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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You have to be approve to live off campus and the process is frustrating. You are on your own from there, but many people make it work and like it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Limited cheap option a nearby but more as you drive farther

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: We are very weird and unique but when we come out to play it's all fun and friendly and you can do whatever you want with no judgement.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Policies are very lax and many people experiment with substances.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The staff in Ham are very nice. The food is hit or miss... sometimes things are unexpectedly delicious and other times downright gross. Sometimes the lack of variety is annoying but overall not so bad, especially since management is very receptive to criticism.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: while some dorms are nice, others are in sad disrepair. Community members are sometimes destructive and damage public spaces. The housing staff is overworked and as a result they are often very ineffective. Housing frustrates most of the students on campus.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There isn't any greek life on campus. And most people like it that way. Alcohol is plentiful and there is no pressure to drink, parties are to be had but there isn't a history of sexual coercion. A lot ofFolks here flipped when someone dared to suggest the idea of bringing Greek life to NCF.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: we have almost no sports except for the sail team. People play basketball and court soccer casually, but its more drunk athletics than true competition!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I freakin' love Crager's it's my sunday morning diner of choice. GET THE PRIME RIB EGGS BENEDICT, so much delicious artery clogging calorie intake... i would say that its expensive but it's basically two meals.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It's honestly okay. I wish the students could do hard drugs out in the open, and that we didn't need to file event request forms just to throw a party in a public area, but it honestly could be worse.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: most in-state students get bright futures and incoming freshman get another merit based scholarship. I'm getting about 6k in scholarship money from the school. On top of that, the buisiness office does a good job of working with outside scholarship things, like the office of vocational rehabilitation.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties are more like raves then uncomfortable binge drinking. It's a very safe environment for doing drugs and drinking though, and it seems like people look out for each other if they've had too much, which allows people to really let loose and go hard on the weekend nights.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is majorly overpriced and not nutritious. 4 winds is okay but it takes forever to get your incredibly tiny portion. The convenience store has decent weekday hours and the substation can be a life saver, in terms of getting portion size and nutrition.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are fairly standard, if expensive. Close to class.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are really quite large, larger than any other rooms I saw on campus tours. Many first year rooms in Pei have a porch or balcony, and it's quite comfortable even with 3 people (chances are you'll be tripled as an incoming student). The community is great though there is a ton of smoking, so if you have asthma, the doors are not insulated and it will come in - this is something that's an issue for me. I can't speak for the upper year dorms though apartment style living is availble by second year and occasionally for first years.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I think it's beautiful, some of it's a tad expensive due to the area, there are serveral activities, lots of movie theaters, mini-golf, shopping, local attitude seems nice - you just need a car to get to a lot of these things.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship but they are focused on here, it's important to have one, so yes, I plan to have one eventually. No concern, they seem to have a pretty concise list. Majors here seem to be pretty tailered to the individuals, double majoring is pretty easy from what I've seen. Requirements for Humanities and Social Science majors seem pretty reasonable, Nat Sci classes have a lot more requirements. On the up side, the general requirements are fairly non-existant (chances are that you'll meet all the requirements by the end of four years without even trying) and math is not a requirement unless it's in your major :D

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They seem to be pretty reasonable - they will answer your calls promptly and they just try to make everyone safe. You never really see them around the dorms so they're pretty lenient, they do patroll around campus, just for safety.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you like that kind of thing...personally it's just a bunch of smoking in a ring, some dancing, alcohol all to incredibly loud music. There are parties pretty much from Thurday to Saturday every night with the occasional one on a Tuesday. I'm not part of the crowd that attends walls (the names for parties) so I can't vouch for 'quality'.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's not as much as I was hoping, but they do offer a few which is more than I can say for some other colleges I applied to.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: There really aren't sports, just the occasional fun game beween NCF and Ringling, but the facilities are nice and useful, and there are exercise classes.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is harder to get to them if you don't have a car, but they are nice enough. Typically there are ride shares or people willing to bring you things like pad thai - also you don't feel the need to leave as much because there are a ton of students on campus who make awesome, diverse food.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I brought alarms for doors to the dorm when I moved in because I'm paranoid, I wound up feeling so safe and have continuously throughout the semester that I haven't even bothered to install them. I never would have expected to feel comfortable walking from the library back to my dorm alone at night, but I do. You pretty much know everyone on campus which really helps.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is not very strict at all. If you are responsibly drinking you should not have any trouble.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for off-campus dining. You can get food at almost any time of day. There is even barbeque at the gas station right next to campus. There are plenty of places to choose from.

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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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