Fearless learning, forward thinking
New College of Florida prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement. Legislatively designated as the Honors College of Florida, New College is a four-year residential public college in Sarasota that offers more than 35 majors in mathematics, natural sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences, plus a graduate program in Data Science. Approximately one-third of our students earn baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields.
New College leads all universities in Florida for the percentage of Fulbright Scholars it graduates—more than 80 since the College was founded in 1960—and ranks as the nation’s #1 public university for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn PhDs. In the last six years, our graduates have been accepted to 16 law schools ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report.
Welcome, transfer students!
Each year, approximately 10%–15% of New College’s study body is comprised of students who transferred here from other colleges and universities around the country. Transfers appreciate that the College’s 6:1 student-faculty ratio allows for an intimate academic environment, encouraging intellectual freedom and a greater opportunity to be personally involved in designing their own education. Of course, our waterfront location and warm year-round temperatures aren’t bad either.
The Compass is New College’s integration of challenging academics, career-building experience, and individualized learning. With guidance and support from your faculty and the career center, you’ll learn to chart your own academic course, design and execute a major piece of scholarly work, and prepare for your life and career after college.
At New College, the small size of our classes provides frequent interaction between students and professors that contributes to a personalized learning experience where students can develop their own ideas, produce original research, and explore new fields of personal and professional interest. Because hands-on learning is central to the education of all our students, you’ll have numerous opportunities to conduct original research with faculty, participate in professional internships, and engage in community service projects that’ll transform your life as much as those of whom you serve.
Throughout your time here, you’ll be challenged intellectually and encouraged to think independently. We focus on your individual strengths and abilities, which is why we go beyond traditional letter grades. Instead, your professors will provide detailed performance evaluations every semester that highlight the tangible skills you’ve acquired and help you grow and develop as a student. The culmination of this journey is your senior capstone project.
Integrated academic and career planning
Starting your first year, post-graduation planning is integrated with your academic advising. As a result, you can confidently craft your own learning experience in ways that enrich your intellectual understanding while connecting your education to your future goals. Through the Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity (CEO), you can participate in career preparation workshops, get assistance with internship and fellowship applications, and connect with peer and alumni mentors. If you’re considering graduate school, the CEO has all the information you need for the required entrance exams and applications and will connect you with the College’s Pre-med, Pre-law, and MBA advisors, who can help you navigate the application process.
New College students get an exceptional education without the enormous price tag. New College ranks #2 for lowest student debt in the state of Florida, and many of our students graduate debt-free—in fact, Florida ranks as the eighth-best state for low student debt. Through our partnership with the Cross-College Alliance, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses at the other membership schools, all on New College’s tuition. Membership schools include the Ringling College of Art and Design, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Florida State University’s Ringling Museum of Art, and State College of Florida.