Students Say

New College of Florida, a uniquely small and unconventional public institution, “provides challenging courses for highly self-motivated students who want a large amount of control over their academic choices.” It’s all about “self-directed learning” here (working closely with faculty advisers, “the student decides what he or she is going to learn and how she is going to learn it”) that leaves undergrads “free to do what they please—with their bodies, their studies, their behavior—but while also being held to high academic standards.”

Overview

Applicants
1,570
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
4.00

GPA Breakdown

73%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
6%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 710
SAT Math
560 - 670
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
April 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

New College of Florida, a uniquely small and unconventional public institution, “provides challenging courses for highly self-motivated students who want a large amount of control over their academic choices.” It’s all about “self-directed learning” here (working closely with faculty advisers, “the student decides what he or she is going to learn and how she is going to learn it”) that leaves undergrads “free to do what they please—with their bodies, their studies, their behavior—but while also being held to high academic standards.” Those who can balance the intellectual freedom NCF offers with the academic accountability it demands, wind up with “a rounded education that enables them to critically and pragmatically examine and understand the world in which we live…and weird parties.” The academics “are undeniably awesome” at NCF, while the small-school setting and the student body “encourage a love of learning, whether it be academic, political, or hobbyrelated.” It’s the sort of school where “it is very popular for groups of students to get together to talk about class readings outside of the classroom, usually at the college coffee shop, as a means of socializing.” NCF undergrads receive “narrative evaluations instead of grades. These evaluations give advice and help us to become better students.” Many here “love having written evaluations in which our process and progress are documented, not only the final outcome. The evaluations force students to fully participate and the professors to pay close attention.” All students must write a senior thesis to graduate; reports one undergrad, “recently we had a survey…on which one of the sections dealt with the possibility of making the senior thesis optional. There was an overwhelming response that this was unacceptable. I think that says a lot about how proud we are of our academic standards.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
106
with Terminal Degree
97

57
Women
49
Men
13
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
69%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


William Dudley
President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

David Allen
Time Management Guru, New York Times’ Best-selling Author

Carol Flint
Emmy Award-winning Television Producer

William Thurston
Mathematician, Fields Medal Winner

Gregory Dubois-Felsmann
Experimental Physicist, Rhodes Scholar

Nancy McEldowney
Former US Ambassador, Assistant Secretary of State

Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Former United States Congressman (FL)

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
88
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Even in the era of rising higher education costs, tuition at New College of Florida is still incredibly low, as evidenced by the comparatively low average debt for graduating students: just under $18,000. The sticker price is further offset by loans, grants, and scholarships. The average scholarship and grant package for freshman is $8,610, and the average need-based loan is $4,065. The school estimates that books and supplies may run another $1,200 per year. Independent study projects and senior theses may involve additional costs for travel, research expenses, and equipment.

Bang For Your Buck

The combination of NCF’s incredibly low tuition and rigorous, individualized academic program make it a tremendous value for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students and their families can take advantage of many funding opportunities, including grants, loans, book advances, and work-study. Scholarships are guaranteed to all admitted applicants meeting the February 15 application deadline. Additional scholarship opportunities may be available to students based upon their specialized high school curriculum. In addition to an academic scholarship, gift assistance is available for qualifying students who submit the FAFSA by the February 15 priority deadline.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,765

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,481

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,083

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,553

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
38%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,765

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,227
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$27,159
Required Fees
$2,910
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,100

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

New College students share “a few things in common: Most…are friendly, passionate about the things they believe in, very hard workers, liberal, and most of all, try to be open to new experiences.” The students are “largely middle-class, white, and liberal. There are of course exceptions, but the school is rather small,’” there is “a fairly strong queer community here, and many transgendered people who have decided to make New College their coming-out grounds. The student body is generally aware of gender issues and respectful of queer people of all types.” There are even “some Republicans on campus. Maybe four. I’m not sure. We’re not the type of school that generally attracts heavy right-wingers.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
834
Out of State
19%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
23

Demographics

2.44%
Asian
2.69%
African-American
15.51%
Hispanic
72.04%
Caucasian
2.56%
Unknown
1.83%
International

59% female
41% male
19% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Having fun “in a glorified retirement community requires ingenuity of the New College student population,” but “thankfully, most grew up in suburban Florida” and so are used to a slower pace. It helps that the campus is near Lido and Siesta Beaches, “where [students] enjoy unlimited swimming, sunning, and Frisbee playing,” and that “downtown Sarasota isn’t that bad either,” since it’s home to a number of “ethnic eateries. Thai food, in particular, seems to have a cult following on campus—with constant debate as to which restaurant is the best or most authentic and student events that advertise Thai food are bound to pull in dozens of followers.” On campus, students enjoy everything “from club meetings to public speakers to ‘hip’ bands playing shows. There’s usually something to do and usually free food to be found!” There are also “school-wide parties every Friday and Saturday night in a courtyard outside of the dorms. Different students get to decide the theme of each dance party and the music to be played. Most on-campus students never leave campus during the weekend because of these dance parties.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
77%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
85
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

17% participate in intramural sports
3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports ()
1 Sports

Sailing
Women's Sports ()
1 Sports

Sailing

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

Green Rating
72

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
7

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Through the HP reseller.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Deirdre Carmicheal
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
New College Office of Admissions
5800 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109

Phone
941-487-5000

Email
admissions@ncf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center
Four Winds Cafe (Student owned and operated)
Jane Bancroft Cook Library, Academic Center and Plaza
The Caples Fine Arts Complex
College Hall (Charles Ringling's mansion by the bay)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Ringling Museum of Art
Mote Marine Laboratory and Marine Mammal Hospital
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, lovely bayside gardens
Free public beaches, some of them world famous
Myakka State Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
941-487-5000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times
Not Offered

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Sarasota/Bradenton Airport is across the street from campus; taxis are available for the ride to campus (taxis are always stationed outside the baggage claim area). Greyhound provides bus service to Sarasota.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Via Interstate 75: Use Exit 213 (University Parkway). Go west on University Parkway for about 7 miles, passing Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on your right, until you reach the intersection with US 41 (Tamiami Trail). Turn right (north) onto US 41 and turn left at the next stoplight (College Drive). Go straight at the stop sign and enter our bayfront campus. Continue along College Drive, following signs to College Hall. The Admissions Welcome Center is located on the first floor of College Hall. Park in designated visitor spaces or park in any available space and be sure to obtain a parking pass when you check in.

Local Accommodations
For information about local accommodations, please visit the following web link: http://ncf.edu/accommodations
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Key Stats

1,570
Applicants
834
Size
60%
Acceptance Rate
1280
SAT Scores

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