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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") 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."

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." 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 [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." There are even "some Republicans on campus. Maybe four. I'm not sure. We're not the type of school that generally attracts heavy rightwingers."

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 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."

Overview

Applicants
1,417
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average HS GPA
4.00

GPA Breakdown

70%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
6%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660

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 Action — 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
10:1
Total Faculty
108
with Terminal Degree
99

59
Women
49
Men
12
Minority
6
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Neurobiology and Anatomy

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • General Literature

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Economics
  • Economics
  • Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


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
54%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

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)
$39,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$85,000


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

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 $15,000. The sticker price is further offset by loans, grants, and scholarships. The average scholarship and grant package for students with demonstrated need is $8,752, and the average need-based loan is $3,591. 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
$9,728

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,832

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,714

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
35%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,577

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,139

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
$2,644
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
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
861
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

3.14%
Asian
2.79%
African-American
17.89%
Hispanic
68.87%
Caucasian
1.74%
Unknown
1.97%
International

62% female
38% male
15% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
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
70
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

8% participate in intramural sports
5% participate in intercollegiate sports


Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

74/99

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

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 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
Carley Davis
Assistant Dir. of Enrollment

Address
New College Admissions and Financial Aid
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-run vegetarian coffeehouse
College Hall (Charles Ringling's mansion - now visit center and classrooms
Bayfront behind College Hall - sunset watching
Caples Fine Arts Complex - concerts and exhibits

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/