Anything but Typical

Amazing research opportunities are common occurrences at New College and offer students real-world research experience from day one.

Small Classes. Big Conversations.

At New College, you’re surrounded by an intellectual community of students and professors who value your individuality and push you to discover your passions, pursue your ideals and form lifelong bonds.

Did you know that many large universities now require freshmen to take some classes from their computers because they simply don’t have large enough lecture halls for them all to attend in person? That will never happen at New College. Our average size class is 18, but most are much smaller, and some have only a handful of students working with a single professor.

With a 10-to-1 student/faculty ratio, you work closely with faculty, who serve as advisers, mentoring you along your academic journey. Intellectual conversations with fellow students often spill over to the Four Winds Café, Ham Center or other campus hangouts.

Hands-on Research.

Learning at New College often extends beyond the classroom. Our undergraduates have access to cutting-edge research projects in the lab and the field:

  • Biology—Professor Amy Clore is one of five lead researchers on a $4.93 million grant from the National Science Foundation for genetic research of endosperm (corn).
  • Music—Each year, professor and Provost Stephen Miles guides students as they create original compositions to be performed by one of Sarasota Orchestra’s resident chamber ensembles.
  • Physics—Professor Mariana Sendova is leading a $1.7 million research grant from the U.S. Army to study nanoparticles.
  • Archaeology—Students join Professor Uzi Baram on archaeology excavations throughout the local area.
  • Manatee and Dolphin Research—Professor Gordon Bauer studies a manatee’s sense of touch and hearing, while Professor Heidi Harley analyzes the echolocation of dolphins. Their students work directly with these marine mammals through a partnership with nearby Mote Marine Laboratory.
  • Chemistry—Professor Steven Shipman has multiple grants, including from the National Science Foundation, to build the next generation of microwave spectrometers. The grants fund summer research for students.

Engaged in the community and the world.

New College students are passionate about helping others and making a difference. Locally, they build houses, tutor at-risk children and volunteer at food banks and homeless shelters. Others give back during Alternative Fall and Spring Break trips to rebuild homes of Hurricane Katrina victims or experience a migrant farm camp in Immokalee, Florida. And many Novo Collegians turn their civic engagement into their life’s work.

Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

Our unique approach to the search for knowledge produces outstanding results. Students earn internationally recognized scholarships (e.g., Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, Udall) and get into top graduate schools. After graduation, alumni excel in their careers. Learn more about life after New College.

Learning starts early at New College

Undergraduates can start doing research in the first year at New College. Find your passion at New College of Florida, …