SARASOTA – New College was named a top public liberal arts college and a leader for graduating students with less student loan debt by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 college rankings.
New College ranked fourth-best among nine public liberal arts colleges and tied for 82nd-best overall liberal arts college among 245 nationally. It moved up one slot from last year in the best public liberal arts category and was ranked five positions higher for all liberal arts schools. It was also named 15th-best nationally for students who have the least debt at graduation, with 2014 graduates owing about $17,553 on average…
Stephen Miles, provost and vice president for academic affairs at New College, said he is elated by the results but thinks the celebration will be short-lived.
“As much as we enjoy the rankings, we focus on things we do best,” Miles said. “We might take a moment to celebrate, but our focus is on high academic standards, rigorous curriculum, and to pay close attention to students and their interests.”