New College of Florida students joined their peers from local colleges in downtown Sarasota to celebrate the beginning of a new school year during the Downtown Getdown Block Party. Hosted by the Cross College Alliance, the festival featured a DJ, games, food and other activities for students to get to know the downtown area and meet students from other campuses.
The Cross College Alliance connects Sarasota’s five universities — New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, The Ringling Museum (Florida State University) and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee — through initiatives like access to shared academic courses and student engagement projects such as Downtown Getdown.


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 applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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