New College of Florida is once again ranked as a “Best Buy” college in the 2017 edition of the respected and long-running Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Only 21 public colleges in the United States received Fiske’s “Best Buy” designation.
New College has appeared on Fiske’s “Best Buy” list since 2003. To be a “Best Buy,” colleges must meet Fiske’s criteria for a top four- or five-star ranking for academic excellence and be in its moderate- or low-price groups.
The Guide’s review, based in part on interviews with students, calls New College “proof that it’s possible to find success through individualism.”
The Guide adds: “Students praise the personalized attention they receive from professors; graduate students and teaching assistants don’t lead classes here and 75 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. All disciplines provide the opportunity for original research and students also may conduct field research around the globe.”
For the 2017 edition, the Fiske Guide selected 47 “Best Buy” colleges and universities – 21 public, 26 private – in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.
Other public colleges on the list include top national universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin, and Indiana University. Private colleges on the list include Trinity College Dublin, University of Edinburgh and Rochester Institute of Technology.
The guide, founded by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, is in its 33rd year.