The Campus and Facilities

New College's home is a 118-acre bayfront campus, stretching from the intertidal shores of Sarasota Bay to the edge of the Sarasota-Bradenton airfield. There are three named sub-units of the campus - Palmer, Pei, and Caples. The College lies within a public educational, cultural, and historic district that includes the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Asolo Theatre, now part of Florida State University.  The district's four Gilded Age Mansions, three on the campus and one on the museum grounds, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The campus mansions are in regular use as classrooms, offices, and reception areas.

The campus is also home to boldly modern buildings designed by I.M. Pei. These include a complex of student residences, a cafeteria and student center, and classrooms/offices.

Most first-year students live in the Pei-designed residences which border a large quadrangle planted with stately royal palms and is a popular gathering spot for New College students. Dort and Goldstein Residence Halls are connected to the Pei dorms by a walkway lined with Washingtonia Palms.

The College completed, in 2007, five new residential halls. Four of them provide apartment -style living for about 100 students. These halls feature some beautiful architecture, including high timbered roofs with arched windows and an abundance of natural light. The fifth hall, The Rhoda Pritzker Residence Hall, provides housing for 90 students. The hall features a third story, open-air lounge, and a central courtyard.

The Harry Sudakoff Lecture and Conference Center and the Jane Bancroft Cook Library were added to the campus in the 1980's. The flexible plan of Sudakoff Center allows its 600 -seat auditorium to be subdivided into meeting rooms for groups of 50 to 400. A pedestrian bridge between Sudakoff Center and Cook Library spans the highway that bisects the campus. As a group, the bridge, Sudakoff Center, and Cook Library harmonize I.M. Pei's modernist buildings to the east with the traditional estate architecture on the campus bayfront. A professionally-managed indoor fitness center with racquetball courts, Nautilus room, dance/exercise room, and lockers is the centerpiece of a campus recreation area that includes lighted tennis and basketball  courts, a 25-meter swimming pool, a whirlpool, and a multipurpose playing field (softball, soccer, Frisbee, etc). The Caples bayfront (lying south of the Ringling Museum) provides launching for canoes and small sailboats, available on a checkout basis.

Since 1993, the campus has seen the construction of a comprehensive music and art quadrangle at Caples, the R.V. Heiser Natural Sciences Complex, and the Rhoda and Jack Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center.

New College and USF Sarasota-Manatee share some campus facilities and services. Only New College students reside on campus.

Academic Center and Plaza

New College completed construction in 2011 on an $11 million signature Academic Center and Plaza that boldly announces the entrance to the state's honors college for the arts and sciences. The new building and its spacious interior plaza form the cornerstone of the College's Campus Master Plan and the building has attained LEED gold certification.

Located immediately north of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the 35,000 square-foot facility is home to the Division of Humanities. It also houses faculty offices, classrooms, computer labs and a small student lounge. The Center, together with a large plaza connecting it with Cook Library, has become the campus hub, the natural meeting point throughout the week for students, faculty and staff. Its location enables the College to maximize the benefits associated with the organizational and technological changes occurring at the library under the direction of its Dean, Dr. Brian Doherty.

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library, completed in 1986 and honored by the American Institute of Architects for its outstanding design, is central to the academic life of New College of Florida. Its diverse resources, congenial atmosphere, and distinguished collections and programs have all been structured to foster independent work. The Cook Library collections contain several hundred thousand items while access to over 10 million items through the State University Libraries system is available to students, faculty and staff. A research-level e-resource collection of books, journals, and databases is accessible via the Library website. Most print materials are arranged by Library of Congress classification in an open stack format making materials readily accessible to users. An online catalog and discovery tool of the holdings of the State University System of Florida libraries enables users to borrow materials directly from other SUS libraries. The library offers both traditional and electronic reserve services to students.

Cook Library receives many daily and weekly local, national, and international print and electronic newspapers. The library has numerous current subscriptions to scholarly journals in print and electronic format. Internet access is provided through multiple computer workstations and through wireless connection. Remote access to all electronic resources is available to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Librarians offer extensive instruction to students, both individually and in-group settings, to assist them in learning to navigate the extensive resources that are available. Online Research Guides assist in the location of available reference tools. Librarians are available to assist students, faculty and staff with library resources. To “Meet the Librarians” go to

Seating adequate to accommodate in excess of 500 persons is available in Cook Library. These areas include a variety of settings such as lounges, display areas, and research carrels. The Helen N. Fagin Holocaust Collection, a special collection of Holocaust and genocide materials, is located on the first floor of the library, while the Keating Special Collections Room is located on the second floor. The College Archives are housed in the Library with many items available online through the digital repository. Two group study rooms and the Thesis Room are also on the first floor of Cook Library along with other designated areas for individual and collaborative study. The Library also houses a microfilm/microfiche collection and a reader with the ability to save images to a USB drive is available for use. There are card-operated printers and photocopiers available on the first floor. A machine for the visually impaired is available on the first floor as well.

The Writing Resource Center, Educational Technology Services, Language Resource Center/Study Abroad, and the Quantitative Resource Center are located in the Academic Resource Center on the first floor of Cook Library.

Cook Library staff welcomes the opportunity to serve students at every level of their research need and education process

Information Technologies

The Office of Information Technologies (IT) exists to provide excellent customer service to New College of Florida. This includes, but is not limited to: campus data and voice networks, whether wired or wireless; local and hosted applications, whether on campus or off-campus; internet and intranet; classroom, administrative, and dormitory technology; and media and multimedia services. Our constituents include staff, faculty, students and alumni. Different services are offered to each group and we strive to provide each with timely, complete solutions. The office provides strategic direction, vision and leadership for all Information Technology affecting New College of Florida.

IT provides free Internet access and email accounts to all on-campus students. Each residence hall room has campus network access. IT also provides training to the campus community. Our software services range from word processing, spreadsheet and database applications to full Internet access.

The Information Technologies Open Use Laboratory is located on the first floor of the library in the Academic Resource Center. The Help Desk office is located in PMA 129.

Services Offered by Information Technologies

Assistance:  If you need assistance with a computer, you can enter your request on our help desk system or you can send an email to Responses will be sent directly back to your email account.

Computer Access: The Open Use computer lab (LBR 223) is available for all currently enrolled students, staff and faculty. Microsoft Office, Internet browsers, and other appropriate applications are available on these computers.  You can consult the listing of lab hours located on our website for details on availability.

Email Accounts: Email Accounts are available for all faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Faculty and staff accounts will be requested by the department or division office manager. Student can apply on line for there accounts through NewCLEIS.

Mailman List Serv: A mailing list is simply a list of addresses to which a given communication is being sent. In the case of an electronic mailing list like Mailman, we use a list of email addresses from people interested in hearing about or discussing a given topic.

MyNCF: The New College of Florida Campus Portal. MyNCF, gives you access to online services including your e-mail, course registration  through NewCLEIS, a calendar system, College announcements, Banner, a course collaboration  tool, etc.

Personal Web Pages: Faculty, staff and currently enrolled students can have their own personal website on our server. For students, all the information you need to get and maintain a personal student website is available on the student web server page. Please remember that you are responsible for any information published on your web page.

Application Support and Development (Banner Group)

The IT Application Support and Development Group provide a full suite of administrative applications for staff, students and faculty. These application  tools provide business office functions for general accounting, purchasing,  accounts payable, budgeting, accounts receivable,  parking, HR, payroll as well as student administrative  needs for admissions, housing, financial aid, registration, scheduling, billing and evaluation.  A number of automated interfaces  also have been developed and implemented  to enable New College to leverage the most effective and efficient means to transmit and receive information critical to processing  campus wide transactions and reporting.

Computing Facilities

The Open Use Computer Laboratory is open daily (except for official College holidays) and contains ten computers and networked to “pay for print” laser printers. All computers are linked to the Internet, are running Windows, and have Microsoft Office installed along with a variety of software used on campus. All residence hall rooms have access to the campus network and the Internet through a 100MB Ethernet network.

The New College student government provides a Macintosh equipped lab located in HCL 6, staffed by a Teaching Assistant. Sophisticated applications software, printing, desktop publishing and advanced digital video equipment are available in the lab. This lab is operated by students for students, in response to student-expressed needs and preferences.

Humanities Facilities

The Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion, also known as the Caples Fine Arts Complex, is comprised of buildings and spaces dedicated  to the study of art, music, and theater. Sainer Auditorium (257seats plus 3 wheelchair positions) is suitable for chamber music recitals, lectures and small dramatic productions, and houses a 7-foot Steinway B grand piano. The lobby doubles as a reception area and a space for art exhibits. The Christiane Felsmann Fine Arts Building features studio space for faculty and advanced art students, and a printmaking studio/arts lab, which includes eight Macintosh computers and peripherals that support the art and music programs. The Betty Isermann Fine Arts Building provides gallery space for the display of work by New College students alongside work of the artist for whom the building is named, Betty Isermann. The Isermann Building also includes a drawing and a painting studio, and a small seminar room for slide lectures and discussions. The Sculpture Building features woodworking and welding facilities, a four-foot high kiln, a tool room, an outdoor slab, and a sculpture studio with a 21-foot ceiling. Practice rooms, classrooms, and storage space for students’ instruments can be found in the Lota Mundy Music Building, which also makes available three Kawai upright and two Kawai grand pianos to students for practice. These buildings enclose a large grassy area that can serve as a unique teaching space, as well as an outdoor exhibition space. A small outdoor stage constructed in back of Sainer Auditorium provides an additional place for informal gatherings, class meetings, practice, concerts, lectures, or theatrical performances.  Students are required to get permission from a faculty member to use these facilities after hours.

In 2010, a 1,820 square-foot black box theater was constructed in Hamilton Center to support student and college-based performances and instructional offerings in theater and dance.

Natural Sciences Facilities

The Natural Sciences Division is housed in the 34,000 square foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex, which was completed in 2000. The Heiser Natural Sciences Complex consists of the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Building for Biology and Chemistry, the Paul H. Hanson Building for Mathematics and Physics, and the Soo Bong Chae Memorial Auditorium. The Selby and Hanson buildings were designed to enhance the close collaboration between teacher-scholars and undergraduate student-scholars crucial to the mission of New College. They contain 20 well-equipped research and teaching laboratories, including a 15-station computer laboratory and instrument rooms. Research and teaching laboratory spaces are either combined or directly connected by doorways, and faculty offices in the laboratory sciences have windows with views into the laboratories, closely connecting faculty with student work at all times. A highlighted feature is the 24-station chemistry teaching laboratory with twelve transparent fume hoods. Situated at the vertex of the complex, the Soo Bong Chae Memorial Auditorium is a multi-media lecture and demonstration space with three tiers of seating for nearly 90 participants.  In keeping with the New College policy of actively engaging students in research projects, research education is emphasized, and students learn to use instruments early in their program. Highly sophisticated equipment is available to research students in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and physics.


The biology laboratories are equipped with a variety of microscopes including research-grade analytical light microscopes, a fluorescence microscope, and a scanning electron microscope, to offer an unusually rich experience. In addition, the biology laboratories have a photographic darkroom, incubators for culturing organisms and testing animal behavior, controlled temperature chambers, digital imaging computers, and analytical instrumentation including an HPLC. A new program in toxicology gives students gives students the opportunity to combine interests in chemistry and biology. A greenhouse and a herbarium of regional plants are available. Students interested in field ecology have access to a variety of sampling equipment including secchi discs, DO meters, nephelometers, salinometer/conductivity meters, Nansen bottles and nets.

In both biology and biochemistry laboratories, extensive equipment is available for molecular biology projects. Equipment for analyzing DNA, RNA, and proteins includes vertical (large and small) and horizontal gel boxes for electrophoresis, high voltage power supplies, western transfer boxes, and automatic pipetters. Temperature cyclers for performing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), as well as a laminar flow hood for eukaryotic cell culture, are also available. A real -time PCR instrument for quantitative gene expression analysis and genetic variation detection was recently purchased with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The Jack and Rhoda Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center (PMBRC) provides aquaria and holding facilities for marine organisms, laboratories, and tools that facilitate scientific experimentation. Seawater is pumped from Sarasota Bay, then preconditioned and treated prior to entering research aquaria. The Living Ecosystem Teaching and Research Aquariu includes five medium-sized aquaria, one large aquarium, and a single shallow tank. Each aquarium features a different captive ecosystem. Included are bay shore and local water ecosystems, and a diversity of near shore systems from non - local tropical to temperate regions. Cameras have been installed in the large aquarium and the medium live coral aquarium and send images to a streaming video server. This allows sharing of data on the web and permits detailed analysis of animal behavior in the tanks. Another camera in the invertebrate tank will be equipped with infrared capabilities for observations in near dark conditions, for expanded research opportunities.  Faculty research laboratories, student research laboratories, and ground level tanks provide holding and culture facilities for maintaining organisms (both fish and marine invertebrates) for research and research education. The PMBRC's classroom contains a "wet" section with holding tanks and shallow sea tables. The sea tables are well suited to handling and observing small marorganisms. We have recently acquired a new steromicroscope with pixel shift technology to produce high resolution images. We have recently acquired a new steromicroscope with pixel shift technology to produce high resolution images.


Chemistry laboratories provide excellent research and teaching facilities for chemical synthesis, separation and structure determination, and for a variety of studies of structure, bonding and reactivity. Specialized glassware, photochemical apparatus, and glove boxes for work in controlled atmospheres allow many different synthetic methods to be used. A spin - coater is available for constructing ultra-thin organic films down to a fraction of a nanometer. Gas and high-pressure liquid chromatography are available for separations, and structure determination can be carried out by use of nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. In addition to the recently upgraded 60 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance  spectrometer  used in the introductory labs, there is a research grade 250 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. A sensitive, new gas chromatograph – mass spectrometer was purchased with a grant from the EPA.

A research-grade electrochemical apparatus allows study of fast electrochemical reactions, and chemical kinetics can be studied using computer-controlled ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers. Three Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometers are used for teaching and research as well as for characterization of inorganic and organic molecules and for experiments in physical chemistry.

The physical chemistry laboratory is also equipped with tools for modern surface characterization techniques, which include a state-of-the-art dynamic surface tensiometer, a single wavelength ellipsometer, and a static tensiometer. Most of the more specialized instruments for teaching and research are computer-controlled through LabView. Our PTI fluorescence research instrument is the most sensitive bench-top fluorometer available and is used in the physical chemistry laboratory for energy transfer and kinetics studies.


The mathematics program at New College has built a strong sense of community, resting in part on the existence of a place for faculty and students to gather and do mathematics-the Math Reading Room. This large seminar/study room is used for an active schedule of seminars, presentations, workshops, problem sessions, tutoring, and discussions. This stimulating interaction is highly valued by students, and contributes greatly to their growth and development in mathematics.  The Math Reading Room is equipped with a computer that supports many different types of software (Mathematica, Maple, Illustrator, and others) and provides Internet access. Beginning and advanced laboratories are equipped with a variety of microcomputers, with additional workspace for upper-level students. Recent additions in the areas of computational science and applied mathematics complement the theoretical areas of algebra, geometry, topology, analysis, and theoretical computer science, allowing the faculty to offer a variety of courses and tutorials to challenge students with different backgrounds.


The physics program has space for laboratory work at all levels, including a specially equipped laser lab with vibration- sensitive equipment mounted on Newport pneumatic isolation tables. In addition, the physics program contains a computer lab as part of its dedicated introductory lab, allowing access to software such as Maple.

The physics labs are equipped to support full semester courses in Introductory Lab (2 semesters), Modern Physics Lab, Electronics Lab, and Optics Lab.  The introductory physics lab is fully computerized to allow interfacing of equipment to computers, and instant analysis and display of results.  Beyond the regular course level, there are laboratories for doing advanced projects. These include measuring  the speed of light with a rotating mirror apparatus, measuring  the strength of gravity with a Cavendish setup, studying crystal structure with X -rays, making electronic measurements on semiconductors, performing optical experiments  with lasers, doing precision optical interferometry, analyzing acoustical signals with a spectrum analyzer, making nuclear counts with a multichannel  analyzer, and measuring  optical spectra with a UV-VIS miniature fiber optic apparatus. Physics has two computer -controlled optical telescopes, a Meade 10.5" LX200, and a Meade 127ED 5" refractor.

At the research level, the labs have a Quesant Q-scope 250 Atomic Force Microscope, a micro-Raman spectrometer,  an X Ray diffractometer,  an X ray fluorescence  spectrometer,  a micro-spectrophotometer, a Q switched Nd:YAG laser with second and fourth harmonic emission, lock-in amplifiers, an FFT signal analyzer, a motorized micropositioning stage and pyroelectric energy meter, a 1000X LOMO Multiscope optical microscope with a trinocular head and attached Nikon digital camera, and a spin-coating apparatus for thin film preparation.

Social Sciences Facilities

The Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL) is a resource dedicated to aiding advanced and thesis students in the Social Sciences with empirical data analyses and research design. It is staffed by a part-time director. The SSRL is available to Social Science AOC students needing resources to do research and to work on their theses. The facility, located in the newly constructed Academic Center, has seven computers (6 PCs and 1 Macintosh) and a laser printer all of which are connected to the campus network and the Internet. Software available includes Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Maple, SAS, SPSS, EViews, Stata, R, HypeResearch, NVivo and MicroCase ExploreIt. As a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, access to over 500,000 on-line databases is available.

The Hal C. Ball Anthropology Laboratory and Seminar room houses a 2,000-volume library on Mesoamerican anthropology. It also contains a collection of anthropology texts and manuals, a series of hominid and primate skulls, a slide collection, an oral history archive, audio-visual and photographic equipment, and a computer workstation for student use.

The New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL) serves to facilitate student learning in archaeological methods and techniques by providing workspace for student projects. NCPAL features laboratory space for processing and interpreting artifacts, an office for archaeological site reports and geographic information systems, and storage space for excavated finds. The Lab will facilitate faculty and student research on local history and regional heritage.


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