Largest Entering Class in New College's History Begins 2014-15 Academic Year
Classes began Monday, Aug. 25, at New College of Florida with 284 new students on campus, the largest entering class in college history, and one of its most geographically diverse.
The incoming students include 240 freshmen, known at New College as first-years, and 44 transfer students. Both groups also are believed to be the largest in college history. They also may be one of the brightest classes New College has ever seen.
“We have a stellar entering class,” said Kathleen M. Killion, dean of enrollment services and information technology. “The average high school GPA for our new first-year students is over 4.0, perhaps the highest in the College’s history.”
That typical GPA reflects how most New College students receive bonuses from their high schools for taking Advanced Placement courses. New College students tend to excel in their high school classes.
Of students whose high schools calculated class rankings, 43 percent of New College’s first-years were in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.
The incoming class is also one of New College's most diverse. Students come from 25 states, almost one in four from outside Florida, as well as Puerto Rico and countries including Colombia, Senegal and Sweden.