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With a total enrollment of 800 to 850 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, New College offers a personal and collaborative learning environment, where faculty and students engage in in-depth exploration of ideas and subject matter, and where students have the freedom to chart their own academic course.

As the State of Florida’s legislatively-designated “honors college for the liberal arts,” New College is the only public college or university in the state whose sole mission is to provide an undergraduate education of the highest caliber to leading students from around the country. Located on a beautiful 110-acre campus on sunny Sarasota Bay, New College provides an ideal learning environment for intellectually curious, motivated students who thrive on active learning and are drawn to an intellectually rigorous curriculum.



Choose from more than 35 areas of concentration (sometimes referred to as majors) or design a multi-disciplinary or special area of concentration. Explore personal interests and achieve your educational goals through independent projects, group study and research projects on and off campus.

Listen for dolphin burst pulses. Examine gender bias in children’s literature. Compose experimental music. Investigate DNA.

With a 10-to-1 student/faculty ratio, you work closely with faculty, who serve as advisors, mentoring you and collaborating with you along your academic journey, wherever it may take you.

Own your education

You might train a manatee to receive veterinary care at Sarasota’s Mote Aquarium. Or maybe you’ll join your biology professor on an expedition to study coral reef diseases in Honduras, travel to Germany to research the sleep habits of black birds, learn Punjabi in India or study the Kokama-Kokamilla peoples in the Peruvian Amazon.

At New College of Florida, you are part of an intellectual community that inspires and challenges you to pursue the limitless possibilities in your future.

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Undergraduate Program

New College of Florida offers more than 40 different majors in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of interdisciplinary concentrations.READ MORE HERE

Graduate Program in Data Science

The Master’s in Data Science Degree curriculum offers a blend of interdisciplinary theory and practical application of skills.READ MORE HERE


New College offers short, intensive programs to gain certification in career-related skills.READ MORE HERE


Academic Advising

From navigating mini-classes to completing your final thesis project, your academic life at the college will largely be shaped through the conversations you have with your sponsor.READ MORE HERE

Course Offerings

At New College you have a chance to explore in-depth the areas of learning that are of greatest interest to you.READ MORE HERE


Interested in a career in business or the financial markets? Now is the most interesting time to explore the rapidly changing economy and demonstrate your superior industry knowledge by adding this certificate on your curriculum vitae or LinkedIn profile.


Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC), also known as Bloomberg Certification, is a self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to financial markets and the core functionality of the Bloomberg terminal.  It takes about 8 hours to complete and after finishing Bloomberg provides a “Certificate of Completion”.  The program consists of 3 sections — core concepts, getting started on the terminal and portfolio management.  The sections are woven together from Bloomberg data, news, analytics and television.

BMC Modules and Subsections:

  • Economic Indicators: The primacy of Gross Domestic Product, (GDP) monitoring GDP, and forecasting GDP.
  • Currencies: currency market mechanics; currency valuation; central banks and currencies; currency risk.
  • Fixed Income: The roots of the bond market, bond valuation drivers; central bankers and interest rates; the yield curve and why it matters; movements in the yield curve.
  • Equities: introducing the stock market; the nature of equities; equity research; absolute valuation; relative valuation.
  • Getting Started on the Terminal: Using the terminal; analyzing the market; exploring the equity market; discovering the fixed income market; building an equity portfolio.
  • Portfolio Management: A module focused on the portfolio command as a screening tool to analyze historical returns and risk metrics.


New College has secured an official university affiliation with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, which allows students the opportunity to study from and take the CFA certification exam. The CFA is a professional association for investment management professionals. It has the highest level of international legal and regulatory recognition of finance-related qualifications. The CFA provides a curriculum for candidates to get certified, which can further confirm a candidate’s credentials. CFA Level 1 specifically certifies a candidate’s entry-level abilities to work in the financial analysis field. The CFA affiliation provides New College students free access to all three levels of the CFA Program curriculum eBook, the sample exams for each level, a complimentary online subscription to the Financial Analysts Journal, as well as an invitation to the CFA Tampa Bay seminars and events. New College will also receive an annual scholarship that will allow three fourth-year students from any discipline to take the exam.

For more information on our Business & Finance certification programs contact Professor Sherry Yu



Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful tools for multiple real-world applications in professional and academic disciplines. The New College of Florida GIS Certificate provides a pathway of courses and academic opportunities for students to acquire the necessary skills to be proficient in GIS. After successfully completing all the requirements, a student will be able to: Collect and analyze geolocated data, explore local and online datasets and maps, and to design, create, and share maps related to their studies or interests.

This certificate program is unique in that it specifically supports students in earning professionally credentialed GIS certificates. Employers and graduate schools are constantly recruiting students with a solid background in GIS analysis, particularly those students with a certification of proficiency. The “Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research” predicts employment growth in Florida (between the years of 2018 to 2026) of about 10% or higher for occupations related to GIS. Some of the applications of GIS include:

  • Environmental issues (e.g., urban studies, management and conservation of natural resources, risk assessments, environmental impacts)
  • Social sciences (e.g., human population studies, migration, political science)
  • Human health (e.g., diseases surveillance, risk factors, health landscape)

For more information on our GIS Certification Progam contact Professor Gerardo Toro-Farmer.


The Certificate program in Innovative Digital Media develops student competence and connectedness to digital culture and technology by moving students from the role of consumer to active participant, and from active participant to innovator. The Certificate is a credential that indicates students have gained a high degree of technological competence, awareness, and demonstrated creativity. The Certificate will capture existing efforts working in digital technology across disciplines, and create pathways for students to demonstrate their projects and accomplishments in those areas. Many such projects will be efforts that include faculty, students, and staff together. Examples of work that may be undertaken in this Certificate include, but are not limited to, the production of:

  • media
  • videos
  • podcasts
  • code
  • art
  • software
  • sound installations
  • interactive platforms
  • public events

Students who gain experiences through such projects will emerge from the Certificate with a portfolio of work that will demonstrate a high level of achievement to potential employers. Certificate students will be able to work collaboratively, creatively solve problems with technology, and adapt quickly to the changing nature of real-world situations that involve technological mediation, embracing their role as Digital Innovators.

For more information on our Innovative Digital Media Certificate contact Professor Mark Dancigers.


Focus on an area of study, design your own major, or complete an interdisciplinary concentration.

New College supports students with a passion for learning and a desire to take responsibility for their own education. That’s why our professors provide written evaluations – rather than letter grades – to assess your work each term.  During your four years here, you will be expected to fulfill seven academic contracts.  Each contract is a written agreement between you and your faculty advisor regarding your educational goals, academic activities, and progress toward graduation each semester.  You get to choose from more than 40 Areas of Concentration (majors) and over 300 courses offered annually at New College. You can also pursue one or more of our certificate programs that focus on professional skills.

Each January, you will work on an independent study project that can include a lab experiment, scholarly paper, study abroad, off-campus internship, art exhibit, or musical or theatrical performance.  The culmination of your New College education is the senior thesis project, in which you will produce a major research paper, body of artwork, or other highly developed presentation that reflects your Area of Concentration.

Areas of Concentration Offered by New College of Florida

* Can only be completed as part of a Joint Concentration
**Can only be completed as a Secondary Field (minor)
+Special Program Concentration

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