Common Questions

What kind of students come to New College?

New College students almost all enjoy reading. They like to consider and share ideas. They tend to be musical and enjoy creative endeavors. They’re willing to work hard and have an adventurous spirit.

What are classes like?

Since our model focuses on discipleship and mentoring, classes are usually smaller than ten students. Most instruction conversational or discussion-based.

What are the demographics of the student body?

The student body is pretty evenly divided between male and female. In addition, about half of our students graduated from a school setting while most of the rest come from homeschool settings. Our students hail from all over the United States and Canada.


Is New College Franklin accredited?

NCF receives annual approval from the state of Tennessee to operate as a college, and we maintain Articulation Agreements with several accredited institutions including New Saint Andrews and Reformed Theological Seminary. We have also been in regular communication with several Christian accreditation agencies.

New College Franklin is committed to providing a quality education that remains firmly grounded in our Christian classical tradition. Accreditation is an extensive process of peer review to ensure compliance with federal standards and national education norms. Accreditation by definition brings many positives, but it also has potential negatives that must be considered and evaluated. At New College, we continue to work through the paperwork and academic requirements to prepare ourselves for the possibility of accreditation and seek the best mechanism to provide this peer review without the consequences that would cost us our identity. For more information about accreditation, please email Paul Lemon, the Dean of Academics (plemon@newcollegefranklin.org)

Can I go to graduate school after New College Franklin?

Absolutely! Our students have been accepted at the University of Aberdeen, Covenant Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary, in both theological and academic disciplines. We are committed to working with graduate institutions to ensure our students have a path to further their education. Our students have received recognition for scholarly excellence in their graduate studies.

Does New College accept Federal Student Aid and other scholarships?

New College Franklin offers need-based scholarships to its students, paid for by generous donations by friends of the institution. We are also eager to consider accepting scholarships from external private funds including, but certainly not limited to the Classic Learning Test, church scholarships, and other private and secular sources.

We are committed to our mission and will not knowingly accept funds that would jeopardize our ability to fulfill what God has called us to do. Therefore, NCF does not and has no plans to accept Federal Student Aid, the GI Bill, or any other federal or state funding that would come with potential requirements for the institution.

Many of our students work throughout their time at New College. In addition to meeting the financial needs of the student, employment during college provides the opportunity to develop a work history prior to graduation.

Given the Academic Rigor of NCF, Are Students Able To Have a Job?

Many of our students work throughout their time at New College. In addition to meeting the financial needs of the student, employment during college provides the opportunity to develop a work history prior to graduation. We typically create the class schedule with uninterrupted blocks of time for students to use for employment. However, when possible, we encourage first year students to think carefully before adding employment to their New College schedule.

Where Do Students Live?

New College Franklin does not currently offer traditional dormitories and has no plans to until or unless we possess the resources to pursue creative ways to live in Christian community while avoiding an impersonal dorm-culture. Our concern with this dorm-culture is that students are disconnected from healthy community and the Godly leadership of faculty and the wider parish. We believe in the possibility and the advantages of covenantal academic communities in the form of residential colleges, but these mixed-use, integrated residences would be familial and less wooden than the hotel environment of most modern dorms.

New College Franklin is glad to recommend local families that may board out-of-town students, and most students opt for this option. Also, Franklin has a number of affordable apartments within close proximity to the college. Please contact the office for a list of local apartments or for more info on boarding with a family.

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