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New College Third Best Value in America

The Princeton Review and USA Today ranked public and private colleges for best in value.

The Princeton Review has ranked New College of Florida the No. 3 “Best Value Public College in America” for 2013.

The Princeton Review’s 2013 list features 75 public and 75 private colleges, and ranks the top 10 in each category. Sarasota's New College was the only Florida institution to appear on either top-10 list this year.

The ranking continues a five-year run of recognition for New College. New College was ranked No. 2 best value public college in 2011 and 2009, and No. 3 in 2012 and 2010. Only three other U.S. public colleges made the list all five years.

“New College is honored to be recognized once again by The Princeton Review and USA Today as one of the nation’s best value public colleges,” said New College President Donal O’Shea. “During this time of economic uncertainty for so many families, we take great pride in delivering the highest level of academic quality at a cost that is substantially lower than almost all other leading colleges and universities in the country.” 

This is the fifth year that the Princeton Review has teamed with USA Today to publish a list of the nation’s top public and private colleges, and each year New College has been among the top three public schools for offering students exceptional academics at an affordable price.

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New College of Florida is the State of Florida’s honors college for the liberal arts and sciences. With a student population of just over 800, New College emphasizes individualized learning for academically talented students from 40 states and some 25 foreign countries.

New College is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation for both academics and value by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes.com, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and other media outlets. New College students also receive more Fulbright awards per capita than students at almost all other colleges.

The Princeton Review used institutional data and student surveys from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012 to assess 650 colleges nationwide. It examines 30 criteria, including academic performance, costs and financial aid. It also considers the percentage of students who take out loans, and the average debt those students have at graduation. It then selects 75 public and 75 private colleges as the best values, ranks the top 10 schools in each category, and then lists the rest in alphabetical order.

The “Best Value Colleges” lists are available on The Princeton Review website, and at the USA TODAY website.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, New College’s in-state tuition and fees are $6,783. Among colleges in the Princeton Review’s “Best Value” public college list, the average cost of attendance for in-state students is about $8,300. 

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