New College of Florida

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5800 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243-2109

Phone: (941) 487-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Apr. 15
application deadline

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#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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New College of Florida is a public institution that was founded in 2001. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 832, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 119 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. New College of Florida's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 89. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,783 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $29,812 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Often mistaken as a private college, New College of Florida is the public honors college for the State of Florida and a national leader in the liberal arts and sciences. Located on a 110-acre campus along the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, this small undergraduate liberal arts college attracts highly motivated, academically-talented students from throughout the United States, as well as nearly 25 foreign countries. Founded in 1960, New College features a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio consisting of approximately 850 students and 75 full-time faculty members and emphasizes in-depth undergraduate research and personalized learning. In addition to standard courses, students are encouraged to participate in yearly Independent Study Projects and are required to complete and defend a senior project or thesis prior to graduation. Year after year, New College's faculty and students garner top prizes and awards, including a higher proportion of Fulbright Scholars than virtually all other colleges and universities in the U.S., including Harvard, Stanford and Yale. Because of its small class sizes, its emphasis on student engagement, graduate school success rate and relatively inexpensive cost as a public university, New College is often cited by publications including Forbes, Fiske Guide to College and The Princeton Review as a best buy among American colleges. New College is a founding member of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL), a network of distinguished, progressive higher education institutions.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 2001
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $34,786,697


When applying to New College of Florida, it's important to note the application deadline is April 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 15. The application fee at New College of Florida is $30. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 59.6 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 59.6%
Application deadline April 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at New College of Florida is 10:1, and the school has 73 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at New College of Florida include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 56%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 100%

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Student Life

New College of Florida has a total undergraduate enrollment of 832, with a gender distribution of 40.6 percent male students and 59.4 percent female students. At this school, 75 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 25 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 832
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

New College of Florida offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. New College of Florida also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at New College of Florida, 52 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at New College of Florida.

Students who have cars on campus 52%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At New College of Florida, 58.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,819.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,783 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $29,812 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,856 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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