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Reviews 357 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I believe there are good internship prospects; however, I am a first year so I don't have a of of knowledge on this subject. I have not heard of any employee recruiting taking place on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I wish it was easier to be allowed access to live off-campus. I do not understand why you need to be granted permission.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is very highly regarded academically. It is an extremely unique school that is not for everyone. I sometimes feel that it is not for me. The community is very specific and passionate. I do not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I'm not sure if I would change attending this school because although it is not the best environment for me, it is a great academic experience.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I personally feel safe but it could be better.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some things could be better but I like it enough.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We don't really have an athletic program.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm very happy here. My one anger is that the courses offered are only once or twice while I'm at New College, so I have to scramble to take the class I must take for major.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: New College is definitely not for everyone- the classes can be extremely rough and demanding, the climate can be aggressively liberal, and the entire layout of the school's academics is different than any other institution; however, I wouldn't want to attend school anywhere else. If you are a minority in any way, whether it be race, gender, or sexuality, you will find acceptance and love at this campus. The people are generally very nice, but some can be unforgiving if you say something they deem to be offensive, but the best thing to do is to admit you were wrong and ask how to gain more knowledge on the subject. This school academically is widely respected. The courses offered are really interesting and challenging. Many people transfer in their first semster of freshman year because the academics are very rigorous, but professors are very understanding and just want to help. One of my favorite parts of New college is the free counseling service available on campus (this school is very good about mental health and there is no stigma associated with mental health problems here on campus). The counsling services are really good and many students use them. Overall I've been really happy so far.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: One great thing about this school is the CWC, I will give it that. When new college drove me crazy I went to speak to one of their conselors and she pretty much saved my life and for that I am grateful. In terms of sexual assault I have not heard of their being a huge problem with it on campus, probably because if you are accused of it then the SJWs will chase you away with pitchforks, not that I disagree with that if you are guilty of it but I have heard of false accusations happening and people's lives significantly impacted becaus of it. But know if you are sexually assaulted here you will have a place to go and people to help you.

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: This is a school that thinks they know how to party but they really don't... I went to a few of the 'walls' as they like to call them and they always suck, without fail. PCP which was made out to me to be this huge campus party with a bunch of people on campus and stuff to do, both of the ones I atfended were bad. I heard the question 'what are you on' too many times, people aren't really approachable, it's just not fun. I honestly have nothing good to say about the party scene at this school... But then to be fair I don't have much good to say about this school generally.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in Sarasota so there's a bunch of nice places around, though they can be expensive. But there is also inexpensive options... It just depends what you're looking for. In terms of late night, many times I found myself at the middle of the night hungry and wondering where is open, the answer is always McDonald or munches. Munches is 25 mins away and McDonald's is gross yet sometimes unavoidable, I ate off campus a lot because on campus dining sucks, there's plenty of options.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus police are generally very helpful and they are there to help you above anything else. Although I've heard a few students complain about one particular officer. if you are stupid with your alcohol/drug use obviously you are going to get busted, but if you are discreet (put it in a cup etc) then they're not going to do much. Although who knows how much that is going to change after the events towards the end of last semester, graduation 'PCP' hardy existed and apparently there were cops everywhere... I can't confirm this though, I didn't really leave my dorm. The police were very helpful in dealing with one legal issue I had on campus.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Ham is gross, that has been established. Four winds food isn't bad but they run out of things quickly and the atmosphere at that place is awful and it's a long walk from the residential side. The continence store was a good addition though.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The school is pretty lenient when it comes to drug and alcohol policy, which is good, but there is a currently a task force that is reviewing the drug and alcohol policy due to recent events. Things should be somewhat different next year, if not drastically different (which i doubt).

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Rarely are students allowed to get off campus housing and if they are it's a nightmare of a process. It's not worth it. Just get an apartment in Dort or Goldstein and stay there.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off campus much, but the places I've been were all pretty good. Rico's Pizza is very close and makes the best pizza in town. If you go downtown there are a lot of restaurants. There is no place that delivers after nine that I have found which really sucks, and most places that deliver don't deliver to New College.

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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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