The first of the major 2016 college guidebooks is out, and New College of Florida again starts the season ranked as a “Best Buy” college – one of just 20 public colleges in the United States to receive the designation in the respected and long-running Fiske Guide to Colleges.
New College has appeared on Fiske’s “Best Buy” list since 2003. To be a “Best Buy,” colleges must meet Fiske’s criteria for a top four- or five-star ranking for academic excellence and be in its moderate- or low-price groups.
The Guide’s review, based in part on interview with students, calls New College a “fast-rising star” with an “incredibly thought-provoking and challenging curriculum.” Students said that New College professors are “not only experts in their fields but are extremely accessible to students and invested in our education.”
For the 2016 edition, the Fiske Guide selected 44 “Best Buy” colleges and universities – 20 public, 24 private – in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.
Other public colleges on the list include top national universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Indiana University. Private colleges on the list include Trinity College Dublin and University of Edinburgh.
The guide, founded by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, is in 32nd year.
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New College of Florida is a national leader in the arts and sciences and is the State of Florida’s designated honors college for the liberal arts. Consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review, New College attracts highly motivated, academically talented students from 40 states and 15 foreign countries. A higher proportion of New College students receive Fulbright awards than graduates from virtually all other colleges and universities.

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