Welcome students! Here you can learn about New College from our president, some of our faculty members, and representatives from across campus.

Welcome, Admitted Students!

We invite you to learn more about what makes New College so special by viewing video messages from President Don O’Shea, a few of our amazing professors, and representatives from many of our campus departments. It’s also a great time to take a virtual campus tour!

Have questions about a field of study? We invite you to reach out to one of our faculty members. We’ve listed their contact information below.

If you have any additional questions, we invite you to reach out to our admissions team at 941-487-5000, ext.1 or admissions@ncf.edu.

Hear from New College faculty and staff members

President Don O’Shea
Professor Heidi Harley
Psychology and Environmental Studies
Professor Miriam Wallace
English and Gender Studies

Professor Pat McDonald
Mathematics and Data Science
Assistant Professor Kathleen Casto
Assistant Professor Diego Villada
Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

Dani McCalla
Director of Student Activities & Campus Engagement
Nicole Gelfert
Associate Director of Residential Education
Kaylie Stokes
Assistant Director of Student Success Center
Duane Khan
Assistant Director of Counseling & Wellness

Dwayne Peterson
Director of Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity

Corey Hill
Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Ryan Welch
Campus Police Officer

Julie Russo
Accounting Coordinator, Finance Office




Have questions about a field of study?

Our faculty members will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Field of Study Professor Contact Info
Anthropology Erin Dean edean@ncf.edu
Applied Math Necmettin Yildirim nyildirim@ncf.edu
Art Kim Anderson kanderson@ncf.edu
Art History Malena Carrasco carrasco@ncf.edu
Biology Emily Saarinen esaarinen@ncf.edu
Biopsychology Heidi Harley harley@ncf.edu
Chemistry Katie Walstrom walstrom@ncf.edu
Chinese Jing Zhang jzhang@ncf.edu
Classics David Rohrbacher rohrbacher@ncf.edu
Computer Science David Gillman dgillman@ncf.edu
Economics Sherry Yu syu@ncf.edu
English Robert Zamsky rzamsky@ncf.edu
Environmental Studies Heidi Harley or Emily Saarinen harley@ncf.edu / esaarinen@ncf.edu
French Jocelyn Van Tuyl vantuyl@ncf.edu
Gender Studies Amy Reid reid@ncf.edu
German Wendy Sutherland wsutherland@ncf.edu
History Carrie Beneš benes@ncf.edu
Humanities Miriam Wallace mwallace@ncf.edu
International And Area Studies Jing Zhang jzhang@ncf.edu
Marine Biology Jayne Gardner jgardiner@ncf.edu
Mathematics Pat McDonald mcdonald@ncf.edu
Music Maribeth Clark mclark@ncf.edu
Natural Sciences Katie Walstrom walstrom@ncf.edu
Neuroscience Elizabeth Leininger eleininger@ncf.edu
Philosophy Aron Edidin edidin@ncf.edu
Physics Don Colladay colladay@ncf.edu
Political Science Frank Alcock falcock@ncf.edu
Psychology Heidi Harley harley@ncf.edu
Religion Gordon Michalson michalson@ncf.edu
Russian Alina Wyman awyman@ncf.edu
Social Sciences Barbara Hicks bhicks@ncf.edu
Sociology Sarah Hernandez shernandez@ncf.edu
Spanish Alberto Portugal portugal@ncf.edu
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Nova Myhill nmyhill@ncf.edu


What does Student Activities do?
Student Activities and Campus Engagement is the one-stop shop for clubs, organizations, and programs (traditional, multicultural, and diverse) designed to engage and inspire students. We also connect students to the greater Sarasota area through community service and collaborations with the Cross College Alliance. Lastly, with the help of the New College Student Alliance, we oversee the Food Pantry. You can find out more about us here.

Where can I find out about student events?
All our events are posted on NovoConnect, in the “myncf” portal. We also post on Facebook and Instagram (@ncfstudentactivites).

What is NovoConnect?
NovoConnect is our web-based organization management system, and it is the easiest way for students, faculty, and staff to find out what’s happening at New College

  •   Explore students clubs and organizations
  •   Stay informed about activities and events
  •   Plan your social calendar
  •   Network with NCF Community members
  •   Document volunteer hours, trainings, and much more

How do I create a new club/organization?
We like to say you can experiment with different ingredients, and create your own sauce! New organization registration opens at the start of each semester and closes before the start of Fall or Spring Break. This process is hosted on NovoConnect. Visit https://novoconnect.ncf.edu/organizations, then click “Register an organization.”  The process requires the following elements:

  •   At least 5 full-time undergraduate students in good academic and conduct standing with the College, with 1 student as the Primary Contact
  •   A constitution with all required language present (see Appendix A for template)
  •   At least 1 faculty/staff Sponsor (see the section on sponsor requirements)

 SA[u]CE will review the information and set up a meeting with the Primary Contact and Sponsor to ensure the organization is prepared to move forward and offer a NovoConnect training.

How do I apply for Housing?
Students apply for housing via the Housing Registration app in the myNCF App Gateway.

How can I learn more about room and building layouts?
Details about each of our res halls as well as housing rates and floor plans are available here.

Can I bring a pet?
Pets are not permitted in campus housing.

What if I have an Emotional Support Animal?
Emotional Support Animals are permitted if students receive accommodations through Student Disability Services

What should I bring / pack?
Check out our helpful lists and tips here.

What does success coaching look like?
Coaching sessions are led by Student Success Coaches. Our coaches often can relate to some of the challenges and stressors you’re facing, since they are students too! During a coaching session, you’ll sit down and talk to the coach about your goals for the upcoming week or semester, discuss various challenges you might be facing, and work in conversation with the coach to help determine next steps and discuss different tools and strategies you can implement and try out over the next week. Some topics you can talk about are time management, attention management, maintaining motivation, communicating with faculty, project planning, and tons of other things that are integral to your academic success. Coaching is for everyone, we can all use support and have areas that we want to see growth in. Transitioning from high school to college is the perfect opportunity to work on these skills!

What other services does your office provide?
In addition to coaching services, the SSC offers presentation practice sessions, regular workshops on success topics, evening study hours, and other events open to all students.

How do I make an appointment?
Students can make an appointment to meet with a Student Success Coach by visiting our online scheduling portal at https://ncf.mywconline.com/. You’ll need to register for an account and make sure you select the Student Success Center under available schedules. This is also where you can make an appointment with the Writing Resource Center, another wonderful student resource on campus!

How does someone make an appointment at the CWC?
Call 941-487-4254.  Choose option 1 for counseling and option 2 for health.

How much can I be seen for counseling?
We do short term counseling at the CWC.  Each student coming to us will have an appointment with one of our providers who will discuss the best way to meet your needs!  For students with long term needs, we will generally refer them to off-campus health resources.

What do I need to make an appointment to see the Health Center staff?
You just need to bring your student ID and an insurance card if you have one.  However, we will see you for an office visit even if you do not have insurance.

I have an Individualized Education Program (or a 504 plan) in high school. Will that plan automatically transfer with me when I start college?
The two-part answer to this question is both “No” and “However.” Regardless of whether you’ve turned 18 when entering college, your IEP or 504 plans will end when you complete high school and begin college. Both IEPs and 504s are handled through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), while disability accommodations in college are handled through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as well as successive amendments to those laws). What that means is that you won’t continue to have regular, frequent meetings. like what might have occurred in high school. However, your IEP and 504 paperwork still counts as documentation of disability for accommodations in college, and you will meet with someone in Student Disability Services at least one time each semester. Your IEP and 504 documents also can serve as a guide for SDS to connect you with beneficial resources, such as the Writing Resource Center, Quantitative Resource Center, or Student Success and Advocacy Programs and their student tutors and coaches. Documentation from your IEP or 504 also can help with referrals for equipment or auxiliary aids designed to improve accessibility to your education, various campus support groups, case management services, or outside community resources.

 Will my registration with SDS be kept confidential?
SDS keeps documentation and information on registration status in a secure location. When sharing information with faculty and campus partners involved in the provision of accommodations, our focus is on the accommodation you need for equal access, not on the disability or disabilities.

I have a disability that is temporary. Can SDS still help me?
Services for students who have a temporary disability or disabilities are available. The application process is the same. An example of this would be if you injured your dominant hand, SDS may work to assign a note-taker for your classes.

What documentation of disability do I need to apply for services?
SDS considers all information when evaluating student requests for accommodations;
including but not limited to your personal description of your needs, records of past accommodations and services, formal psychological or medical evaluations, and/or letters from past health, education or service providers. Different disabilities require different kinds of documentation. For a complete description of documentation requirements, please view: https://www.ncf.edu/campus-life/student-disability-services/eligibility-and-registration-for-services/.

Is it true that if I study the liberal arts I can’t get a job or that I have to go to graduate school?
This is absolutely untrue! New College graduates have been successful in every industry. Getting and finding a job is far more complex than just completing a college degree and most people have limited amounts of accurate career information. 

In every Area of Concentration (major), you’ll gain skills that are transferable to any job/career and you should aim to understand what those skills are and practice communicating them for whatever you pursue. 80% of employers do not look for a specific major, but instead, want to see relevant skills and experience. Every employer in every industry needs a well-rounded employee who can do a variety of tasks and can think about and solve the difficult problems they face. You’ll gain these skills from studying the liberal arts! So, study something you actually want to learn to ensure you enjoy and do well in college. 

Regardless of your studies, you will need to research possible careers, understand the educational requirements/skills needed to access the careers that interest you, and intentionally gain the skills, experience, and educational requirements necessary to gain employment in your desired career while in college. Depending on what you want to do, you may need to go to graduate school, but not necessarily. Your career coach in the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) helps you explore and make decisions about your AOC and/or career, connects you to experiences (jobs, internships, global scholarships, mentors, employers, shadowing, graduate schools), and partners with you to successfully land any opportunity you wish to pursue.

Graduation seems far away. Why should I meet with a career coach in my first year?
Career planning is a lifelong process and it takes time to figure out what you enjoy and what you don’t. It also takes time to prepare for the transition that happens after graduation. Four years goes faster than you think, so you’ll want to strategically plan and take advantage of your time at New College to try things so you’re ready for the future. Getting started in your first year, especially when you don’t know what you want to do, makes sure you have time to gain confidence, make decisions, and gain experience. The Novo Career Advantage, New College’s four-year career plan, will help keep you on track so that you prioritize your career planning throughout college.

Will not having a GPA prevent me from getting into graduate school, a job, or a prestigious scholarship?
New College is not the only school nationally that uses narrative evaluations as a grading system. New College grads have successfully been admitted to medical, law, and graduate school, won prestigious scholarships, as well as pursued careers in every industry. Employers and graduate schools have told us that New College students are often more prepared because narrative evaluations force you to reflect on your learning and you can better articulate your strengths and areas for growth than if you only had a letter grade. Narrative evaluations are more reflective of the “real world” like with job performance evaluations, for example.  Depending on what you’re pursuing, not having a GPA might be a factor in the application process that you and your career coach in the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) need to navigate through strategically, but it’s unlikely to stop you from reaching your goals.


I’m not sure what I want to study or do for a career. What should I do?
It’s completely okay and normal to not know what you want to study or do for a career. One study found that 80% of college students change their major at least once and it’s estimated that the average American worker will have 11 jobs over the course of their working life! It’s also hard to know definitively what you want to do when the workforce and jobs change so rapidly.

Remember, career planning is a lifelong process. New College’s unique academic program will allow you to explore a range of academic subjects and you can put your interests into whatever Area of Concentration (major) you want. Just chat with your faculty advisor about the possibilities.  Regardless of what you choose to study, the way you’ll be taught to think will prepare you for the jobs of the future! So, while it’s okay to be nervous and unsure about the future, try to be intentional and explore. Be strategic with what you choose as Independent Study Projects, try to do at least one internship or undergraduate research experience, volunteer, or talk with your career coach in the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) about taking a career assessment (test), career ideas, career information, going to an event, or finding a mentor, internship or job shadowing experience.

My Financial Aid Offer said you didn’t receive my FAFSA but I filled one out?
Please be sure you have released it to New College #039574. Also, check with our office as sometimes if the name or DOB or SS# don’t match your admissions record exactly, the transaction won’t come into our database.

Will you do an award comparison?
Yes, please email us any other offers you may have received from other schools, with your name on the offers, and we will place them in an Excel spreadsheet so you can compare the bottom lines.

I was selected by the federal Department of Education for Verification. When are those extra documents due?
June 30, 2020

I should be getting the Academic level of Bright Futures and you only awarded me the Medallion level?
The state of Florida will certify each student based on the final transcript from your high school. Once they do, we will make any necessary adjustments. Your award at this point is only an estimate based on your admissions materials. 

Why isn’t my Florida Pre Paid on my Financial Aid offer?
FL PrePaid is handled out of the Finance Office and will come directly off your bill. Please contact them at business@ncf.edu with any questions.

Where and how can I pay my student bill?
You can pay your charges online by credit card or e-check OR you can pay them at the Finance Office by cash or check.

If I am eligible for a refund how I receive it?
Our preferred method of refunding money is Direct Deposit, so please be sure to complete the Direct Deposit form in your orientation packet.

If I am bringing a vehicle to campus, where do I get a parking permit?
The Parking Office is located next to the Business Office in Palmer D.  This is where you will pick up your Parking Pass after purchasing it online.

Are Campus Police officers’ security or police officers?
All sworn members are state certified law enforcement officers with the same police academy training and arrest powers as city police or county deputies. They all have taken advanced courses in de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention. Every officer carries Naloxone to administer in case of opiod overdose. Campus Police is open 24/7 to provide services. Those who have questions or concerns are encouraged to call 941-487-4210.

If students are found in possession of alcohol or recreational drugs, will they be arrested?
Any person on campus who is under the legal age of 21 and in possession of an alcoholic beverage, is in violation of law. Campus Police prefer to refer underage students to Student Affairs for misconduct review rather than make an arrest. However, if students engage in additional unlawful conduct, they may be arrested on those charges. Less than felony amounts of marijuana possession is handled the same way. Possession of more serious drugs will result in criminal charges.

What are the police doing to keep our campus safe?
Police officers patrol the campus 24 hours daily, on weekends and holidays, and even during breaks. They maintain a high visibility on foot, bicycle, golf cart, and police vehicles. They check doors to ensure buildings are locked after hours and look for suspicious activity throughout campus, including open areas and parking lots. They conduct safety talks, offer self-defense classes, attend a wide spectrum of community events, and interact with students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Campus Police use social media like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share information and photos. We have a specialized unit (Critical Incident Response Team) with advanced training in especially hazardous situations. In case of emergencies, notification is made via cell phone, e-mail, website, and outside speakers.

How do police protect students who live off campus?
For those who live beyond the boundaries of campus, officers work collaboratively with area law enforcement agencies through a mutual aid agreement. When a crime occurs or service is needed outside NCF jurisdictional lines, Campus Police ensure the investigation is handled by the appropriate agency and complete supplemental reports. When additional follow up is needed, such as transport or contacting a victim advocate, officers remain involved.

More Information

Financial Aid

New College guarantees scholarship funding to virtually all admitted freshmen who apply for the fall class by our priority deadline. We offer an ambitious array of both academic and need-based scholarships and grants. Our financial aid team plays an active role in making a New College education affordable.

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Residential Life

New College of Florida and our Board of Trustees value our residential requirement and firmly believes that it is an essential part of our academic experience. By living on campus, you can be fully engaged in student life while enjoying a strong sense of camaraderie and community.

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The New Student Orientation, January 26th and 27th, is the time for first-year and transfer students to get their bearings and prepare for the year ahead.

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Making an Enrollment Deposit

To reserve your place in the Fall 2020 entering class, please submit your nonrefundable tuition deposit.

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