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Reviews 341 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school actually tries pretty hard to get everyone the financial aid that they need. It's very nice in that respect. I haven't had much interaction with the financial aid office though, so I can't say much.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: House is a hassle. Just getting a dorm is a bureaucratic nightmare. The Pei dorms are cramped and you rarely get privacy. Maybe next year when I have a room alone things will be better. The rooms themselves are fine and not a bad place to live.

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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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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