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 has been named a College of Distinction for 2021-22 with special recognition for Career Development and Equity & Inclusion. Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the United States for true excellence in higher education with a focus on engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

Academic Influence ranks New College No. 39 among its “Best Small Colleges and Universities in the U.S.” New College is the only public college or university to be listed among the Top 50 schools on this list. Using a methodology to measure concentrated influence at the undergraduate level, Academic Influence also ranks NCF’s Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics departments among the Top 250 most influential departments in their disciplines.

For its 2021 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked New College No, 6 among public liberal arts colleges.U.S. News also ranked New College among its Most Innovative Schools (No. 14), Best Schools for Undergraduate Teaching (No. 57), Top Performer on Social Mobility (No. 81), and a Best Value School (No. 89).

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 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.

Washington Monthly has recognized New College in its 2020 Liberal Arts Rankings.  New College ranked at 32 out of more than 200 colleges listed and No. 2 among public colleges.  The Washington Monthly ranks colleges based on what they do for the country by ranking liberal arts colleges based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service. New College also ranked among their Best Colleges for Student Voting.

New College was ranked No. 27 on The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Best Value Public Colleges in 2021.  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. Of the more than 650 colleges and universities evaluated for this year’s list, the 200 schools chosen are those offering the best ROI (Return on Investment). The ROI rating considers more than 40 data points, broadly covering academics, affordability, and career preparation.

New College has been named the 2021 “Best Hidden Gem” in Florida by CollegeRaptor, which rates schools with less than 7,000 students on retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio, endowment per student, selectivity, and other metrics.

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‘s Most Affordable Public Universities for In-State Students based on tuition rates, the percentage of students receiving financial aid, and graduation rates. has ranked New College among the Top 25 colleges and universities in Florida and named it “Best for Customized Curriculums” in the state. The 2021 rankings are based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. 

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. LendEDU also ranks New College No. 4 among Florida universities for the lowest student loan default rate in 2017.

2020 Student Honors and Accolades

Fulbright Awards

Grace Hamilton and Jacob Wentz earned Fulbright Teaching Assistantships to teach English to students in Taiwan and Belgium respectively.

Boren Scholars

Isabella Cibelli DuTerroil and Alana Swartz have received Boren Awards.  These awards fund recipients the ability to study a critical language for an extended period and in return, the recipients commit to working for at least one year in public service positions that are critical to U.S. national security.  Isabella will be studying Turkish and Alana will be studying Japanese.

Gilman Scholar

Victoria Parada, a second-year pre-med student, has received prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for spring 2020. Parada will use her Gilman award to study at Cardiff University in Wales, where she plans to take specialized classes in pathophysiology, clinical psychology and biophysics.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (Jet) Programme

Asia Lord, an English thesis student, has been selected to join the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.  This government initiative of Japan is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan.  The application process and rigorous and extremely competitive, only 1,000 applicants are selected from fifty-five countries annually

2020 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.

  • Professor of Archaeology Uzi Baram and a team of professional excavators received a $100,000 grant from the Manatee Mineral Springs Park to excavate an area in Bradenton, believed to be the site of the historic Angola community.
  • Data Science Program Director Burcin Bozkaya was granted a University Ambassadorship from Nvidia’s Deep Learning Institute. Nvidia is the inventor and leading manufacturer of graphic processing units for artificial intelligence development.
  • Provost Barbara Feldman was recognized with the McInnis/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership by the American Association of University Administrators.
  • Professor of History Thomas McCarthy was elected a corresponding member of the Monumenta Germaniae Historia, one of Europe’s most prestigious historical research institutes.
  • Dr. Xia Shi, Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies, was selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend grant entitled, “Concubines in Public: Gender, Embodied Subjects, and the Politics of the Private in Republican China.”