Rollins requires students with fewer than 60 semester hours to live on campus, which means most freshmen and sophomores live in the dorms. When comparing the residence halls to the rest of Rollins, dorm life is definitely struggling. A couple of the dorms have recently been renovated, and these are the dorms students should fight for. Ward Hall and Rex Beach Hall were both redone in the last couple of years. McKean Hall is the notorious freshman party dorm, and despite the filth, it is definitely the most fun dorm and the best place to meet people. Sophomores who joined a sorority or fraternity usually live in their sorority or fraternity house, as living in a Greek house is the same cost as living in a dorm. Sophomores who choose not to live in the sorority or fraternity house have the option of living in Sutton Place Apartments. Students who live in Sutton are chosen through a lottery system, which takes class year and GPA into account. Living in Sutton is nice because you have your own kitchen and living room; however, it is very far from everything on campus. There are upcoming renovation plans for more dorms on campus and within the next five years or so, they should all be looking good as new.
Dorm life is an important part of the college experience. Most people meet their friends in the dorms and party in the dorms, as well. It is quite easy to drink in the dorm rooms with a small group of friends, but if it is loud, your RA is likely to break it up. Students who live in Sutton throw parties, but campus security is also pretty strict there, as well. Dorms are an essential part of college, and every dorm at Rollins has its pros and cons.