New College of Florida


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Florida


New College, as its name suggests, is relatively new. The school was founded in the 1960s as a private college, but was purchased by the University of South Florida in the 1970s during a time of financial crisis. In 2001 it became independent of USF. In recent years, New College has found itself high on several rankings of top public liberal arts colleges. The college was also featured in Loren Pope's highly regarded book, Colleges That Change Lives. New College boasts an interesting student-centered curriculum with no traditional majors, an emphasis on independent study, and written evaluations rather than grades. Academics are supported by a 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 18. Students come from 40 states and 22 countries. The 115-acre campus sits on a bay in the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, Florida.
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Most Popular Majors

New College of Florida does not have traditional majors.

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 785
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 785
Faculty: 77

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Percent Male: 40%
Percent Female: 60%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 57%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

5700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Florida 34243


Main Email:

Main Phone: 941-359-4269

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Sonia Wu
Director of Transfer Recruitment, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Alwin D. Woodall
Admissions Coordinator for Transfers, Office of Admissions

International Admissions Contact:
Sonia Wu
Director of Multicultural Recruitment, Office of Admissions

Athletics Contact:
No Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Minimum college grade point average of 2.00 is required of transfer applicants.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit is a C or higher.

Credits (Min/Max):
Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year or four-year institution: For transfer purposes, a minimum of 52 liberal arts and sciences credits are required to receive maxium credit.

Test Scores for Applying:
Standardized test scores are required by some for admission consideration and they will be notified if it is needed..

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) is required by some for admission consideration and they will be notified if it is needed..

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is required by all for admission consideration.

Application Fee:
Amount of application fee is $30.

Other Requirements:

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 27 31
English 28 34
Math 24 30
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 630 740
Math 570 680
Writing 600 680

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 163

Transfers Accepted: 48

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 29%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 56%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -27%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2007


Books: 800

Other Expenses: 3600

Room and Board: 8598

Tuition and Fees: 29089

Total Cost: 42087

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 6060

Total Cost – In-State: 19058

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
At New College, we are proud of the fact that 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance. Several prestigious publications have recognized our combined strength of academic quality and low cost, including The Princeton Review.

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 4071

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 37%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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