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- by  Abby Weingarten
Hitting high marks across the board—for everything from academic value and affordability to civic student engagement and graduate-level opportunities—New College of Florida shines in this year’s national rankings.

The state’s designated honors college—located in Sarasota, Florida—recently accumulated a wealth of accolades:

“It is so wonderful to see New College on all of these prestigious lists,” said New College of Florida President Patricia Okker, Ph.D. “We want everyone to know about the exceptional, affordable education we offer, and these rankings will continue to help us attract students to New College from all over the country.”

In addition to earning the No. 5 ranking from U.S. News & World Report, New College of Florida was also ranked No. 76 for National Liberal Arts Colleges (up six positions from last year, and the highest ranking New College has ever achieved in this category), No. 52 for Social Mobility in National Liberal Arts Colleges (a 15-position increase from last year), and No. 40 for Most Innovative Schools (National Liberal Arts Colleges).

“College choice is personal,” said David Boisvert, New College’s interim vice president for enrollment management. “Our rankings continue to elevate us, making a prospective student’s decision clearer as they choose an institution that will prepare them for a wealth of opportunities. We will continue to inspire students and brighten their futures.”

Every year since The Princeton Review began publishing its “best colleges” rankings in 1992, New College of Florida has made the list. The Princeton Review also ranked New College No. 3 for the Top 20 Best Schools for Making an Impact (Public Schools), and No. 7 for both the Top 20 Best Alumni Networks and the Top 20 Best Schools for Financial Aid (Public Schools).

Trailblazing, risk-taking and freethinking students are drawn to the customized curriculum and career-integrated learning experience at New College of Florida. There is a six-to-one student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 11, and every student is assigned an individual career coach. Students choose from more than 50 majors and experience hands-on learning through mentorships, internships and research.

For more information about New College of Florida’s accolades, visit