Admission to New College
In keeping with our mission to provide an undergraduate liberal arts education of the highest quality in the context of a small, residential public honors college, enrollment at New College is limited by space available. We practice selective admission, seeking those students who are able and eager to take responsibility for their own education, and who will benefit from the College’s demanding academic program and flexible curriculum. In addition to meeting the basic qualifications for admission into the State University System of Florida, successful applicants should demonstrate evidence of the following:
1. intellectual potential
2. strong academic preparation
7. concern for others
8. above average ability, academic motivation, and self-discipline
New College encourages applications from all qualified applicants, and does not discriminate in admission decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, or veteran status.
To fulfill enrollment goals as set forth by the President and the Board of Trustees, and in keeping with the resources and philosophy of the College, the Dean of Enrollment Services limits the number of students who will be selected. Satisfaction of minimum State University System admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance; preference for admission is given to applicants who demonstrate great academic promise.
The Dean selects students on the basis of a broad range of factors, including the following:
· pattern of courses completed
· standardized exam scores
· class rank
· educational objectives
· past conduct
· letter(s) of recommendation
· family education background
· socioeconomic status
· family obligation
· extracurricular involvement
The Dean considers each application as objectively as possible, to determine whether applicants demonstrate the academic ability, creativity, and/or talent for success in the College’s academic program, as well as the potential for positive contribution to the College community.
The Dean may consider an applicant’s demonstrated interest in attending New College and allocation of limited guaranteed scholarship resources as criteria for admission to New College.
The College does not accept applications from students who seek part-time study. All New College students enroll as full-time degree-seeking students.
Students Who Have Earned a Bachelor’s Degree or Other Postsecondary Degree
The College does not accept applications from students who would already hold the bachelor’s degree, another four-year degree, or the master’s or other advanced degree by the time of enrollment.
Admissions Counselor Assignment
Each student is assigned to an admissions counselor, and is strongly encouraged to stay in touch with that person for additional information on the College, and for advice on how to present the strongest application possible. For admissions counselor contact information, go to ncf.edu/admissions, or contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at email@example.com or (941) 487-5000.
Admission Deadlines and Decision Notification Dates
All application file materials must be postmarked or electronically submitted by the deadline, and received by our office not more than 10 days later. Click here for the current Class Admission Cycle Deadlines.
Common Application with essay and $30 application fee: Any student for whom the application fee presents a financial hardship is invited to submit a fee waiver request through the Common Application. New College will also accept a NACAC application fee waiver request (approved and signed by the school counselor) or an ECO or College Board application fee waiver request. A transfer applicant who is Pell-eligible may request a waiver of the application fee.
Transcript(s): Transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by each school for all work attempted in secondary or postsecondary school, whether or not credit was earned. Failure to provide this information may result in denial or revocation of an offer of admission. Students who seek to enroll without graduation from a regionally accredited secondary school program may be requested to provide curriculum information in addition to their transcripts. Students who completed high school by GED must file an official transcript of GED test scores and an official high school transcript of all work attempted. Transfer applicants earning the AA degree from a Florida State College System institution may request to have the high school transcript requirement waived unless the transcript documents the foreign language entry requirement.
Standardized Test Results (SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing): Either exam is acceptable. Official SAT results should be sent to institution #5506. Official ACT with writing results should be sent to institution #0750. Any student for whom a test registration fee presents a financial hardship may wish to review SAT fee waiver information or ACT fee waiver information. Transfer applicants earning the AA degree from a Florida College System institution should request to have the exam requirement waived.
Recommendation: The recommendation should be sent via the Common Application or sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by the academic instructor, guidance counselor, or academic or PTK advisor. Substitutions should be approved by a member of the Admissions Committee.
Additional Detail: It is the responsibility of the individual to notify the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid of any new information or changes to information reported in the application (e.g., regarding contact information, school enrollment, course work, and/or conduct). An individual whose admission application materials, residency affidavit, or supplemental document(s) contain false, fraudulent, or incomplete statements may be subject to disciplinary action; this may include denial of admission, suspension of registration, invalidation of college credit, invalidation of degree, dismissal from New College, or other disciplinary action.
International Documents and Testing
Applicants should take account of possible international mail delays to ensure that their materials arrive in time for deadlines. In addition to the items listed above, applicants from school systems abroad and all international applicants (students who are not US Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens of the United States) should review the list of documents below for any additional requirements to complete the admission application file for review, and contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid regarding any request to waive materials that may not be necessary.
Translation: Documentation of secondary-level and any college or university-level studies presented in any language other than English must be accompanied by a professional, certified English translation.
Evaluation: Documentation of secondary-level and any college or university-level studies that do not have US accreditation must be evaluated (course -by-course with grade and credit equivalents) by a NACES-member service such as www.jsilny.com or www.wes.org. Translations and evaluations supplement, but do not replace, the original documents. TOEFL Score: Any international student who is a non-native speaker of English should arrange to submit an official score report from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The TOEFL score must be no more than two years old and sent to institution #5506. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission to New College is 560 (paper test), or 83 (Internet-based test). If the TOEFL is not available, the College will accept a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam as a substitute; the IELTS score must be no more than two years old. Scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by the testing service. For more information see homepages www.toefl.org and www.IELTS.org.
Any Additional Examination Results: Results from any external secondary school exams, such as A -Levels, CXCs, etc., must be sent to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by the exam council. These official exam results may also be required by the NACES-member service that the student pays to evaluate educational credentials for the application.
New College of Florida Financial Statement for International Students Seeking the F-1 Student Visa: The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will send this form to admitted international students no earlier than six months prior to the term of entry. International students are required to prove their ability to cover (after any assigned scholarship funding they may be offered) all educational and living expenses, and the required international student medical insurance coverage. Most international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid, and some categories of scholarship funding are not available to international students.
Minimum Admission Requirements for Florida's Public University System
Satisfaction of minimum State University System requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The Florida State University System admission requirements (and updates to these) are listed in the Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook. At www.flvc.org, click on “Advising Manuals” and then on “Counseling for Future Education Handbook.”
High School Graduation and Course Requirements: To be eligible to enroll, freshmen and lower-level transfers will need to have earned a standard high school diploma from a Florida public or regionally accredited high school or the equivalent, e.g., GED plus 2 years of formal study of the same foreign language while in high school. Students completing a home education program according to section 1002.41, Florida Statutes, meet this minimum admission requirement; however, we may require additional documentation to verify eligibility for home education students. Students admitted under early admission in accordance with college policy are exempted from this requirement during the time they are still classified as early admission students.
For students who entered high school as of July 1, 2007 or later, the high school record should include the following 18 units of college preparatory (core academic) course work:
· 4 years of English (3 of which must have included substantial writing requirements)
· 4 years of mathematics (Algebra I and higher)*
· 3 years of science (including 2 years with substantial lab requirements)
· 3 years of social science
· 2 years of the same foreign language, or of American Sign Language
· 2 years of additional academic electives/credits*
*For students who entered high school prior to July 1, 2007, 3 years of college preparatory (core academic) mathematics (Algebra I and higher) and 3 years of additional academic electives are required. Details on academic electives/credits are posted in the “Counseling for Future Education Handbook" (at www.flvc.org, click on “Advising Manuals” and then on “Counseling for Future Education Handbook.”)
*For students who entered high school prior to July 1, 2007, 3 years of college preparatory (core academic) mathematics (Algebra I and higher) and 3 years of additional academic electives are required. Details on academic electives/credits are posted in the “Counseling for Future Education Handbook".
Minimum Performance Standards: To be eligible to enroll, freshmen and lower-level transfers must meet the standards of one of these three SUS admission requirements:
1. GPA with a Score: 3.0 weighted high school GPA. SAT or ACT required, no minimum score with this GPA.
2. Talented Twenty with a Score: Graduating in the top 20% of a Florida public high school class and an SAT or ACT (no minimum).
3. GPA and Required Cut Score: 2.5 - 2.99 weighted high school GPA. Lowest scores permitted with GPA in this range:
• SAT – Critical Reading >= 460 or ACT – Reading >= 19, AND
Students who entered high school prior to July 1, 2007 may be considered as meeting SUS minimum requirements with the 18 core units but only 3 units of core academic mathematics, and if they meet these criteria:
1. GPA with a Score: 3.0 weighted high school GPA (as calculated by NCF). SAT or ACT required, but no minimum score with this GPA.
2. Talented Twenty with a Score: Graduating in the top 20% of a Florida public high school class and SAT or ACT (no minimum score).
3. SUS Sliding Scale: Meeting the SUS sliding scale minimum for corresponding high school GPA + scores. SAT= highest scores on Critical Reading+ Math+Writing. ACT=highest official composite score.
Home Education or Other Non-Traditional High School Program
A student applying for admission who has participated in home education or other non-traditional high school program must present credentials determined to be equivalent to those already described. We may require additional documentation to verify eligibility for home education or non -traditional program students.
A student completing high school using a system other than Carnegie units must meet one of these four score minimums:
· 21 ACT composite
· 1010 on the SAT I
· 1010 on the SAT Reasoning Test Critical Reading + Math portions
· 1450 combined score on the SAT Reasoning Test
To be eligible to enroll, all transfer students must have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 system (on all college -level academic courses attempted), be in good standing, and be eligible to return as a degree-seeking student to the postsecondary school most recently attended.
Upper-Level Transfer Applicants
Upper-level transfers are students who will have earned the AA from a Florida College System institution by the time of enrollment at New College (with the exception of dual enrollment students, as noted below). They are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, and will only be required to submit the high school transcript if it documents the foreign language entry requirement.
Although completion of a Florida College System institution AA degree guarantees admission eligibility to at least one member institution of Florida’s State University System, it does not guarantee admission to all programs or all member institutions. New College and some limited access SUS degree programs, due to design and/or limited size, have admission requirements that are more selective than those of the general State University System.
Dual Enrollment Students
A high school student who is enrolled in college courses should apply for admission as a freshman (first-time-in-college) candidate, unless planning to enroll in college credit course work during the summer after high school graduation and prior to the term of enrollment sought at New College. This holds true even for students earning the associate’s degree concurrently with graduating high school. Note: this will not adversely affect transfer credit.
Applicants Who Do Not Meet Minimum Requirements
The College will consider for admission an applicant who does not fully meet minimum admission requirements, but who has special attributes, special talents, or unique circumstances that may contribute to a representative and diverse student body.
These factors may include socioeconomic status, family education background, and family obligations. The Dean of Enrollment Services may admit the student if it is determined that the applicant can reasonably be expected to do satisfactory work at New College of Florida.
Appeals by Denied Applicants
Denied applicants may appeal the decision with a written petition. It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify the type of appeal requested (Conduct, Disability, or Other), and to ensure that any supporting materials (e.g., updated transcripts) are received by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by the deadline given.
Conduct: Applicants denied admission on the basis of previous misconduct may appeal with a letter addressed to the Dean of Enrollment Services, to be forwarded for review by the Dean of Students.
Disability: The President of New College of Florida will review the petition of any denied applicant appealing the Committee’s decision regarding substitution or modification of an admission requirement on the basis of a disability; the President’s decision on appeal shall constitute the College’s final decision.
Other: The Provost of New College will review the petitions of all other denied applicants. The request must indicate extenuating circumstances and/or appropriate alternative evidence of academic ability and achievement, motivation, and responsibility, indicating potential for success at New College. (A petition that is denied by the Provost may be further appealed for review by the Academic Administrative Council; this second petition must be received by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid within 6 days of the decision on the initial appeal.)
The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid determines the initial residency classification for tuition purposes for each student, prior to enrollment.
Pre-Enrollment Tuition Deposit
To accept the offer of admission, New College requires a $200 tuition deposit by the deadline given in the letter of acceptance, unless an extension is approved by the Dean of Enrollment Services. If the deposit requirement poses a financial hardship, the student may request an exemption form for approval by the Director of Operations.
Retaining an Offer of Admission
All offers of admission are conditional, pending receipt of final transcripts showing work comparable in quality to that upon which the offer was based, as well as honorable dismissal from the school.
An offer of admission may be withdrawn or enrollment may be denied if any of the following apply:
· Final official transcripts were not received by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in a timely manner.
· Final official transcripts received did not document that the student successfully completed all courses previously reported by the student or school as planned or in progress.
· The student’s GPA has fallen below an acceptable minimum for the State University System.
· New information has been received, regarding conduct of the student that may not be in the best interest of the community.
· An individual whose admission application materials, residency affidavit, or supplemental document(s) contain false, fraudulent, or incomplete statements may be subject to disciplinary action, which may include denial of admission, suspension of registration, invalidation of college credit, invalidation of degree, dismissal from the College, or other disciplinary action.
Immunization Requirements for Enrollment
Each student is required to fill out and sign our Immunization Health History Form and provide with it documentation of immunity to the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) prior to registration. The form also includes information concerning Meningococcal meningitis and Hepatitis B vaccines. Students may choose either to provide documentation of immunity or to waive one or both of these vaccines on the form [BOG 6.007]. If a student waives a vaccine it is with the understanding that should an outbreak of the disease occur on our campus they will be asked to leave our campus until the outbreak is over. Immunization documentation should be submitted as soon as possible to avoid denial or cancellation of registration [BOG 6.001(9)].
Transfer Credit Policy
The amount and types of college course work accepted toward the degree are outlined in the College’s transfer credit policy. To discuss transfer credit, contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (941) 487-5000 or by mail at 5805 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL 34243-2109.
Faculty decide all course placement. Once enrolled, the student should meet regularly with his or her faculty contract sponsor to negotiate the types of courses, tutorials, and projects to be pursued, in preparation for filing the Area of Concentration form in the fifth semester. Students seeking to finish their graduation requirements by the end of the seventh semester contract may choose to file the Thesis Prospectus in the fifth semester, to provide time for two full semesters of thesis work. Faculty normally conduct the baccalaureate exam in the final semester.
Evaluation of Transfer Credit toward the Bachelor’s Degree
Prior to a prospective student’s admission decision or enrollment at the College, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid may provide an unofficial preliminary transfer credit projection. For official award of transfer credit to an enrolling student, New College of Florida needs a final official transcript from each previous institution. (Grade reports and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable for this purpose.) All previous institutions should send final official transcripts directly to the New College of Florida Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
Transfer credit for an enrolling student will be awarded in time toward the New College degree. The maximum credit possible for a student who enters New College of Florida with a Florida College System Associate in Arts (AA) degree is 3 semester contracts, 1 Independent Study Project, and 15 units (60 semester credit hour equivalents). The maximum credit possible for other transfer students is 3 semester contracts, 1 Independent Study Project, and 13 units (52 semester credit hour equivalents).
Please note that even should maximum credit be awarded, more than four semesters of study may be needed to complete the requirements of an Area of Concentration and senior thesis.
Transfer credit is not assigned for exam results, except when the exam credit been applied toward an earned Florida College System AA.
Partial contract or ISP credit is not assigned. Unit credit is assigned only in conjunction with contracts (4 units) and the Independent Study Project (1 unit), with the exception of 2 additional units assigned to students who have earned a Florida College System AA.
As with all other institutions, there may be differences between the consideration of course work for admission purposes and the applicability of credit for degree purposes. Exemptions from contracts, an ISP, or Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements do not guarantee exemptions from Area of Concentration requirements or other degree requirements.
Additional information on transfer credit is available from the Office of the Registrar.
Transfer Guarantee Appeal
Should any transfer guarantee be denied, the student has the right to appeal through the Registrar and then the Provost [see Rule 6A-10.024(4), FAC].
Additional Information Regarding Admissions Criteria and Procedures
Paying for a New College Education
Tuition costs at New College are comparable to those of other schools in the State University System of Florida. While a college education is still a major expense for most families, New College works to assist students and their families who demonstrate financial need as determined by the federal financial aid application process. In addition, New College considers students who present backgrounds of exemplary achievement for scholarship awards. Information on financial aid and scholarships follows the sections regarding fees.
All fees for New College students are due and payable by 5:00 p.m. on the last day (Friday) of the first week of classes. Fees are updated each year on the College website at www.ncf.edu/tuition.
Since all fees are subject to change without notice (by action of the Florida Legislature), the fees in this Catalog and on the NCF website should be used only as guidelines. New College will make every effort to advertise any fee changes as they occur, but students should be prepared for variations at the time of registration.
Invoices are available online through NewCLEIS. Invoices are not provided unless the student is cleared for registration. Payment may be made at the Cashier's Office during normal working hours, paid on-line via NewCLEIS, or mailed to New College of Florida, Cashier's Office (PMD-123), 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243-2109. (Note that on Friday, the Cashier's Office closes at 5:00 p.m.)Checks must be made payable to New College of Florida for the correct amount, and must include the student's name and New College Student Identification Number on the face of the check. When sending checks by mail, please ensure that they are postmarked on or before the payment deadline. (We recommend using certified or registered mail, and that you retain the receipt as proof of the mailing date.)