West Campus Advisors Establish Connections with Rollins College, Showcase Multiple Transfer Options

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

With limited educational options in Central Florida, many Valencia College students default to the University of Central Florida (UCF) when making their transfer plans. This, of course, is generally a great option for Valencia students — not only thanks to the innovative DirectConnect to UCF program, but also because of UCF’s wide variety of prestigious program offerings. However, that doesn’t mean that UCF is Valencia students’ only option.

That’s why Assistant Director of Advising Lynn Desjarlais initiated contact with Rollins College to develop programming that would highlight additional transfer options for Valencia College students. Through the partnership, Lynn and several program advisors worked together to create an event in which select students visited Rollins College (with free transportation from Valencia) to learn more about Rollins College’s transfer options and financial aid, as well as receive a tour and complimentary lunch. The students selected were enrolled in programs that align with bachelor’s degrees offered at Rollins, such as business, liberal arts, music and more.

“I feel it’s critical and part of our duty as advisors, specifically transfer-specific program advisors, to showcase multiple options for students to move forward toward the completion of their bachelor’s degree,” Lynn explained. “UCF is a wonderful option, but many of our students feel that UCF is their only viable option in terms of affordability. This partnership is aimed to showcase that Rollins is an affordable option for our students.”

Further explaining Rollins’ affordability, Lynn said, “They [Rollins College representatives] will sit with each prospective student to create customized financial packages which include scholarships. Rollins is also a great option for our international students. Since they are a private college, there is no out-of-state tuition that students must pay; there is only one flat fee per credit. In many cases, it’s a much cheaper option for them. Additionally, Rollins is a Yellow Ribbon school that offers financial support to students who are veterans. By educating our students that there are options for them to explore, we increase their chances of continuing on to complete their bachelor’s degrees.”

As the initial visit on Friday, February 22, 2019, was a success, Lynn and her team look forward to additional West Campus visits in the future and hope to expand the event offering to students at other campuses.


  • Bob Gessner said:

    hi Lynn, very interesting to learn about this option for some of our students. Thanks for working to make this possible.

    PMThu, 21 Mar 2019 18:31:15 +0000Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:31:15 +0000pm19,6:31 pm

    • Lynn Desjarlais said:

      Thank you so much Dr. Gessner! I really appreciate feedback. Rollins also has some really great options in the medical science fields. I plan to target our STEM students here for an upcoming tour as well! 🙂 Lynn

      AMFri, 22 Mar 2019 07:56:06 +0000Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:56:06 +0000am19,7:56 am

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