New College welcomes inquiries from outside groups interested in renting our campus and its facilities for public or private events.
New College welcomes inquiries from outside groups interested in renting our campus and its facilities for public or private events. In addition to weddings and other social occasions, we provide an ideal venue for conferences, meetings, concerts and educational convocations, especially during the summer when the College is not in session. For more information, please call 941-487-4552.
The New College of Florida Campus is primarily dedicated to the purpose of educating New College of Florida students and providing them with a rich variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities to flourish in an enhanced residential college environment. This policy pertains to the use of campus by external organizations.
Our beautiful bayfront, with its natural foliage and historic mansions facing Sarasota Bay, is a popular location for weddings, art fairs, receptions, dinners, cocktail parties and dances. Large tents can be accommodated on the expansive lawn.
The elegant, early 20th-century College Hall is the former home of circus magnate Charles Ringling. It offers a gracious fireplaced living room with curving wrought-iron staircase, enclosed portico overlooking the bay and wood-paneled music room with high, fresco-timbered ceilings, burnished wood floor and grand piano.
College Hall can be blended seamlessly into the outdoors and is generally available on weekends throughout the academic year, as well as throughout the summer months. Located at 351 College Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243.
Updated fee schedule coming soon!
For meetings, concerts, lectures and convocations, we have two popular spaces. On the Pei Campus (east of U.S. 41) is the Harry Sudakoff Lecture and Conference Center, whose 400-seat auditorium can be subdivided into meeting rooms for groups of 50 to 400.
This is a great space for fairs and exhibits, as well as cabaret-style concerts. Located at 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota, FL 34243.
The 260-seat Mildred F. Sainer Art and Music Pavilion is ideal for small theatrical and musical performances (a grand piano is available), as well as lectures and panel discussions.
Receptions can be held in the lobby, in the nearby Isermann Gallery or outdoors in the PepsiCo Arcade and Forum, which can accommodate outdoor receptions with plenty of space for large serving tables, a bar and cabaret tables under the covered arches forming a square around the courtyard.
Located just south of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art at 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243.