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Here are answers to questions about application requirements and deadlines for first-year students.


1. Submit the Common Application (including the section under the “My Colleges” tab). Please note: New College does not require you to complete the “Courses & Grades” section on the Common App. You will be entering your Courses/Grades information via the SSAR instead (see #4).

2. One Letter of Recommendation

  • Your letter of recommendation must be from a guidance counselor, principal, dean or teacher who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • Submit your letter of recommendation using the Common Application Form, or the official New College Recommendation Form. The recommender must submit the letter directly to the Admissions Office electronically (if using the online Common Application), e-mail to admissions@ncf.edu, or by mail. We cannot accept recommendations submitted by the applicant.

3. $30 Nonrefundable Fee or Fee Waiver Request

Choose from the following:

  • Submit payment as part of your online Common Application.


  • Check the fee waiver request in your Common Application under payment options.
    *Your counselor/advisor must approve your request in the Common Application.
  • Use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver form.
  • You can also use the SAT or ACT Fee Waiver forms (see your guidance counselor for more information).
    *Your counselor/advisor must approve your fee waiver form and the original must be mailed directly from your school.

4. Complete your Self-reported Student Academic Record, or SSAR (after you complete the Common App, you will receive an email with a customized link to your Applicant Status page and the SSAR website). Please note: applicants who have completed a high school curriculum not patterned after the U.S. system, or those earning a GED should not complete the SSAR.

5. Standardized Test Results (SAT or ACT)*

  • Complete details for SAT or ACT scores, including test dates may be self-reported via the Common App.
  • SAT or ACT scores not submitted on the Common App may be submitted via your applicant status page.
  • Official exam reports are only required if you enroll at New College (official SAT or ACT scores must be reported on your official school transcript(s), or submitted directly to our office by the testing service using the codes College Board (SAT) #5506 or American College Testing Program #0750.
  • For 2019 applicants, the SAT essay and ACT writing sections are optional. The official writing we evaluate is the Common Application essay.

*We are unable to accept faxed standardized test scores as official.

Disability Accommodation in Admission
In the case of applicants with disabilities, the College will grant reasonable substitution or modification of any admission requirement pursuant to Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.018 where the Dean of Enrollment Services determines, based on evidence submitted by the applicant and through consultation with the College’s Disabilities Services Coordinator, that the failure of the applicant to meet the requirement is due to his or her disability, and does not constitute a fundamental alteration in the nature of the College’s academic program.

New College will consider this information within the following guidelines:

  1. Documentation regarding the disability will need to be provided on a voluntary basis,
  2. all information will be kept confidential,
  3. refusal to provide information will not subject the applicant to adverse treatment, and
  4. information will only be used in conjunction with the College’s voluntary efforts to overcome the effects of conditions that may have resulted in limited participation of persons with disabilities.

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