Welcome to Your Brilliant Future

COVID-19 has changed your world but not your goals. You are entering the next phase of self-discovery as you seek the perfect place to pursue your educational ambitions and prepare for your future career. You can thrive at New College of Florida!

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Be Part of Our Resilient Community

While we’re living in a period of seemingly endless question marks, those of us at New College have found a way to create inspiring answers, solutions and momentum for our students. That is just who we are. We adapt. We regroup. We show our Novo Collegians how to set their sights on a boundless future, even when we don’t quite know how that will look. It’s the New College way.

Make New College Your Hometown College

We’ve watched our incredible students move forward with us, using their intellectual curiosity, self-reliance and resolve in the midst of chaos to make them better people (and to make the world better by being who they are). This semester, they transitioned quickly to virtual environments for study abroad opportunities, research projects, and a reverse career fair! We look forward to more brilliant thinkers like you joining us—bringing with you high aspirations we are thrilled to help you meet, and making our wonderfully vibrant campus community even brighter.

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Art Exhibit in Virtual Reality

The Embodied Mind is the culmination of students’ yearlong studio art research project. Initially planned as an in-person finale in the Isermann Gallery, it was transformed into a virtual experience.

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Simulating Real-Life Conservation Challenges

March Mammal Madness, an online tournament of simulated competition among mammals, demonstrates real-world ecological challenges for many endangered species.

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Data Science Advancing Virtual Communication

In a mid-pandemic era—when teleconferences and other forms of remote exchanges are the new norms—New College’s data scientists are at the center of the movement.

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sustaining connected learning while social distancing

Assistant Professor of Religion Manuel Lopez Zafra talks about faculty making meaningful connections with their students.
New College moved from 100 percent in-person classes to 100 percent virtual classes in the span of a couple of weeks. We went from almost an entirely residential campus to a totally remote setup. It wasn’t easy. Nothing is easy at a time like this. It has been an on-the-fly, outside-the-box learning experience and a remarkable lesson in resilience. And really, hasn’t that always been the New College way? This is what we do. We are role models for this.

Not only did the professors provide compelling content for the students to learn, but they also engaged with them holistically, making sure they were progressing both intellectually and emotionally during the pandemic. The close connection between faculty and students, in many cases, grew even stronger during this shared experience of 2020.

Think Twice About That Gap Year

College graduation rates of high school seniors

Staying in School Is Your Smartest Financial Decision Right Now

Did you know studies have shown that, when high school students attend college after graduation, about 58 percent go on to earn a college credential? But only 40 percent of students who wait a year or two after high school to attend college complete a degree program.

Anjali Cadena, the director of student success and advocacy at New College, says that taking a “gap year” (time off between high school and college) can set students back significantly.

“Gap years are used often to explore new opportunities (to travel or volunteer), but those opportunities don’t exist right now. There’s nothing gained by taking a break before college at a time when unemployment is high,” Cadena said. “Staying in school is the smartest financial decision to make right now.”

Invest in Yourself

Your Future Can't Wait

New College doesn’t shy away from a challenge, and neither should you. There will always be hurdles—new uncertainties and frightening new realities. You’re in the middle of one right now as you move from high school to college. That’s scary enough, even without a pandemic in the picture. But holding back and hanging back out of fear will only lead to stagnation, and New College is all about forward movement. We want to help you tap into your radiant potential and push you to excel. Your intellectual thirst drew you to us. Now it’s our turn to show you that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. We are ready for you.

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