What are we looking for in a prospective student? We're here to make your job easier.

Information For Guidance Counselors

You are cordially invited to join us for our Counselor Appreciation Brunch on January 25, 2019. Travel and hotel reimbursements are available. Register here.

For more than 50 years, New College of Florida has been a creative force in shaping the lives of students, unleashing their talents and enabling them to become their “highest and best selves,” as one alumna put it.

What are we looking for in a prospective student? We’re here to make your job easier.

Guidance Counselor Guide

  • Click here to view the New College online guide for guidance counselors. Click here to download a printable poster.

Freshman Profile

  • Click here to read about what we look for in our applicants, including GPA and test score ranges.


  • Click here to read what alumnae/i and students are saying about New College of Florida.

A Student’s Choice

Guidance counselors hear from students first-hand on what makes New College the right fit. New College of Florida is a …

Application materials


Recommendations can be sent electronically through the Common Application School Forms or by completing and returning the New College Recommendation Form.

  • Faxed to us at 941-487-5001 or by mail to:

New College of Florida
Attn: Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
5800 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109


  • Complete details for SAT or ACT scores, including test dates may be self-reported via the Common App.
  • 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 test scores as official application materials.


Self-Reported Student Academic Record (SSAR)

  • All freshman applicants, with a few exceptions, will enter their courses and grades in the SSAR.
  • To learn more about the SSAR, view our SSAR FAQ.


– Transfer students, GED graduates, and academic records not patterned after the U.S. System

New College of Florida
Attn: Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
5800 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109
*We are unable to accept faxed transcripts as official application materials.


We will accept the NACAC fee waiver (freshman) or (transfer), the original SAT or ACT fee waiver or a fee waiver approved through the Common Application.

Please approve students fee waivers online through the Common Application or by mail:

New College of Florida
Attn: Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
5800 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109

Common Application Questions?

Counselors with questions or suggestions regarding the Common Application can contact them through the Recommender Help Center. You can also receive real-time support through their new chat program available now from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.



Connect with Us!

Visit Campus

Come experience life on campus as a New College student! Arrange your visit today to meet with an Admissions Counselor as well as tour campus with a Student Admissions Representative.

Schedule a Visit

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Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Our counselors can help you with all facets of the process.

Read more here

Student Ambassadors

Meet our Student Admissions Representatives.

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In our own words

Our unique approach for the search for knowledge produces outstanding results. Here’s what a group of high school counselors heard at a recent brunch at New College:

Life Beyond New College

The president of New College of Florida, Dr. Donal O’Shea, explains the school’s strengths, noting that New College ranks third …

New College Student Panel

Students at New College of Florida explain why they selected New College, and how school has changed their lives. New …

Exceptional Students

Associate Professor of Biochemistry Katherine Walstrom talks to high school guidance counselors about some of the exceptional students she has …