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New College of Florida

"New College is not your garden-variety state school. There aren't any "huge, ridiculous introductory classes," nor are there any letter grades or grade-point averages. Instead, under a unique "contract" system, every class is pass/fail and students receive written 'narrative' evaluations critiquing their performance. The academic environment is largely "devoid of structure" and self-motivation is crucial - along with the flexibility comes high expectations and rigorous workloads."

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Influence
Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College

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Overview

Overview

Noodle Says

"New College is not your garden-variety state school. There aren't any "huge, ridiculous introductory classes," nor are there any letter grades or grade-point averages. Instead, under a unique "contract" system, every class is pass/fail and students receive written 'narrative' evaluations critiquing their performance. The academic environment is largely "devoid of structure" and self-motivation is crucial - along with the flexibility comes high expectations and rigorous workloads."

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Reviews

It's a public institution and one of the nation's best buys.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges

"One of the students' favorite New College traditions is "the Walls."

The Insider's Guide to Colleges

Iconoclastic students tend to thrive here, and the admissions staff knows that.

The Princeton Review

New College of Florida says

The history of New College goes back to the late 1950s when, at the behest of the local Chamber of Commerce, citizens banded together to seek out a local college to complement the growing city's art museum, symphony orchestra and theaters. The private new college was designed by a group of educators who believed in the power of the mind and wanted to free both students and faculty from the limits of lock-step curriculum and a focus on credit hours and a GPA.

These founders were half a century ahead of their time in promoting "active, hands-on-learning" to achieve "competence" and "real mastery." The concepts of New College's educational philosophy, developed over time by Philip Hiss, John Gustad, John Elmendorf and Douglas Berggren, appealed to the very best students across the country. Such was New College's unique role in the world of academia that a full-page article in Time magazine was devoted to the matriculating class of 1967.

We invite you to step back in history and relish the success of our remarkable institution - still "new" after all these years - by reading The New College Story.

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Student Life

Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 793
Gender 43% Male / 57% Female
Geography 82% In State / 18% Out of State / 0% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 25% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 74%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates and is mandatory for freshman. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

75% of students live on-campus.

97% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Mandatory
  • Housing Offered
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students

Activities

Student Publications: The Catalyst

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensembles
  • Drama/Theater
  • Student-Run Film Society
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: writing center tutoring learning center study skills assistance
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections student web hosting available wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling financial aid counseling health services minority students services personal counseling women's services employment services for undergraduates chaplain/spiritual director on-campus daycare
  • Facilities: high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, hardware/software system for brain function analysis, scanning electron microscope, uv-visible and infrared spectrophotometer, inert atmosphere glove box, fine arts center, laboratories for environmental studies, anthropology, psychology, marine biology research facility and laboratories, academic resource center
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major visiting/exchange student program honors program independent study internships student-designed major cross-registration
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities, Other (100%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

Any single instructional program in liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities not listed above.

Administration & Faculty

President Dr. Donal O'Shea
Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Full-time Faculty 75
Student : Faculty Ratio 10 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 49 : 50
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 70
Tenure Track Faculty 16
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 13
International Faculty 2

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 66/100
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Acceptance Rate: 60.6% accepted of 1,376 applications

97% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
76% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
35% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite27 - 30
English28 - 33
Math25 - 28
Writing8 - 9
 
SATMath570 - 660
Reading620 - 720
Writing590 - 680

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Application Essay, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Academic GPA

Important: Character Personal Qualities, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Work Experience, Geographical Residence, Interview, Level Of Applicants Interest, State Residency, Talent Ability, Volunteer Work, Alumni Relation, Class Rank, Extracurricular Activities, First Generation College Student

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 4 0
Math 4 0
Science 3 4
Science Lab 2 0
Social Studies 3 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Academic Electives 2 4

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT SAT Subject Tests

Deadlines

April

15

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $12,018 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $7,007
$30K-$48K $6,995
$48K-$75K $11,169
$75K-$110K $13,427
$110K+ $14,725

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $5,227, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $5,227 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,639 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,801 $9,450
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total (before financial aid) $16,867 $17,516

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,159 Same as On-Campus
Fees $2,735 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,801 $9,450
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total (before financial aid) $39,895 $40,544

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 32% $4,727
Federal Scholarships/Grants 25% $4,397
Institutional Grants 100% $4,652
Other Federal Grants 10% $273
Other Loans 1% $4,500
Pell Grants 25% $4,288
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 78% $3,619
Student Loans 32% $4,853

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://ncf.edu/financial-aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.ncfnetprice.com/.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

56% of students graduated on time.

65% of students graduated in six years.

81% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

Forbes

#180 America's Top Colleges

The Princeton Review

#2 Colleges: Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges
#2 Colleges: Easiest Campus to Get Around
#3 Colleges: Is It Food?
#5 Colleges: Nobody Plays Intramural Sports
#7 Colleges: Most Politically Active Students
#9 Colleges: LGBT-Friendly
#9 Colleges: Most Liberal Students
#10 Colleges: Great Financial Aid
#11 Colleges: There's a Game?
#13 Colleges: Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians
N/A Colleges: Best Value Colleges for 2014 - Public
N/A Best Colleges (Southeastern)

U.S. News & World Report

#5 National Liberal Arts Colleges Top Public Rankings
#55 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings
#87 National Liberal Arts

Washington Monthly

#1 Liberal Arts Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#8 Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Rank
#9 Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#70 Liberal Arts Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#71 Liberal Arts Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#138 Affordable Elite Colleges - Overall Rank
#139 Liberal Arts Colleges - ROTC Rank
#153 Liberal Arts Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
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