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Rollins College

Rollins College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Winter Park, Florida along the shores of Lake Virginia.


1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park

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Tommy The Tar
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Rollins College is Florida's oldest post-secondary institution, and has been independent, nonsectarian, and coeducational from conception.Lucy Cross, founder of the Daytona Institute in 1880, first placed the matter of establishing a college in Florida before the Congregational Churches in 1884. In 1885, the Church put her on the committee tasked with determining the location of the first college in Florida (which Rollins was).Cross is known as the "Mother of Rollins College." Rollins was incorporated, organized, and named in the Lyman Park building in nearby Sanford, Florida on 28 April 1885, opening for classes in Winter Park on November 4 of that year. It was established by New England Congregationalists who sought to bring their style of liberal arts education to the frontier St. John's basin. A commemorative plaque listing the names of the founders was dedicated 1 March 1954 and is displayed in historic Downtown Sanford. Early benefactors of Rollins College included Chicago businessman Alonzo Rollins (1832-1887), for whom the college is named. Rollins made substantial donations to enable the founding of the college, and was a trustee and its first treasurer. Another early benefactor was Franklin Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Fairbanks was President of the family business, Fairbanks Scales, and was a founder of Winter Park, a donor to Rollins College and a trustee. In March of 1936 during a visit to Central Florida, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was conferred an honorary degree in literature at the Knowles Chapel on campus. Other U.S. Presidents who have visited the campus include Calvin Coolidge (1930), Harry Truman (1949), Ronald Reagan (1976; prior to his 1980 election), and Barack Obama (2012).

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Our mission is to provide a rigorous liberal arts baccalaureate education of the highest quality, encouraging in our Classroomfaculty pedagogical innovation and continued professional growth, and fostering in our students both the intellectual curiosity that underlies a desire for lifelong education and the practice of making principled, ethical decisions for functioning as responsible citizens and workers in a global society. 1. To obtain knowledge of the distinctive methodologies and subject matter of the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, 2. Ability to read, think, write, and speak critically and analytically, 3. Ability to identify and articulate ethical dimensions of a personal or social issue.



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Suburban, 80 Acres (32�Ha)