Transfer Student Success Guide

About 15-20 percent of New College's enrollment is comprised of students who transferred here from other colleges.


Each year, approximately 15-20 percent of New College’s enrollment is comprised of students who transferred here from other colleges and universities around the country. They appreciate the fact that New College’s 10:1 student-to-faculty allows for an intimate academic environment, encouraging intellectual freedom and a greater opportunity to be personally involved in designing their own education.

Transfer Student FAQs


New College Admissions defines a transfer student as:

  • If a student completes any college courses after high school graduation, they are a transfer student.
  • If a student is enrolled in high school while completing college courses, they are considered dual-enrolled and are considered as first time in college students. Dual-enrolled students can receive transfer credit if they request a transfer credit evaluation.


You should apply as a transfer if you have (or will have) enrolled in any college course work after high school graduation.

If you are currently a dual enrollment student, please apply as a freshman candidate (unless you plan to take college courses in the period between high school graduation and the semester you’re applying to enroll at New College. If so, please call us to discuss your options). We will still consider your college course work for transfer credit, so please have your college transcript sent and request a transfer credit evaluation.


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Required Application Materials:

  • Common Application (to include fee or fee waiver*)
  • Official transcripts for all college course work (including any dual enrollment)
  • Official high school transcript*
  • Official SAT/ACT scores*
  • Academic recommendation (sent directly to us from your school or recommender)

*We are sometimes able to waive these requirements. Please contact Jennifer Peterson at to discuss.


For more information, please review New College’s transfer credit policy.

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid can arrange an unofficial projection of transfer credit. For official award of transfer credit to an enrolling student, New College of Florida needs a final official transcript from each previous institution. (Grade reports and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable for this purpose.) All previous institutions should send final official transcripts directly to the New College of Florida Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Transfer credit for an enrolling student will be awarded in time toward the New College degree. The maximum credit possible for a student who enters New College of Florida with a Florida College System or Florida State University System Associate in Arts (AA) degree or a bachelor’s or advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university, is three semester contracts, one Independent Study Project, and 15 units (60 semester credit hour equivalents). The maximum credit possible for other transfer students is three semester contracts, one Independent Study Project, and 13 units (52 semester credit hour equivalents).

All students must be in academic residence for a minimum of four contracts and two Independent Study Projects.

Transfer credit may also be assigned for standardized exam results, and when the exam credit has been applied toward an earned Florida College System AA. Additionally, exam results (e.g., AP, IB, AICE, and CLEP) may sometimes be used toward fulfillment of the Liberal Arts Curriculum general education requirements.

Transfer students who have been awarded maximum transfer credit may need to be enrolled longer than the minimum remaining four semesters to complete requirements for a major and a senior thesis, and may not be eligible to do study abroad except with special permission from the Student Academic Status Committee.

Generally, 16 credits correspond to one New College academic contract; four credits correspond to one Independent Study Project (ISP).

Residential Requirement
New College of Florida is a residential college and students are required to live on campus unless granted an exemption.

Advising Reminders for Transfer Students

New College’s academic program can be a challenging environment for transfer students. The academic program is intense and the faculty expectations high. Transfer students do excellent work at the college, but they need to be proactive. The following checklist will help you ask the right questions as you discuss your program of study with your faculty advisor:

All Incoming Transfer Students:

  • Do you know how many contracts you were awarded for transfer credit?
  • Have you verified how any course work at your previous institution(s) will impact your intended course of study at New College?
  • Do you know where you stand with respect to the Excess Credit Hour Surcharge? If not, be sure to verify this with Office of the Registrar.
  • Have you been in contact with faculty across your intended AOC (including but not limited to your faculty advisor)?

Transfer Students with AA Degrees from Dual-Enrollment in High School

How many semesters do you expect to stay at New College?

An important note on deadlines: All students are required to submit their Provisional AOC form in their fifth contract, and their Thesis Prospectus in the sixth contract. Transfer students are often not yet ready to complete these forms, and they may request an extension of the deadline from the Dean of Studies.


Attend New Student Orientation

Social and academic integration are important to your success and throughout orientation, you will have an opportunity to get to know the campus and meet your academic advisor. During your individual advising meeting later this week, you can discuss developing a plan for the completion of your New College degree.

During the academic year, you can always visit your academic advisor, Provost Office staff, or Student Affairs Office staff if you have questions.

Balance Your Contract

If you earned an AA degree prior to transferring to New College, the Office of the Registrar evaluated your transcript and determined if you could receive the maximum credit of three academic contracts and one independent study project. All students must be in academic residence for a minimum of four contracts and two Independent Study Projects.

When applying, Admissions told you that transfer students awarded the maximum transfer credit may need to enroll longer than the minimum remaining four semesters to complete requirements for a concentration and a senior thesis, and may not be eligible to do study abroad except with special permission from the Student Academic Status Committee.

After reading this, you may believe your first contract should list five or six courses. We want you to know that this is not a sprint but a journey with a destination—New College bay front for a lovely sunset commencement in late May. After meeting with your academic advisor, you will get a better sense of how best to plan your first contract.

For financial aid eligibility, a full-time course load is the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours or three full-/…demics-at-new-college/academic-calendartime academic activities. If you decide to take five full-time academic units, set contract certification criteria of five out of five, but feel that this is too much, you can work with your academic advisor to renegotiate your contract.

Meeting academic deadlines is important at the College.

Be Patient

Educator and reformer Booker T. Washington once said, “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” While there may be some truth to this statement, give yourself time and permission to adjust to life at New College. We do not want you to burn out first module.

Do you still have questions for the Office of the Registrar about transfer credit? This is fine because you still have time to meet with someone from that office this week. We know it seems like all of your time from now until commencement is scheduled but make use of that wonderful smart phone calendar app to schedule yourself time to get things done and schedule some down time as well.

A word about working: Students with financial burdens should keep in mind that a full contract with four or five courses while working much more than 20 hours a week at a job may prove excessively counter-productive. An unsatisfactory performance in a course may lead to an unsatisfactory contract that may lead to academic probation or dismissal. Just because you were able to work and go to school successfully in the past does not mean you can do so at New College. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about student financial aid.

Utilize Faculty

Although New College faculty members are busy with teaching and research, they care about you and are willing to help. Here are some ways to connect with faculty members:

  • Drop in for office hours.
  • E-mail them and use good e-mail etiquette when emailing your instructor.
  • Be prepared for class.
  • Why would you meet with faculty? You may not need to meet with all of your teachers, but it is wise to develop relationships with at least one faculty member in your area of interest, either in your concentration or in a related field. You may need information about research or tutorial opportunities. You may also want information about graduate programs. (On the other hand, you may simply want to clarify something a teacher has said in class, ask about an assignment, or review an exam or paper.)

Note: Academic Rules and Regulations. The General Catalog, including academic rules and policies, are available online. There is a petition to gain an exception to academic policy and some deadlines but the Office of the Provost takes such requests seriously and does not simply approve every petition submitted.

Concentrate On Your Concentration

We do not assign an area of concentration automatically when you enter New College; therefore, you will have to give some thought to this rather quickly. If you received credit for three contracts, by next spring, you will be asked to choose a concentration because you are entering your fifth term. Consult your academic advisor to find out whether you should rethink your concentration if you had trouble with fall semester courses related to your chosen concentration. As a rule, students should select a concentration they enjoy — delving into topics of interest to them — and in which they can succeed academically.

For career advice, visit the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity or Alumnae/i Affairs to find out what jobs graduates have landed and with what concentrations. You will notice that in some cases, there is little correlation between the concentration and the career. Therefore, you do not need to major in economics (for example) to work in a business field. In many cases, you may also pursue post-baccalaureate degree programs to prepare for specific professions.

Make An Impression

Attend every class; leave extra time for class and exam preparation and for researching, writing and revising your papers before you submit them.

Faculty expect students to be independent and self-motivated, to follow the syllabus without reminders, to review handouts and course notes independently, and to complete every homework and reading assignment on time, even if the specific material is not under discussion. New College professors also expect students to think critically about the material on their own: that means thinking of questions as you read or prepare for class, breaking down the material into smaller units of analysis, and grasping the concepts behind problems or formulas.

Get Involved in At Least One Student Group, Campus or Department Organization

It is very important to be involved in campus activities. Students who get involved in one way or another have a richer experience, learn more about themselves and others, meet people, feel more connected to the college, and may even do better academically. Getting involved on campus is a great way to gain leadership experience and strengthen your résumé.

New College emphasizes the life of the mind but we also realize that you must eat, sleep and play. The “work hard, play hard” adage is slightly appropriate here. At New College, you will learn about various important societal transitions or seemingly irrelevant theories about how the world around you works. For some, the learning is fun in and of itself but for many New College students, there is a desire to test the theories. There are many clubs and student groups. If you do not find one that suits your interest, you can work with a campus life coordinator to develop one.

Manage Your Time

Is managing your time the same as time management? We want to do everything but may not be able to do everything with the time we have. There are only seven days in a week and 24 hours in day. A full-time student will work 40 or more hours per week on four to five courses. As you consider the time you have, make time to take care of you. Balance is important. A good start will begin with reviewing syllabi with care for information about evaluation policies and due dates. You may want to note assignment due dates and expect to spend approximately five to eight hours outside of class per week studying for each class.

Ask For Help

At New College, we spend a great deal of time on individual responsibilities but also note that you may need the help of faculty members and may choose to ask for help from the many academic support units on campus.

Visit the Academic Resource Center in the library or Counseling and Wellness Center if you are at all doubtful about your study skills or feel overwhelmed. In addition, staff members hold workshops on various topics during the semester and you should watch out for these opportunities for success. For other forms of support, please contact the Office of the Provost or Office of Student Affairs.


You are now a Novo Collegian. If you ask for help, we are here to provide answers because we want you to succeed.