After delays caused by Hurricane Irma, New College of Florida on Oct. 5 finalized the statistics on its latest academically strong and geographically diverse class.
This fall brings 249 new students to campus, including 34 transfer students and 16 graduate students in the Data Science master’s degree program.
Nearly 40 percent of incoming students were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, and their average high school grade-point average was 3.99. Their average SAT score was 1274 and average ACT score was 28.
The Admissions team is equally proud of being able to assist more students who faced financial challenges in attending college.
By The Numbers:
New students: 249
Percentage in top 10%: 40
Average GPA: 3.99
Average SAT score: 1274
“The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid has been working hard to recruit and enroll more Pell-eligible students and help them maximize their access to free federal financial aid,” said Sonia Wu, the department’s associate dean. “This year’s class, which includes students from many different socioeconomic backgrounds, shows that our efforts are really paying off.”
There also is significant geographic diversity in the incoming class. While most students are from Florida, as always, they also are representative of the world. They come from 19 different states and 13 foreign countries: Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Mali, Russia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
They’re also rapidly stepping into active roles on campus. Tara Centeno, director of student activities and campus engagement, said that more than 40 percent of the students participating in service projects are first-years, others have filled positions in the New College Student Alliance, and a first-year just ran tech for the Windmill Theatre Company’s first production of the year.
“This year’s incoming class has hit the ground running in forging their path here at New College, and jumping into to being a part of the community,” Centeno said. “You’ll see them at the gym, studying in the library, and popping by club and RA events just to see what’s happening. “