New College of Florida
Founded in 1960, New College of Florida is a nationally regarded public liberal arts college as well as the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College integrates stellar academics and career-building experience in an education tailored to each student’s academic interests, personal goals, and professional aspirations. Professors provide students with written performance evaluations that go beyond grades in assessing academic progress. More than 80 percent of students live on the beautiful, waterfront campus on Sarasota Bay.
Students benefit from small classes (with an average class size of 12 students) that promote active learning and close relationships between students and professors; choose from 45 areas of study grounded in the sciences, arts, and humanities; and design a personalized education that encourages intellectual risk-taking and career exploration. Hands-on learning through internships, independent research, international experience, and community engagement is central to students’ education, and post-college planning is woven throughout the student learning experience. There are also professional skills certificates available in marketing, technology, and finance as well as dual-degree programs in liberal arts and engineering.
Get to know New College of Florida
“New College has taught me how to think critically, offered me opportunities to explore my academic and extracurricular interests, and allowed me to develop invaluable connections with extraordinary students, faculty, and staff members. I am so thankful for the academic, professional, and personal growth I’ve experienced at New College.” – Jacob Wentz, Class of 2020 graduate and Fulbright Award recipient
THE COMPASS: STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE
The Compass allows students to chart their own academic and career exploration at New College. Students create a personalized academic journey that integrates rigorous academics with career-building opportunities to meet their intellectual interests and professional aspirations. New College students are encouraged to explore their intellectual curiosity, create their own research projects, and learn from inspiring faculty. The Compass incorporates opportunities to gain career experience through internships, certificates, and pre-professional communities.
INDEPENDENT STUDY PERIOD (ISP)
January at New College is known as Independent Study Period (ISP), which is when students can focus on a specific aspect of their field of study or explore something new through an immersive experience that can take the form of a lab experiment, a scholarly paper, or a creative endeavor. The College does not hold regular class meetings in January, so students can also use the time to study abroad, complete internships, or pursue off-campus learning opportunities.
New College encourages students to think outside the box when it comes to their education, so if a subject is not listed in the course catalog, they can work with a faculty member to create a unique tutorial or join an existing one with other students. This allows them to indulge their intellectual curiosity and gain career-oriented experiences through highly personalized learning opportunities.
DUAL-DEGREES IN LIBERAL ARTS AND ENGINEERING
New College offers a dual-degree program with the University of Florida that enables students to earn a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from New College as well as bachelor’s degree in engineering from UF’s Wertheim College of Engineering in five years.
Students can develop career-related skills through short, intensive certification programs in marketing, finance, and technology.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 93 | 10-19: 85 | 20-29: 22
30-39: 4 | 40-49: 3 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 3%
White, non-Hispanic: 69%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
SET SAIL: FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR PROGRAM
The SET SAIL (Success Equals Teamwork, Strategies, And Inspired Learning) program is a series of first-year seminars created to support new students in their academic and social transition to the College. Every SET SAIL first-year seminar covers a unique topic of academic inquiry and is taught by at least one professor and student leader. This teaching team introduces students to career coaches, librarians, and academic support partners on campus.
STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
The Student Success Center provides peer coaching, group study sessions, workshops, resources, and referrals to enhance students’ academic engagement and personal learning habits.
“The teachers at New College really care more than the average college professors do. They were really there for me. I leaned on my professors a lot. I would talk to Professor Walstrom about science and my Imposter Syndrome and she genuinely cared. That meant everything to me, and I want to be like that for my students [when I become a teacher].” – Melissa Simmons, 2020 graduate
WRITING RESOURCE CENTER
The Writing Resource Center provides one-on-one assistance and resources to help students at any stage in their writing process on projects ranging from research papers to senior capstone projects to scholarship essays.
New College faculty go beyond traditional letter grades and give students detailed performance evaluations each semester. Just like in the professional world, students receive a personalized assessment of their progress toward academic goals, skill development, and mastery of new knowledge. Unlike grades, these written evaluations capture the nuances of the individual learning experience, enabling each student to better understand their strengths and improve upon their weaknesses.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Exchange student program (domestic)
“I am very grateful to New College for affording me the ability to implement the intellectual ideas of philosophy into the world through the practical medium of computer science.” – Jesus Olive, 2020 graduate
Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide unique environments where select groups of students share common residential and learning experiences. Based on disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes, LLCs create intentional links between academic, social, and residential experiences. Current LLCs include: Global Village, Sustainable Living, Outdoor Adventure, LGBTQ Pride, Health and Wellness, and Writing.
NEW MUSIC NEW COLLEGE
An extension of the Music program, New Music New College presents concerts of experimental, contemporary, and avant-garde music in various venues on campus. Concerts feature student performers and composers as well as visiting artists from around the world.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
New College’s annual Black History Month program rallies the campus community as they celebrate and explore the rich history, culture, and contemporary realities of Black people and communities.
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New College’s student theatrical production company, under the artistic direction of the faculty in theatre and performance studies, produces live shows throughout the year.
New College is part of the Cross-College Alliance (CCA), a consortium of five local colleges and universities that allows students to cross-register for courses and participate in joint student life activities at other affiliated institutions: Ringling College of Art and Design, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, The Ringling Museum (Florida State University), and State College of Florida.
New College of Florida is known for its waterfront location in stunning Sarasota. The main bayfront campus lies along the Gulf of Mexico on the historic former estate of circus magnate Charles Ringling, founder of Ringling Brothers Circus. First-class on-campus facilities include the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the Heiser Natural Sciences Center Complex, a dedicated Academic Center and sustainably operated Koski Plaza, a Public Archaeology Lab, and the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center with seven research labs and more than 100 aquariums.
New College fields intramural and club sports teams in powerlifting, rowing, sailing, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. There are also recreational organizations for students interested in aerial silks, aikido, roller skating, and scuba diving.
This bayfront facility houses kayaks, paddleboards, and sail boats for use by students and college employees.
FITNESS CENTER AND POOL
The Fitness Center features cardio equipment, a weight room, a racquetball court, and a room for yoga and dance classes. Outside the Fitness Center is a 25-meter pool and a hot tub. There is also a lighted basketball court, a softball diamond, a multipurpose field, and a beach volleyball court.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 93%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
Special housing for international students
“I think the training we received in our classes at New College was really well-designed to translate into the career path that I’ve chosen. The independent learning and critical thinking that was integrated into so many of the courses I took have been immensely helpful. Being independent while still being able to seek advice and communicate your ideas to others is a major theme in scientific research, and I think New College was uniquely poised to prepare me for that.” – Alexandria Wells, 2014 graduate
SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT
The senior capstone project represents the culmination of a New College student’s education. This project can take the form of a lengthy research paper, body of artwork, findings from a laboratory project, musical composition, or theatrical production. Each student completes a baccalaureate exam with a live presentation of their project before a faculty panel.
CENTER FOR CAREER ENGAGEMENT AND OPPORTUNITY (CEO)
The Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) empowers every student to achieve post-graduation success and connect to a world of possibilities. The CEO provides support for students applying for jobs, internships, fellowships, research opportunities, and graduate and professional school.
NOVO CAREER ADVANTAGE
Through Novo Career Advantage, the customized four-year career preparation plan, students work with a career coach and faculty sponsor to gain professional skills, learn successful job search practices, and pursue experiences inside and outside the classroom that will help them achieve their career aspirations.
PROFESSIONALS IN RESIDENCE
Professionals-in-residence offer career advice and mentorship on topics including career information, professionalism, job searching, networking, interviewing, résumés, and more.
New College graduates earn PhDs at a higher rate than alumni of any public university in the nation. A greater percentage of Fulbright Award winners have attended New College than any other college or university in Florida.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA | Application Essay
Class rank | Standardized test scores | Recommendation(s)
Extracurricular activities | Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
Talent/ability | First generation | Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence | State residency
25th Percentile: 1170 | 75th Percentile: 1335
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 620 | 75th Percentile: 700
25th Percentile: 560 | 75th Percentile: 660
25th Percentile: 25 | 75th Percentile: 31
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 25 | 75th Percentile: 33
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $6,916
Tuition (out-of-state): $29,944
Room & Board: $9,662
New College of Florida guarantees scholarship funding to virtually all admitted first-year students who apply for the fall class by the priority deadline—with an ambitious array of both academic and need-based scholarships and grants. Popular scholarships include the Four Winds Scholarship for Florida freshmen, the Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship Program, and the Presidential Scholarship for out-of-state students. In addition, local students may apply for the Barancik Scholarship and the Access Leadership program, which supports high-potential young leaders in overcoming financial barriers to an honors education.
Because New College of Florida is a public institution, the in-state tuition and fees are significantly lower than those of private schools. New College graduates have the third-lowest average student debt compared to their peers at all other state universities in Florida, and many graduate with little to no debt.