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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is amazing however, there needs to be more and better housing as well as more students to help dilute some of the extremism that is prominent at New

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I truly believe that anyone that is familiar and understands the school understands its great value as a school

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: New cCollege has nearly no assault and the one time I was close enough to witness the process, it was taken very seriously, though not as quickly as it should have been

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is sad that it is cheaper to live off campus and that its so difficult to live off campus

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Don't have greek life and highly doubt the school would be able to handle the greek life

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not particularly concerned but our sports are virtually nonexistent and though few of the current students are bothered by it, I think it would help diversify the student population if there were sports. However, our gym and pool is definitely good in my opinion.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: my experience with the classes and professors is nearly immaculate

5 College Senior

Greek Life: There really are no groups like this. LLCs are closest, and that's whatever.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Not much to say for NCF sports?

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My review cannot be empty.

3 College Junior

Diversity: In a lot of ways it's wonderful, but before coming to this school, if you are unaware of pronoun usage and different identities, the reaction can be hostile. While the general impression is that the LGBT+ scene is open and accepting, I find that is only true if you look the part. People will judge your orientation based on looks alone, leading even to scathing comments. If you are a white cis male, prepare for a lot of abuse - or if you just look like one. If you aren't liberal, unless you don't like talking to people, I recommend not coming here. This school is so accepting it is unaccepting, which sounds ridiculously but I think most will conclude the same after attending. If you wear dreadlocks as a non POC, are otherkin, or plan on being a prominent member of New society, prepare for public and online abuse. New College students like to talk about privilege while being seemingly unaware of their own. If you don't look or act the part you won't fit in, and if you have any political beliefs aside from the mainstream (*radically* liberal) you will get torn down if you're vocal, even with people you think are friends. There are no opinions, only what the mainstream says. Other than that, it's great, if you can avoid these situations you'll never find a warmer, more welcoming community, which is why living here is so confusing.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: I am not okay with the drug situation on campus, not for me, but the person next to me. While there is no direct peer pressure, the availability of pretty much any drug you could want is ridiculously high. There's always a friend-of-a-friend who can get you access. Heavier drugs like cocaine and heroin are Not. Safe. on this campus, due to the surrounding area of the school. Marijuana and mushrooms are the most common, I would say, which doesn't bother me, it's just the attitude towards heavier drugs that I find truly disturbing, almost encouraging. Students are quick to defend drugs like LSD as 'traditional' New College drugs. Policy enforcement has mainly wound up in the arrest of student drug dealers, which I find worse, as it means students are driven to find drugs in the surrounding Bradenton area which is just a terrible idea. It's the attitude that needs to change.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Due to the influx of students, classes are suffering. You easily get capped from classes, even those you need to satisfy requirements. The quality of courses is generally good, though the workload is also general insane. At one point, my average week consisted of 600+ pages of reading, 1-2 quizzes, 2-3 short essays and then sporadic longer essays. I find once you get into higher level courses the work load drops off substantially, but if you've been capped out, even as an upper year, good luck. Courses also aren't alway repeated very often, and some to the professor's whim, making completing requirements incredibly difficult. For example, one class necessary to graduate in Marine Bio only comes around every 3 years, while one in Literature comes around every 2 years. This also occurs while professors have what I refer to as "pet-project" classes, which will be repeated frequently (every year, for instance) that do *not* satisfy any requirements. In general, I adored my professors, who were always available for office hours, and willing to accommodate student-specific needs. Classes were generally engaging and subject matter interesting and relevant (though course descriptions are not alway true to form) Mini-classes are a god-send. However, be aware that departments are small and the school requires a thesis to graduate, with a student selected committee to review it. If you don't like working with a particular professor it's almost impossible to avoid taking further classes with them, or even having them on your panel for your thesis. Also, as a note to any applying students, there is NO way to make a Creative Writing Major/AOC, no matter what you have been told. I've met over a dozen people who were to lured to this school under this pretense. In Spring a visiting writer will teach 1-2 classes (a high level and low level) but this can be in either poetry or creative writing. And that's it. Other than that, class subjects are generally really cool and unusual.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's alright, I don't worry about obtaining a job, but most internships that are applicable to my field are out of state, and I haven't really seen any recruitment. I do think most students find jobs quickly if they are actively engaged in the process. The people at the career center are lovely and helpful.

1 College Junior

Health & Safety: From what I have heard, while the campus feels strongly about sexual assault,the school does a lot to cover it up. This would not surprise me. The drug situation on campus is incredibly strong, and unsettling in some cases. The county the school falls into is, I believe, currently the nation's leading overdose capital. While there is no pressure from other students to do drugs, you *will* see other students using them. Campus crime is pretty low, although theft has been on the rise. This school has an incredible problem with smokers. As someone with asthma, this isn't great. Smokers are everywhere, will sit directly outside your rooms, be in the middle of crowds at important or mandatory events, and be outside the entrances to places I need to be, like the library, the cafeteria, and narrower walkways to my dorm. I spent 6months with a lingering cough due to the constant smoking around me. If you have the confidence to approach people in order to ask them to stop smoking, people are general quite amenable - but won't change their behavior and will be right back in the same place the next time. I've found the social response to any stop-smoking initiative to be volatile and somewhat threatening.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The main problem is there just isn't enough room for the increasing class sizes. Unless you have older friends who can get you into the nicer dorms, you are stuck in a triple single Pei room. Campus housing beyond that is a toss up. Some rooms are fine (all of the dorms are spacious, even the Pei rooms compared to other campuses), but others suffer from mold, flooding, or insufficient pet cleanup. I personally have been lucky, though I do believe my first Pei room suffered from mold. Admin will do literally nothing to assist you/move you unless you have a second flood Pei and you've broken your leg. I've heard room changes for those with roommates they dislike isn't that hard. Dealing with housing is like pulling teeth and mentioning lawyers and parents (which is not always a privilege someone has >.>) is basically the only way to get anything done (and even then they will try to intimidate you into backing down). Getting off campus housing is a huge hassle and I personally wouldn't feel safe off campus anyways as the area directly off campus is, in my personal opinion, highly dangerous for anyone. People will try to convince you it's cheaper to live off campus, but unless you can find something under $500 a month, or that includes utilities, according to my math it's actually more expensive.

2 College Junior

Athletics: It's great for those that just want to enjoy playing some kind of athletically related game, or want to just work out occasionally. Otherwise athletics are nonexistent, but the club sports are a great deal of fun and are typically well attended (for such a small school).

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Ok, so, first year was fantastic. I found a warm and loving community and didn't really see too much wrong with it. I made friends, I loved my classes - all good stuff. Academically I feel the school is fantastic, and most professors are always willing to talk with you about pretty much anything and teach in engaging manners. I will say I feel the school needs *way* more professors than it has, most departments are tiny. If you don't care for one professor, good luck figuring out how to avoid them if they're in your field. Many degrees have requirements that make it impossible to move from field to field in a true liberal arts environment. The work load (coming from someone who has passed every class they've taken) is ridiculous. Good luck having a life outside of New. By second year the political scene grew incredibly prominent to the point that I felt uncomfortable discussing anything, even non-political, with people I didn't know extremely well. When someone does something 'wrong' the entire community jumps in to tear them down. Students who are well known or in prominent positions face unfounded accusations and abuse. There is one status quo and if you don't stick to it, those with the louder voices make life hell. Personally, I could handle either the workload, or the social sphere, not both. New is either for people who don't want to be part of the social scene at all, or are radically - and I mean radically - liberal (from a highly liberal person). It's really sad, this school has fantastic potential and I felt great my first year, I love the pass/fail system, the general acceptance of any minority, and the idea of the close knit, neighborly community. It just fell through for me.

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.

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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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