U.S. News & World Report Ranks New College #5 among Public Liberal Arts Colleges

(August 17, 2010) — U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s top colleges and universities were released today and for the second year in a row Sarasota-based New College of Florida is ranked #5 among all public liberal arts colleges in the United States. New College also is ranked among the nation’s Top 100 liberal arts colleges, both private and public, coming in at #99.

New College is the only liberal arts college in Florida to be rated among the nation’s Top 100.  Eckerd College in St. Petersburg is ranked #137.  In total, there are nearly 3,000 liberal arts colleges in the U.S.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that New College is listed among the nation’s Top 5 Public Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges Overall by U.S. News & World Report.  Among Public Liberal Arts Colleges, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and New College are the only non-military schools to make the magazine’s Top 5 rankings.

Among national research universities, only two Florida schools cracked the U.S. News & World Report Top 100.  In that category, the University of Miami is ranked #47 and the University of Florida is ranked #53.  Florida State University just missed the Top 100, placing at #104 among national research universities.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” is scheduled to hit newsstands on Tuesday, August 31.  For more information, visit the U.S. News & World Report website at http://www.usnews.com.

U.S. News & World Report
Top Five Public Liberal Arts Colleges for 2011

1. U.S. Military Academy (NY)
2. U.S. Naval Academy (MD)
3. Virginia Military Institute
4. St. Mary’s College of Maryland
5. New College of Florida

For more information on New College of Florida and its rankings in U.S. News & World Report, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (941) 487-4153 or email publicaffairs@ncf.edu.

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