New College ranked No. 5 in public liberal arts colleges

SARASOTA — U.S. News & World Report ranked New College of Florida the No. 5 public liberal arts college in its 2013 rankings of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges released Wednesday.

Among all liberal arts colleges, public and private, New College ranked in the top tier, coming in at No. 87, up seven spots from last year.

In a list of schools whose students graduated with the least debt, U.S. News placed New College in the 11th spot among America’s public and private liberal arts colleges. Only 32 percent of New College’s 2011 graduates left college with any debt, an average among them of $14,172. The national average is $20,467 according to a 2012 study by the Institute for College Access & Success.

The 2013 ranking marks the eighth consecutive year New College has been ranked one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges overall by U.S. News & World Report. It also marks the eighth year in a row New College has been ranked in the top six among public liberal arts colleges, with military academies in the top four spots this year.

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

The 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges guidebook is available on newsstands Tuesday and online at

The Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges included:1. U.S. Naval Academy (MD)2. U.S. Military Academy (NY)3. U.S. Air Force Academy (CO)4. Virginia Military Institute5. New College of Florida5. St. Mary’s College of Maryland7. University of North Carolina–Asheville8. University of Minnesota–Morris9. Purchase College–SUNY10. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts