As the public Honors College of Florida, New College offers 50+ undergraduate majors and a master’s degree program in data science. Located in Sarasota, NCF educates free thinkers, risk takers and trailblazers.

The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to 698 students and 90+ full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College’s innovative educational model and senior capstone/thesis requirement foster students’ intellectual exploration and personal accountability. The College’s rigorous curriculum prepares students for the demands of doctoral and professional degree programs. 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.

As a result, New College is the top public college in the nation for the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn PhDs. Discover the Outcomes of New College Graduates.

Quick Facts

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  • Degrees awarded: Bachelor of Arts, Master’s in Science in Data Science
  • Enrollment: 689 undergraduate and graduate students (Fall 2022)
  • Student-faculty ratio: 6:1
  • Average class size: 11
  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctorate or terminal degree in field: 98%
  • Number of full-time faculty: 94
  • 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% / 19%
  • Fall 2022 admitted class profile (middle 50%):
    • High school GPA: 3.7 – 4.4
    • Test scores: 1100 – 1320 SAT, 22 – 29 ACT
  • Tuition costs: Florida resident $6,916; nonresident $29,944
  • Room and Board: $10,489
  • 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)

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. 

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.

Grants, Awards, & 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.

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”.