Made up entirely of Rollins graduates, the admission staff boasts more than 75 years of experience at the College. In fact, no one knows Rollins better. Whether you live in Florida, Alaska, or halfway around the world, Rollins admission counselors are ready to answer your questions about the College and the admission process.
To best meet your needs, your counselor is assigned based on what kind of applicant you are and where you live. Answer a few quick questions, and we’ll introduce you to your counselor at Rollins.
Ruqayyah Ali is a Central Florida native and her family hails from Trinidad & Tobago, so sunshine and tropical weather run in her blood. A 2014 graduate of Rollins, Ali is now the admission counselor for Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, as well as Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Osceola, and Volusia counties in Florida.
"As a student here, I developed such meaningful relationships with friends, faculty, and staff that I knew I would never be able to let go. Rollins seems to share that sentiment with me as I am now a member of the incredible Rollins admissions staff. I am always excited to share my experiences at Rollins, so please feel free to get in touch with me and chat!"
After graduating from Rollins in 1998, Ed Bustos worked in the travel industry before returning to the College to work in the Office of Admission from 2002 to 2007. More recently, Bustos served as the President and CEO of the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund before returning to Rollins as the Director of International Admission.
"One of my favorite aspects of Rollins is our commitment to global citizenship. We encourage our students to explore the world as part of their education. Our international students come from more than 40 countries and enrich our campus community while having the opportunity to live and study in an exciting and vibrant location like Winter Park and Orlando. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email if you have any questions about Rollins, or our admission process for international students."
A native of Pensacola, Florida, Lindsay Clark graduated from Rollins in 2011 with a degree in International Relations. She is Associate Director of Admission, Director of Spring Admission, and Director of Transfer Admission.
"One of my favorite things about Rollins is the global experience. I traveled to the Galapagos, spent a semester in Sydney, Australia, and studied international law and organizations at American University in Washington, D.C. As part of my D.C. experience, I traveled to Europe and visited the United Nations and other international organizations. Please contact me with any questions, or if you just want to chat about Rollins."
After graduating from Rollins in 1997, Vanessa Garay’s love of travel took her around the world to many different countries, but her love of Rollins drew her back to campus where she is now the Senior Associate Director of Admission.
"I chose Rollins because of its academic reputation, fabulous study abroad program opportunities, small class size, beautiful campus, and incredible location, and I can say that my Rollins experience was wonderful and truly unforgettable! As a Rollins student, whether on campus or off, you will have your own memorable and incredible experiences and be involved in the community in a variety of ways. If you have any questions throughout the admission process, please don't hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!"
A 2011 graduate of the College, Katie Jones studied Anthropology and Spanish at Rollins — a combination that broadened her horizons and cross-cultural perspective exponentially. Jones enjoyed her study abroad experience in Oviedo, Spain, so much that she returned to the country after graduation to teach English as a foreign language for two years.
"Some of the aspects that initially attracted me to Rollins such as the close-knit community feel, small class sizes, and amazing faculty and staff ended up being what really made my college career an incredible experience. Through membership in organizations such as our school newspaper and an event planning committee, I’ve seen firsthand how being involved on-campus can really give you some great work experience and introduce you to new people and potential career fields. I look forward to encouraging future students to take advantage of the many opportunities that Rollins has to offer. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Rollins so don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!"
A graduate of the class of 2014, Gina Labato returned to Rollins as an admission counselor because of her love for the College and her passion for helping others find their home at Rollins too.
"My most rewarding experience was getting involved with the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement and participating in and facilitating alternative break experiences. This was an amazing opportunity to gain leadership experience, meet other students, travel to new places, and give back to the community by gaining a deeper understanding of social issues. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about Rollins or have any questions!"
A 2014 graduate of Rollins, Brooke Pankau is an admission counselor serving Lake, Orange, and Seminole counties in Florida.
"I felt like Rollins was the college for me because of the small class sizes and the amazing faculty and staff. I loved the individualized attention in class, getting to know my professors inside and outside of the classroom, and the discussion-based classes that Rollins offers. It is a school that truly cares about the success and happiness of its students, and I witnessed how the school bent over backwards to please the students almost on a daily basis. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Rollins, do not hesitate to contact me!"
A 2014 graduate and an Orlando native, Francisco Vanegas is an admission counselor serving New York and New Jersey as well as Boca Raton, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
"One of my favorite roles at Rollins was being a campus tour guide. I loved meeting prospective students and showing them exactly what made Rollins such a special place to be, such as the small class sizes and the sense of community found on campus. Rollins was and still is my home away from home, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!"
As a 2008 graduate of Rollins, it gives Elizabeth Wasson great joy to help recruit the next generation of Rollins students. Wasson is the Associate Director of Admission and an admission counselor serving North Florida, including Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, and St. Augustine.
"My favorite part of being a Rollins student was my interaction with the faculty. Our small class size allowed me to be part of an active discussion with the faculty rather than just being lectured to during class. The professors were so helpful, and I knew that they were available anytime that I might need them. If you have any questions or just want to chat, please don't hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!"