writing consultants, a 24 hour library, multiple food locations on campus, small classes (avg. 17) in order to maximize discussion and individualized attention, in addition to overall student, faculty and administrative collaboration. I love Rollins and this school is so amazing with so many opportunities and I would never go anywhere else.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty lazy most of the time, and they are not very approachable. For the most part they help students, but they usually are grumbling the whole time. There was 1 incident this past year of a gunman on campus, and we were not notified until he had already been caught. This makes me question what they actually do with their time.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prominent on campus. There are 5 fraternities and 7 sororities. Personally I was not interested in Greek Life when I first got there, but after going through formal recruitment I found some of the best guys I could hope to meet. These organizations put on activities around campus very often. Many times the fraternities support the sororities in their activities and the same the other way around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are at least a hundred clubs on campus as well as Fraternities and Sororities. These organizations have activities almost every day. One time I came back from my fraternity's formal to find a music festival going on in the middle of campus. The next day there was a choir concert in Tiedke hall.

    Great for these types of students

    Students here can be snobby, but there are many honest, down to earth people such as myself. I have only been on campus for one year, but I've already made life long friends with some people. Anybody can fit in here, they just need to know where to look.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus we have several pancake flips in which they fling pancakes in the air for people to catch on plates (or their faces). Every spring we enjoy Fox Day, a random day in which all classes are canceled and students are let out to take a break, enjoy the beach or campus activities, and generally not do class work. Those are just a few of our traditions. One thing I personally enjoy doing on campus is late at night I like to walk under the cypress trees outside of McKean hall. The orange light from the street lights casts the most amazing shadows through the canopy.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is beautiful, the classes are amazing, the food isn't too bad, and the dorms are usually very nice. Still I have to say that $50,000 is quite a lot of money, especially for someone in my economic standing. It is difficult to handle, but I feel like this is my home now.

    What to do for fun

    Any given day there is some group of people doing something on Mill's Lawn. Maybe some of the guys are playing football or soccer. A few girls could be having a picnic. There is of course a high amount of night life downtown, but there are things to do at night on campus as well. On weekends students can rent out boats from the boathouse and go sailing or canoeing

    Food and Dining

    The food is probably my biggest complaint (besides the cost of tuition). They are usually very good during the week, but the weekends there is hardly anything to eat. The food in the campus store is way over priced. Still with the over priced food I cannot go through my entire meal plan either. When there is food it is very good though. There is definitely a variety, while keeping those safe foods like grilled chicken just in case.

    Dorm Life

    Most of my friends are from my dorm. They become your family and you wish every day over the summer that you were back. Keeping this in mind, as like all families they drive you up the wall at times.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are going to make you work, but generally they are willing to work with you to make sure that you are understanding the material. Every professor that i have met just wants one student to be genuinely interested in their class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your work done before you do anything else. The social life is tempting but can really hurt your academics. There are many professionals on campus to help you in your academic goals. Utilize them to their fullest.

    In three sentences

    The very first feeling when stepping onto the campus is that of a Spanish villa, secluded from the rest of the world. The professors usually are very understanding; they just want their students to learn. Getting work done can be difficult with all of the social distractions at your fingertips.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Winter Park is full of recreational activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the beautiful campus before applying.

    In three sentences

    Rollins College offers a fantastic liberal studies program. They cater to each student's individual needs. And, they provide a quality educational experience.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rollins College feels like a very safe campus. You can always find a campus security golf cart riding around. The surrounding area of Winter Park also has a strong police presence.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day is a yearly tradition where the president cancels classes in the wee hours of the morning. During the middle of spring semester, students spend their days wishing for Fox Day. It used to be that the were shuttles to take students to the beach, but unfortunately this has since changed. However, the administration has tried to offer just-as-fun alternatives, and it is still a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins does offer a good bit of financial aid/scholarships to those who qualify. There is also a good chance you can find a work-study or other position on campus.

    What to do for fun

    One of the best and most popular activities is going to the Rollins pool. You can grab a sandwich at the C-store, lay out in the sun, and relax. There are also tennis and volleyball courts which are fun. Park Ave is a great place to go for a walk, shop, and people watch.

    Food and Dining

    The best part of eating on campus is the fast, to-go options at Diane's, CSS, and the Bookmark Cafe. You can grab a coffee and a bagel when you only have 10 minutes before class starts. The only downsides are the random hours and the costly prices. Dave's Down Under is a great place to go late night to eat and see friends. The dining hall has some good meal options, but it can get boring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of the great parts about a freshman. Each freshman dorm houses an unique group of students, and it is fun to explore them all. Frat parties are fun, when they exist. Campus security keeps a pretty tight watch.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the student's major. As a student, you will learn the classes that are a breeze and the ones that will challenge you. The science majors in particular are full of intelligent, hardworking students, but you can find these types in any major. In your four years, you'll find that college is what you make it. You can challenge yourself by taking harder classes or you can slide under the radar in the easier classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop relationships with your professors! It will open a world of opportunities.

    In three sentences

    What makes Rollins a great academic experience is the dedication of the professors and the small class sizes. Even for a small school, there is a nice variety of classes you can choose to complete your liberal arts degree. It doesn't hurt that the weather, campus, and surrounding area are all beautiful.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I will find out when I get there this Fall

    Dorm Life

    I do not know about Dorm life because I have never lived on the campus

    Academic Rigor

    This is a prestigious college especially their M.B.A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU CAN. Use ALL YOUR RESOURCES PROVIDED ON ANY COLLEGE CAMPUS. GET INVOLVED AND STAY INVOLVED

    In three sentences

    Rollins College is extremely helpful. Ms. Rebecca Cordray has to be one of the most pleasant people I have run into in the Customer Service field. She is always available to answer any question I had and made me feel as if I was the ONLY student calling for information about the college.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They provide phone and email notifications when anything needs to be communicated regarding safety. Additionally, there are call boxes throughout campus for students to use for emergencies.

    Greek Life

    Seems to be ample although I'm not really familiar.

    Clubs and Activities

    As far as I know, there are multiple things to be involved in. As a grad student, I haven't really had the chance to do these since I work full time.

    Great for these types of students

    All types - but particularly serious students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day. The students get a free day off from campus classes one day in the Spring. They wait to find the small statue of a fox in the center of the main lawn to know when it's happening - then they usually all go to the beach.

    Bang for the buck

    I love this school and would suggest it to anyone.

    What to do for fun

    Attend any one of the daily events on campus (they put out a daily email to all students with campus events) as well as clubs, sports, and organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Very nice dining room with multiple choices as well as various snack bars located throughout campus for student convenience.

    Dorm Life

    I really don't know much about this but the areas I've seen are well kept and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Most certainly a serious academic environment with lots of support.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a Masters student but also a public school teacher. I have referred many of my students to Rollins for their undergrad work and always suggest that they realize that it is a serious venture. They need to remain competitive and take advantage of such a wonderful experience as they could have at Rollins.

    In three sentences

    Highly focused on increasing student knowledge. Phenomenal professors who are friendly and accomplished. Beautiful campus and wonderful resources available for academics.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always open to answer any questions, direct you to any building, and you can call any time to have them pick you up and escort you around campus - this is particularly useful for students on crutches.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student organizations like the Rotaract Club provide scholarship opportunities. There are ethnic clubs for just about every type of ethnicity. Student discounts are available when applying for associations through Rollins College. Net Impact is a great club that promotes supporting the environmental for businesses.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Student evaluations are taken into consideration when evaluating the professors at each semester's end.

    Bang for the buck

    Countless opportunities and support are available to ensure each student reaches the career of his or her dream.

    What to do for fun

    Park Avenue is filled with countless restaurants and shops, and it is just across the street in walking distance.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe by the Crummer building has a fantastic selection of quick-to-order, delicious food - particularly the egg sandwich with bacon and cheese.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, and the dorms are great.

    Academic Rigor

    Rollins College provides rigorous challenges necessary to achieving the career of your dreams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply, Apply, Apply! Always ask for help - Every member of the Rollins College faculty and staff wants to ensure you take advantage of every opportunity within your area of interest to ensure you find the career of your dreams.

    In three sentences

    Rollins College truly cares about students and their education by providing an unparalleled educational program, along with an endless amount of opportunities and support. Rollins College only employs professors and staff that truly make a difference in the life of each and every student, as is reflected by the value placed on student evaluations and the genuine courtesy shown by all faculty and staff. I only hope that one day I will be able to reciprocate to Rollins College the many opportunities it has has bestowed upon me, leaving behind a footprint that will contribute to its continuous improvement.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is really good. They're not only efficient but they're also really friendly and respond to any situation in a matter of seconds.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life here is pretty good. Even if you don't pledge to a fraternity or a sorority, they still hold a lot of activities that all Rollins students can join.

    Clubs and Activities

    The sheer amount of clubs they have at Rollins is staggering. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and The Rollins Improvosional Players are a few my favorites.

    Great for these types of students

    Rollins is a small school; it's great for those who want to take more discussion-based classes. The diversity and involvement with the Rollins community is good as well. The courses that are offered are perfect for anyone interested in any of the liberal arts.

    What to do for fun

    Rollins holds events like GloDay and Fox Day, the day in spring that all classes are cancelled and buses are accessible that go to Universal Studios and Disney. On the campus itself, you can rent boats and sail on the lake.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the Cornell Campus Center is really good; they even have vegetarian and vegan choices for those inclined. At times, the food does become repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Even if you're an off campus student (like myself), there are still plenty of things to do between classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in attending this school, it'd be helpful to take a walk around campus to get the feel of Rollins. Asking questions about scholarships and financial aid help too; everyone here is friendly!

    In three sentences

    The professors here are very easy to talk to and to reach, even outside of office hours. Class subjects here are diverse and interesting to take-right now I'm taking sailing and canoeing as a physical education requirement! There are so many different groups and activities to do to keep students involved as well.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are these call-box things all over campus, if you need help you just go push a button.

    What to do for fun

    They have all kinds of activities: comedy shows, sports games, concerts, famous people visiting, etc. Also, Rollins is on Park Avenue! Tons of fun things to do there.

    Food and Dining

    I have eaten at Rollins- delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Once again, my answer is based on what I've heard/seen. I have never lived on campus and will be living off campus for the rest of my schooling.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't attended yet, so my answer is based on what I've heard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for every scholarship under the sun. Participate in as many activities as possible. Try to study abroad.

    In three sentences

    Rollins College holds a great atmosphere of community. The campus is beautiful. The opportunities at Rollins seem limitless.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is extermely dedicated to the needs of the students and keep constant watch and protection.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and Fraternities are very well known through out the campus and host many functions.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for just about all interests and it is very easy to start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can find thier place at Rollins through the many chances for interactions with other students and class experiences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day is a random day each year when all classes are canceled and a gathering is held at the school.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive, but the price is worth it for the amazing classes and campus experience.

    What to do for fun

    Park Avenue has a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and parks.

    Food and Dining

    Food is very good and prepared well in the campus center cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, but the dorms are beautiful and safe for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very challenging and enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy Books ahead of time. Always stay focused in class. Never turn in work late.

    In three sentences

    Very well rounded class experience and campus life. Large variety of majors and minors. A bit overpriced for tuition, books, and other expenses.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security officers take their jobs very seriously, the campus is constantly patrolled and all students feel extremely safe on campus as well as in the surrounding community.

    Greek Life

    Many kids are a part of greek life. It's a great way to get involved and meet more people.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs to choose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox day: One day the president of the school places a statue of a fox on the center lawn and classes are canceled for the entire day, there is a huge barbecue and students can go to disney, universal, or sea-world if they wish to.

    Bang for the buck

    Visit the campus and I can assure you that you will want to attend.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of parties as well as clubs in the downtown Orlando area(if that's your thing)

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious from any of the dining services offered on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, everyone is friendly and the rooms are quite nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't slack and show up to class. Attendance is of the utmost importance here at Rollins.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in as many clubs as you can, rush for a fraternity and go out and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Rollins College has an active, exciting and intellectual environment that is like no other. It is undoubtably one of the best places to learn how to strive in the world of adulthood.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here, and I'm paranoid! Lights on at night, kids around, security visible. Not just anyone can get in dorms.

    Greek Life

    Its here, but its your choice. Not overpowering, and different fraternities and sororities for different interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    PLENTY. We had a club fair at beginning of year. Sooo many choices. There is always something going on. literally not enough time in day, and they are all fun, clean, great activities you would want your kid involved in!

    Great for these types of students

    All types here. International kids, athletes, brainiacs. Everyone really nice to each other.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When the Fox appears on the lawn we have an surprise day off!

    Bang for the buck

    Beautiful here, its sunny, friendly, professors giving me a top quality education. Could not be happier. Worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Right on campus is an Olympic sized pool where kids can socialize! 85 and sunny every day here. Cute little town across street with shops, restauarnts, movies. Bus trips to Wet n Wild, Disney, Universal Studios. Still ahven't had time to expore everything.

    Food and Dining

    Great, and you can order out pizza on your meal plan!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are better than avergae, not over crowded. Clean an new. You are grouped with similar kids so you feel confortable. Great deal of support from RA's, lots of dorm acitivites.

    Academic Rigor

    I have to study quite a bit. Dont be fooled, this school is NOT a cake walk, BUT you have all the help you need to succeed here. I came from a top prep school, and I am learning a great deal. My classes are small, tutors are available, and I have all the support I could need. You will not get lost here.

    Tips for prospective students

    In spite of what you hear, it is NOT a party school. Its a top rate school and there is no way you could party and survive here. Visit, attend classes and take in the atmosphere. Kids have a great time in the warm weather, but are well dressed, well mannered, and focused! The kids here are not jerks.

    In three sentences

    Rollins is a great small school with top quality professors in a great little college town. I could not be happier with my choice of schools. I am valued as an individual here; not to mention 85 degrees and sunny with a great pool!

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day is a tradition in the spring semester where the entire school gets the day off. The president places a fox statue in the main part of campus signifying classes are cancelled for the day and there are shuttles to Disney and Universal. At the end of the day, everyone returns to campus and there is a campus wide barbeque.

    What to do for fun

    Disney and Universal Studios is only about 20 minutes away and there is a shopping/dining street right across the road from campus that many students take advantage about.

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent but can be expensive. On the weekends the options are cut down than during the week but there are still plenty of choices. Bagel bar on Sunday's is typically a hit with students.

    Dorm Life

    Can get noisy during the evening but overall good experience. Rooms are reasonably sized and halls/bathroom are typically clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends really on each class and background from high school. Some classes are more difficult than others, as expected, but none are unbearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for best chances with scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Rollins has small class sizes which makes learning much easier. The professors are very accessible and are willing to help in any way they can. The campus is in a great location in Winter Park, Florida.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are helpful and friendly!

    Greek Life

    I'm in a sorority and I love it :)

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something to do!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to stand out and be leaders. Classes are pretty small, so blending in is hard!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day!! Every year between spring break and finals the college president puts a statue of a fox on the lawn and that means classes are canceled for the day and everyone goes to the beach :)

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins is expensive, but they offer lots of scholarship money and it's totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much! Rollins is on a lake, so there's sailing, canoeing, swimming, water skiing, and other water activities. There's tons of clubs and organizations and fraternities and sororities. There is always something going on to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    Our food in infinitely better than other schools.

    Dorm Life

    There are several types of on campus housing for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are definitely easy, but upper level courses can get pretty challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for lots of service and community involvement. Be yourself!

    In three sentences

    A lot of Rollins students definitely ascribe to a certain aesthetic and lifestyle, but if you are willing to look past that, there are so many diverse people here. The classes, professors and campus life are awesome.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always a security guard willing to escort you to the parking garage or around campus if needed. They are very nice!

    Greek Life

    I don't know too much about Greek Life, although the Greeks do seem to be nice and welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of activities to choose from, both academic and fun-based.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated and driven students should definitely consider Rollins College as a choice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FoxDay is an unusual tradition upheld by the President of Rollins College where a Fox statue is placed on the main lawn and classes are canceled.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition is a bit high for a private institution, but the professors are definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of stores around campus to shop at as well as nightlife nearby in downtown Orlando.

    Food and Dining

    The taste and variety of food is great! The dining hall offers different options everyday at affordable prices. The average plate of heaping food is $8.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Rollins College are clean and spacious. There are several dorm styles and options to choose from, but all are great.

    Academic Rigor

    You are definitely pushed academically in your courses, but the load is not unbearable. You are expected to perform both in and out of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a campus tour! Talk to the faculty on campus and ask for advisement prior to acceptance. It will make the transition much smoother.

    In three sentences

    Rollins College is a prestigious institution with prolific professors and a beautiful campus. It has a well-versed student body and should be considered for its value and opportunities.

  • 12/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always a phone call away. If you do not feel safe walking home, just call camp o and they will be more than happy to give anyone a ride

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure to come with plenty of extra money. The education is worth every penny

    What to do for fun

    Park avenue, farmers markets were my favorite. There are always parties going on in houses on holt. Also, there are always themed parties planned downtown which is a 10 min taxi drive

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious and high class if you compare it to any other schools. It gets old after a while

    Academic Rigor

    I have pulled many all-nighters studying but it is college. You can not expect anything less

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want to be at a small school. One of my smallest classes had 8 in it. Also, if you are not rich or intelligent, or don't own the newest clothes or pair of Jack Rogers, do not worry about it. You will still fit in and there are many scholarships to apply for.

    In three sentences

    Rollins has been such an amazing experience for me! I have really enjoyed all my professors and classes. If you want a small school where you see everyone and make really close relationships, rollins is right for you.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types, unless you want a big college atmosphere. We only have around 2,000 students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day is a day in Spring where the President of the college brings out a fox statue early in the morning, signifying that there will be no classes or homework that day. There are discounted tickets for Disney and Universal, as well as free buses to the parks and buses to the beach too.

    Bang for the buck

    As I said before, most students are on a scholarship, so I would definitely say it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Rollins is right on Park Avenue, a central shopping district for Winter Park. There is a wide range of food options down Park as well as several shops. At the end of Park there is the Morse Museum which houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world. On Saturdays there is a farmers' market and there are often art fairs in the park. Rollins is also only about 10 minutes away from downtown Orlando and all it has to offer, as well as being only a half hour drive from Disney, Universal, Sea World and many outlet malls.

    Food and Dining

    I won't lie, the food is expensive, but it is definitely affordable with meal plan. We get delicious gourmet food for pretty much every meal in the campus center. For breakfast there is an omelet station. For lunch sometimes we have filet mignon! Plus for international education week there are themed lunches and dinners from different countries. If you don't want to eat in the campus center, downstairs is the C store and the grille which offer sandwiches and chicken tenders. There are also several cafes on campus if you don't feel like venturing away from classes just for a coffee.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in the dorms throughout my stay here and I've loved every minute of it. You are provided many programs by your RAs that are fun and help you get to know the people you are living with. Each dorm has its own personality, as you will find.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class I have taken has required me to work at my full potential. The teachers push you, but they also help you through the class if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most people at Rollins are awarded some type of scholarship, so study hard and you will be rewarded.

    In three sentences

    Rollins College provides its students with exceptional learning facilities and opportunities for higher education. While being an excellent institution, it is also in a wonderful area providing plenty of options for off-campus fun. For me, Rollins was my second-choice college but now I can't imagine being anywhere else.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Rollins is a wonderfull school. They really care about their students. The staff goes out of their way to help you.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very active

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day: A free random day off from school... sometime in April.

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins has a prestigious feel to it. It is ranked #1 in the south by US News and World Report and its Graduate Business school is ranked #1 in Florida by Forbes. The oldest College in Florida. You will feel proud to attend such a pristine College.

    What to do for fun

    4 words: Huge lake on Campus.

    Food and Dining

    Very good. Restaurant quality food. Nothing bad to say about it.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but from what I hear they are very nice and there is always something interesting going on.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not expect an easy ride. YOU WILL BE CHALLENGED!

    Tips for prospective students

    This school believes in working hard and playing hard. Please do both!

    In three sentences

    Rollins is a fantastic school which is highly rated (#1 in the South: US News and World Report). The campus is small but very beautiful. Every professor seem to go above and beyond to ensure each student's success.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great bunch of guys! They offer you golf cart rides at night so you don't have to walk alone in the dark and are there for all of your safety concerns. (As well as helping you carry in groceries!)

    Greek Life

    Very great way to get involved, but doesn't rule the school!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everything! And if you can't find what you want, the administration is more than happy to help you start a club!

    Great for these types of students

    There's a 50/50 break between ambitious, motivated students who want to change the world and those that just want to party their parent's money away.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FOX DAY! During Spring before exams, the president of the school puts the beloved fox statue on the lawn and classes are cancelled for the day and the campus turns into one big party. (They even brought an elephant last year!) Also, when you're inducted into the school there is a secret candlewish ceremony in the old chapel.

    Bang for the buck

    VERY EXPENSIVE but you get what you pay for! Small classes, great professors and a diploma that carries a lot of weight.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Park Avenue is literally across the street and there is a shuttle to Winter Park Village every friday night.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great and prepared right in front of you. Get ready to be spoiled!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are REALLY nice! The roommate survey finds great matches.

    Academic Rigor

    Some majors are harder than others, which can be unfair when comparing GPAs. There is a FREE tutoring service (called TJs) available whenever you need help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up your academics, but remember that a large part of the Rollins community is Community Service! Definitely include experience on your resume while applying.

    In three sentences

    Truly a school to go to if you love service and want to reach your fullest potential! Professors (as well as the rest of the administration staff) are there because they WANT to be there and will do anything to help. The atmosphere and academics are top of the line.

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life exists here too. However, they're not what you think. most of the campus is in Greek life but you don't have to join in order to have a social life on campus. the Greek society does not run the school, if anything unless they are wearing a house shirt or sweater, you won't know if they are in Greek society. There re also no rivalries among the houses, so no need to worry on that front.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FOX DAY!!!! One day each spring the Dean cancels all classes unannounced. No one knows when, not even professors. You wake up to the church bells and enjoy a day of activities, no class and friends.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive but you get so much, good food, lots of options, good professors, nice campus, lots of free t-shirts, campus activities, and new friends. The first semester is a hard transition sometimes but after you meet some people you find yourself talking about next year and what's going on this weekend and having a good time.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun. Swim in the pool, walk down Park Ave., go to the movies, get a group together and take a taxi to Orlando, Disney, Universal, waterparks, or night clubs. Hang out in Dave's Downunder playing pool or X-box. If you know someone with a car get a group together and head to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    the choices get a bit repetitive after a while but they are good and cheap since they give you so much money for food. There's fresh sushi pasta, pizza, fruit and a salad bar every day. Sometimes there is a BBQ bar, Thai inspire food, and a few others. But be prepared to eat a lot of rice and pasta, they're served with nearly everything. But you also have the grille, which is basically hamburgers and milkshakes, a healthier alternative to McDonald's. There's also the coffee shop serving Starbucks, and the C-store, which is the campus grocery store. All of which can be bought with your food credits.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the dorms yet to be renovated so by comparison to the others it is a bit run-down. However, the other dorms look like four to five star hotels. So i guess their could be considered three star. The hall is fairly clean from day to day. it gets a bit messy on the weekends since the janitorial crew are off. There's no real character so bring pictures but the people in the dorm are fun and you'll always find someone around. Either doing homework in the lobby or watching a movie in the pod, or maybe just talking.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically the classes aren't hard the professors really explain and discuss the material well, but be prepared to do the work. You have to read the assignments and you have to manage your time. Most professors like giving essay and short answer questions for finals and mid-terms. However, most are also really easy to talk to and are happy to see students after class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to current students they'll give you the truth about living on campus and the class. A lot of schools like to amp up their school so talking to the students can be really helpful when looking at dorms, programs and professor as well as the nightlife. Don't be afraid to go up to them, most love to talk about the school and answer questions.

    In three sentences

    The Rollins campus is really relaxing and peaceful during the weekends, which is good if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed. The professors are very approachable and the students are open and friendly. You'll definitely find something to get involved in here on campus.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I personally am not part of the Greek life, but many of my friends are and they absolutely love it. They become very close with their brothers/sisters, serve the community, and have many social gatherings.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to participate in at Rollins. Some focus on community service, others on future careers, and some even just on fun activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day is an annual tradition in which a fox statue is placed on the lawn and class is cancelled for the day. Students take the opportunity to party, head to the beach, or just relax. Also, there are frequently Rollins events held at clubs downtown where the school rents the venue out for the night and only Rollins students can attend. They're a lot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins is admittedly a pricey school, but they spoil us here. It's a beautiful campus where you can get nearly anything you could ask for. Plus, a degree from Rollins is one that future employers will find very impressive.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do around Rollins. There are lots of shops and restaurants. More importantly, it's about a fifteen to twenty minute drive to downtown Orlando where there are multiple clubs and bars.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Rollins is delicious. We have gourmet chefs that prepare every meal in the cafeteria as well as various coffee shops and other restaurants. Also, the meal plan allows for you to eat a lot.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. The walls in some are thin so you can occasionally hear what your neighbors are up to, but they're typically very considerate and it's not a big problem. Otherwise they're quiet and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but they're not unmanageable. Classes are small, and the professors are personable and always willing to give extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are many great clubs and organizations to join.

    In three sentences

    I love Rollins. It's a very laid back campus. Also, since it's a small school, it's easy to meet people and make friends.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, the school is in a very nice location and campus security is always readily available. There are also emergency posts around campus so if you need help you can call for assistance.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome and so involved with school life. There is not as large of a selection in frats and sororities because the school is so small, but there is a perfect one for every individual.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of awesome clubs for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, some students spend all their time in the library and other like to go on the lake and wakeboard. People go out at night and during the day lay at the pool. Some kids spend their days in the theatre or studying for class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox day is a day in the spring where all classes and test, exams anything planned that day is cancelled. Busses come to school and everyone grills or goes to the beach.

    What to do for fun

    Lay by the pool, shop on park ave. Wakeboard and ski on the lake, go to downtown orlando, or concerts, magic games. Plenty of clubs, intramural teams, etc.

    Food and Dining

    so many food options, very good food. A sushi bar that makes whatever sushi you want and a variety of things to eat for all meals. Park ave is also across the street which is filled with resturants.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome, and everyone has a blast living in them. They are cleaned daily and you get to know so many people.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, some majors are extremely time consuming other and not so much. Student to teacher ratio is awesome though and you can get a lot of one on one time if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be well prepared for a lot of reading, the professors are very helpful though and are willing to help.

    In three sentences

    Rollins college is a 9 out of 10, the student to professor ratio is perfect. The location, staff and atmosphere of Rollins is very welcoming and friendly. Overall Rollins College is a great school, but slightly pricey.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Love greek life. Small, but very involved!

    Great for these types of students

    Involved, leaders, academically committed, social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox day!!!

    What to do for fun

    In the middle of Orlando there is a lot to do! Life on the lake is great for people who love the outdoors, and the campus is very lively with a lot of student organized events happening all the time!

    Dorm Life

    Loved living on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    I feel challenged academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask whatever questions you need too! Everyone is willing to answer.

    In three sentences

    Rollins is a great learning environment giving students a great education in an awesome atmosphere. Rollins is challenging, stimulating, and diverse. Rollins provides immense opportunities for educational and personal development.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is lovely and in a nice little town not too far from Orlando. The classrooms are smaller and provide a more intimate learning experience. The students I met when I visited were cheerful, very friendly and seemed to love everything about the school.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety here is great. All of the officers here are super personable and truly care about the students. They are not here to get you into trouble, just to make sure everyone is safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is good. I am personally not a part of greek life, however I do have many friends in various organizations who love it. They will put on big events for the whole campus and everyone has a good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 160 clubs and organizations such as the Rollins College Self Defense, laughing club, latin american student association, R.E.P (which they put on shows, sell half price tickets to universal, blue man group, Mardi Gras, etc), and so many more. Also, If we don't it, you can make it here and turn it into a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, both social and moderately social, people of the LGBT community, quidditch players, vocalists, athletes, pretty much anyone can thrive here. Unless all you want to do is party, in which case, you will fail miserably

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FOX DAY. One day between Midterms and Finals during the spring semester (normally when it is going to be a beautiful day outside), the president of th college will roll out a stone fox, declaring fox day. Fox day means that all of your classes are cancelled that day! If you had a paper due that day or a test for that day, it is postponed. It is a glorious day when we all get donuts in the morning, BBQ in the afternoon, and normally people will go to the parks like Universal and Disney, or to the beach. I went this year to the beach, then went paint-balling with a bunch of friends and even a professor. This is life at Rollins College

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, tuition is high, but the education and the experiences you get at Rollins are priceless. I don't see how anyone else could pick another college over Rollins.

    What to do for fun

    We are 15 minutes from downtown, so there is always that. Rollins just put on a whole 9 hour concert for the whole campus. We do movies on the lawn, club nights downtown, talent shows, open mic nights. SO MUCH to do here, you will only be bored if you lock yourself and be antisocial.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is gourmet. Everything is made fresh and there is a ton of variety. From vegan/gluten free to Filet Mignon, Fresh Salads to Just rolled sushi. You can't go wrong with the food here.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is awesome! I love it. I was really nervous coming in as a freshman, and now, I don't want to leave.

    Academic Rigor

    This college can be very tough. My high school was no where near the rigor of this college. However, I am truly appreciative for it. Because without it, I wouldn't be able to say that I worked for everything that I have. This college will make you work, and employers know that. Saying you graduated from Rollins will open so many doors for you to potential employers that will set you up for life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are truly wanting to come here, then put yourself in the admissions office as much as possible. Make them know your name before you even get initiated as a student. Also, be prepared to work hard, and reap the benefits of having such a great education.

    In three sentences

    Rollins is an absolutely fantastic school! I cannot believe that I am so blessed to be able to come here. If you are looking for a solid education that will truly prepare you, Rollins is the place to come.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never feel threatened. Actually, many students leave their valuables just lying around and no one ever touches them.

    Clubs and Activities

    If it isn't there you can start it. It is a little too easy to become involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the outgoing student and people who like a one-on-one environment where everyone knows everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox day. It is an awesome tradition where classes are randomly cancelled sometime after spring break for a day and there is free food and activities all day long. One of the best days of the year.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but they give out great scholarships and you really do get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    You are in a small, old town with downtown Orlando just ten minutes away. There really isn't a shortage of things to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you appear to be an individual that is very outgoing, along with strong academics.

    In three sentences

    Rollins is a great small school with very hands on teachers. The school highly values community service and students here often end up volunteering with out even noticing it. The classes are small and the teachers are accessible and truly enjoy teaching.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe and open. I've never felt scared to cross campus. Some of the security guys are kinda creepy and will most likely hit on you if you're a decent looking girl.

    Greek Life

    Greek like is apparent but administration has been stricter than ever lately ruining the experience. But it's Greek, social life only gets better through Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many various clubs and you're always encouraged to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    If you dress well and mildly smart, you should be fine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox day is our unusual but amazing holiday that occurs spring semester. It's basically a surprise day off that's different each year and there's lots of free food, drinks, and beach time.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say I could pay less for an equal quality education but the overall experience here makes it worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of extracurricular clubs and organizations to join. There is Gerek life and there are lots of parties.

    Food and Dining

    Food is really good, lots of fresh stations to go to each day for sushi, pasta, omelets, and salads but it's pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorm I lived in, most are updated with volleyball and tennis courts nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are easily manageable with social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful of how you present yourself on campus-this is a small school and word spreads. Make use of the library during the day because there is usually things going on at night.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very beautiful and well-kept. The classes sizes are small. There are a lot of clubs and organizations to be a part of.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The options are endless. You are minutes away from downtown Orlando so you can go to clubs, restaurants, anything you can think of is right around the corner. The school puts on some fun activities as well :].

    Food and Dining

    They have pretty descent food, sushi, and some vegan options as well.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot rate this because I live off campus. This is not applicable to me

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in studying science, theater, or business, this is the school for you. Always be prepared for class. Remember that school comes first not partying. Don't even go out the first month you're in school until you get used to your work load, nothing can prepare you for this work load. Not even AP Courses compare to your course work. So take your classes seriously, especially in regards to your elective courses. This is not High school I can tell you that.

    In three sentences

    Rollins College is beautifully laid out and the architecture is to die for. The Professors love their jobs and will go out of their way to help you. I would recommend this school to a lot of people.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Yeah I have to get to class can I get a ride from Keene to Hauck? Guy rolls up in a golf cart to escort you. Occasional drunk kids always get taken care of too and if you ever feel unsafe they are all fantastic and wonderful. Everything is handled on a professional basis but you really become close to each of them and feel safer knowing that they're around 24/7 when you're walking from the library at 3 am to get to the other side and they say, 'hey you need a ride?'.

    Greek Life

    You'll just have to find out.

    Clubs and Activities

    See above, its a load and every single one is great.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone finds their place here seriously.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FOX DAY. Unexpected day where school is canceled and everything gets awesome. Just have to experience everyone discussing rumors about the fox on the lawn and camping out at 2 in the morning and incessantly watching the FoxCam and then people pounding on dorm doors yelling that its Fox Day. Wake up! We're going to the beach no classes!

    Bang for the buck

    We get a lot of free t-shirts...

    What to do for fun

    LAKE LAKE LAKE LAKE. Tons of water recreational activities, indoor intramural sports, Park Ave, local night life for those interested, paddle boarding is now in effect. Wow just lots of stuff, certain clubs do their own thing.

    Food and Dining

    We laugh at Ramen Noodles, try a sushi bar and filet mignon. If that doesn't tickle your fancy,the C-Store will order whatever it is you want that isn't downstairs-and there's Pocky.

    Dorm Life

    Absolutely loved it and do not want to commute.

    Academic Rigor

    It all really depends on how you apply yourself, its a lot of work and a lot expected of you. Some clases were easier than others though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take part of whatever it is you want to take part in. You are paying tons for an excellent school and should get your money's worth and speak your mind. You will not be chastised for your opinion or fought-and seriously just go out onto the lake over by Sutton Apartments when you need peace

    In three sentences

    A school that exhibits great care and concern for its students through and through. Professors go beyond the classroom, community goes beyond Winter Park, and the staff go above and beyond. Everyone is not only striving for it, but achieving excellence.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety guys are super nice and I never feel uncomfortable or scared on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life but I do know that they ran into quite a few issues last year and a few of them were kicked off of campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a quidditch team, what could be better than that?

    Great for these types of students

    RIP is a great program for drama students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox day! Fox day is an awesome day where our classes are cancelled for a day and students can do whatever they want!

    Bang for the buck

    Do not automatically buy all your books from the bookstore! If you really want to save money compare the prices at the bookstore, on Chegg, and on Amazon! You can save over 100 dollars! Also, if you want a Rollins t-shirt do not buy them from the bookstore! They always give out free ones throughout the year!

    What to do for fun

    The pool is great. You can go canoeing and sail-boating. There are always events going on around campus. Zumba with Nikki is my favorite gym class!

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. The people who work in the campus center are super friendly and nice.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I stayed in my first year was awesome. I lived in Lyman Hall. It was a great living experience with great people. I can't say the same for some of the other dorms. Mckean Hall is not a hall I would ever want to live in. Rex Beach is a pretty nice hall and Ward is a great hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers on campus always expect the most out of you for all of your assignments. They give you a lot of reading assignments and papers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved Ask your teachers when you need help Go to TJ's!

    In three sentences

    Rollins is a great, small, and beautiful campus in Winter Park, Florida. The professors at Rollins are extremely nice and helpful. They are willing to help you with anything as long as you are willing to try which really helped me out in my first year of college.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, you can find help/assistance anywhere if needed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day! One early morning during Spring (you never know what day exactly), the president of the school will place a fox statue on the lawn, indicating that all classes are canceled for the day and students are free to have fun! Buses can take you to Disney and/or Universal, parties and music and food are present and it's a whole lot of fun! Also, there is the Pancake Flip Day, where students get free pancakes.

    What to do for fun

    Winter Park is full of fun stuff to do!

    Food and Dining

    At my last visit, they were finishing renovating the dining halls and locations and the tour guide mentioned that they are getting better food choices.

    Dorm Life

    I hear it's pretty good

    Tips for prospective students

    The tuition is pretty hefty so it is advisable for hopeful students to look for as many scholarships as you can.

    In three sentences

    Rollins is such a beautiful school with great academics and atmosphere. My older brother has attended here in the past and he loved it. I think it is a really great school for anyone.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Located in Central florida, hence you have the advantages of the theme parks. Rollins has a discounted tickets program that one can buy of instead of paying ticket office prices. Downtown Orlando is great for those who enjoy the night life as well as athletics. The Amway arena caters to the Orlando Magic, Raptors and concert venues.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great! Not the average cafeteria. 90 % of the food is cooked right in front of you which is great and there are various dishes everyday. However since the food is great is not the cheapest. There are some restaurant walking distance if one would like to explore other options

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are ok. They are average, however one would probably expect more especially coming from such a prestigious school. The RA's are very helpful though and are more than willing to help.

    Academic Rigor

    Rollins is very academically challenging. The best way to success at Rollins college is not to fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with every club that you may be interested in. Do not fall behind, it only adds to your stress Keep in contact with teachers so you are aware of your grade at all times.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school that is geared towards developing a student from the academics as well as the social perspectives. Since it is a small school, it is able to cater to specific needs such as a personal advisor that will keep you on track with your academic studies.

  • 11/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I definitely recommend. The Greek community at Rollins is inclusive and is all about empowering individual members to be themselves and find out who they are while they go through college and while giving back to their organization and to the Greek community as a whole. It is not about having money, looks, or social status, like movies make it seem. It doesn't matter which organization you end up at, we will all be brothers and sisters as members of the Greek community at Rollins. With that being said, I admit that Greek life is not for everyone but going through recruitment is definitely something I recommend. By going through recruitment, you will have a taste of what Greek life is like in real life, and particularly at Rollins, and going through recruitment does not mean you have to accept a bid. And, if you do accept a bid, it doesn't mean you have to get initiated. If anything, going through recruitment will make you meet a lot of people, even if you don't join any organization so I say definitely go for it!

    Clubs and Activities

    I would definitely recommend getting involved with JUMP as soon as you step into campus. It is a huge organization, and you are going to meet so many amazing people through helping the outside communities. Besides, helping others and knowing that you are making an impact in the community and in someone's life will give you a sense of satisfaction that is hard to describe. You can get involved with JUMP before you even get into campus in fact. As soon as you get admitted into Rollins, you can apply to be a part of the First year team of JUMP so that way you will be a part of the executive board from the start.

    What to do for fun

    That depends on what type of fun you like. If you are more of a night life kind of person, and is under 21, then downtown Orlando is the place to go. Of course, if you have a car, you can always come to Downtown Disney as well, which can be a very fun night away from campus with a group of friends. If you are over 21, then city walk has some amazing clubs, but they can be a bit expensive which might not be a problem for some Rollins kids. If you are a day time kind of person, Orlando has lots of entertainment options, and of course, the theme parks are the main ones. Rollins students qualify to pay annual passes as Florida residents, all you have to do is open an account at Bank of America with your Rollins address, and you are all set for the discounts. Florida Mall and the outlets are also great options for hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Rollins is great in the sense that it is always tasty and students get to eat dishes from international expensive cuisine like Japanese food, french food, and steaks of different flavors. However, the problem is that there isn't as much diversity as in some other schools but I would say that all is all Rollins offer good food and dining services, considering that you can use money from your meal plan to eat at local restaurants and order from you local Domino's.

    Dorm Life

    As a Holt student, I am not allowed to live on campus so I can't really rate dorm life but I can say that the dorms I have steeped into look clean, comfortable, and the rooms look spacious enough when compared to the school I used to live in before I transferred to Rollins. Besides, I hear good things about dorm life, except for a few minor complaints here and there.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Rollins are challenging but professors are always willing to help, and students can make as many appointments as they need with tutors at the Learning center so help is always provided to students struggling to make the grade. Academics at Rollins is taken seriously. Besides classes being challenging, Rollins expects you to have both a semester and cumulative 2.5 GPA at all times, and to have a passing rate of 60% in all the classes you have register for since you had started attending Rollins. If you fail to do any of the above, you are placed on academic probation. But then again, helps is always given to students who need it and are humble enough to seek it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just come here with an open mind and an open heart and you will have the best four years of your life. As cheesy as it sounds, it is true. Rollins kids are nice, well-rounded, and inclusive individuals that will help you make the transition from home to college life feel smooth and almost painless. Professors here pay real attention to their students in every aspect, academically and as human beings. Staff care about you. Everyone from the people who serve food, from the cleaning toilet staff will always treat you nice, with a smile on their faces, hear you, advize you, laugh with you, and soon Rollins will feel like your home away from home.

    In three sentences

    Rollins is a nice, inclusive, and open-minded community. It is easy to feel accepted and loved here and finding your own crowd shouldn't be too hard. The campus is breathtakingly gorgeous so it is the perfect setting for both studying and socializing.

  • 12/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    escorts no matter when or where and truly care about your safety!

    Greek Life

    going to rush in the spring

    Clubs and Activities

    quite a few to choose from considering a smaller school. GET INVOLVED OR CREATE YOUR OWN

    Great for these types of students

    independent intelligent passionate

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day is supposed to be the best day ever!

    Bang for the buck

    it is expensive but you really do have the best opportunities. and the intangible things like feeling so welcomed and valued instead of being 1/50,000

    What to do for fun

    hang with friends anywhere on campus very safe or go to park ave or nearby places. movies and concerts galore

    Food and Dining

    great food and a lot of options

    Dorm Life

    I was lucky with my dorm and roommate so apply early!

    Academic Rigor

    i am almost done with my first semester but the programs are great! especially the 3/2 program

    Tips for prospective students

    Value the fact that the class sizes are smaller.

    In three sentences

    A great academic school with a lot of opportunities and activities to be involved in. Love the size of the school.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Rollins College is unparallelled. They patrol campus regularly, and are available and on-call 24/7. They will escort you by golf cart anywhere on campus and they monitor every area of campus all day every day. If an incident occurs, students are notified by email in a detailed and timely manner.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not a member of a sorority, but many of my friends are. I don't know much in this area, but one thing I can say is that typical �snobby� sorority/fraternity attitude does not exist at this school. Everyone involved in Greek life that I have met so far has been truly genuine and just like anyone else on campus. I really like how Rollins has students wait until the second semester of their freshman year to rush, in order to allow students the opportunity to see where they fit in before they rush into anything.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rollins College has a plethora of clubs and activities to participate in. There is a club or group for anyone with any interest, and if you can't find a club you like, you can form your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Rollins is the school for high-achieving, hard working, ambitious and motivated students who want a personalized college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rollins College's most well-known unique tradition is known as Fox Day. One day out of the year (typically in the Spring) President Duncan places a Fox statue in front of the flagpole at the center of campus, telling all students that classes are canceled for the day and there are all sorts of on- and off-campus activities to partake in. Also, during orientation week, all freshmen must participate in SPARC Day: a day of volunteer service to show incoming students how much Rollins is involved with the community and how important community service is to the Rollins community.

    Bang for the buck

    At a whopping $60,000 per year, Rollins definitely isn't your average-priced college. Although $60,000 may seem like a ridiculous amount to pay for an undergraduate education, but I think it is well worth it. The campus is beautiful, and commonly called �The Country Club� by students. There is so much support from peers, professors, staff, peer mentors, and success coaches. The food is top-of-the-line and the professors and curriculum are top-notch. Rollins is everything you could ask for in a college and I definitely think you get the most bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Aside from Rollins' prominent party scene, there are many other places to have fun around campus. Dave's Down-under offers pool, multiple large, flat-screen TVs, and lots of comfy couches for sitting around chatting with friends. All the dorms on campus have multiple �pods� or living areas that include flat-screen TVs and tables for studying. There is a huge temperature-controlled pool by the lake with a DJ on duty most of the time. Mills' Lawn offers a place to play soccer, quidditch, lacrosse, or even just to take a nap or have a picnic in the shade. There are multiple docks on the edge of the lake, where students like to relax and enjoy the view. If you want to get in the water, you can rent a canoe from the campus boathouse for just over $20. If you're looking for more threatrical experiences, there are RIP (Rollins Improv Players) shows at the Fred Stone Theatre, and various plays at the historic Annie Russell Theatre. Rollins also has two tennis courts and a soccer field on campus, as well as a bike rental program. Off campus, there is so much to do, but most popular is the well-known Park Avenue, which connects to campus and features many restaurants and shops for a day of relaxing wandering and exploring. No matter what your interests are, Rollins has something fun for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    Rollins College has plenty of dining options on campus. The marketplace (or cafeteria) is the main place students go to eat. They offer many options including sushi, pasta, make-your-own pizza, an assortment of breakfast foods, salads, ethnic options, and a bagel bar from Panera for breakfast on Sundays. Additionally, there are multiple cafes around campus, including coffeehouse-style options, and the Cornell patio which offers a Chipotle-style burrito experience. Along with restaurants, Rollins also has the C-Store, a campus grocery store with a sandwich bar comparable to Subway or Quizno's. For your late night hunger pangs, The Grille in Dave's Down-under offers anything from quesadillas to hot wings and fresh fruit to milkshakes. All options on campus are delicious and reasonably priced with a meal plan and the service is, from my experience, always wonderful.

    Dorm Life

    Don't be fooled by the negative reviews you read on college-rating websites. Take every comment and rating with a grain of salt. The dorms at Rollins are very nice. As with any college, some of the residence halls are nicer than others, but all of the dorms at Rollins are what you make of them. The Rollins Residential Life office works very hard to match incoming freshmen with a roommate whom they will get along with and live well with. Using a survey that asks questions about basic living situations (such as preferred room temperature, typical room cleanliness, etc.), the office of Residential Life places freshmen with their most compatible match for roommates and for R.A.s. The buildings themselves tend to have certain reputations attached to them by previous residents, but these aren't necessarily true. When it comes to dorm life, don't let other peoples' opinions hold you back. Try it out and form your own opinions.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses offered at Rollins College are exceptionally rigorous. The curriculum is challenging and the professors encourage participation in class and interaction with peers. The professors expect the most of their students and grade work accordingly. Feedback is provided and there is all kinds of support for students who are struggling or who just need some extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the school and apply as early as possible. While Rollins is very good about helping students financially, they don't always cover everything, so apply for as many scholarships as you can. Be honest when filling out your roommate survey, so you can be matched with someone you can get along with. Don't get caught up in the party scene. It can be hard to recover for a 9AM class after a 5AM bedtime. Meet the people who live on your floor and those in your RCC. They can be the biggest supporters when you're having a bad day. Communicate with your professors almost as much as you communicate with your friends (make them like you, and it's smooth sailing). Remember that you are an adult. There's nobody there to hold your hand or tell you what to do anymore, but at the same time, your mistakes are your responsibility now, not mom and dad's.

    In three sentences

    This school is, in a word, perfect. The education and experiences you receive as a student at Rollins is unparallelled by any other school. Rollins College works hard to provide a supportive, family-like community, top-ranking professors who actually care about student success, networking opportunities, and an educational experience like no other.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Campus security officers that are on call and patrol the campus 24/7

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Rollins College is a very good opportunity but it does not dominate the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of very unique and fun clubs at Rollins College

    Great for these types of students

    Accidentally focused and Socially active

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day! It happens once a year and is the one day that all classes on campus are canceled. No one knows when fox day will be, so anticipation builds though out the semester. On fox day a statue of a fox is place in the center of campus. Then the president hosts a breakfast for the entire school. After that students can choose to go to the beach and or stay on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    A small private college that will give the tools you need to be successful in your career.

    What to do for fun

    Across the strew from the campus is Park Ave. It is lined with excellent shops and restaurants. The campus is also 15 min from downtown Orlando and 30 min from Disney World.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing and is cooked by very well trained chefs. Includes a gluten free station

    Dorm Life

    Every room is spacious with hardwood floors. As for the bathrooms there is a janitor that cleans each one every day. Also, the washers and dryers are free of charge.

    Academic Rigor

    Rollins College experts a high level of performance but the professors are are dedicated to seeing their students excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looks for a very nigh knit campus , then Rollins College is the right place for you

    In three sentences

    Rollins College is a place where you will have high academic standards and make lasting friendships. Once a Tar always a Tar.

  • 05/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency call poles located all across campus. Campo is willing to pick up students in their golf cart should any students be worried about or have difficulty walking by themselves.

    Greek Life

    Many students are involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot of clubs, club sports, and activities. I.E. The Rollins College club sport Quidditch Team recently played at the World Cupâ?? the largest international tournament for the sport. This full-contact sport, played similarly to rugby and with components of various sports, is loved dearly by the team, who practices twice weekly on the campus green.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are dedicated and like to be involved in student life

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day is a randomly selected day sometime after spring break where all classes are cancelled and festivities are held on campus (free food, water slides, paddle boarding, etc.). Students only know it is fox day when the century-old fox statue is rolled onto the Campus green at 5 in the morning.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive college, but you DEFINITELY get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities on and off campus for students here. The college is located near the famed Disney, Sea World, and Universal Studio theme parks. Right off of campus is Park Avenue, where students can walk up and down and enjoy the cafés, shops, park, art museum, etc. Go a little farther and you will find Winter Park Village, a movie theater /restaurant/ shopping center complex. On campus, students can waterski, swim, sail boats, canoe, go to the gym, enjoy the lakeside walking trail, play sports on Mills Lawn, attend any of the many visitor lectures, see plays and improv shows, attend sporting events, go to the art museum, or see any of the various Music Department events (orchestra, choir, etc.)

    Food and Dining

    The food here is delicious and would have gotten 5 stars if the weekend menu weren't the same for both days every week.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are simple. Depending on what building it is, he dorms could either be very clean or not quite that clean. Most of this is the fault if students (Freshmen being the worst), as the stereotypical student here is from a wealthy family where they haven't had to do muchâ?? if anyâ?? cleaning or manual labor in their life. You will also discover that there are a great many students here who enjoy drinking and partying, so some nights can get pretty rowdy.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are taken very seriously at Rollins. Students have to be willing to put forth some good effort if they are wanting to succeed here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships! This is an expensive college, and even if you get one of the school's scholarships, you'll want more. Keep your grades up and try to score as high as you can on your SAT!

    In three sentences

    This is a wonderful college, and you get what you pay for. I am included in class discussions and find the material to often be very engaging. I love my professors and am able to talk with them whenever I have any questions or concerns regarding their classes.

  • 06/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always think of it as our little fairy lights. The campus is surrounded by blue globes that have buttons with direct communication to campus safety. Help is never to far away. Crime is pretty much non-existent on this campus. It is a comfort to all to know that you will always be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have an abundance of clubs and activities. From cultural clubs to sports clubs. We even have an introverts club for those who are afraid of clubs, if that is not awesome, I do not know what is!

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for students who value a liberal arts education. Students who value global citizenship and the arts will fit in 100% at this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have our own school Holiday called Fox Day. One day in the spring when you are about to go nuts before finals, the president of the school puts a statue of a fox out on the lawn and declares all classes cancelled for the day. There is a lot of fun activities to take part in and its fun to bond with the Rollins community outside of classes. It is also a blessing if you were suppose to have a test that day. Hands down, Fox day is the best holiday around!

    Bang for the buck

    Rollins is not a cheap school. It prides itself on offering a top notch education. Most of the teachers have Doctoral degrees in their field of study and the classroom sizes are pretty small so you will always have the option of one on one attention. The campus is beautiful and the opportunities you receive would normally cost a lot more than what you get them for on campus. It may be expensive, but its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Rollins college is right outside of Orlando, so you can take advantage of the theme parks and night life that surround it. It is also about 30-45 minutes from any beach. If you cannot leave campus, its fine because the school is also right next to a lake where students can hang out. There is also a pool on campus for student use. Last but not least, the main street that runs into the school is Park Ave. This is basically the Rodeo Drive of Florida, filled with shops and fun things to see.

    Food and Dining

    Rollins dining services puts a real effort into supplying students with whatever their dietary needs require. No matter if you are vegan, vegetarian or even on a see food diet, the school will provide options that fit the students need.

    Dorm Life

    You will survive. The food is good and the rooms are usually clean. Just remember your mom is not here to clean up after you. Just take responsibility for the space your in and be respectful.

    Academic Rigor

    This may be Florida, but that doesn't mean its all fun and games. The students at Rollins may be known for having a good time but before any fun happens, there are many hours filled with study and academic training.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to try new things,explore your interests and try your best to succeed in all that you do. The work is hard, so don't let the sunshine fool you. Take advantage of every opportunity offered to you because it may only come around once in a lifetime. The school is filled with people who want to help you, but you have to take that first step and be proactive about your education.

    In three sentences

    Rollins College allows a student to achieve their full academic potential. It gives one the tools they need to succeed during and post graduation. The Rollins community is a small treasure because even though it is small in size, the faculty, staff and students are filled with compassion and excellence that cannot be challenged by any other.

  • 06/09/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fox Day: the Dean decides on the nicest day of the year all classes are cancelled. To show that classes are cancelled the dean places a statue of a fox at the main flagpole on campus early in the morning. Students then take photos with the fox and enjoy the day.

    Tips for prospective students

    meet professors before making your final decision

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the people are awesome. The professors that I have met are amazing. Every Professor that I have met with has gone out of their way to meet with me and discuss my intended area of study. They are all very nice and passionate about teaching. Not only are they passionate but they also push you to learn.