New College Named to Forbes “Best Value” List

New College of Florida placed 12th in Forbes magazine’s list of “Best Value Colleges” for 2014, more national media recognition of how New College provides a top-quality education at an affordable price.

The ranking puts New College in good company among tough competition. The nation’s military service academies (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine), which charge no tuition, occupy the first five positions.  Fellow state institutions University of Florida (No. 9) and Florida State University (No. 13) also made the list.

Forbes joins several other publications and college guides that have recognized New College’s value in the past year.

  • The Princeton Review and USA Today ranked New College the No. 2 “Best Value Public College in America.”
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked New College the No. 5 public liberal arts college in the United States.
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges named New College one of 44 “Best Buy” colleges in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • Washington Monthly named New College the No. 1 public liberal arts college in the United States and No. 8 among all liberal arts colleges.

The Forbes rankings focus on colleges’ outcomes, including post-graduate success, academic success, graduation rate, student satisfaction and student loan debt.

With tuition of less than $6,800 a year, about 60 percent of New College students have no debt at graduation, and the average debt of $18,000 is among the lowest in the country. New College’s Class of 2014 included a Truman Scholar, two Frost Scholars, two Goldwater Scholars and five Fulbright Scholarship winners.

The Forbes “Best Value” list appears in a slideshow on the magazine’s website.

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