Message from President Okker

Welcome to New College, a proud member of the State University System of Florida and a nationally ranked public liberal arts college. Here, students experience a personalized education that’s tailored to their academic interests, career aspirations, and individual learning style. Innovative curricula, extensive research and experiential learning opportunities, customized career planning, and comprehensive student support are the hallmarks of a New College education.

Over 80 percent of our undergraduate population lives on our beautiful bayfront campus in Sarasota. We are regularly recognized as one of the most affordable small colleges in the country and listed in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. All of our classes are taught by faculty, not by teaching assistants. Each student is assigned a personal career coach, who works with them all four years to plan for their future beyond graduation.

Graduates of New College can be found in leadership roles in government, business, education, law, and nonprofit organizations. Our alumni embody New College’s mission of preparing intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement. And I am proud to lead this remarkable institution into the bright future that lies ahead for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Patricia Okker
President, New College of Florida