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The main draw, smallSuper Brilliant
The main draw, small class size, is made irrelevant by the extremely poor caliber of teacher at New College. Most of the faculty are more interested in being worshiped than they are in contributing anything useful to their disciplines, or to student knowledge.
2nd Year Male -- Class 1921
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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Writing an undergraduate thesisAnimal Studies
Writing an undergraduate thesis was extremely beneficial to my future, as are the connections I made with staff and professors at New College.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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The academics at New College are great, period.Quite BrightOther
The academics at New College are great, period. One of the best things that I have found about NCF is that students have a lot of say in what goes on--we sit on almost every faculty and administrative committee, we can push for faculty lines or areas of concentration that we want, etc. Because of our student-faculty ratio, we become close to our professors--which is so, so awesome. Most of them are very easy to talk to and are highly available to students. New College gives you the chance to really push yourself academically and as a person. The resources are there for people who are looking for them--study abroad, research projects, networking with alumni, working with dolphins, etc.

There are only 800 students at New College, which has its advantages and disadvantages. You will be able to recognize almost everyone, and it is relatively easy to make friends here. (You might have to bounce around a bit, but there are people for everyone.) The downside to it being so small is that it's really hard to avoid someone you don't want to see. Romantic relationships at NCF are especially tricky/hilarious. You'll either be part of or see a group of friends who have all dated or hooked up with the same couple of people. It's weird, but it forces you to get over yourself real quick.I used to dislike Sarasota, it's a rich man's St. Pete. But I have come to appreciate its beautiful beaches and weather, as well as the fact that there are many family-owned businesses here. Additionally, the city becomes more fun when you turn 21 in your third year and you can go to the different bars around town. Some of them are pretty awesome.

4th Year Female -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: C-
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