New College of Florida

Great financial aid

Easiest campus to get around

Most liberal students

Most politically active students


Top 75 value college (#3 in the country!)

Worst campus food
Intercollegiate sports unpopular
Nobody plays intramural sports

Source: The Princeton Review, The Best 378 Colleges, 2014 Edition

Quick Facts:
Address 5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Metropolitan Area Sarasota
Yearly Tuition In/Out-of-State $6,783/$29,812
School Type Public
Year Founded 1960
U.S. News Ranking Best Liberal Arts Colleges, #89
School Website

New College of Florida is the only non-university in the State University System of Florida. It is a liberal arts college with only a little more than 800 students enrolled. New College takes a very non-traditional approach to student evaluation by disregarding grades and GPAs altogether in favor of a more subjective, narrative-type evaluation. You won’t find a Greek scene or football games here, but you will find motivated, open-minded, political students here.

New College is on the Fiske list of 41 Best Buys of 2014 based on the quality of its academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.

2013 Admissions Data

Fall Application Deadline April 15
Acceptance Rate 60%
Average High School GPA 3.98
Average SAT Scores Critical Reading: 620-740
Math: 570-670
Writing: 590-690
Average ACT Scores Math: 24-29
English: 27-33
Writing: 8-9
Application Fee $30
Financial Aid Deadline Rolling Basis


Number of Majors Offered 47
Most Popular Majors Biology/Biological Sciences
Political Science and Government
Student to Faculty Ratio 10:1
Four Year Graduation Rate 56%

New College of Florida is a unique type of public institution where grades and GPAs are dispensed with. Learning here is much more self-directed and would be a good fit for students who know exactly what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. Classes are very discussion-oriented and challenging while also not being competitive due to the fact that there are no letter grades but written evaluations instead. All students must write a senior thesis in order to graduate.

New College is ranked by US News & World Report in the top five public liberal arts colleges. It is also well-known for its very progressive atmosphere.

Strong programs at New College include psychology, biology and anthropology.

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Student Body

Students Enrolled 832
Male to Female Ratio 41:59
Percent Out-of-State 20%
Student Heritage

Student Life

There’s lots to do in and around Sarasota, with the local beaches being particularly excellent.

School-wide themed parties take place on campus on Fridays and Saturdays.

Almost all first-year students live on campus at New College.

Life at New College revolves much less around sports than it does at the big Florida universities. Students at New College embrace an open-minded lifestyle, and the school is very gay-friendly.

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