Fiske Guide names New College a “Best Buy” school

By Abby Weingarten

The Fiske Guide to Colleges—the most widely respected college guide in the country—has designated New College as one of the 20 “Best Buy” Colleges and Universities of 2021.

New College was chosen for its “outstanding educational value, as determined by academic quality in relation to the net cost of attendance.”

“Specifically for New College of Florida, Fiske notes that virtually every student admitted to this ‘public ivy’ is guaranteed an automatic scholarship, and out-of-staters are awarded Presidential Scholarships worth $60,000 over four years,” said Liz Kelsch, the director of marketing at Sourcebooks, which is the publisher of the Fiske Guide.

For 37 years, Fiske has chosen a select group of schools for its annual list, focusing its selection on quality academic offerings and affordable cost. The only other public Florida school on the latest list is the University of Florida.

“The Fiske Guide is the best way to get to know the unique personalities of schools without visiting campus,” Kelsch said. “Featuring Fiske’s trademark descriptions, exclusive ratings, up-to-date tips from current students, and tools for broadening and narrowing your list, the Fiske Guide is the No. 1 source for discovering more than 320 of the best colleges and universities—and finding the right one for you.”

Founder Edward B. Fiske was an education editor of The New York Times for 17 years, during which time he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He wrote the Fiske Guide to help them and updated it annually with the editorial team.

For more information on the Fiske Guide, visit

Abby Weingarten is the editor/writer in the Office of Communications & Marketing.

Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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