New College was founded in 1960 as a private college, joined University of South Florida in 1975, then achieved independence as a public university in 2001. New College has remained loyal to its mission and values over the years while adapting to the changing needs of generations of students.

Student-centered learning environment

At New College, you’ll find a personal and collaborative learning environment, where faculty and students engage in in-depth exploration of ideas and subject matter, and where students have the freedom to chart their own academic course and prepare for their future career. Located on a beautiful 110-acre campus on sunny Sarasota Bay, New College provides an ideal learning environment for intellectually curious, motivated students who thrive on active learning and are drawn to an intellectually rigorous curriculum. Our student-centered academic mission and affordable state tuition consistently attract high rankings and praise from U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, New College is also a proud member of:

  • Council of Public Liberal Arts College (COPLAC), 
  • Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL)
  • Ecoleague Consortium

Preparing students for lives of great achievement

New College offers rigorous academics blended with thorough career education to develop students’ intellectual and personal potential as fully as possible. Mission & Values

A commitment to sustainability.

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