Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional undergraduate education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. New College offers 45 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Applied Data Science. We have earned many accolades and distinctions, among them a place in Loren Pope’s book, “Colleges That Change Lives,” and consistently high national rankings by the leading arbiters of higher education.

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Fast Facts & Statistics

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  • Degrees awarded: Bachelor of Arts, Master’s in Science in Data Science
  • Enrollment: 632 undergraduates and 27 graduate students (Fall 2021)
  • Student-faculty ratio: 6:1
  • Average class size: 11
  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctorate or terminal degree in field: 98 percent
  • Number of U.S. states, and D.C. and Puerto Rico represented: 34
  • Number of foreign countries represented: 14
  • In-state/out of state ratio: 81 percent / 19 percent
  • Average high school GPA of incoming freshmen: 3.91
  • Average SAT scores of incoming first-time freshmen: 1225
  • Number of full-time faculty: 94
  • Tuition costs: Florida resident $6,916; nonresident $29,944
  • Room and Board: $9,662
  • Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s in Science in Data Science
  • Institutional Budget: $56.7 million (Education and General budget $40.8 million, which includes revenues from the State of Florida, plus tuition and fees)

Campus Profile

New College is located in northern Sarasota County, near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and just one hour south of Tampa, and 10 minutes by bus or bicycle from downtown Sarasota, which Money magazine named one of the country’s “best places to live.”

Nearby cultural and recreational resources abound, including the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, located next door to campus, and the white sand beaches of Siesta Key, rated as America’s Best Beach by Dr. Beach.

The 110-acre campus blends classic landmark buildings with modern facilities. New College’s visionary master plan incorporates state-of-the-art environmental design into campus architecture and landscaping.

The main Bayfront campus lies along the Gulf of Mexico on the former estate of circus magnate Charles Ringling. Enter through the iconic Ringling arch and stroll down canopied Dort Promenade all the way to College and Cook Halls, connected by a colonnade opening onto a vast lawn and Sarasota Bay, a favorite gathering spots for yoga and sunsets.

Across Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and linked by overhead pedestrian bridge is the Pei Campus, hub of student and residential life and home to five “green” residence halls and a student union with its own Black Box Theater.

The Caples campus, home to the Caples Fine Arts Complex and the Environmental Studies program, is located on Bay Shore Road just south of the Ringling Museum. Behind the Caples Mansion and right on the bay is the New College waterfront program.

Our newest first-class facilities include a renovation of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, major addition to the Heiser Natural Sciences Center Complex  with teaching and research labs for chemistry, biology, computational science, physics and math; a dedicated Academic Center and Koski Plaza incorporating sustainable features; the Public Archaeology Lab for processing and interpreting artifacts, preparing archaeological site reports, and storing excavated findings; and the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center with seven research labs and over 100 aquariums.

National Rankings

Year after year, we consistently attract the attention of the most prestigious arbiters of excellence in higher education, resulting in top national rankings from the likes of U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review. 

New College has been named a College of Distinction for 2021-22 with special recognition for Career Development and Equity & Inclusion. 

Academic Influence ranks New College among its “Best Small Colleges and Universities in the U.S” for 2021. New College is the only public college or university to be listed among the Top 50 schools on this list.

For its 2022 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked New College No. 5 among public liberal arts colleges. U.S. News also ranked New College among its Most Innovative Schools, a Top Performer on Social Mobility and a Best Value School.

Washington Monthly has ranked New College No. 4 among public colleges in its 2021 Liberal Arts Rankings.  New College also ranked among their Best Colleges for Student Voting.

New College was ranked No. 29 on The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Best Value Public Colleges in 2022.  The Princeton Review also ranked New College No. 4 among its Top 20 Public Best Schools for Making an Impact, and No. 7 among its Top 20 Public Best Schools for Financial Aid and its Top 20 Public Best Alumni Networks. The Princeton Review also named New College to Colleges That Create Future, Great Financial Aid, LGBTQ-Friendly, and Most Politically Active Students.

Forbes has named New College to its 2021 list of America’s Top Colleges.

New College has been named the 2021 “Best Hidden Gem” in Florida by CollegeRaptor.

Fiske Guide to Colleges named New College to its 2021 Top 10 list of “Best Buy” public colleges in the nation based on its academic quality and affordable cost.

Best Value Schools ranks New College No. 2  among its “50 Best Value Small Colleges” and No. 6 among its “30 Most Beautiful Coastal Campuses“.

New College ranks No. 2 in AffordableColleges.com‘s Most Affordable Public Universities for In-State Students.

Opportunity News Hub has ranked New College No. 1 on its list of Top 20 Affordable Colleges and Universities in Florida for Bachelor’s Degrees.

Intelligent.com has ranked New College among the Top 25 colleges and universities in Florida and named it “Best for Customized Curriculums” in the state.

New College of Florida has been ranked No. 3 in Florida in LendEDU’s  fourth annual College Risk-Reward Indicator study (2020). LendEDU also ranks New College No. 4 among Florida universities for the lowest student loan default rate in 2017.

2021 Student Honors and Accolades

  • Ozy Genius AwardToni Ginsberg-Klemmt was one of ten college students in the country to earn a 2021 Ozy Genius Award for her patent-pending invention called GismoPower—a mobile solar carport with an integrated electric vehicle charger that she designed for the New College campus.
  • PiLA FellowshipKy Miller earned a Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) fellowship to work in partnership with rural and indigenous communities in Latin America to conserve ecologically critical and sensitive landscapes—while protecting and advocating for their right to stewardship of ancestral landscapes.
  • Gilman Scholarship – Sierra Lamb, the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, documented the status of Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan for a research project for the School For International Training.
  • Boren Fellowship – Hailey McGleam became the first New College student to earn a Boren Fellowship. The fellowship will support her research on creating an informational program for students at Nanjing University and the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center, in order to create awareness on the dangers of single-use plastics and work with local businesses to reduce the use of these plastics.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowships – Courtney Miller and Benjamin Valen earned NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to pursue Ph.D. studies in software engineering and social psychology respectively.
  • Guy Harvey Fellowship – The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Cecilia Hampton to support her research into bull shark movements in the Manatee River.

2021 Grants and Faculty Awards

When it comes to research grants, honors and awards, the New College faculty chalk up achievements out of proportion to a school our size.  Students benefit too, because they are able to participate in the “real world learning” research opportunities made available by the these grants.

  • The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh has awarded New College’s chemistry program a $10,000 Undergraduate Analytical Research Program (UARP) Grant for red tide research. The funds will enable Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Levente Pap, Ph.D. and his undergraduate students to study and monitor harmful algae blooms (HABs) in Florida during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Black, Ph.D. secured a $55,000 Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI) Grant from the Petroleum Research Fund (maintained by the American Chemical Society (ACS)) to support years worth of New College STEM research.
  • Associate Professor of History and International Studies Xia Shi earned a Fulbright award to carry out research in Taiwan for her next book Concubines in Public: Embodied Subjects and the Politics of the Private in Republican China.
  • Professor of English Robert Zamsky earned the 2020 Elizabeth Agee Award in American Literature for his forthcoming book, Orphic Bend: Music and Innovative Poetics (the University of Alabama Press (UAP), August 2021).
  • New College has earned its first National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Connections Planning Grant. This award will allow the College to further develop the Health, Culture and Societies (HCS) Joint-Disciplinary Area of Concentration (AOC) undergraduate offering.
  • Professors Sarah Hernandez and Queen Zabriskie were recognized by Sarasota Magazine with 2021 Unity Awards.
  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies Nassima Neggaz earned a 2021-22 fellowship from the Paris Institute for Advanced Study for “Sunni and Shii Memories: Remembering 1258 After 2003”.