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  • 06/21/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    15 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    highly-motivated, intelligent, slightly eccentric students

  • 05/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 2 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I am going almost for free!

    Will enjoy being here

    There is going to be so much to do, and many diverse students. Small class sizes and a small campus make for close friends!

    Will learn a lot

    I'm so excited because everything is specialized for the individual student!

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus Police are amazing, very friendly, alert, and accessible. There are blue towers all over campus that with one push of a button call to the Cop Shop (as we call it) immediately. Even if you're just feeling paranoid, the cops are more than happy to pick you up in one of their golf carts and give you a lift to your dorm. They also jump start your car when your battery dies, and provide other really nice services.

    Greek Life

    We do not offer Greek life nor school sponsored sports. We of course have sports teams, soccer mostly, that compete with other teams in Sarasota, just not a collegiate competitive team like the Gators.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several clubs on campus: -Jesus Club -American Sign Language Club -YELLING CLUB -Circus Club -Sailing Club -Football Club etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who: -Love learning -Are Independent -Prefer smaller schools -Need financial aid -Want to be a name and not a number

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our traditions are very secretive. Become a student so you can find them out.

    Bang for the buck

    On Princeton's List of colleges that offer an ivy league education for the least amount of money, NCF ranks number 3 in all of the U.S.A. See for yourself. http://www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx

    What to do for fun

    This school is located 15 minutes from the #1 rated beach in America, Siesta Key, among something like 6 other beaches. Lido Key, for example, is great for shell collectors. There are several theatres, cinemas, parks, restaurants, and shopping centers. St. Armand's Circle, for instance, is one of our classier shopping venues, where one can purchase fine works of art and clothing from designer boutiques. Of course, no one can pass up a good old fashioned game of Frisbee right here on campus, or a simple frozen yogurt from White Berry in downtown. There is no such thing as a dull moment with two mini golf parks right around the corner.

    Food and Dining

    Unfortunately, the food at this University is not gourmet. In all honesty, it is the worst thing about our small community. At first the food doesn't seem that bad, but just as in a high school cafeteria, the culinary creations become repetitive and bland.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm has a lot of pros and a few cons. Pros: - A five to ten minute walk from all your classes - Easy access to social events -Safety -Already prepared food -Pool, fitness center, sport courts -Friends -Not paying a lease -Saves gas money Cons: -Paying room and board -Limited ability to cook(depending on the dorm) -Pre-assigned roommates(for Freshmen, a.k.a 1st years, unless you know who you want to live with already) -Noisy on Friday and Saturday nights, due to Walls or a campus party in a court yard beneath a bunch of palm trees (Palm Court). The noise level varies on your room's proximity.

    Academic Rigor

    New College of Florida is the honors college of the state of Florida. The academics here are thereby extremely challenging. Although we don't use a grading system, delineating A, B, C etc., we do use a teacher evaluation system. Basically instead of getting a letter that tells you how you did in the class, you get a whole essay, saying what you did great, how you can improve etc. You will receive grades on tests and papers throughout the semester, just not a final grade for the class. Don't worry if you need a GPA for financial aid purposes, the school generates one for you based on your evaluations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind: don't assume that the traditional education system is the only way to go. Remember why you're in college: it is easy to get caught up in the newness of independence and the real world. Put forth your best effort, but don't drive yourself into an early grave: academic strife builds character and great professional resume. Just remember to schedule tranquility and fun into your life.

    In three sentences

    New College of Florida was founded by independent thinkers for independent thinkers. The academic program here requires a student who is capable of taking on full responsibility for his or her education. Although, NCF students are notorious for their studious natures, many are also known for their love and exercise of fun.

  • 08/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Highly-motivated, active, liberal (it's okay if you're not!), tolerant, easy-going

    Tips for prospective students

    Your first year will be the most challenging yet most fun. As with any school, you are discovering your comfort zone and restructuring your goals. Unlike most other schools however, you will be structuring your academics towards a senior thesis. Prepare your writing skills as much as possible before entering!

    Bang for the buck

    For being a top-ranked liberal arts college in the U.S., it is one of the most affordable public universities in the state of Florida. The school puts education before profit, forever in pursuit of generous donors who will guide the new generations into the lights of academia and stewardship. The school puts just as much effort into ensuring top-quality education!

    Am enjoying being here

    New College has a great atmosphere for relaxed learning, casual interaction and unique outlets. The students are tolerant, the campus is beautiful and the recreational options are endless!

    Am learning a lot

    The courses I've taken go beyond a textbook. Most professors will provide additional knowledge to facilitate your studies and research, as well as take you out into the fields for experience.

  • 09/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Intellectual,, liberal, gay. hippie (or hippie wannabe), eccentric, vegan,, oddball, misfit. At the same time, there are some Young Republicans who are at NCF for the great education and not the social life. There are no organized sports teams nor a Greek system. Be aware, the work load is heavy and the ambiguity of having no grades can be a disadvantage--you actually end up working harder!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring earplugs, as nighttime noise can be a problem. Day people are the minority. There are no honors dorms (after all, this is an honors college) and there are no quiet hours, so noise can be heard just about anytime. Many students cook communal dinners and share potluck meals, which helps reduce food costs. Also, county bus service is free with student ID, so many students head downtown to Whole Foods to do their grocery shopping and reduce their food costs.

    Bang for the buck

    Can't be beat, although tuition costs are higher than other Florida state schools. Also, MANDATORY on-campus housing (for up to age 21) is more costly than other schools, as is the meal plan. Food service is not all-you-can-eat as in other schools; it is a la carte and expensive (many organic foods). A bowl of cous cous and a Naked juice cost me almost $10-. Students provide a lot of their own meals.

    Am enjoying being here

    Hmmm. On the bay location is fantastic, and the small community is very helpful and friendly,open-minded and tolerant of (almost) anyone. Be aware that there is significant noise during weekend parties (you really can't escape the noise) and many students leave in order to get sleep and do required studying. Also, about 50% of the student body smokes and cigarette butts all over the ground are an eyesore.

    Am learning a lot

    NCF is highly academic and fosters intellectual growth. You are pretty much on your own when it comes to learning however--classes are not the typical spoon-fed, Power Point collection of facts. The professors tell you what to read, which can be upwards of 200 pages a week of abstracts, professional journals, etc. and it is up to you to do the reading and extract the necessary information. Not for the faint of heart.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus security is quality. the officers are very dedicated and are always kind and helpful. they make efforts to get along very well with students, and it shows. there are blue lights everywhere on campus that call directly to the cop shop. also, because of the small community, the students all have a tendency to watch each other's backs, so there's an added bonus there.

    Greek Life

    does not exist at this school.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a ton of clubs on campus, all of which host events throughout the semester.

    Great for these types of students

    liberals, hippies, academically motivated, open-minded/experimental, independent

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are campus-wide themed parties every weekend called wall parties held in the center of the universe near the pei dorms, which are always interesting and fun. there is an extreme desire for students to understand healthy, safe sexual behavior, so there are constantly entertaining activities revolving around that. also, rocky horror picture show...that's all that needs to be said about that.

    Bang for the buck

    for what it is, this honors college is a great value. there are many facilities, excellent faculty, and the small community makes this an excellent deal.

    What to do for fun

    the bay! yoga, exploring the campus, the gym. there is a music room, air hockey, pool table, and ping pong table in the ham center. there are always activities being hosted by students on campus. also, the beach is only about 10 minutes away, as is downtown sarasota for those times when you need to get off campus for a little while.

    Food and Dining

    ham center's food is mediocre, just standard cafeteria food, although they do offer vegetarian options with every meal. they have limited late-night and weekend hours, which makes eating during these times very tricky. there is a boar's head cafe and the entirely vegan/vegetarian student-run four winds cafe as well, but these also have very limited hours and hiked up costs (even with meal plan). the food in these latter is more tolerable, though, even though the service is a bit slower.

    Dorm Life

    depends on the dorm you end up in. letter dorms are the nicest; dortstein is suitable; pei is tiny; and b dorm (where i live) is classic dorm living, with communal showers and living spaces. b dorm has small rooms, but it is entirely your own space. this dorm also has its own sub-community, which is nice to know the 30 people living around you.

    Academic Rigor

    very, very difficult. as a transfer student who went in with a perception of college life regarding academics, i was nowhere near prepared enough for the level and quality of work required of me at this institution. that being said, i can tell that this school will give dedicated students what they want/need.

    Tips for prospective students

    food is scarce, even with the mandatory meal plan for first years, so definitely get a fridge to stock (or befriend someone in a letter dorm who has one). the social life is really excellent, and there is plenty to do to keep you occupied on campus as well as the surrounding area, but be warned that the academics can become very, very overwhelming. remember to breathe and utilize the facilities offered on campus to help you through the semester.

    In three sentences

    this college is definitely for the liberal-minded, but welcomes anyone with a more conservative outlook. the sense of community extends beyond the students to incorporate faculty and staff as well. it is obvious that the success of students is top priority here, and that, further, that success depends on how willing the student is to achieve it on their own.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is very safe. If a student feels concerned about a suspicious person they can call it in to the Cop Shop. There are also emergency staffs around campus where one can call for help. Recently, women who live off campus have been attacked, but the students have taken action against these attacks.

    Greek Life

    Does not exist here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Almost no organized sports teams, but plenty of organized activities, including things like pumpkin carving around Halloween and even open lectures by visiting professors.

    Great for these types of students

    Wow, types of students. The way most may describe the students may be 'the honor dodge-ball target students'. There are not many jock-like students, or straight-edges, but hippies are popular.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday and Saturday the students throw parties called Walls. During the second semester there is a party called the Great Gatsby hosted in one of the school's mansions. Palm Court, called The Center of the Universe by students, hosts the Walls but also the massive Palm Court Parties hosted three times an academic year.

    Bang for the buck

    Most of the students receive some form of financial aid. One of the largest complaints from students is the forced purchase of a meal plan, as well as the prices for the 'mandatory' on-campus living.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties every Friday and Saturday night, student organized activities, substance-free RA activities, a Sailing Club, fitness building, pool, and plenty of places around campus to just lay down and catch some sun.

    Food and Dining

    HAM center, the main student food court, is horrible and the food is low quality. There is a student run food facility on the other side of campus but the prices are high.

    Dorm Life

    If you are not a party-lover, a drinker, a smoker, or the like you may find it hard to find others similar to yourself on campus. The dorm buildings are loved by students who don't know any better, but in reality the quality can be rather poor.

    Academic Rigor

    NCF is an honors college with extremely demanding academics with high standards. The high academic standards is a main factor in the high attrition rate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you are read for the very rigorous academic life. NCF may be seen by many as possessing a party atmosphere, but if you don't spend time really working for classes there will be negative repercussions.

    In three sentences

    NCF is a small, personal college with a great student to teacher ratio. The academics are held to a very high standard, leading to the high attrition rate. The student life is very niche, where what may have been considered abnormal is considered standard.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I honestly believe that to come to NCF you need a personal drive in order to succeed. The school is NOT some place to just glide through. The classes are challenging and you will need to crack down and study. If you plan to come to college to party, party, and party some more then NCF will be fun but you will fall into a very deep hole. Partying and drinking are very big on campus and unless you have some self control and the want to do really well, it will be hard to make it all 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    THis school is in the top top top for best value. Seriously I am surprised how this school is so unknown. The research opportunites are endless for students. With independent research projects for the entire month of January and open access to professors and equipment, its like graduate level experience. No student will get this treatment at a large university. Remember that each class holds about 200 kids and the largest class you will have is about 50, for a first year intro course. Other than that, most courses are about 10 students.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has a ton of clubs and activities to do. Honestly, you shouldn't run out of things. Plus the Ringling Museum is free for students and the city has some neat events. We also have a Sailing Club and kayak/boat rentals are free for students whenever. Remember, this campus in literally on the bay.

    Food and Dining

    Eh, its not the best in selection and availability. The food is always decent, but you're not guaranteed a meal that you like. Hours are kinda funky too. Open for a couple hours at a time and have late night pizza mon-thu. We also have a Boar's Head sub shop open from 10-5 weekdays. Its the weekends that really suck. Brunch (which is basically breakfast) opens at 11 and dinner is at 5. So if you want breakfast before 11 then you have to seek elsewhere.

    Dorm Life

    Very social. Community parties (Walls) are held every Friday and Saturday and the campus is so small you will hear them. But, there are hundreds of places that are perfectly quite for studying. The rooms are assigned based on your habits, so if you are up late you will be close to the music, if you like to go to bed early you won't hear a thing.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major, but as a Natural Science student the courses are very rigorous and are filled with countless opportunities for personal research. Labs are open, all one needs is a go ahead from the professor, and you will really get to know them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the college during its operational hours. Make sure to interact with the students in order to get a feel of the culture.

    In three sentences

    Very close knit. Endless research possibilities. You need drive to truly succeed here.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On campus, you will be very safe. I often go for walks around the campus alone at midnight or later. I see the cops patrolling regularly and always feel very safe. Off campus, there have been incidents of rape in the past year, and the man was never caught. The campus police did little to notify students of the danger, and several students suffered for their inaction. The campus police are also guilty of victim blaming and racism, something that has been addressed and is getting better.

    Greek Life

    Non existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dive Club, Knitting Club, DnD Club, Swim Club, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, Riff Tracks, Movie Club, Sail Club, Feminist Alliance, Women's Club, Court Soccer, Woman's Soccer, Dance Tutorial.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberals Nerds Geeks Hipsters Scholars Activists Feminists

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most students chose not to wear shoes. They go barefoot to class, to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the end of the January ISP, students throw a Rocky Horror Picture Show event with a shadow cast. Dance tutorial is always very popular, as is Zombies and Assassins (campus wide games of tag). The Bay is a popular hangout for students who want to see the sunset. There are plenty of hammocks all around campus that are also very popular with the students.

    Bang for the buck

    New College is a liberal liberal arts college. We made Glen Beck's #2 choice for Most Dangerous College in America. There is very little diversity on campus, but the administration is trying to improve that. There is a strong community feel here that many students are proud of.

    What to do for fun

    Lido beach is 25 minutes away and is accessible by the city buses. Downtown Sarasota and St. Armand's Circle are fun tourist traps as well. The campus has a Sail Club that will allow students to take out kayaks and sail boats for free. They also offer sailing and wind surfing lessons. There are campus parties every Friday and Saturday. There are plenty of clubs for students to get involved in and the residential assistants try to organize little events throughout the semester. Volunteer opportunities are equally abundant.

    Food and Dining

    Coming to New College, you will have three food choices: Hamilton Cafeteria food, a (limited) Boar's Head Cafe, and the student-run (vegan and vegetarian) Four Winds Cafe. There aren't very many restaurants within walking distance from the campus, so if you are car-less, you may become very unhappy with your choices. There are community kitchens, but the ovens and stoves don't always work, and some students don't clean up after themselves. There are always plenty of vegan and vegetarian options (half of the school is vegan or vegetarian), though the cafeteria is not very good at serving a variety of food choices. The cafeteria staff is very nice, they just don't have the resources to buy students better quality food.

    Dorm Life

    The cleaning staff is always very nice, but with budget cuts, they can no longer afford to clean as often or provide free toilet paper. Pei rooms (for first years) can get a little messy, but they are generally quite comfortable. Letter dorms (for second and third years) are apartment style dorm rooms and allow students to each have their own room. Dort and Goldstein are apartment style rooms for third and fourth years. They come with a stove and a dish washer. The residential assistants are always around and always welcoming. Students are encouraged to make their rooms their own, and I haven't heard too many people complain about dorm life. If there is a maintenance issue, the staff fixes the problem very quickly and efficiently.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect a lot of reading, even if you are a natural sciences major. Professors will expect you to participate in group work and class discussions. Every January there is a three week period where no classes are held. Students are expected to come up with their own single or group research project during these three weeks called an Independent Study Project. Students are also expected to write a senior undergraduate thesis before they can graduate from New College. All of this is designed to prepare students for graduate school, as it is the goal of New College to send all of its students on to a graduate program. On top of this, there are no grades given at New College. We operate on a Pass/Fail system where professors will write narrative evaluations of students' performances in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is for people who want small class sizes where they work closely with professors. People often come here under the impression that since there are no grades, it will be easy to get a degree from here, but this is not so. Prospective students should know that the community is very liberal and argumentative; it is imperative that you visit before you come here, or you might realize that New College's atmosphere does not fit your lifestyle.

    In three sentences

    New College is academically rigorous. The professors in all fields are excellent. The housing and food services could be better.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We're a small campus, so the NCF police are really good at keeping tabs. There are emergency buttons located all around campus is you feel unsafe and need a ride back to your dorm.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Banyan tree in one of the courtyards that is full of hammocks that are all for public use.

    What to do for fun

    Go Downtown! One 10 minute bus ride and you're there! The shops are fantastic. If you're stuck on campus, there are always thing going on. Various clubs have outings and there are scheduled parties each weekend.

    Food and Dining

    It's by no means a 4 star restaurant, but the options are there. There is always a vegan/vegetarian option and the staff is incredibly friendly.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I love my dorm. I called it my 'mini-house'. I have my own restroom and closet in the room and the kitchen is just downstairs.

    Academic Rigor

    NCF is an Honors college. The workload is tough, but, you get more credit hours per course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! It does make a difference and NCF will give you scholarships. Make sure you visit - the campus is beautiful and worth seeing. Don't get discouraged by the grading system. It's actually very straight forward and I prefer it to the traditional letter system.

    In three sentences

    The small campus allows you to quickly meet new people and locate classrooms in an easy manner. The scenery is fantastic - the bay front is a main hangout of mine. Being located a mere ten minutes from downtown Sarasota provides students with a place to escape any stress they might be feeling.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe here, and the campus police are always a simple push of a button away from aiding any student who feels he/she might be in an uncomfortable situation.

    Greek Life

    There is no semblance of a Greek life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to choose from, from things used to simple connect with other students with similar interests (i.e. Doctor Who club), brighten the day of others (i.e. Random acts of kindness club), and help the community at large (i.e. Habitat for Humanity).

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is best for those who are open-minded, and eager to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students often like to walk to the beautiful Bayfront area, located at a 10 minute walking distance.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is rated at #3 for best deal for a college or university by Princeton review. New College is often very generous with financial aid, and being a public school, the price for what is offered is fantastic. The professors are experts in their craft, and truly enjoy what they do.

    What to do for fun

    There are events planned very often. The campus is also located incredibly near to beautiful beaches, and the downtown area of the city.

    Food and Dining

    There is a student-run Cafe here called Four Winds, along with a cafeteria called Hamilton Center. Some might say the food here isn't the best, but there are opportunities to cook in the dorm kitchens, or go elsewhere for meals.

    Dorm Life

    There are opportunities to live in apartment-styled housing, studio singles, etc. Events are thrown every week, and choices can be made as to how involved in said events one would like to be. There are also options for Substance free and Quiet dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Being an Honors College, it might get tough, but the classes never promote rote memorization for success. Instead, students are expected to reach a deeper understanding on the course material, making the rigor completely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded, and prepared to take risks.

    In three sentences

    This is a unique school, where academic opportunities are aplenty, and independent study is highly encouraged. Being a small, liberal arts school, student to teacher ratio is very reasonable, and students forge strong bonds with professors. At a student's fourth year of study, he/she is expected to develop a Thesis on one's Area of Concentration, and reach one's full potential.

  • 03/30/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    fun-loving, unique, students who like SMALL schools and classes (average 10:1 student faculty ratio)!

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students it is, but a little difficult for out-of-state

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated students will thrive off of the extra breathing space at New College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a plan. Read a lot. Keep inspired and dreaming. You can do it.

    Bang for the buck

    It costs what every other college costs but with that same expenditure it looks as though I am getting personalized help from people who actually know something.

    Will enjoy being here

    Sarasota is possibly the coolest town in Florida and the kids at New College continue to blow my mind at every visit. While visiting I watched the sunset with my counselor and some current students. It was beautiful.

    Will learn a lot

    School hasn't even begun yet and they have already mailed me my first New College read The Other Wes Moore. I think I will be reading a lot and enjoying every minute of it.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the cops here are helpful and you're encouraged to be on good terms with them. there's call button stations all over the campus. most places are well lit too. off campus has had a few issues but they are unrelated to the school.

    Greek Life

    nonexistant

    Clubs and Activities

    for such a small school there's a plethora activities and it's very easy to start something if you want to.

    Great for these types of students

    hippies, opinionated activists, artsy types, lgbt or students bored with traditional teaching.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    palm court parties are huge bashes that end up bringing in people from all over.

    What to do for fun

    walls are great if you enjoy partying but there's plenty of clubs for non-partiers too! there's also sailing and swimming if you enjoy being on the water.

    Food and Dining

    can widely vary. some of the food is great, some of it not. also, be careful if you're on a diet as the portions at hamilton (aka ham) are huge! either force them to give you less or put it on the freegan table! four winds is vegan and delicious though money is limited.

    Dorm Life

    this can vary widely depending on where you're living and what you like. there are quiet dorms, but that partially depends on who lives there. the courts are pretty close to palm court, so if you don't party you may want to invest in ear plugs. the newer dorms are quite nice though but first years won't get one.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are all challenging and interesting and none of them feel anything like high school. it's very refreshing.

    Tips for prospective students

    the marine biology, gender studies and music programs seem to be the best here. if you like not wearing shoes you'll love it here!

    In three sentences

    a quirky school full of many activists and hippie types but you'll also find moderates. definitely non-traditional!

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    15 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Nonexistant :D

    Great for these types of students

    People who are afraid of getting lost in the crowd

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shoeless students. Shoeless students everywhere.

    Food and Dining

    The Four Winds cafe is good and offers vegan food. The school tries hard to appeal to alternative diets.

    Academic Rigor

    It's designed around you, so you get the classes that work for you, but you still have to impress the teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to see lifestyles you've never seen before. Don't worry too much about fitting in - everyone fits in.

    In three sentences

    This school is centered around you. The environment feels homey - half the students walk around barefoot- and there's a strong community feeling. Students are quirky and shameless, and your unique traits will result in you standing out, not being shunned.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    VERY safe-the cops even become your friends.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have everything from chess to sailing to fencing!

    Great for these types of students

    Eccentric,smart, socially awkward.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Walls, [FORUM] wars, town meetings, hide-and-seek, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely the cheapest education around.

    What to do for fun

    There's a game of hide and seek going on in one of the Pei courts right now. You've picked the right place to seek higher education.

    Food and Dining

    You realize Ham food sucks so you buy groceries.

    Dorm Life

    Single bathroom (only share with your immediate roommates.) Beds. Desks, Chairs, one or two bookshelves (usually). Dressers. Usually one item per person, but sometimes there are extras. My power just went out for a second, and I live in the nice new dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a unique, tough college experience and it's not for everyone. There are a lot of things to love, I think, but I can just as easily see how someone else might hate what keeps me here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be your eccentric self and you'll fit in just fine!

    In three sentences

    There is everything that just couldn't exist anywhere else. Walls, [FORUM] wars, town meetings, the eccentric people, and that there's always something happening. Small, intimate classes help you learn a lot.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police and secure events, always. Even more, the campus police are there to provide a safe environment for you to have fun, not to find something you are doing wrong.

    Greek Life

    Absolutely none.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything from Chess Club to Unitarian Universalist meetings

    Great for these types of students

    Unusual, eccentric, bizarre, open-minded intellectuals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday and Saturday night, New College of Florida allows students to host themed walls (parties). This ranges from Kiss-Your-Crush Wall to Classy-As-F*** Wall. Furthermore, New College hosts PCPs (Palm Court Parties), also themed, every semester where they close off the campus from locals (by using security) and provide a safe environment to create memories.

    Bang for the buck

    New College of Florida was just named No. 3 Best Value Public College in America for 2012.

    What to do for fun

    Great social environment. Also, New College is located on a bay that provides a great hangout location to view of dolphins and wind-down with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Since New College is a small school (limits its entire student body to 800 students), there is not the large cafeteria one finds at a university; however, they feed the students very well and allow the students to get food throughout the day and night.

    Dorm Life

    Well designed dorms and extremely active social environment. The student body alone will educate you and challenge you to experience things of which you never would have thought.

    Academic Rigor

    The most challenging and rewarding experience. Because of New College's evaluation system, where the professors do not give grades, but personal evaluations, the perfectionist will always be discontent. However, this system allows the perfectionist to come closest to perfection that he / she can and not merely give the illusion of perfection like the grade-system.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind. At New College of Florida, you will experience everything from the average-Joe to that only fits in at New College. Remember to stay true to yourself and be prepared to sometimes defend your beliefs.

    In three sentences

    New College of Florida is a college for students who possess the passion and ability to be a part of an intellectual environment. Not only due does one academically have to keep up with the professors, but moreover with the students. Its environment drives you to the peak of your academic ability.

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe, but close to gas station that is not considered so safe.

    Greek Life

    No greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    General options as other schools.

    Bang for the buck

    Good education for the price, but the facilities are not as new as other schools.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, bike ride, hang out in the lounge area. There are walls every Fri. and Sat.

    Food and Dining

    Not too bad as everyone else says, but not as many options as larger schools

    Dorm Life

    The upper class dorms are better than the lower class.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging and you are expected to complete a thesis before you graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that if you are going to graduate school, that they don't mind no grades.

    In three sentences

    New College is an institution that will be academically challenging. Everyone is here to help you and there is a sense of community. New College is a safe place for people to be who they want.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is quite safe and the campus police are often willing to take care of students who just want to be taken to the other side of campus late at night because they're uncomfortable walking across campus in the dark. However, students should take common-sense precautions, as the school is right on Tamiami so students should be weary late at night. Lock up your bikes over breaks!

    Greek Life

    No greek life - which means no hazing. It's great.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty active campus in terms of clubs and activities. There are loads of options, including a few intramural sports and various social justice organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Quirky students who are extremely motivated about learning and education. New College often 'funnels' students to higher education - about 70% of the school goes on to graduate school, so it's very much an academically oriented school rather than a career oriented school. It's great for students who bend social norms and are tolerant of other people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Palm Court - the area between all the Pei dorms (which house first years). Where most walls are held. Walls - parties. Ham - Hamilton Center. Where the cafeteria is. PCP - Palm Court Party. There are three every year - one for Halloween, Valentine's Day, and around the end of the semester for graduation. They're HUGE walls that are usually themed and decorated pretty creatively. The party usually extends itself to most parts of the residential side of campus because of the sheer size of it and because a lot of students invite guests.

    Bang for the buck

    While dorming is a little expensive, the tuition itself is VERY cheap considering the incredibly specialized education you're getting and the amount of personal attention students get. It's a great option and a perfect alternative for a high-ranking but expensive private liberal arts school.

    What to do for fun

    Walls and Wallternatives are New College parties that are thrown every Friday and Saturday and usually involve lots of music and dancing. Wallternatives are more 'get-together' type parties that are less chaotic and usually involve playing video games and other more calm partying as an alternative for those who don't like big parties but want to socialize.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty bad. But you'll get used to it, and the Four Winds (a student run café) offers fantastic options that are vegan and vegetarian friendly. In addition, students will set up their own café type food options sort of randomly throughout the semester so keep an eye out for those!

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is a little more expensive than most other colleges but other than first year dorms, which may occasionally have AC problems, they are reliable and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes demand a good deal of attention and you're expected to show up. Since the classes are small, professors WILL notice if you skip. Studying is taken seriously here so take advantage of the many resources NCF can offer - including office hours and academic advisers who are always willing to make time in their schedule to see you.

    Tips for prospective students

    New College likes to see passion and a genuine interest in learning, not just scoring high - a well written essay, a list of extracurricular activities that show both diversity in interest and passion for certain things, and a strong letter of recommendation combined with generally good academic standing should be enough to get you in.

    In three sentences

    New College is a great school for those who learn better with more attention from their professors. The culture is accepting and emphasizes social justice and tolerance. Students are encouraged to personalize their education as much as possible to make it really work for them, and the results are fantastic.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cops are always on duty, there are blue emergency stations visible from almost any point on campus, and the cops are almost always visible on campus. The only thing that I find slightly uncomfortable is the fact that the campus is open to anyone. It isn't a huge campus, but it is still spacious and open to anyone who wants to walk in. It hasn't ever been an issue, but it can be disconcerting.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities here at this time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons ranging over all different tastes. There is fencing, DnD, dancing of all types, martial arts, volunteering, activist committees, student government, music, etc. Pretty much anything you can think of, we have a club or committee for.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are self motivated and very driven. This school takes your effort to do well. Because there are no grades it makes it a little harder to put the extra effort in because there is no difference between passing with a C and passing with an A. You have to put in the time for your teachers to notice what a good student you are.

    Bang for the buck

    You probably can't find a better place to learn. They encourage taking many different types of classes and independent study. You write and defend a thesis all before you get into graduate school. This is a college that can show graduate college that you can do things on your own. Not just have a degree but have skills and knowledge that you crafted yourself.

    What to do for fun

    There are a few things to do on campus. Normally there is a party or a club or a random get together where you can go hang out with interesting people and do any given thing. There is also the museum, The Ringling Museum, we get into for free. The beach is not but 10 minutes away (walking). You can always start up a club or a get together.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely not going to lie about this. The food here is really rough. It is all industrial bland food made by a company who feeds people in prison. Not to say that it is utterly terrible, but I wouldn't mind it being better. This school is a small school, not too many companies think New College is worth the money. Food might be an issue if you are a picky eater.

    Dorm Life

    Not going to lie, the first year dorms are a little rough. The rooms are secure though, and everyone is really close to everyone else. (That may or may not be a good thing to you, I have no problem with it.) You can make the dorms pretty comfy though, so definitely not the worst set up. I can't speak to the upper class dorms, I've never lived in one. I hear they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are all about your individual effort. The teachers here are as different as the students. They teach in interesting ways, but almost all of it pivots on your interest and desire to succeed. New College has no grades, it is a pass fail system. But, the narrative evaluation at the end really enlightens you as to your weak points and strong points. It lets you know how you, as a student, are viewed. It is challenging, but well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Always a good start. Be ready to experience new ways of thinking, learning, and opening up. New College is filled with people who want to learn, have fun, and help the community. But, you have to be open minded and ready to experience a new way of living.

    In three sentences

    New College is a fun and interesting place. The school is small and the community is close. The classes are fun, interesting, and directed towards your individual learning.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are very helpful. There are emergency posts where you can call for help all around campus that light up at night for safety.

    Greek Life

    None.

    What to do for fun

    Walk down to the bay, go to the fitness center, swing, watch a movie being shown on campus, walk around the neighborhood.

    Food and Dining

    The hours can be very inconvenient. The food tends to be fairly overpriced for what it is. If you must buy more food money buy it from other students, not from the college! the students give a much better deal on it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is dorm life. It all depends on which dorm you live in, just like with any other college.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to work. We can cover in two weeks what students in other colleges cover in 6 weeks in some of our classes. The classes are intense, but you come out of them feeling like a master of the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although there are no grades, the classes are very difficult and tend to go much further in depth than in other schools. Be highly prepared to work. At the same time, relax. The professors want nothing more than for you to succeed. Remember to show up to class; those who never show up are much more likely to fail the class!

    In three sentences

    Excellent at presenting research opportunities to students. This tends to be a rather liberal school. There are no grades; rather, there are extensive narrative evaluations from the professors.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    22 of 26

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Stay on campus!

    Food and Dining

    Terrible cafeteria food with few choices.

    Dorm Life

    Fun parties hosted in Palm Court every weekend for everyone to attend.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and be self-motivated.

    In three sentences

    Its a great education with dedicated teachers. There is a very fun social scene. It is very liberal and progressive.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have had one bad experience with one guy in my dorm, but I have went to the police and the RA and it is being taken care of. There are always cops on campus, several blue phones, and they are not looking to get you in trouble. One kid had to resist five times before he got arressted, so they are very laid back. Just listen and do as your told and they will leave you alone.

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    We are working on getting new sports clubs up and running now, actually. We have 100+ clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid Back yet serious, Art, Balanced, Psych, Science

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everything about New College is unusual in the best way possible.

    Bang for the buck

    you are going to get close, small classes and the teachers know your name. I compared my bill to UCF and it is almost identicle. Very cheap for the education you are getting (and you can almost always find your books online for free).

    What to do for fun

    Walls are parties that are held on Fridays and Saturdays and they aren't for everyone, including me. No one will pressure you into going, though, and some of the themes are fun. We recently had a halloween wall and this weekend there is a pokemon wall. We like dressing up here and there is always a lot of open mics and events occuring on campus.

    Food and Dining

    ...They are trying to provide different and delicious options. They are -trying-.

    Dorm Life

    It is pretty much hands off here; there are dorm checks and a RA and Dorm Advisor come in for some 5 seconds. They just want to make sure you aren't being super messy or destructive.

    Academic Rigor

    I am only taking three classes and though I do have free time I also have a full plate.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared, be willing to try new things, and be careful of who you interact with.

    In three sentences

    This is a good environment to be in and there is plenty of opportunity. The only catch? You have to put good work in if you want awesome results out. Get ready to be pushed past limits that you have already set for yourself.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 26

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Nonexistent

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    New Stock!!!! The Turkey Bowl!!! Both are really fun events on campus

    Bang for the buck

    They kinda make it sound like they give you all the money here, but it's really tough to pay for school if you're middle class. They only give you so much financial aid, you take out loans, and if you still have money to pay and no college fund with which to pay it, they're very unsympathetic.

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes the food does not look edible. Other times it's just very repetitive (stir fry). But also, the dining hall hours are pretty strict, especially on weekends. Unless you are ordering out, sometimes you will not be eating.

    Dorm Life

    The first year dorms are kind of like bunkers. Unless you have Verizon Wireless as a provider you get pretty crappy service unless you're outside. The wifi is also spotty, so bring an Ethernet cord. You will thank yourself for this. The dorms are really spacey (in a double) and you have your own private bathroom to share with roommates so if you're awkward that helps a lot

    Academic Rigor

    Your professors definitely ask a lot of you, but never more than you can handle.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    25 of 26

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Dance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dance.

    In three sentences

    My dad graduated from New College of Florida back in the '70's, and from what I can tell it is a school for the most intellectual thinkers and students thee world has to offer. It provides these students with a type of education that it totally unique to any other college experience. I recommend the school greatly.

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    26 of 26

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs to join and check out. Sit by the bay..Enjoy the library... Join a Pokemon tournament...

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall has a Boars Head. Bonus!!! And the 4 Winds will not disappoint even if your not vegan/vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    Spacious rooms. Bright and clean. From the limited part I saw on my tour..I liked it. And hammocks...

    Academic Rigor

    There wasn't any con in the info session about the way they do academics here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do yourself a favor and DO NOT miss the opportunity to do a tour and info session at this school.

    In three sentences

    All I can say is WOW! From the minute I stepped on campus into the pink marble College Hall that reminded me of Newport mansions..to the library and dorms I was excited. And the freedom of the feet... people who know will know what I mean.