General Admission Information
If you are transferring from another college or university, you should have completed the equivalent of one full year—30 semester credit hours, or 45 quarter hours. You should satisfy all regular admission requirements and submit your complete, official transcripts of college work, high school transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores by April 15. We will mail an evaluation of your transfer credits and class standing approximately two weeks after our admission decision.
To be a competitive applicant you should have achieved a cumulative grade point average equivalent to a B or better in a rigorous program of study at a two- or four-year college or university. While the quality of your collegiate academic record is the most important factor in our decisions, the Admission Committee also reviews your secondary school record, standardized test scores, academic recommendations, and your potential to contribute to and benefit from the Rollins community.
*Any student that submits a foreign college/university transcript is responsible for having these transcripts sent through an evaluation service for translation. Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services are the ones that Rollins uses for evaluation services.
The application deadline for fall semester applicants is April 15. Candidates who apply after the admission deadline will be considered on a space-available basis and will be notified of their admission status within two to four weeks from the time their file becomes complete. Should you have questions about fall semester admission, you may contact the Director of Transfer Admission, who serves as your liaison to Rollins.
To be considered for the limited number of transfer and first-year student openings available each spring semester, you should submit all application information by November 1. First-year applicants are considered students who have not completed college work after high school graduation. In addition to the requirements above, first-year applicants are required to send a high school counselor recommendation and secondary school report. Notifications of admission decisions will be sent to candidates as soon as possible. Should you have questions about spring semester admission, you may contact the Director of Spring Admission, who serves as your liaison to Rollins. For information on spring admission, please click here.
Transfer students must meet all general education curriculum and major requirements to earn a Rollins College degree. The Office of Student Records reviews and evaluates courses taken at other institutions, determines courses/credit to be accepted, and prepares a Transfer Course Evaluation. The evaluation lists all courses accepted and any general education requirements those courses fulfill. Students who enter Rollins College ready to declare their major program of study may request a major course evaluation from the Office of Student Records. The major department makes decisions regarding fulfillment of major requirements through transfer credit.
In the evaluation of transfer credit, four (4) semester hours equals one Rollins course. Transfer credit is awarded only for course work taken at regionally-accredited (Middle States, North Central, New England, Northwest, Southern, and Western Association) institutions. Transfer credit is not awarded for courses with a grade below ‘C-,’ courses taken by mail, or course work not typically offered in a liberal arts college. All transfer courses must be officially letter-graded by the originating institution, with the exception of internships which may be graded Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit if they meet the specific criteria outlined in the Education Programs and Opportunities section of this Catalogue. No more than twenty-four (24) semester hours are allowed for extension courses. No more than the equivalent of sixty-four (64) semester hours of credit are accepted from a two-year institution. Students with sixty (60) semester hours of credit enter Rollins College with junior standing, but may need additional time to fulfill the requirements of specific majors.
Rollins College participates in an articulation agreement between the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) and the Florida Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. Through this participation, students who enter Rollins with a completed Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida community college matriculate with junior standing and are usually able to transfer a total of sixty (60) semester hours, provided that they meet the same standards and program requirements as native Rollins students.
For all transfer students accepted though the College’s participation in the ICUF Articulation Agreement, transfer credit for courses completed at the community college will only be awarded for grades of 'C-' or better, as is the standard for all transfer students in Arts & Sciences. No transfer credit will be awarded for college preparatory, distance learning, or experiential course work, as is the standard for all transfer students in Arts & Sciences. No more than a total of sixty-four (64) semester hours will be awarded to a student for transfer work from a two-year college.
As part of the College’s participation in the ICUF Articulation Agreement, General Education Curriculum Requirements are waived for students with the A.A. degree from a Florida community college as well. Upper-level writing reinforcement and oral communication requirements, both part of the College’s general education curriculum, are infused into one or more upper-level courses within each major course of study.
A student's previous grade-point-average (GPA) does not carry forward; a Rollins GPA is determined only on the basis of courses completed at Rollins.
Once admitted to full-time degree status in the College of Arts and Sciences, students must complete at least seventy (70) semester hours in the College (including Rollins or Rollins-affiliated off-campus courses, but excluding Hamilton Holt School courses). Moreover, students must be enrolled full-time in the College of Arts and Sciences (excluding Hamilton Holt School courses) during the last two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summer terms). Students must complete a minimum of 140 semester hours of academic work, of which at least sixty-four (64) semester hours must be outside a single departmental prefix. All students must complete a minimum of sixteen (16) semester hours that are not used to meet either a general education curriculum or major requirement.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
Students are awarded four (4) semester hours of credit for each AP examination on which they earn a score of four (4) or five (5). Students who present scores of four (4) or higher on the AP English Language and Composition examination or the AP English Literature and Composition examination are exempt from satisfying the College's 'W'riting general education curriculum requirement. Students who present scores of four (4) or five (5) on the AP Statistics examination are exempt from satisfying the College's 'Q'uantitative Reasoning general education curriculum requirement. Credit earned from other AP examinations does not exempt students from any other of the College's general education curriculum requirements.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
Credit for IB course work is granted for students with an IB diploma, on a course by course basis. Students with an IB Diploma and a score of thirty (30) or better will be awarded one year (thirty-two  semester hours) of credit. Students without the Diploma, or with the Diploma and a score of less than thirty (30), will be awarded eight (8) semester hours for each higher-level score of five (5) or better and four (4) semester hours for each score of four (4) or better (on a higher or subsidiary level), to a maximum of twenty-four (24) semester hours. General education credit will be awarded as appropriate, to be determined by suitable bodies. Advanced placement will be awarded for major courses, subject to departmental approval. Students who present both IB and AP work in the same subject area will not be awarded double credit.