NCF offers guaranteed admission to local students

New College is now offering guaranteed Fall 2021 admission to students enrolled at six local high schools who meet grade point average (GPA), test score and course requirements.

Students must apply by December 1 from the following qualifying schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties: Booker, Lakewood Ranch, North Port, Riverview, Sarasota and Southeast.

“New College is eager to attract more students from our surrounding communities who seek an affordable, highly individualized college education that integrates superb academics with career-building experience,” said Damon Wade, Ph.D., New College’s vice president for enrollment management. “For students in Sarasota and Manatee, the state of Florida’s honors college is literally in their backyard.”

Admitted students may qualify for the Four Winds Scholarship program, which is part of a comprehensive array of New College, federal and state financial aid programs. In addition, students may apply for the Barancik Scholarship and the Access Leadership program, which are funded by a Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation grant.

“Access Leadership is a New College program created to engage and support high-potential young leaders,” said Bill Woodson, Ph.D., dean of outreach and engagement and chief diversity officer at New College. “It is intended to reduce or eliminate financial barriers that might otherwise prevent a Manatee or Sarasota County high school student from benefitting from the exceptional preparation and leadership development opportunities that a New College education can provide.”

Woodson, who developed the College’s Guaranteed Admissions Partnerships, envisioned them as “a concrete commitment to accessibility to an all-honors education for qualified Manasota students. When combined with the Access Leadership program and the Barancik Scholarship, financial access to that exceptional education is ensured as well.”

New College also has a guaranteed admission agreement with the State College of Florida (SCF) that is available to SCF students who earn an associate’s degree in two years with at least a 3.0 GPA. The Barancik Scholarships are also available to qualified students who transfer to New College from another higher education institution in Manatee or Sarasota county.

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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state's Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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