Merger Will Cost New College What Makes It Special

From SRQ Magazine, February 29, 2020

Now in its 60th year, New College is unique within Florida’s state university system. It offers a challenging educational experience that is an ideal fit for exceptional students reaching toward a future as innovative leaders. For that and many other reasons, a proposal under consideration by the Florida Legislature to merge New College into the University of Florida is a bad idea.

New College’s individualized curriculum simply does not fit within the culture of UF or any other large university, as outstanding as those institutions may be. Folding our school into another would compromise its special value and leave Florida, and some of the state’s most creative young thinkers, with nothing like it.

The idea of placing New College under a larger university has already been tried, without success. The school previously was a part of the University of South Florida, but our state leaders recognized this arrangement impeded our mission as the state’s designated Honors College.

Read the entire editorial here.


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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