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Reviews 373 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The CDC leaves something to be desired, but there is so much social safety that it makes up for it somewhat.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are almost all great, especially in the sciences. Class styles make sense and are rigorous, so I learn a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of opportunity to use connections the school has to obtain internships, and to get job and internship advice from professors.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some need repairs, but others are quite nice.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's great, but it still has a way to go. While it's strong with LGBT diversity and acceptance, there are still several flaws with the administration treating students who identify as a sexual minority. Racial diversity is severely lacking and that is one of my biggest issues with the school.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is so much visibility of drugs and alcohol on campus. You can see people drinking from their dorms all the time, smoking weed visibly outside, ect. This was one of the biggest issues I had with campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I had a hard time deciding between a two or three out of 5 on this section. New College is an open, public campus beside an airport and on a major road, which has led to some issues of people tresspassing on campus, sneaking into parties, and stealing things. Generally, I feel very safe here. New College is a pretty safe community amongst students, although there's a tendency for items to be stolen in public places like the library. We have a police station on campus for quick response to any emergencies, so that's good.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses are so wonderful and unique as they're classes professors want to teach. However, it doesn't get 5 stars because many courses are only offered once every 2-3 years, which sucks. Class styles are really interesting, and small class sizes are good, until you have 60 kids wanting to take an intro course with one professor who caps the class at 20. The rating would be higher if they hired more professors to offer multiple sections of introductory courses.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience with New College has been really good. It was my first choice school when I applied and I can't imagine being anywhere else. However, like all good things, New College has some flaws that need to be tweaked. Our campus is very accepting of LGBTQ+ identifying individuals, yet administration still does problematic things like not referring to students by preferred names, pronouns, and using legal names for emails. There are issues of lack of diversity on campus and an obnoxiously prominent substance culture

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There aren't really athletics on this campus, but if you want to play sports there is definitely a population willing to play. Its mostly recreational, but its super open to any skill level which is refreshing. The sailing team is really fun, and is open to anyone willing.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really enjoy attending this institution, and would highly recommend it for anyone who really wants a sense of community. It is very liberal, and you have to be pretty open minded to go here, but other than that, there really is a niche for everyone. The professors and academics are really nice, and not having grades really makes for a different education.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: More average than they'd like to admit.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: People have high opinions of NCF.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing staff: awful except for nate.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We have none. Which is good.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's what you make of it.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: New College is very safe, and they provide endless resources to help students remain healthy and safe on campus. This is something we do very well.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience at New College is really great. I feel as if I am getting a quality education for an affordable price. I'm quite happy that I decided to come here.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's really difficult to get a job with a New College degree. Many of our students end up attending graduate school, which is quite easy to do with a New College degree. Our curriculum is set up to enter graduate school, not the workforce.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. I really enjoy the social climate here. However, housing is becoming more and more prevalent as the years go on. It's almost as if housing is acting as a police force, and that makes many students uncomfortable.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: New College is very unique. I am glad that I chose New College because I fit in here, but I have several friends that are unhappy with the school because they don't fit into the social climate. It's not for everyone, but it is for me. I feel as if I am being adequately challenged here. Besides, you can't beat this price for a liberal arts education.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life, or any other sorority or fraternity.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are small (as appropriate for an 800-student college) but generally good quality. Students are capable of running ball games with sufficient gear, and there is plenty of grassy space for games. There is very little sports competition.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This college is everything I was looking for. Academically rigorous, with teachers who care about and are knowledgeable in their subjects and who genuinely care about students' ambitions and will assist them in their goals. Socially open, with virtually all students friendly, intelligent, introspective, passionate about learning and goal-driven. Plenty of class options as well as capability of students to design learning opportunities for themselves, including traveling and studying abroad or interning locally, out-of-state or even internationally. Definitely prepares students for success in the real world, much more so than any other college I considered.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are mostly great. They are knowledgable and approachable. I wish there were more times and and availability of classes, but it's a small school so there aren't. I enjoy the small size of classes.


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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.

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