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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Sarasota
Population | 54,764
Enrollment | 689
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/28-12/15
Spring | 01/30-05/19

New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL


About This Campus

New College of Florida is the state's public honors college. Founded in 1960, the College is nationally acclaimed and recognized for its innovative approach to learning. Independent study, original research, and experiential learning are strongly encouraged. Grades are not awarded. Instead, students receive narrative evaluations written by faculty, and coursework is evaluated on demonstrated mastery of material (pass/fail). Classes are small, typically not larger than 20 students. January serves as the College's Independent Study Period (ISP). Students secure project approval from faculty in the fall term and complete their projects in January. Projects may be completed on or off-campus. (NSE coordinators should determine with both the home and host institutions whether the ISP will be a part of the student's schedule and how this would affect the student's costs, financial aid budget and return to the schedule of the home institution.)

Location Information

New College's waterfront location on Sarasota Bay provides excellent research opportunities and a beautiful natural setting. The campus is a short drive from Florida Gulf beaches and shares shoreline with the adjacent Ringling Museum and historic Asolo Theater. Students have easy access to the Sarasota-Bradenton airport and to public transportation into downtown Sarasota. Tampa International Airport (50 miles from campus) is served by multiple shuttle services.

Helpful Information

The College never awards grades or grade point averages. It is important to clarify in advance with the home institution, how New College courses will transfer to the student's degree program. Students will receive narrative evaluations on all coursework, but there is no formula to convert the narratives to grades or a grade point average.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
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Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Open
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  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
None are closed, but students must be highly flexible in their choice of courses. If a student needs a particular course to graduate, New College could be a challenging fit. Enrollment in any given course is not guaranteed. Students must be comfortable with alternate choices if a first choice course is capped or closed. Please note that course registration happens during the first week of classes. There is no preregistration system.

Courses in psychology and biological sciences may be capped and unavailable to NSE students.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Marine Biology
  • Creative Writing
  • Rhetoric and Writing

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Art... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • General Eligibility Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 3.00 GPA
  • Registration happens during the first week of classes. NSE participants will register with regularly enrolled students.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 560.00 paper, N/A computer or 83.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/27/23

Finances Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 20

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $160 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $37.50 Year Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: In addition, students will be expected to pay fees which are assessed as a condition of their enrollment in a specific course (e.g., laboratory fees, art and photography supplies, course surcharges, field studies, student teaching, internship, service learning, etc.) Information is available here: http://www.ncf.edu/tuition-and-fee-schedule

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/27/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Approximate cost: $5400 (includes meals)
  • Students must live on campus
Notes About Housing
$4840 is the housing rate for an apartment style single. Double-occupancy room in the Pei complex is $3725. The housing rate for the Fall term includes January ISP period. A student who studies at New College for only the Fall term (and not the January Interterm or Spring term) may complete early December move-out requirements in time to request a refund of the January period.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1504 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
$1504 declining balance plan for the fall term includes January ISP period. A student who does not participate in the ISP period may request a partial refund of any remaining balance on the account at the end of Fall term.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/27/23

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $450 per semester.


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