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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The library is very well set up and has plenty of resources and study spots, and I quite enjoy the campus atmosphere. Walking down the path to the bay going to class every day is a beautiful sight; it cheers me up every day. We don't have much of an athletic center, but it's enough for my fencing team. There's plenty of green spaces on campus since a lot of space is undeveloped. Unfortunately our current dining provider is one of the worst in the country, but this may change once the shift in dining happens at the start of the coming Fall semester.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are lots of things to do on campus, however we are not a sports college. The closest things to sports teams that we have is our sailing team and our flag football team. Other than that, we have a beautiful campus with loads of greenery, student hangout and places to spiritually enhance yourself.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The energy on campus is like nothing I have ever experienced. I believe college to be, not a means of getting a better job, but a chance to find yourself, find good friends and expand your mind. If you are a person who believes the same thing then I urge you to come to New College of Florida where I finally FEEL INSPIRED again! This school is unique, because it knows how to teach people. It is hard work a lot of the time but I want to be here, and everyone else here wants to be here too! It makes for a wonderful place to learn.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Depending on where you are on campus, it can look really beautiful and Floridian, rich with history, or like the projects. The first year dorms look like the projects. But there is an athletic center with some good hours, a pool, wonderful library (you can eat in it, friendliest people), New Stock this musical event is pretty big and lovely, and students often hang out in the cafeteria or lounges or rooms or other such places

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Even being small, New College offers a lot of the facilities available at larger schools.

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While its image, rigor, and philosophy don’t always reflect it, New College of Florida is a public school. This means that the bulk of funding comes from the taxpayers, providing students with an affordable education but affecting some of the aesthetic aspects of the school. Most agree, however, that the trade-off is worth it. Situated on Sarasota Bay, the campus contains two beautiful and historic mansions that once belonged to the famed Ringling circus family. Classes are still conducted in what used to be mansion bedrooms, and there are always beautiful sunsets over the water on the West Side of campus. The new academic building is LEED certified and is the most modern facility on campus. 

Students rarely complain about the size of the library, but the online databases are often used more than the actual book collection. The dining hall and student center, referred to lovingly as "Ham," is like a charming, dysfunctional family living room. While New College is devoid of some of the luxuries of larger and/or private schools, it provides students with all of the necessities. What doesn’t receive direct funding can be subsidized by the Student Allocations Committee. The fitness center, pool, and athletic facilities cater to the student population who use them well enough. There is not a whole lot of equipment, but it is all fairly new. Students watch their favorite television programs on the one campus TV with cable, located in Hamilton Center. Without the constant diversion of TV, students are better able to connect with each other. Besides, many Novo Collegians consider nights at the library to be a good time.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
144 acres
Student Centers
Hamilton Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Jane Bancroft Cook Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The bay
  • College Hall
  • Four Winds Café
  • Ham Center
  • The pool
  • Z-Green
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Four Winds Café
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
New College students all pay a "Green Fee" which goes toward environmental initiatives on campus. The school has recently worked to improve access to recycling bins and reduce the bottled-water consumption. The academic center is LEED certified.
School Slang
  • ________-Year : Used to denote your grade instead of freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Incoming students are first-years, sophomores are second-years. You get the idea.
  • Area of Concentration (AOC): Your major
  • The Asolo: FSU theater building adjacent to campus
  • Bayshore: The road that runs directly in front of the library
  • Black Box (BBT): The Black Box Theatre is often the venue for theatrical productions and electronic music appreciation events.
  • Cap: A limitation on the number of people in a class
  • The Catalyst : The student newspaper
  • Contract : A form that lists classes and goals for the semester that is reviewed by a contract sponsor, who is a faculty member
  • Cop Shop: The campus police station
  • Crease: Any area between two buildings, but generally used to name the area between Dort and Goldstein
  • The C-store: The convenience store inside Ham Center
  • Disorientation: A huge party held the Saturday before classes begin
  • Dortstein: A nickname for Dort and Goldstein residence halls on West Campus
  • Fishbowl: A room in Ham Center with plate glass windows or a Pei room with a picture window
  • Freegans: Students, sometimes vegans, that will eat leftover food to minimize waste.
  • Ham: Short for "Hamilton Center." This is where the dining hall, television, and student mailboxes are located.
  • Ham Money/Bucks: The currency of the student meal plan. First-years that reside in Pei often have the largest meal plans and end up selling their "Ham Bucks" off to older students at a 2-to-1 ratio.
  • The Hub: A room in the Ham Center devoted to making sure that you make the most out of your New College career
  • Independent Study Project (ISP): A month-long project equivalent to a semester's worth of work in one class that is usually completed in January
  • New College Time: Slang for "it will start at least 10 minutes late"
  • Palm Court Party (PCP): A huge themed "wall" occurring three times a year: Halloween, Valentine's, and graduation
  • Student Allocations Committee (SAC): A group of elected students who deal with money allocations for non-academic events
  • Sudakoff : The conference center on East Campus
  • Thesising: Slang for "writing a thesis"
  • Thourt Lounge: Slang for "Third Court Lounge," a popular hangout for first-years
  • Towne Meetings: An open forum to update students on what is going on on campus
  • V, W, X, Y, Z: The "letter" dorms are often referred to by the letter assigned to them prior to having been financially sponsored by a donor.
  • Wall: A weekend party occurring Friday and Saturday nights in Palm Court or Ham Center if the weather's nasty
  • Z-Green: The lawn of grass between Ham Center and Z-Dorm. When the weather is nice, many students study, read, and socialize on the green.
  • Gatsby Party: This event takes place outside the old Caples Mansion by the bay sometime in the spring. Students throw a classy soiree, during which many dress up in flapper fashions. This is the closest thing to a formal event.
  • Naked Potluck: Basically just what it sounds like. Students strip down and host potlucks in the dorms.
  • Not-New Year's Eve Party: Students who live on campus are not allowed to stay in their dorms over winter break and, therefore, end up spending New Year's Eve at their respective homes without their New College peers. This tradition was established to assuage the sadness of that missed celebration. It usually takes place the first week of January ISP, and many look forward to it more fervently than they do the real New Year's Eve.
  • Thesis Burning: After students complete their theses, they burn them.
Urban Legends
  • Every year, students complain that the incoming first-years are "more conservative and are changing New College." However, it has been generally accepted that this is always an exaggeration, as people have been saying this since NCF's inception. It is known as the "back-in-the-day myth," and someone wrote a senior thesis about it, which includes an amazing film. You can watch it in the thesis library.
  • There are rumors of a ghost in old Caples, which is a building that is on the bay but disconnected from campus. Some faculty have their offices there. As legend has it, there once was a mentally ill girl who had been kept in an upstairs room and eventually starved to death. People say that they can hear a piano playing there at night-even some police officers make this claim.
Favorite Things To Do
There's not very much beyond the basics: The Ham Center has a pool table, foosball table, and air hockey table. The fitness center has the resources for several sports, such as tennis and racquetball. Otherwise, students generally hang out with friends, read, or study.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Catalyst
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
This is a sample list of student organizations available at New College of Florida. From Acapellago to New College of Florida ACLU to Sail Club to Students Working for Equal Rights-there's something for everyone.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 6 responses

  • 27% PCP
  • 27% KYC Wall
  • 13% Midnight debates
  • 7% Thesis Burning
  • 7% East Egg Hunt
  • 7% Orientation Streak
  • 7% Newstock
  • 7% ISP
  • 0% Gatsby Party
  • 0% Naked Potluck
  • 0% Not-New Year's Eve Party

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 54% Converse with my peers
  • 15% Go to the Bay
  • 8% Smoke cigarettes
  • 8% Judge the people who smoke by residence halls
  • 8% Visit 4 Winds Cafe
  • 8% Go to clubs

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 10% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 40% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 10% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 35 responses

  • 17% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 71% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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