New College of Florida prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement.

Mission Statement

New College of Florida prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement. It offers a liberal arts education of the highest quality in the context of a small, residential public honors college with a distinctive academic program which develops the student’s intellectual and personal potential as fully as possible; encourages the discovery of new knowledge and values while providing opportunities to acquire established knowledge and values; and fosters the individual’s effective relationship with society.


To maintain our mission, New College of Florida focuses on:
• Providing a quality education to students of high ability who, because of their ability, deserve a program of study that is both demanding and stimulating.
• Engaging in undergraduate educational reform by combining educational innovation with educational excellence.
• Providing programs of study that allow students to design their educational experience as much as possible in accordance with their individual interests, values and abilities.
• Challenging undergraduates not only to master existing bodies of knowledge but also to extend the frontiers of knowledge through original research.


Four principles define our educational philosophy. These principles serve as guideposts along each student’s educational path.
• Each student is responsible in the last analysis for his or her education.
• The best education demands a joint search for learning by exciting instructors and able students.
• Students’ progress should be based on demonstrated competence and real mastery rather than on the accumulation of credits and grades.
• Students should have from the outset opportunities to explore areas of deep interest to them.

Strategic Plan

In 2016, the Board of Governor and the state of Florida invested in New College, pledging to support a multi-year plan to increase the
number of students to 1,200 and the faculty proportionately to ensure the maintenance of our student to faculty ratio. The ultimate goal of the New College of Florida Strategic Plan (2018-2028) is to raise our four-year graduation rate above 80%. Our aspirations are higher yet: eventually we want that rate to exceed 90%, which will put us on par with the top twenty national liberal arts colleges, public or private.