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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is incredible, everyone is very friendly and it's quite simple to make new friends and everyone is open minded. Personally Rollins is a great fit for me as I can hang out and spend time with new and unique groups of friends everywhere I go on campus. Anywhere you look there's always people smiling and talking enjoying another great day on Rollins College campus in the beautiful Florida sun.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our school is the oldest in Florida and is by far the greatest in staying up to date and technology and any advances one can imagine are truly available to students.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Have a lot of different activities.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Rollins has about 110 groups and organizations, that cater to every personality and taste. If you cannot find an organization to fit in, a student is more than welcome to start it and they can be eligible for funding.

4 College Junior

Facilities: If you get the chance to visit Rollins college, do!

It is one of the most beautiful colleges in Florida.

There are beautiful trees, flowers and green lawns at every angle.

The spanish architecture is just breath taking, the view to lake Virginia is unexplainable,making this campus amazingly beautiful.

The library has an antique style to it, since it was built in the 40's.

The only "ugly" facility I would say would be Mckean Hall, where some of the freshman reside in. I believe those dorms are ridiculously small.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 219th
    Best Library
  • 249th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 250th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 414th
    Best Student Centers

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Bridget Murray
Hinsdale, IL
Grad Year
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The facilities at Rollins are beautiful and perfectly well-kept. People refer to Rollins as “Rollins College Country Club” because of its "country club" feel. Rollins has traditionalSpanish/Mediterranean-style architecture, and it feels like paradise. The Cornell Campus Center offers picturesque views, looking out over the pool and Lake Virginia. The library is very nice, a good size for the size of the school. The library has four floors, and the higher up the floor, the quieter it becomes. There are also study rooms, but they are hard to obtain. At the very top of the library there is a pillow room where students can sit and do work. In terms of athletics, the gym is somewhat small, but students usually don’t have problems finding a machine available. Students learn what times are best and when it is least crowded.

Most of the dorms are clean and well-kept, as well. The classrooms are all bright and filled with windows, and they are always clean. Rollins is constantly renovating old buildings and fixing up its facilities to make them as great as possible. The landscaping at Rollins is always well-maintained, and you can almost always hear lawn mowers and see workers perfecting the bushes and flowers. The College's beauty constantly baffles students and visitors.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
70 acres
Student Centers
Cornell Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Olin Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Alfond Swimming Pool
  • Cornell Campus Center
  • Dave’s Down Under
  • Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center
Bar on Campus
None, though a number are within walking distance.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Dianne's Café
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
There are many green initiatives going on, including Sodexo's commitment to offer healthy, organic options. Plus, the College strives to be green through low-flow shower heads and high-efficiency lighting.
School Slang
  • Blackboard: Teachers can post materials and grades online through the Blackboard log-in section.
  • The Boot: If you get too many parking tickets, beware of the yellow boot! Campus Safety puts these immobilizing devices on offending vehicles.
  • CCC: The Cornell Campus Center. This is the main student center, and inside is the cafeteria, Dave's Down Under, and the C-Store.
  • The C-Store: The grocery store on campus. It is located in Dave's Down Under, and students can use their meal plan money there.
  • Dave's Down Under: Located on the bottom level of the CCC, this section hosts movie showings, talent shows, and more. The Grille is also located in Dave's Down Under.
  • Dom's: Domino's Pizza
  • Flex: Separate from the meal plan, students can place money on their "flex" account for buying food, bookstore items, and doing laundry.
  • Fox Day: The one day of the year students are given all classes off and encouraged to head to the beach; it's signified by a fox statue on the lawn.
  • Gazebos: All around the lake, there are gazebos designed for relaxing and doing work (they have Internet access, too).
  • Holt: The night school at Rollins; arts and science students can also cross-enroll there.
  • Johnson Center: This is often considered the most difficult classroom cluster to find. It is in the psychology center, located inside of the Bush Science Center, on the first floor.
  • Purple Jesus: Grain alcohol and Kool-Aid-a fraternity staple.
  • R-Card: Each student is issued an R-Card upon arrival. It is used to purchase meals, to act as an ID, and to enter the parking garage.
  • Sevies: The 7-Eleven across from campus-always a popular late-night spot.
  • TJ's: The Thomas P. Johnson Student Resource Center. Go there for help on a paper or for studying for a test.
  • Bach Festival: Rollins is a part of the highly-acclaimed Winter Park Bach Festival Society. This society is the third oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States. The Bach Festival Society performs in the Knowles Memorial Chapel on campus and holds almost weekly events that draw large crowds of music lovers.
  • Fox Day: Fox Day is everyone's favorite tradition at Rollins. Once a year, in the spring, the current president puts out a fox statue on Mills Lawn to cancel classes for the day. Everyone piles into cars and sometimes organizations get buses to head to Cocoa Beach. The frats bring kegs and the beach turns into a huge Rollins party. After a long day of swimming, Frisbee, drinking, and sunbathing, students head back burned but very relaxed. Fox Day is always a success, and it is so highly anticipated that students begin to look for the fox at dawn on mornings early in the spring semester.
  • Greek Week: All of the fraternities and sororities compete in daily challenges during Greek Week. The competitions range from creating posters to building and sailing boats. It is an exciting week for both Greek and non-Greek students, as the events are always entertaining and fun to watch.
  • Halloween Howl: To celebrate Halloween and reach out to the youth of Winter Park, Rollins organizations create fun booths and games for the annual Halloween Howl event. Mills Lawn becomes a sea of outlandish costumes and excited children as they celebrate Halloween in a safe and entertaining manner.
  • PeaceJam: Rollins is honored to bring the national program PeaceJam to campus each year. This program brings in youth of the community for a weekend of working with a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The children participate in leadership-building activities, as well as creating and presenting a plan of action to improve a problem they see in their community. The Nobel Prize recipient (which varies by year) also addresses the Rollins community in a lecture open to all interested in attending.
  • Winter with the Writers : Each year, Rollins hosts the Winter with the Writers program, which brings distinguished authors to campus weekly. The authors give readings, lectures, and offer workshops open to students, faculty, and staff. Rollins actually offers a class that prepares for these authors and introduces them at lectures.
Urban Legends
  • Carrot Top hangs out at the Rollins pool and hits on the college girls.
  • Former president Rita Bornstein was actually a robot.
  • In 2004, a deranged man went into the Rollins parking garage and smashed more than 40 cars. Rumor has it he was fired from Rollins earlier that day.
  • Legend has it that years ago, a girl from a small farming town who was accustomed to outhouses refused to use the toilets at Rollins. She instead defecated in paper bags and stashed them in her room. The smell was detected, but no one discovered her indoor "toilet" until the end-of-the-year clean-up!
  • Rollins is a country club.
  • They used to sell kegs in the C-Store, and you could charge them on your R-Card and send the bill home to Mom and Dad.
Favorite Things To Do
During the day, you can catch some rays at the always popular pool before heading off to class, grab an iced coffee to cool down at Dianne's Café, or enjoy a mesmerizing play at either the Annie Russell or the Fred Stone theaters without ever needing to leave campus. Most students at Rollins visit the gym or the pool at least once a day. Both of these crowded destinations attract students looking to socialize as much as they do those who want to work out or get a tan. Around noon, the Cornell Campus Center teems with students getting lunch and meeting up with friends. Soccer games attract large crowds at Rollins, as do plays, and it seems that during weeknights, there are always students in the Olin Library concentrating (or at least trying to) on their work.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Sandspur
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
At Rollins, there are more than 100 student clubs and organizations.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
Rollins has a laughing club!

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 44 responses

  • 7% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 20% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 39% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 34% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 43 responses

  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 42% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 49% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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