New College: A Princeton Review Top-Three "Best Value" For Five Years in a Row
For the past five years, New College of Florida has been ranked in the top three on the "Best Value Public College in America” list compiled by The Princeton Review, one of the country's best-known and widely respected education service companies.
That run of recognition has defined New College as a leader in offering exceptional academic quality at an affordable price. New College was ranked No. 2 best value public college in 2011 and 2009, and No. 3 in 2013, 2012 and 2010. Only three other U.S. public colleges made the list all five years, and New College was the only Florida institution to appear on either top-10 list this year.
Media outlets nationwide, including USA Today and NBC's Today show, have noted New College's achievement.
“New College is honored to be recognized once again by The Princeton Review and USA Today as one of the nation’s best value public colleges,” said New College President Donal O’Shea. “During this time of economic uncertainty for so many families, we take great pride in delivering the highest level of academic quality at a cost that is substantially lower than almost all other leading colleges and universities in the country.”
New College of Florida is the State of Florida’s honors college for the liberal arts and sciences. With a student population of just over 800, New College emphasizes individualized learning for academically talented students from 40 states and some 25 foreign countries. New College is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation for both academics and value by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes.com, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and other media outlets. New College students also receive more Fulbright awards per capita than students at almost all other colleges.
The Princeton Review uses institutional data and student surveys to assess 650 colleges nationwide. It examines 30 criteria, including academic performance, costs and financial aid. It also considers the percentage of students who take out loans, and the average debt those students have at graduation. It then selects 75 public and 75 private colleges as the best values, ranks the top 10 schools in each category, and then lists the rest in alphabetical order.
The “Best Value Colleges” lists are available on The Princeton Review website, at
and at the USA TODAY website,
Among the Review's Best Value Public Colleges, New College trailed only University of Virginia and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. It placed ahead of several noteworthy schools, including the College of William and Mary, University of California - Los Angeles and University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. New College also posted lower tuition and debt-at-graduation figures than the average "Best Value" public colleges.