New College of Florida Summary

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Palm Court

Basic Statistics

Sarasota, FL
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
60 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Relative academic and social freedom
  • Moments of campus-inspired "ecstatic wonder"
  • A supportive and accessible faculty
  • Narrative evaluations instead of grades

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Poor food in dining halls
  • Little to do in the city of Sarasota
  • Few professors within each AOC (area of concentration)
  • Getting capped out of classes

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

New College is a place that students feel either passionately connected to or hopelessly alienated from. There is not a single aspect of New College life that can be considered traditional. From the progressive academics to the alternative social culture, it is a unique setting. This intensity does not bode well for everyone. Many come to New College expecting a utopia and are shocked when the rigorous academics and insularity kick in. Others come because of its academic reputation, oblivious to the fact that it requires a certain type of personality and drive. Not everyone can hack it—many fail out, and many transfer.

Most New College students feel they have made an economical strategic academic choice that will land them a spot in their desired graduate program. While this choice may involve many trade-offs, it is ultimately worth it for those who are free-spirited, independent, and serious about academics. On one hand, New College is small and has comparatively limited financial resources, without the name recognition and household prestige that high-achieving students crave. On the other hand, NCF is an educational bargain that has become nationally recognized. The campus facilitates close contact with professors (a 10-to-1 student/teacher ratio) and has a strong, supportive community. One should be mindful of these realities before deciding to attend. The word is getting out that this little gem in Florida exists. Still, most Novo Collegians believe in the intrinsic value of education, and they believe that their school is providing them with far more intellectually than what many public universities and Ivy League schools can offer. Judging by NCF graduate school admissions rates and Fulbright Scholarships, their belief is not far from the truth.

New College Student Reviews

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is okay, but definitely not the best. The only sport team we have is sailing.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The international student population on campus is nearly nonexistent. However, starting Fall of 2014, New College of Florida partnered with Daughters for Life to invite Middle Eastern women for a 4-year exchange program.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students' interests vary and you definitely don't want to get into a controversial or political argument with them. Most of the students are very hard-working during the week. On the weekends most of them go out to parties but people are definitely not pressured to go out.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Every Friday and Saturday, we have a party at Palm Court called the "Wall" - it's a hit-or-miss. Most of the times it's great.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It's a large university with variety of ethnic/racial diversity, economic backgrounds, etc.


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