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

Information For Guidance Counselors

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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


  • ACT and SAT scores can be taken directly off any official transcript sent to us or
  • Submitted directly to our office by the testing service using the codes College Board (SAT)  #5506 or American College Testing Program #0750. For 2017 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)

– New for Class of 2018 Applicants!

  • 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.

Events for guidance Counselors

Counselor Brunch

Be our guest for brunches Dec. 8, 2017 and Jan. 26, 2018 at New College, the public, liberal arts and sciences honors college of the State University System. Learn first-hand what makes us an attractive option for your talented students.

You can RSVP for either counselor brunch by clicking here.

For more information, contact our office at or 941-487-5000.


Connect with Us!

Visit Campus

We regularly offer informational sessions with admissions counselors and campus tours led by Student Admissions Representatives. During a special event on February 10, you can sit in on miniclasses led by our world-class faculty, learn about student clubs and organizations, find out how you can get involved in the Sarasota community and interact with faculty, staff and students from all areas across campus.

Register for Experience New College

Meet Your Admissions Counselor

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

Read more here

Student Admissions Representatives

Meet our Student Admissions Representatives.

Read more here

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

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New College Student Panel

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Exceptional Students

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