4 out of 5 Stars
New College has very small class sizes and very dedicated faculty. Students are interested in their academic work. Outside of class, on the residential college campus, academic topics are a frequent part of social conversation. Students often undertake independent research projects. Undergraduate students create many long papers and a senior thesis, a significant work usually about 100 pages in length.
New College is a liberal arts college and is strongest in core, fundamental disciplines: economics, pure math, political theory, classics, philosophy, sociology, and social theory. New College also has a strong marine science program, a product of its access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and its partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory.Quality of Life
New College's student life is centered on its residential campus, where 80 percent of students live. There is a vibrant social life on campus, drawing on a student-run coffeeshop that is open late into the evening, and on a largely student-driven music scene.Graduation Year
New College doesn't force you to take all the "Core" classes other schools do. For instance, if you are a history major and have good enough SAT scores you don't need to take any Math classes. However, almost every major requires one science, and there are special science classes for non majors. However, New College wants you to master your field. Therefore, the lack of an extremely strict core class system is replaced w/ heavy classes in your field from day one. By the end you will be conducting independent research in your field similar or better than what you will do in a Masters program (My masters was a joke compared to New College).
Day one you will be assigned an academic advisor, you will have meetings w them at the beginning of each semester. You can make appointments w them regularly as they have and advising schedule for appointments every week.
More than 90 percent of classes are 15 people or less. The biggest classes are Natural Sciences where it is not unusual to see 30 people in a class. However, all professors are highly accessible they are willing to help. Nevertheless, they need to see your desire to create and work for your own opportunities.
Very competitive academics but not in a traditional head to head w other students. What matters here is that you learn and take up on challenges from your professors.
Work load is heavy but not unmanageable. For a Social Science student it is not uncommon to read between 200-400 pages a week per class. But trust me...it is all very fun.Quality of Life
Cost of housing is fair, first year accommodations are not great but very cheap, cost of living in Sarasota is low (specially considering how wealthy and nice it is), campus is beautiful, facilities are good and getting better, library is excellent (especially for a small school), on campus dinning is...(kinda gross) and a little expensive, but the cafeteria really makes an effort to make great food, they just can't seem to keep up w the demands from the students (Vegan, Vegetarian, Carnivore food is served for almost every meal). The neighborhood surrounding New College is nice in one side....the other is ugh...New Town (just don't walk through the neighborhood). College has good relations in the community. Very low crime, most of it is petty (bikes stolen etc), it is very safe. Campus is truly extremely happy.Admissions
Two essays encouraged, Interviews encouraged and considered in admission process. Generous scholarship opportunities. Apply early, even though the process is highly competitive it still remains very friendly. Don't be afraid to call and inquire in regards to your application.
This school is mostly attended by middle high class white students, make sure you note what makes you different, how are you unique. New College truly fosters individuality, don't be afraid to show yours. No topic...except illegal ones(even those might find friendly ears) is out of line. Just be yourself show that you work hard, are independently motivated, and can deal w a diversity of situations. If that doesn't sound like you or you truly don't have an open mind this is not the school for you. Having said that you can be of any political affiliation, personal orientation, religion, or walk of life and will be respected as long as you respect as well.Graduation Year
A very unique program with lots of freedom. Definitely not for everyone, only self-driven and motivated students succed at New College. The pass or fail system relieves the stress of the grade system and allows for true learning to take place. You learn from your peers as well as your professors.Quality of Life
The dorms are very nice, but the Residential life staff are horrible. The campus is just gorgeous!!!! Living on Sarasota Bay is a treat. The campus police are friendly and helpful. The library is an incredible resource. The surrounding nieghborhood is not the best- but the college is fairly insulated from it. Overall I enjoyed an excellent quality of life.Admissions
Must have high GPA and test scores. Personal essay is very important. Common app used. Good financial aid and lots of scholarships.Graduation Year
Narrative evaluations, honors thesis required, class sizes around 18 students, lots if independence.Quality of Life
housing is expensive and the food is awful but it's happier than disneyAdmissions
Common application with particular attention paid to essays.Level
There are no general requirements at New College. Students have the chance to create their own course of study if that which they desire is not offered. All students have an adviser with whom they can discuss their coursework. Class size was small. Some of my classes had only 6 students. My largest class had about 60. The professors are fabulous and opportunities for research abound. All students are required to write an undergraduate thesis.
I did not find students to be competitive with one another. In lieu of grades, New College has written evaluations which provide more to the student. It is easier to determine as a student where you are doing well or poorly because your professors tell you clearly and in some detail how you are doing.Quality of Life
The housing is the best I have ever seen at a university. The main dining facility is a little lackluster but has been improving. The student-run cafe on campus is fabulous. The campus is beautiful.
I always felt comfortable on campus because of the close community and the good relationship with the campus police.Graduation Year
New College operates on a pass/fail (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) system on a class-by-class basis, but overall success or failure is gauged on a 'contract' system negotiated with your academic adviser. One might sign up for four classes and have a 'three out of four' contract - satisfactory marks in three classes will satisfy the requirements of your contract (seven of which are needed to graduate). This allows students to push their boundaries without fearing failure.
The school is more cooperative than competitive and class sizes are small. Professors are incredibly accessible and it's rare that one forgets your name. Workload can be tough, but it's almost always fair.Quality of Life
Housing is great - most rooms are suites with three to four individual rooms inside. New College is fairly self-contained, so the community off-campus isn't that strong (the downtown area is great, though, and standard shopping isn't far away). Crime is also very low. The library is very good for such a small school. Food service is so-so, but we have a student-run cafe that's great (if a bit slow).Admissions
I used the Common Application and applied early. I automatically received two scholarships for academic excellence and my IB Diploma.Level
New College emphasizes student input on education. Along with an adviser, students are encouraged to help create their own curriculum and requirements for graduation, while still using tried and true guidelines made by the school.Quality of Life
Because it is such a small school, the majority of New College students live on campus. This creates a wonderful atmosphere and allows for a very real sense of community to develop.Level
Class sizes are anywhere from 2 students to 30. The general requirements are the Liberal Arts Curriculum. There are major degree requirements for all Areas of Concentration (normally students discuss these requirements with their advisors). The professors are extremely accessible. There are research opportunities available, but students must be proactive in getting them. It is very competitive due to its size. The grading is done not with grades but through the evaluation system. A student either completes a course with a satisfactory, or fails it with an unsatisfactory. Professors offer constructive criticism through these evaluations. The faculty mostly has end degrees in their fields. There are many study abroad opportunities if a student wishes to pursue them. The workload is heavy, but if a student is self-motivated, it is fun to get done.Quality of Life
Housing is nice with great facilities. The cost of living is reasonable. The campus is absolutely beautiful. The library is well kept and always has what I am looking for. The dining is subpar, but acceptable. The neighborhood is fine; sometimes it seems less than safe but our campus police keeps me feeling safe. I am more than satisfied with life at my school. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.Admissions
Common Application was used with the essay questions used for all Common Applications. There were many financial aid and scholarship opportunities available from this college.Level
Small classes (I've even had a one-on-one class), great opportunities to design and participate in unique tutorials for credit, great openness to studying abroad, good financial assistance for academic projects. Professors are incredibly accessible and understanding. Many experts in their fields. I love the narrative evaluation system, which is competitive, fair, and very unique.Quality of Life
Low crime rates. Slightly high costs for living & eating on campus. Great library, incredible sense of community, beautiful surroundings. Dining is expensive & usually bad-quality, though. Although the student-run cafe, The Four Winds, is incredible!Admissions
Common Application was (I believe) used. There were also unique essay questions and an optional interview in which I did not participate. New College has rolling admission & so they were the first school I was accepted to-- very quick decision, which is very appreciated.Level