Athletics

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

Athletics: Sports aren't a very important part of New College life. People will play for fun, but nothing is competitive and few care for football, basketball, and the like.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic center is small but has everything most people would want or need. Like most buildings at New College it could use some sprucing up but sports really are not a focus on the campus and it does its job just fine.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not aware of sports, but there's tennis, soccer, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I was looking for a school with no emphasis on sports, and I found it.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: Nonexistent. There's an attitude of 'anti-sports' that really discourages people interested in sports. Minus the one soccer fundraiser, there's barely any attention paid to sports, and the facilities are nonexistent.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1316th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1329th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

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 students are either widely apathetic toward or supportive of the fact that there are no sports teams or official athletic programs. On the other hand, if students want to explore and/or partake in a specific sport, various informal programs exist: sailing club, flag football, soccer, basketball, tennis, racquetball, and fencing. There is also quite a high demand for dance and yoga classes, which are held in the fitness center aerobic room. NCF's version of athletics is very relaxed, inclusive, and casual. If there is a program you would like to start, students are often receptive to joining in. New College (typically) doesn’t attract the athletically inclined, so it doesn’t become an issue. People prefer alternative sports such as footbag (hacky sack), pingpong, and carrying heavy books to and from the library. Overall, Novo Collegians are not big into one's traditional idea of college sports.

The fitness center is very well attended, and the tennis courts are often in use. Basketball games are played on an almost daily basis. The racquetball facilities are wonderful; there are two four-wall indoor courts and quality rackets for student use. Lifeguards are on duty at the swimming pool, and there is a softball field. The athletic resources are available for those interested—they just don’t constitute much of the culture.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Division
None
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
The unofficial mascot is actually an empty set, represented by a pair of brackets ([ ]).
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Men's Varsity Sports
None
Women's Varsity Sports
None
Club Sports
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • Capoeira
  • Dodgeball
  • Fencing
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Quidditch
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball and soccer field
  • Fitness center
  • Tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, sailing, and soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Fencing
School Spirit
Many enrollees strongly identify as being a part of the New College community. The lack of large, organized extracurricular events makes it hard for people to show school spirit. However, most of the students who stick around are proud to be Novo Collegians, and they occasionally flaunt New College apparel. Students have a lot of personal investment in the ideals and vision of the school.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Bay Shore Road

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 16 responses

  • 56% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 25% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 12% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 60% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 7% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 94% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 6% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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