The New College Campus

The College is situated on a beautiful 110-acre campus in northern Sarasota County, just two miles from the heart of downtown.

The New College Campus

The College is situated on a beautiful 110-acre campus in northern Sarasota County, just two miles from the heart of one of America’s most admired small cities and within minutes of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, one hour south of Tampa, and 10 minutes by bus or bicycle from downtown Sarasota, which Money magazine named one of the country’s “best places to live.”

We are located in the emerging University district, an area of higher education, culture and arts that includes New College of Florida, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, the Florida State University Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts and the Ringling School of Art and Design, along with area businesses and property owners.

Nearby cultural and recreational resources abound, including the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, located next door to campus, and the white sand beaches of Siesta Key, rated as America’s Best Beach for 2011 by Dr. Beach.

The 110-acre campus blends classic landmark buildings with modern facilities. New College’s visionary master plan incorporates state-of-the-art environmental design into campus architecture and landscaping.

Bayfront Campus

The main Bayfront Campus lies along the Gulf of Mexico on the former estate of circus magnate Charles Ringling. Enter through the iconic Ringling arch and stroll down canopied Dort Promenade all the way to College and Cook Halls, connected by a colonnade opening onto a vast lawn and Sarasota Bay, a favorite gathering spots for yoga and sunsets.

Pei Campus

Across the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and linked by overhead pedestrian bridge is the Pei Campus, hub of student and residential life and home to five new “green” residence halls and a recently renovated student union with its own student-run Black Box Theater.

Caples Campus

The Caples campus, home to the Caples Fine Arts Complex (1992) and Environmental Studies program, is located on Bay Shore Road just south of the Ringling Museum. The New College sailing program is located on the bay, behind the Caples Mansion. The Caples campus is also home to the student academic gardens and New College Food Forest/Carbon Farm.

Our newest first-class facilities include a dedicated Academic Center and Koski Plaza incorporating sustainable features (2011); a Public Archaeology Lab (2010) for processing and interpreting artifacts, preparing archaeological site reports and storing excavated finds; the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center (2001) with seven research labs and over 100 aquariums; and the Heiser Natural Sciences Center Complex (2000) with teaching and research labs for chemistry, biology, computational science, physics and math.

First-Class Facilities


Pritzker Marine Research Center

This facility boasts seven research labs and over 100 aquaria, anchored by a 15,000 gallon research and display tank.

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Public Archaeology Lab (PAL)

The New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL) is committed to facilitating education, outreach, and the study of archaeology within a broader anthropological and interdisciplinary context.

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Mildred Sainer Fine Arts Complex

Built around a central courtyard, this quadrangle of buildings is the heart of music, sculpture and the fine arts on campus.

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