As a student at Rollins, you will find an exciting and vibrant campus environment. Every day is a new adventure, and much of that adventure is experienced through the many on-campus recreational outlets and resources provided to students. Whether you are trying catch pancakes during the Pancake Flip, competing in Greek Week’s volleyball tournament, gathering with friends for some live music at Dave’s Down Under, or the first student to spy the Rollins Fox on Mills lawn signifying “Fox Day,” daily life on campus at Rollins offers a colorful range of fun activities.
One of Rollins’ most cherished and long-standing traditions, Fox Day occurs once a year. In the early morning hours of one day each spring, the College president places a statue of the Rollins Fox on Mills Lawn. This signifies to the entire campus community that classes for that day have been canceled, and students, faculty, administrators, and staff get a surprise day off.
All Campus Events (ACE) is a student activities board charged with coordinating student activities and entertainment programs throughout the academic year. Every year, thanks to the work of this group, you will find a broad range of musicians, speakers, and performers coming to the Rollins campus. ACE is well-known for Rollins After Dark, a program designed to supply exciting entertainment and events for students on Friday nights.
Finals can be a stressful time. There's the exhaustion from late night study sessions or staying up all night writing that final paper, and the fatigue that comes from worrying about acing your final exams. But students always find time two days into final exams to refuel and take a break from their studies by heading to the Cornell Campus Center for the late night Pancake Flip.
Each year, one of the most anticipated campus events is Greek Week. It is a weeklong event in which all fraternities and sororities come together to participate in events and compete against one another as groups. Featured events include a volleyball tournament, Greek Jeopardy, Field Day, and boat races. The festivities also include a barbecue and an awards ceremony.
Since 1935, the Bach Festival has been an integral part of the character of Rollins. This two-week, music-packed event draws the world’s most distinguished classical performers to the John Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins campus. The New York Times recently recognized the Bach Festival as “one of the outstanding choral events in the country,” and the 150-voice Bach Festival Choir—under the direction of Rollins music professor Dr. John Sinclair—is widely considered to be the finest oratorio choir in the state of Florida and among the best in the country.
The first annual Campus MovieFest was held on Rollins' campus in February 2006. Since then, CMF has been an astounding success, with over one thousand people participating each year. The film makers are provided equipment for and produce a 5-minute film in categories ranging from comedy to drama to documentary. Arts and Sciences, Holt, and Crummer students, faculty, and staff attend the annual premiere night in the Alfond Sports Center, which honors the top 16 films of the year with spotlights, a red carpet, and a celebratory after party.
Arguably one of Rollins College's biggest traditions, Student Government Associations’s Lip Sync brings the campus community together for an evening of friendly competition. Fraternities, sororities, faculty, staff, and student organizations battle it out for the Lip Sync trophy, currently held by X-Club and Alpha Omicron Pi.
Dance Marathon is a multi-hour event which blends dancing, music, games, food, and entertainment into one experience where students raise funds for kids treated at local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Students participate by staying awake and on their feet for a full 12 hours, all to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. Miracle Families from Central Florida come and share their stories of how Children’s Miracle Network has impacted their lives and in doing so inspire the dancers to stay energetic.
JUMP is a student group that plans service-based projects on a regular basis for the Rollins community. Join us in our adventure and make progress by connecting and engaging in events, programs, and initiatives that make a difference in communities across Central Florida. J.U.M.P.! (Join Us in Making Progress) provides Rollins College students, faculty, and staff the opportunity for personal growth and experiential education through campus and community involvement.
For more than half a century, Rollins College and Winter With the Writers have brought to the Rollins campus the finest literary minds of our time. David Halbersham, Dana Goia, Harry Crews, Richard Ford, Kaye Gibbons, Mary Karr, Edward P. Jones, Michael Ondaatje, and scores of others have made us laugh, cry, and contemplate. But best of all, they have inspired in us an even greater appreciation of contemporary literature.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Brought to you by Student Involvement and Leadership, Snowed In is our signature welcome-back event of the spring. Every student deserves a snow-day, even ones in Florida. However, as snow in Florida is rare to non-existent, staff and students take matters into their own hands. With a little help from a snow machine, and many student organizations, the Cornell Campus Center is transformed into a winter wonderland of games, hot cocoa, and entertainment designed to keep everyone warm at this all-night event.
Rollins is known as a “college of champions” because of the success our intercollegiate teams have achieved over the years. With 21 NCAA Division II national championships and 52 Sunshine State Conference championships, varsity sporting events are hotly anticipated events that bring the entire Rollins campus together in spirit.
You will benefit from an extensive intramurals program and discover that athletics at Rollins are never limited to the fields of our varsity teams. Most students participate in at least one of our 14 intramural sports, and many students participate in several.
You will find more than 140 student clubs and organizations, spanning a variety of interests, including academics, athletics, cultural diversity, media, religion, and community service. You will also have access to student honor societies and governing bodies, and a Greek system that includes five fraternities and six sororities. New clubs and organizations are forming all the time. Visit the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership to learn how to start your own student group!
The Arts at Rollins College (ARC) is a unique initiative that helps to fuse the efforts of the nationally acclaimed Annie Russell Theatre, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, and Winter Park Bach Festival with the College’s programs in art, dance, film, literature, music, and theatre. As a student in these programs, you will enjoy an abundance of support and can begin participating in performances and productions from your first year on.