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- by  Abby Weingarten
New College of Florida--the state’s designated honors college--has welcomed its largest incoming class since 2016.

There are 30 percent more incoming students than there were last fall, and 85 percent of students are expected to be living on campus. Classes begin on August 29.

“We are grateful for the work of the admissions team, as well as the entire campus community, for bringing in an incoming class that well exceeds the numbers in recent years,” said New College of Florida President Patricia Okker, Ph.D. “We are thrilled to welcome so many new students to our campus.”


At a time when college enrollment numbers are on the decline nationwide, New College of Florida’s pronounced upswing merits attention.

“Our numbers this fall show that New College is poised to educate more leaders of tomorrow than ever before,” said New College of Florida Provost Suzanne Sherman, Ph.D.

This year’s incoming cohort is diverse, and students arrived from across the state, the nation and the world for Move-in Day on August 21. These are high-achieving students–many with an average GPA of 4.0–who are drawn to the customized curriculum, career-integrated learning experience, and bayfront campus at New College.

There has also been an increase in the number of new students who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, as well as an uptick in students who have received Pell Grants.

“This fall, the widespread appeal of a New College education is reflected in the diverse fall class,” said David Boisvert, New College’s interim vice president for enrollment management. “New College is such a special community and the world is taking notice.”

The widespread appeal of New College is evidenced by the numerous accolades the College has garnered just within the past month. Fiske Guide to Colleges named New College one of the nation’s 20 “Best Buy” Colleges and Universities, and The Princeton Review ranked New College among “The Best 388 Colleges” in the country for 2023.

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