New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

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Fearless learning, forward thinking

New College is a public four-year residential honors college with more than 40 programs in sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Our small classes and 7:1 student/faculty ratio promote frequent interaction between students and faculty. Hands-on learning is central to the program, which includes flexible internship and research opportunities. Through the Cross College Alliance, EcoLeague, and National Student Exchange, students can take courses at a local college while attending New College, or participate in a semester exchange. Each student completes a senior project in their major. To prepare them for this, their professors provide detailed performance evaluations every semester, highlighting their achievements while pushing them to grow and develop.  

The Compass: Integrated academic and career planning
The Compass is New College’s customized and career-building student learning experience. From day one, the Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity (CEO) assigns each student a personal career coach. For students considering graduate school, the CEO provides coaching for entrance exams and applications, assistance with internship and fellowship applications, and connections to pre-professional advisers. New College leads all universities in Florida for the percentage of Fulbright scholars it graduates. In the past six years, New College students have been accepted to 16 law schools ranked in the top 30 byU.S. News & World Report. The CEO also provides career readiness workshops and course work, connections to jobs and internships, and matching with mentoring networks. New College students are pushed to explore their interests and options thoughtfully and thoroughly, to prepare for a life of meaningful work.   

Exceptional value
New College students receive an exceptional education without the enormous price tag. Nearly every New College student is offered scholarship funding to reduce the cost of tuition. 

Awaken your aspirations
You’re an individual, not a face in a massive lecture hall. At New College, we want to see you, hear you and know you. That is why our classrooms are designed to be small and intimate, with a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 12 students. Our professors will help you create a vibrant course of study, provide you with one-on-one mentoring, and advise you as you pursue your senior capstone project toward graduation. 



Designated as a 2020–2021 College of Distinction with special recognition for Career Development and Equity & Inclusion


Ranked #6 among public liberal arts colleges and #14 among “Most Innovative Schools” | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Ranked among the top 10 “Best Buy” public colleges in the nation based on academic quality and affordable cost | Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2021


Recognized as a “Best Hidden Gem” in Florida | College Raptor, 2021


Ranked #32 of 200+ colleges and #2 among public colleges for contribution to social mobility, research, and promoting public service | Washington Monthly Liberal Arts Rankings, 2020


New College of Florida’s campus is located on Sarasota Bay—along the Gulf of Mexico—in SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Sarasota is a top tourist destination in the Sunshine State, known for its beaches, Mote Marine Lab, Selby Botanical Gardens, and world-class museums, theaters and festivals.

New College At A Glance

Type of School : Founded in 1960, New College is a public honors institution in Florida’s state university system, offering the bachelor’s degree in over 35 major fields of study, and a graduate degree in data science.

Size of Campus: New College’s 140-acre campus sits on Sarasota Bay.

Number of Students: 726 students attend New College (702 undergraduates, 3% international).

Number of Faculty: 98 full-time faculty

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: New College offers the Bachelor of Arts degree, and a masters degree in data science. These are the College’s undergraduate programs of study:  
• Anthropology
• Applied Mathematics
• Art
• Art History
• Biology
• Biopsychology
• Chemistry (including Biochemistry)
• Chinese Language & Culture
• Classics
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing*
• Economics (including Finance*)
• English
• Environmental Studies
• French Language and Literature
• Gender Studies
• German Studies/German Language & Literature
• Greek*
• Health, Culture & Societies*
• History
• Humanities
• International and Area Studies (including Caribbean & Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies, and European Studies)
• Latin*
• Literature
• Marine Biology
• Mathematics
• Medieval & Renaissance Studies+
• Music
• Natural Sciences
• Neuroscience*
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Policy+
• Quantitative Social Science*
• Religion
• Rhetoric and Writing**
• Russian Language & Literature
• Social Sciences
• Sociology
• Spanish Language & Literature
• Statistics
• Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies
  Urban Studies

*  Can only be completed as part of a Joint Concentration
** Minor
+  Special Program Concentration

In addition, the College offers several certificate programs related to business and technology, and a dual-degree program with
University of Florida for students interested in engineering.

Geographic Diversity: Students from 34 states and 14 countries

International Student Services: New College’s Student Activities and Campus Engagement office, better known as SA[u]CE, hosts International Education Week—an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. During this week, SA[u]CE has hosted a number of events including: Study Abroad Mixer, Bomba Dance Workshop, and International Field Day. Our meal plans accommodate all dietary needs, including halal, kosher, vegan and vegetarian diets.  In the residence halls, students who join New College’s Global Village Living Learning Community (LLC) share a desire to learn more about international travel and culture, and how nations and peoples are connected socially, politically and economically. Through cultural programming, guest speakers and internationally-themed meals, we encourage students to share their cultural experiences and differences as a way to strengthen relationships, deepen appreciation for diversity and broaden the educational experience. 

International Student Budget (2020—2021): $50,504 is the annual budget for the 2021-2022 academic year for undergraduates.  

Financial Aid: Typically, F-1 students will be offered $15,000 per year in scholarship funding. Students from Latin America and the Caribbean are typically offered a scholarship that reduces their costs by over $23,000 per year on average.

Test Score Requirements: The SAT or ACT is required for most applicants.  If your first language is not English, please
submit scores from the TOEFL (83 ibT or 560 paper test) or IELTS (6.5).

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Priority dates for fall: February 28 and April 15
• No application fee. May 1
• Deposit deadline: May 1; $200 tuition deposit

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “New College has taught me how to anticipate curveballs and roll with them. As a result, I understand my capabilities and my value to any organization that I choose to work for.”

    • Edline Francois
  • “I picked a group Independent Study Project that involved a lot of teamwork with others so I could learn more about group dynamics when it comes to completing a project.”

    • Hunt Sparra