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” for 2021. 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 2022 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked New College No, 5 among public liberal arts colleges and No. 82 among all liberal arts colleges. U.S. News also ranked New College among its Most Innovative Schools (No. 23), a Top Performer on Social Mobility (No. 67) and a Best Value School (No. 85).

Washington Monthly has ranked New College No. 54 in its 2021 Liberal Arts Rankings and No. 4 among public colleges.  The Washington Monthly ranks 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. The Princeton Review also named New College to “The Best 387 Colleges” list, as well as 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, ranking it No. 52 among colleges in the South, No. 56 among liberal arts colleges, No. 113 among public colleges and No. 237 among all colleges.

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.

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. 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.

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.

2021 Student Honors and Accolades


Toni 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  Fellowship

Ky 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 scholarship

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”.