In a class by itself

New College is an intellectual community of students who value individuality while discovering passions, pursuing ideals and forming lifelong bonds.

New College of Florida practices selective admission, seeking those students who are able and eager to take responsibility for their own education, and who will benefit from the College’s demanding academic program and flexible curriculum.

The Dean of Enrollment Management limits the number of students selected every year. Satisfaction of minimum State University System admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance; preference for admission is given to applicants who demonstrate great academic promise.

The Dean selects students on the basis of a broad range of factors.

Approximate Order of Importance of Major Application Factors:

  1. Level of difficulty of course work
  2. Grades (including class rank if available)
  3. Writing
  4. SAT or ACT scores
  5. Letter of recommendation
  6. Activities

The Admissions Committee may consider an applicant’s demonstrated interest in attending New College, and allocation of limited guaranteed scholarship resources as criteria for admission to New College.


  • Common Application (submit with all the following: 1 essay, application fee or waiver)
  • Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR)
  • Self-reported SAT or ACT scores
  • Academic recommendation sent directly to us from your school or the person writing on your behalf

International students, and students who have attended schools in other countries, may have additional paperwork and/or testing requirements. If you think this might apply to you, or if you have any questions, please contact your admission counselor. Transfers and other students with college course work should ask about college credit and the admission process.

If the application fee poses a financial hardship, check with your guidance counselor about requesting a fee waiver on your Common Application or submitting a NACAC, College Board, ACT, or ECO fee waiver request form.


  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of mathematics (algebra or higher)
  • 3 units of science (including 2 years of lab science)
  • 3 units of social science
  • 2 units of the same foreign language
  • 2 additional academic electives