Did you know that New College's mascot is the Null Set, the mathematical concept written as { }? That’s our not-so-subtle way of noting that New College is not a big-time athletics school. But it also connotes what we do value: a rigorous, liberal arts education within small, close-knit departments such as Mathematics.

Our Math faculty hold degrees from M.I.T., Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, University of Warwick and other prestigious schools and have a wide variety of expertise, from knot theory and mathematical biology to distributed computing and networking. Our classes are intense, as you might expect from one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, but you will also enjoy plenty of time to talk one on one with faculty, who are expert teachers and mentors as well as researchers.

This highly personalized approach means that our faculty are there to help answer your questions about what classes to take and what area of mathematics might be the best for you to pursue, such as pure mathematics, computational math, applied math, or bioinfomatics. They'll also help you explore your senior thesis topic and offer guidance and input on the best graduate schools for you to apply to and what career path might be the best fit for your special interests and goals.

This combination of academic rigor, advanced coursework at the undergraduate level and personal mentoring from skilled faculty is one reason New College students in Mathematics have been so successful in garnering elite scholarships and awards in recent years. For example, since 2001, four New College students in Mathematics have received prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, given out annually to the nation's top undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering.  

It is also the reason so many of our graduates go on to the nation's leading graduate programs and pursue their Ph.D.'s in Mathematics. Among the graduate schools attended by New College graduates in Mathematics are Cal-Berkeley, Caltech, University of Cambridge (UK), Columbia and Johns Hopkins, to name just a few.

Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.


Since New College became independent in 2001, four students have received prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships that are awarded to undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering.

Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201