The New College of Florida was founded in 1964 in Sarasota, Florida, with the help of the Congregational and Christian Church. In the 1970s, the institution joined the state university system, receiving both public and private funding. Today, the college enrolls 785 students at a surprisingly low student to faculty ratio of just 10:1.
New College is an undergraduate school offering bachelor’s degrees. There is a total o f 321 courses offered at the institution, and there are three main divisions: the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. There are dozens of areas of concentration to choose from. These would be anthropology, art, biology, chemistry, languages, classics, economics, English, environmental studies, history, the humanities, international and Area studies, literature, mathematics, medieval & renaissance studies, music, the natural sciences, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public policy, religion, the social sciences, sociology and urban studies. There are many variations of these subjects with individual area concentrations, plus subsets that can be studied, like marine biology or biochemistry.
New College of Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. SACS provides accreditation to institutions within an eleven-state area, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Some accreditation is also extended to parts of Latin America. (SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 – (404)679-4500 – Fax: (404)679-4558).