<p>I'm currently finishing up my sophomore year in HS and I'm SO ambitious to go to college and make something of myself. I'm a high-achieving student and I like to set high goals for myself that I can realistically achieve. </p>
<p>I'm starting to explore possible options as to where I can/want-to go to college. I live in Florida, and my dream school has always been UF (from an outside perspective; that can always change when I visit the campus and get the real feel of it). However, my parents have $0 saved (savings in general, that is... personal, emergency, college, etc. ... $0), and my household's income leaves less than $100 each month after bills are paid and all. This really frightens me because I have no idea how I can pay to go to a university, or any college for that matter, other than a community college. I feel like my abilities are worth much more than just a community college, though. =/</p>
<p>Can somebody offer insight as to how likely it is that somebody with hardly any financial integrity can possibly get into a school like University of Florida, or even University of South Florida? </p>
<p>Somebody brought up New College of Florida to me (New</a> College of Florida - A Public Honors College for the Liberal Arts), and it seems interesting in that it's 'different'... but I have no idea what a liberal arts honors college is. ???</p>
New College of Florida is a national leader in the arts and sciences, specializing in student-centered learning through collaborative curriculum development and independent research.
<p>According to one of my teachers, whose son got accepted to attend in the fall this year, requirements for getting into the college are very minimal. However, they only accept 200 students per year. This makes for a very small student population, which I see as a possible good thing. I went to a small, charter middle school and I loved how everybody knew everybody, and the student-teacher relationships were stronger. Now I go to a high school with almost 3,000 students, which has exposed me to the bigger side of things. In the end, I prefer a smaller school, but I don't know if a small college is different than a small middle school, or if a big college is different than a big high school.</p>
<p>Their headline mentions independent research and collaborative curriculum, which seem interesting. I am an independent person and love to work on my own. </p>
<p>Also attractive is that New College of FL is in Sarasota, where I am originally from, and where most of my family lives. I'd love to be able to live in Sarasota where my friends and family are while attending college. But only if the college is a fit. </p>
1) Is there any consolation for me regarding my lack of financial resources?
2) What is a liberal arts college? Do they have limited areas of study? Are you at less of an advantage to get into graduate school coming from a liberal arts college than you are from a university?
3) How would you describe New College of Florida, based on its website, and what type of prospective college student would it be a "fit" for?</p>
<p>I apologize for this lengthy post, but I'm just confused and overwhelmed with what seems like a long, winding road to getting into college. I'd like to start finding answers to my questions so that I am not scrambling last-minute. This would be so much easier if I had money, but such is not the case, so I presume my choices are more limited.</p>