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Location
Sarasota, FL
Undergrads
801
Tuition (in-state)
$29,812 ($6,783)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Academics: The New College of Florida has unparalleled academic opportunities for those willing to work for them. Unlike most other undergrad programs, New College puts you in direct contact with your professors- who actively encourage you to visit them to talk about the classes and possible projects. If you have a dream, New College will work with you to make it happen. There are a lot of stories of this on the NCF website and they're anything but uncommon among students. Having written evaluations rather than grades takes a lot of stress out of the courses and encourages students to take classes that would normally fall outside their comfort zone. Professors will write truthfully about your participation and exam scores, though, so don't think you can just slack off. As an honors college, the curriculum is generally a cut above what you'd normally expect and frequent essays, class presentations, and mountains of problem sets are a fact of life. All graduating students must write a thesis relevant to their area of concentration (major) which is strictly judged by your professors. The stress and workload of fourth year is a well-known endeavor which shouldn't be taken lightly.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I felt very unsupported as someone who was interested in pursuing a career in secondary education in the history field. There are no resources for people who want to be teachers, and the history major is suffering from a lack of diversity and from non-tenured professors.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Computer Science is only now getting the support necessary. Professors are helpful, but there's only two.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are challenging, and professors are incredibly supportive.

4 College Junior

Academics: Very heavy work load but there are plenty of helpful resources. Students expect a heavy load, but some classes are more difficult than others in that department.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 13th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 26th
    Smartest Professors
  • 80th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 174th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Taylor Welsh
Hometown
West Palm Beach, Fl
Major
English Literature/Socioloy
Grad Year
2014
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New College professors are amazingly accessible and qualified. All hold doctorates or terminal degrees and have come to New College for the love of teaching. Mini-classes are held at the beginning of the semester to give students the opportunity to sample courses before committing to them. While there are no grades at New College, tests are still sometimes scored numerically, and a lot of feedback is given to assess strengths and weaknesses. Becoming an engaged student, thinker, and contributor is paramount to success in many disciplines at the College. The student-to-teacher ratio is touted as being as low as 10 to 1. The month of January is devoted to students completing Independent Study Projects (ISPs). These range from internships to seminars, and they tend to be broad in scope and designed by students with adviser input.

While New College promotional literature gives the impression that the curriculum is free-form, it often isn’t. There are no general education requirements, but students must fulfill liberal arts requirements along with the necessary courses in their areas of concentration. The workload is high, and the reading load is even greater. Outsiders assume that the lack of grades makes for a relaxed, easy lifestyle. This is untrue. While the evaluation system reduces competition among students, it does hold students accountable for everything they do. Self-discipline and sustained effort are required to excel. The result of initial poor performance will remain on the evaluation and will serve to inform the student, along with professor, as to areas of weakness. At New College of Florida, academics reign.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
71
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
28
Total FT Faculty
74
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$67,786
Full-Time Retention Rate
83%
Transfer-Out Rate
24%
Graduation Rate
69%
Programs/Majors Offered
1
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 70%
  • 20 to 49 students: 28%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other: 50%
Graduation Requirements
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Academic contract
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • January Interterm
  • Narrative evaluation/pass-fail
  • Senior thesis
  • Student-designed major
  • Study abroad
  • Tutorials
  • Undergraduate research
Best Places to Study
  • Four Winds CafĂ©
  • Hamilton Center
  • Jane Bancroft Cook Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Acquire a reading habit. Reading loads are immense at New College. If you're not used to it, you can fall behind.
  • Attend different events, open yourself up to trying new activities, and don't be afraid to make new friends.
  • Completing your undergraduate degree in four years is a challenge that requires careful planning and tireless work. It is not unheard of (nor uncommon) for students to spend five to six years at New College.
  • Go to professors' office hours. Office hours are underutilized and can be a great way to establish rapport with the faculty.
  • Know what you are getting into. Many applicants apply because they hear that New College is a good, inexpensive school, but they don't grasp the concept of a liberal arts college and what that entails. Understand that New College has an intentionally unique academic program, and that the senior thesis is a reality that must be prepared for.
  • Seek out help when you need it; it is always there. Also, be sure to seek out the help of the Counseling & Wellness Center if you ever feel too overwhelmed.
  • Sometimes taking a break from the "bubble" is exactly what students need, whether you choose to take a job off campus or just take a drive to a local beach or farmers' market. It is important to expose yourself to people and places unrelated to the comfortable (yet somewhat cloistered) social system.
  • Visit the campus. It will make salient some of the differences between NCF and more traditional colleges.
  • Your first year is all about finding out what you are interested in-take the courses that spark your interest. The next three years will be your time to specialize and focus on what you really want to pursue.

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