New College Named Nation's #6 Best Value in Higher Education
Princeton Review Ranks New College Ahead of Princeton, Grinnell and UNC Chapel Hill

(Sarasota) -- In its 2006 edition of America's Best Value Colleges, The Princeton Review today named New College of Florida "the Nation's #6 Best Value among All Public and Private Colleges and Universities."  New College outpaced such perennial heavyweights as Princeton University, Grinnell College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in gaining its first ever Top Ten ranking in this prestigious list.  Flagler College was the only other school in the state of Florida to be included among this year's top values.

The Princeton Review compiled the ranking list and chose the colleges for America's Best Value Colleges based on data the company obtained from administrators at over 350 colleges nationwide, as well as from surveys of students attending each institution.  Said Robert Franek, V.P-Publishing at The Princeton Review, "We used over 30 factors to rate the colleges in four categories: Academics, Tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), Financial Aid (how well colleges meet students' financial need), and Student Borrowing.  Bottom line: the 81 schools that met our criteria for this book are all great college education deals."

President Mike Michalson attributed New College's success to its emphasis on student-centered learning, as well as strong backing through the state's public university system.  "This ranking validates New College's continuing efforts to bring exceptional students into close working relationships with faculty. These efforts allow New College students to achieve at levels that are attainable at only a handful of other liberal arts colleges around the country.  The ranking is also a tribute to the work done by our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, in recruiting top-quality students, and to the strong support we receive from state government."

New College's prestigious #6 value ranking among all public and private colleges and universities adds to a stellar year for the State's official liberal arts honors college.  Last fall, New College was named the nation's Best Bargain among public colleges and universities, also by the Princeton Review.

For more information on New College of Florida or this year's America's Best Value Colleges rankings, contact New College Public Affairs at (941) 359-4312 or email jhartvigsen@ncf.edu.