New College produces some mighty results.

If you don’t mind, we need to brag a bit – because for a tiny school, New College produces some mighty results.


Year after year, we consistently attract the attention of the most prestigious arbiters of excellence in higher education, resulting in top national rankings from the likes of U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Kiplingers and The Princeton Review. We try not to put too much emphasis on these rankings, which are subject to a lot of variables, but it’s very nice when we make the top tier.

In the fast-paced, dynamic world economy in which we live, a well-trained mind never goes obsolete. And that’s where we excel. New College’s diverse curriculum in the liberal arts teaches students how to learn and master whatever is put in front of them. Perhaps that’s why our alums are so successful in graduate school and in building professional careers.

In a recent alumni survey, respondents said that New College had prepared them very well for their continuing education and career. The overwhelming majority said they would attend New College again if they were starting all over and would encourage others to attend as well.

We invite you to use the links on this page to discover what Novo Collegians do after they graduate, and to read about the lives of some of our extraordinary graduates.

Job/Grad School Placement

  • Of the 177 graduates, 16% (29) had submitted their applications to graduate or professional schools. Seventy-six percent (22) out of the 29 applicants have been accepted to at least one graduate/professional school. Fifty-two percent of the 177 graduates (92) will attend graduate/professional schools immediately or in the near future.
  • Forty-five percent (79) of the 177 graduates reported having a job/internship/volunteer lined up for after graduation. Out of those who have a position lined up, the majority (63%; 50) plan to stay in-state. Forty-three percent (34) planned to work at a business, 33% (26) planned to work for an educational organization, and 13% (10) plan to work for a non-profit.

Survey of Graduates

The New College Alumnae/i Association recently profiled its database of over 2,500 alums who had graduated since 1967. Here are the major fields in which they worked:graduate outcomes

A survey of New College alums who graduated between 1996 and 2007 tells us a lot about where they work and how their careers relate to what they studied. The majority of alums commented that their New College experience contributed extensively to their development of critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity and potential, as well as writing skills.

• 70% reported being employed full-time, part-time or self-employed. Overall, 95% were employed or pursuing graduate-level education.

• 80% of their careers were related to the Area of Concentration at New College. The most popular industries were Education, Professional & Business Services and Health Services.

• Biology majors were employed primarily in health, education, the professions and government.

• Psychology majors were employed primarily in health, the professions and education.

• Literature majors were employed mostly in education (50%), communications, the arts and government.


For additional, more detailed information, please see the following reports:

Baccalaureate Student Audit and Graduation Plan Survey

Graduate School

Alumni Stories

Alumni Awards and Outcomes by Area of Concentration

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