Princeton Review recommends New College in 2019’s Best Value Colleges list

New College is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles New College in the 2019 edition of its annual guide, The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.

The Princeton Review crunched more than 40 data points to tally ROI (return on investment) ratings for more than 650 colleges before selecting the 200 it included in the book. The data are from surveys of administrators and current students The Princeton Review conducted in 2017-18, as well as surveys of school alumni that PayScale.com fielded through April 2018. Survey topics covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid, to graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

In the book’s profile of New College, editors praise the school for its “unique collaborative curriculum [and] emphasis on independent learning.” The profile also quotes current New College students who described the college as a place of “deep and stimulating academics” with a “small, intimate atmosphere” that “has been tailored to us.” New College received an impressive rating score of 91 in the “Academics” section of the profile.

The “Career Information” section of the profile lists an exceptional ROI rating score of 90 for New College. It also cites PayScale.com figures reporting New College’s graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree have a median starting salary of $45,800 and median mid-career salary of $91,500.

“We salute New College and all of our The Best Value Colleges. They stand out for their outstanding academics and their affordability via generous financial aid to students with need and/or comparatively low sticker prices,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of the book. “Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of valuable alumni support.”

Read the New College profile in The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.


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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