New College produces some mighty results.

If you don’t mind, we need to brag a bit – because for a tiny school, New College produces some mighty results.

If you don’t mind, we need to brag a bit – because for a tiny school, New College produces some mighty results.

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. We try not to put too much emphasis on these rankings, which are subject to a lot of variables, but it’s very nice when we make the top tier.

National Rankings

New College was once again named a Forbes Best Value College for 2019, schools ranked to “help students and their families evaluate the likely return on their investment.” Forbes used a number of criteria to produce their list, including net price (tuition, fees, and room and board), average federal debt load per student, the number of Pell grant recipients, and alumni earnings. has named New College No. 40 in its 2019 rankings for the top 50 public universities in the country. observes that New College is “known for its ‘choosiness’ — the average GPA of its incoming students is 4.03! The school … boasts a list-best faculty-to-student ratio of 10:1, which gives students the one-on-one attention they need to truly explore the curriculum.”

For its 2020 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked New College No. 6 among public schools. U.S. News also ranked New College among its Most Innovative Schools (#35) and a Top Performer on Social Mobility (#69).

Washington Monthly has recognized New College in its 2019 Liberal Arts Rankings. New College came in at 53 out of more than 200 colleges listed and No. 3 among public colleges. Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has ranked colleges based on what they do for the country, ranking liberal arts colleges—four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees and that focus on arts and sciences rather than professional programs—based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

For the 16th consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has recognized New College of Florida as one of the nation’s best values in higher education. The magazine ranked New College 23rd on its list of the 100 best values in public colleges for 2019. Kiplinger says the colleges in its rankings “best meet our definition of value: a quality education at an affordable price.”

New College was named a Forbes Best Value College for 2019, an exclusive class of only 300 ranked schools. Forbes used a number of criteria to produce their list, including net price (tuition, fees, and room and board), average federal debt load per student, the number of Pell grant recipients, and alumni earnings.

New College of Florida is one of the nation’s 200 “Colleges That Pay You Back,” according to the 2018 edition of a book released by The Princeton Review. The book is an unranked assessment that reflects academic quality, cost to students and families, and salaries earned by graduates. New College scored well on all fronts, with  90 points of a possible 99 on the Review’s “return on investment” grade. The Review cited New College graduates’ median starting salary of $43,700 and mid-career median salary of $88,800 for students with a bachelor’s or higher degree. More than 80 percent of New College graduates go on to a master’s or doctoral degree.

New College of Florida has been ranked No. 3 in the state in LendEDU’s fourth annual College Risk-Reward Indicator study (2020). LendEDU has defined the risk of attending a respective four-year college or university as the average student loan debt per graduate at that institution. The reward of attending that same college or university is the average early career pay for graduates of that respective school. Average early career pay for graduates can also be defined as the median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of work experience.

New College was among the 15 percent of American colleges to make the Princeton Review’s new college guidebook, “The Best 382 Colleges” (2018). The book is based on surveys and interviews with students and administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. “We chose New College for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and author of “The Best 382 Colleges.”

New College was rated as one of The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” in 2020. The publication ranks the nation’s top 200 schools that offer outstanding academics, great career preparation, and low cost. The Princeton Review also named New College to its list of “50 Colleges That Create Futures”. The 50 schools were selected from more than 3,000 nationwide, and New College was one of two Florida schools to be selected.

Fiske Guide to Colleges (2019) named New College to its Top 10 list of “Best Buy,” public colleges in the nation based on its academic quality and affordable cost.

2019 Student Honors and Accolades

Fulbright Awards

Evan Teal received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Kenya to study fungi inside mosquitoes at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. Kaithleen Coñoepan earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach young students in the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwest Africa.

Gilman Scholars

Amaranth Sander, a third-year anthropology and environmental studies major, and Rain Kwan, a third-year computer science major, received prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for spring 2019. Sander spent the semester studying French language and environmental studies at Bishops University in Quebec, Canada while Kwan studied Japanese language and culture at Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan.

udall Scholar

Lili Benitez, a third-year Environmental Studies/Spanish major, received a Udall Scholarship for her environmental research on water quality in Costa Rica.

Summer Fellowships
Second-year student Sarah Nash spent the summer participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Bryn Mawr College, where she conducted research on flat origami.


2019 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. The students benefit, too, because they get to participate in the “real world learning” opportunities presented by the faculty’s research grants.

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant to support “New College and the Cross-College Alliance in the Community.” This grant will support curricular and research initiatives that preserve local history, integrate social and racial justice work into artistic practice and teaching, and explore questions of special interest to the local community.
  • Director of Writing Jennifer Wells is participating in a multi-institutional study, funded by a $10,000 grant from the Conference on College Composition and Communication, to replicate a landmark 2007 study of college students’ views regarding the transferability of knowledge gained in first-year writing courses to other courses.
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Erin Dean and a colleague from Emory University have been awarded a $87,388 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effect that the growing alternative energy industry is having in Tanzania.
  • The Society for College Teachers named Jayne Gardiner, associate professor of biology and environmental studies, as the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher.