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Academics

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”.) Those who can balance the intellectual freedom New College 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.” The academics “are undeniably awesome” at New College, while the small-school setting and the student body “encourage a love of learning, whether it be academic, political, or hobby-related.” 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.” New College 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.”

Student Body

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.” Thirty percent of the population are students of color. You’ll find that students on campus are “largely...liberal.” There are of course exceptions, but the school is rather small and there is “a fairly strong [LGBTQ] 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 {LGBTQ] people of all types.”

Campus Life

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...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.”

Overview

Applicants
1,340
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
4.04

GPA Breakdown

74%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Regular — April 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
122
with Terminal Degree
112

69
Women
53
Men
30
Minority
10
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
52%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology, General.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Data Processing.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Literature.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.


  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Art.
  • Music.
  • Theatre/Theater.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics.
  • Mathematics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biopsychology.
  • Natural Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry.
  • Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.


  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics.
  • International Relations and National Security Studies.
  • Political Science and Government.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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)

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
52%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$45,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$91,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$96,200

Percent High Job Meaning
38%

Percent STEM
4%


Students Say

The Center for Engagement and Opportunity (CEO), a new office in 2014–2015, houses everything related to career services, internships, and fellowships for students thinking strategically about their future. Beyond CEO, faculty advisors also act as career mentors and help their students locate experiential learning opportunities like study abroad or off-campus research—students have recently interned at the Jane Goodall Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Early Intervention Program in Massachusetts. The Alumnae/i Association boasts professional connections at University of Florida, University of South Florida, UC Berkeley, and Apple and serves as another resource for students seeking opportunities or advice about life after graduation.

Every January, New College of Florida students work one-on-one or in small groups with their professors in the lab, on a research project, or writing a scholarly paper. According to the school, "projects may be carefully defined at the beginning or left open-ended and exploratory." Students complete three Independent Study Periods (ISPs) prior to graduation, which students say represent "great opportunities to explore what you're interested in." These projects accustom students to the process of conducting independent research and prepare them for their senior thesis. At many schools, research opportunities are rare and extremely competitive. But at New College every student is exposed to the process of independent research, and, as a result, New College students who start grad school applications or walk into job interviews are able to explain how they have tackled difficult problems, developed strategic plans, and contributed to a project through collective and independent work. Independent study encourages student ingenuity and exploration: "If you can think of it you can make it happen with the right faculty approval. Independent study is encouraged and supported." And it is something that students take pride in: "Everyone is excited about the New College philosophy of independent study with the close help of professors as mentors."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,111

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,987

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,692

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
45%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,466

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,467

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,916
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$29,944
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,220
Transportation for Commuters
$1,100

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,264
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
808
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

3.34%
Asian
3.09%
African-American
17.33%
Hispanic
69.31%
Caucasian
1.36%
Unknown
2.10%
International

45% female
55% male
17% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
79%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ruthann Daniel-Harris

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

An applicant considering a request for special consideration for admission on the basis of a disability is encouraged to contact the Disabilities Services Director to discuss documentation options for the admission process, and disabilities support services of the College. Contact 941-487-4496 or disabilitysvc@ncf.edu.

Documentation Required for ADHD

An applicant considering a request for special consideration for admission on the basis of a disability is encouraged to contact the Disabilities Services Director to discuss documentation options for the admission process, and disabilities support services of the College. Contact 941-487-4496 or disabilitysvc@ncf.edu.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
70
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

11% participate in intramural sports


Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

71/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Through HP reseller

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Travis R. Hardin
Assistant Director of New Student Recruitment

Address
New College Admissions
5800 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243-210

Phone
941-487-5000

Email
admissions@ncf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center
College Hall (Charles Ringling's mansion)
Bayfront behind College Hall - sunset watching
Caples Fine Arts Complex - concerts and exhibits
Heiser Natural Sciences Building - newly renovated including the Nano Lab

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Ringling Museum and Asolo Theater
Mote Marine Laboratory and Marine Mammal Hospital
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Siesta Key and Lido Key beaches
Sarasota Highliand Games/Celtic Festival (Jan.) Suncoast Blues Festival (Jan.) Sarasota Festival of the Arts (Feb.) Sarasota Medieval Fair (Nov.)

Campus Tours

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

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
N/A

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
SRQ (Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport), taxis, buses, hotel shuttles

Local Accommodations
https://www.ncf.edu/admissions/visit-campus/accommodations/


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