New College of Florida ranked nation’s top non-military public liberal arts college

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UM, UF and FSU weren’t the only Florida colleges to earn recognition by US News & World Report this week: New College of Florida, the 800-student honors college in Sarasota, was ranked as #5 in the nation among schools of its kind.

This made New College of Florida the state’s most highly ranked college — albeit in a limited category — and the nation’s top public liberal arts college that is not affiliated with the military.   Preceding New College on the list are the US Naval Academy, the US Military Academy, the US Air Force Academy, and Virginia Military Institute. 

Among national universities, Florida’s University of Miami fell three spots to #47, the University of Florida came in at #49, and Florida State at #91.

New College has a higher proportion of Fulbright Scholars than virtually all other colleges in the US, including Harvard, Stanford, and Yale. It features a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and emphasizes in-depth undergraduate research. It also features a fair amount of foosball and patchouli, but that’s another story.

US News & World Report simultaneously ranked New College as #6 in the nation for the percentage of students who go onto graduate programs within a year of graduation, and #21 among public and private liberal arts college for students who graduate with the least debt.