New College named bargain by Fiske

From Herald Tribune, July 24, 2019

The Sarasota school is among just 20 nationally to receive the recognition for top academics coupled with low tuition.

SARASOTA — New College of Florida is among 20 schools nationwide receiving accolades for affordability, as the school has been named a “best buy” in higher education by Fiske Guidebook to Colleges.

The annual guide, considered to be one of the top guides for prospective college students, describes the Sarasota school as a “public ivy” where students enjoy an intimate learning environment for a bargain price.

“Students praise the personalized attention they receive from professors; graduate students and teaching assistants don’t lead classes here and 71% of classes have fewer than 20 students,” the guide states. “All disciplines provide the opportunity for original research and students also may conduct field research around the globe.”

To appear on the list, schools must achieve either four or five stars on the guide’s quality ranking system and be designated as a moderate or low-price school, according to a press release from the school.

New College has appeared on Fiske’s list every year since 2003, according to the release, largely due to the school’s low tuition and reputation for awarding scholarships to both in-state and out-of-state students.

Other public colleges on the list include top national universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, SUNY Binghamton, and Texas A&M. Private colleges on the list include Earlham College, Mount Holyoke, and Vanderbilt University.


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 800 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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