New College of Florida: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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New College of Florida is a public liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 73%. Founded in 1960 and located on the waterfront in Sarasota, Florida, New College was for decades affiliated with the University of South Florida before becoming an independent institution in 2001. New College has a flexible and innovative curriculum with no traditional majors and with written evaluations rather than grades.

Considering applying to New College of Florida? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, New College had an acceptance rate of 73%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 73 students were admitted, making New College of Florida's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 1,226
Percent Admitted 73%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 16%

SAT Scores and Requirements

New College of Florida requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 83% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 630 720
Math 590 700
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of New College's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to New College scored between 630 and 720, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 720. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 700, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 700. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1420 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at New College of Florida.

Requirements

New College does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that New College participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. New College does not require SAT Subject test scores but will consider them if submitted.

ACT Scores and Requirements

New College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 43% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 34
Math 23 29
Composite 26 31

This admissions data tells us that most of New College's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to New College received a composite ACT score between 26 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

New College of Florida does not require the optional ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, New College superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of New College of Florida's incoming freshmen class had high school GPAs between 3.76 and 4.35. 25% had a GPA above 4.35, and 25% had a GPA below 3.76. These results suggest that most successful applicants to New College have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

New College of Florida Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
New College of Florida Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to New College of Florida. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

New College of Florida, which accepts just under three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process, and successful applicants typically have standardized test scores and high school grades that are significantly above average. However, New College has a holistic admissions process that is not based on numerical data alone. A strong optional admissions essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule that includes AP, IB, Honors, or dual enrollment coursework.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most students who were admitted had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1250 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or higher. Many successful applicants had solid "A" averages.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and New College of Florida Undergraduate Admissions Office.