New College No. 2 'Best Value' In Princeton Review
New College of Florida is among the nation’s top for best value for public colleges, according to a new report by the Princeton Review.
Located in Sarasota, New College ranked second in the nation for best value, moving up from third place last year.
The college has ranked in the top three for the past six years. Starting in 2009, when New College was ranked second, it’s one of only three public colleges to make the top ten for all six years, campus officials said.
The Princeton Review closely examines the college's academic criteria, cost and financial aid packages, among more than three dozen different criteria. This year’s rankings are based on information from the fall 2012-13 school years.
“We’re pleased that Princeton Review recognizes that year after year, New College has provided an education of the highest quality, at a cost that is significantly lower than that of almost all of the country’s leading colleges and universities,” said Dr. Donal O’Shea, president of New College.
The Princeton Review’s 2013 list features 75 public and 75 private colleges, and ranks the top 10 in each category for their “stellar academics and financial aid.
“They’re exceptional schools, academically, that are giving out generous financial aid and keeping their sticker prices low,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of Princeton Review and lead author of “The Best Value Colleges.”
New College of Florida is the State of Florida’s honors college for the liberal arts and sciences.
With a student population of just over 800, New College emphasizes individualized learning for students from 38 states and 20 foreign countries.
The school is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation for both academics and value by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes.com and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
New College officials note the college produces more Fulbright Scholarship recipients per capita than almost all U.S. colleges and universities and boasts that 20 percent of its graduates are in the “STEM” fields of science, technology, math and engineering,
Roughly 30 percent of students receive Pell Grants, which support low-income families, also one of the highest percentages in the country.
More than half of all New College students graduate with no debt.
New College was not the only local Bay area college to make the list, The University of Florida, Gainesville came in at No. 7 on Princeton's top ten for best value.