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New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

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Overview

New College of Florida Offers Intellectually Rigorous Degree Programs in an Intelligent, Progressive Academic System

New College of Florida's liberal arts degree programs place the onus of education squarely on the students who choose to enroll. While many schools maintain a traditional grading and course-credit earning system, New College of Florida has created a grade-free narrative evaluation of students' performance. This evaluation is based on what is termed a 'contract' or scheduled agreement between students and teachers. Students can graduate once the contract is approved and fulfilled. The thrust of this intellectually rigorous school and programs is for its students to achieve independent thinking and operation, while gaining true understanding and concrete accomplishments in their fields. New College of Florida provides the dedicated faculty and infrastructure to support over thirty areas of undergraduate study that fall into the three academic categories of social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Those so inclined and motivated can pursue combined, special, or double majors. Additionally, several courses are available for those who choose direct professional paths, such as those in the medical and legal fields that can work with virtually all concentrations. Areas of study include chemistry, economics, history, literature, marine biology, political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and many more.

The High-Quality Faculty Members and Low Student-Teacher Ratio Ensures Intimate and Productive Learning Interaction

The nearly eighty full-time faculty members teaching at New College of Florida are dedicated to the firm belief that their calling is not only to teach students, but also to act as personal and educational mentors who help shape their students' life paths. With a student body of about 800, New College of Florida has one of the lowest student-teacher ratios in the country at close to 10:1. Virtually all of those who teach at New College have doctoral or other equivalent degrees. Several key and noted faculty include the multi-published and award-winning Dr. Gordon Bauer, Professor of Psychology and Chair of Social Sciences Division; Douglas C. Langston, of Philosophy and Religion, who has published three books and dozens of articles for such professional publications as the "Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy"; and Jocelyn C. Van Tuyl, Ph.D., professor of French Studies and author of "Andre Gide and The Second World War: A Novelist's Occupation." Notable alumni of the College include U.S. Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart; William Dudley, the Federal Reserve Bank president; and William Thurston, winner of the prestigious Fields medal in mathematics.

New College of Florida Ranks Among the Top of the Country's Liberal Arts Colleges

Among both private and public institutions of higher education in the United States, New College of Florida consistently ranks highly as a top liberal arts college. The College also ranks in the Top Twenty of schools producing Fulbright Scholars.

Many Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities Are Available to Students

Almost every student enrolled at New College of Florida receives some form of financial assistance every year. There is a guaranteed scholarship program available to all eligible freshman applicants who complete their admissions applications by February 15. Other scholarships are available to National Scholar Finalists.

Proximity to the Gulf Shore and Sarasota Enables Connection to Nature and Many Extracurricular Activities

New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida, is a relatively small-sized, public, coeducational college, with a beautiful campus laid out on more than 110 acres of southwestern Florida coastline that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. For those who love the sea and surf, there are over a half-dozen nearby islands, or "keys," that provide white sand beaches, seemingly endless sun, and literally "oceans" of water to enjoy. Known internationally as the home and headquarters of the famous Ringling Bros. Circus, this land that once belonged to Charles and Edith Ringling became today's campus of New College of Florida. There is a wide variety of things to do in and around the Sarasota campus and beyond. Nearby are the beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, featuring over twenty separate lush tropical gardens. Highly popular is Myakka River State Park, featuring airboat trips throughout the park, and the South Florida Museum that provides a comprehensive cultural and geologic history on the surrounding areas dating back thousands of years. Those who enjoy professional sports can attend Spring Training for the Pittsburgh Pirates and many other teams nearby. Roughly an hour away are the Tampa Bay Rays (baseball), Buccaneers (football), and Lightning (hockey). If restaurants are to be the destination, Sarasota has no shortage of them. Diverse palettes can enjoy cuisine ranging from Yoder's Amish Restaurant, to the award-winning Columbia Restaurant, to Tropical Thai.

Location & Contact

Address 5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL  34243
United States
Contact Phone: 941-487-5000

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Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

1,226
Applied
896
Accepted
702
Enrolled
73%
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Female Admissions

870
Females Applied
637
Females Accepted
73%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

356
Males Applied
259
Males Accepted
73%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

30
Application Fee
3.87
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required One recommendation
Required for some programs Transcript of high school record
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Other requirements: Essay is Not required or Recommended. Optional for all.

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen April 15th April 25th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer July 1st July 31st

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 652 620 700
SAT Math 605 560 660
ACT Composite 28 25 31

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

6,916
In-state
29,944
Out-of-state
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes

Financial Aid

14,896
Avg. Financial Aid Package
15,282
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
18,356
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
3,539
Avg. Loan Aid
2,583
Avg. Grant Aid
10,530
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
98% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
88%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
24%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

702
Total Undergrad students
2%
International Students
17%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 17.95%
Black or African American 2.99%
White or Caucasian 68.95%
Asian 3.42%
Two or more races 3.85%
Other 0.71%

Gender

Male (37.46%)
Female (62.54%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 80%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Late Night Breakfast, Dance Collective Performances and Pumpkin Patch

Student Services

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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Association for Computing Machinery, Volleyball Club, Swim Club, Psychology Club and Council for Green Affairs

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Other Campus Security & Safety:
campus police are state certified police officers and available 24/7

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark Checkmark No
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark Checkmark No
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No

Faculty

135
Total Faculty
7:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 98
Part-time - 37
Male - 66
Female - 69
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