Psychology

With a broad range of offerings in biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, the Psychology AOC at New College combines the academic rigor and research emphasis you would expect from one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges with a personalized approach that is designed to help our students learn and succeed. In fact, according to alumnae/i survey data, more than 90 percent of New College psychology students who apply to graduate school are accepted into master's and Ph.D. programs, and many attend the nation’s top graduate institutions.

Why are our graduates so successful? Because at New College, all of the classes in our Psychology program -- from introductory courses to senior seminars and ultimately the senior thesis -- are designed to be building blocks, helping you develop the skills needed to conduct advanced library and empirical research within the field. You also work closely with faculty who really get to know you, not just as a name in a class but as a person, which means they can write excellent letters of recommendation and direct you to graduate school programs and career paths that are the right fit for you. As a result, our graduates report that they enter graduate school and the workplace ready to excel and with hands-on research experience that far exceeds that of their peers from other institutions.    

While the career paths taken by our graduates are as varied as the individuals themselves, popular fields include academic research and teaching, animal training and conservation, clinical and counseling psychology, social work, education at both the K-12 and college levels, medicine and law.


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.

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Between 1998 and 2010, more than 90 percent of psychology students who applied to professional schools (Med, Vet, Law, MSW) were accepted. And many others received awards such as the National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and Fulbrights to Germany and Spain.

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

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201
provost@ncf.edu