U.S. News & World Report Ranks New College No. 5 Among Public Liberal Arts Colleges

U.S. News & World Report has ranked New College of Florida the No. 5 public liberal arts college nationwide in the magazine’s 2014 “Best Colleges” edition. The rankings were released today on the magazine’s website.

New College ranked 89th among all national liberal arts colleges, public and private, the ninth consecutive year New College has placed in the top 100. It is also the ninth consecutive year that New College has placed in the top six public liberal arts colleges.

New College is the only Florida liberal arts college to be listed among the magazine’s top 100.

U.S. News and World Report cited several statistics behind New College’s strong showing:

  • One-quarter of students have SAT scores of 1410 or higher.
  • 35 percent of New College freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
  • 73 percent of New College classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Only 1 percent of New College classes have 50 or more students.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked New College at No. 21 for colleges whose students graduate with the least amount of debt, averaging $18,276. The magazine reported that only 39 percent of the New College graduates had any debt at graduation, the fifth-lowest percentage among the listed colleges.

In January, U.S. News & World Report released supplemental data showing that New College ranks sixth in the country for the percentage of students that go on to graduate school within a year of graduation.

The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook is available at newsstands on Sept. 24 or online today at http://www.usnews.com/colleges.

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