Located in Greenwich Village in the heart of New York City, The New School is the only comprehensive university housing a world-famous design school, a premier liberal arts college, a renowned performing arts college, a legendary social research school, and many more schools and programs designed for students of every age and stage of life.
Imagine a university where scholars, artists, and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. Imagine a community where walls between disciplines are dissolved, so journalists collaborate with designers, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians. Imagine an intellectual and creative haven that never has and never will settle for status quo. The New School is just such a university community, attracting students from all over the world to its home in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1919 by those who imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher education, The New School now offers more than 10,000 students areas of study across more than 135 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. No matter what area of study students pursue, they discover a unique form of creative problem solving that will forever change the way they investigate and create—relentlessly questioning convention, collaborating across disciplines, and taking risks. For undergraduates, The New School offers programs in art and design, liberal arts, and the performing arts at Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Performing Arts, which includes Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz, and the School of Drama. Additionally, The New School offers a Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students. For more information, visit newschool.edu/ba.
Parsons School of Design
One of the largest and most prestigious art and design schools in the nation, Parsons School of Design offers undergraduate degree programs in New York City and Paris. Students are enabled to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing society through collaboration with peers, industry partners, and communities around the world. The faculty are drawn from working professionals, and the students hail from more than 65 countries and every possible background—bringing a truly global perspective to classes.
At Parsons, the diverse community of students develops critical-thinking skills and applies them to challenges ranging from environmental degradation to physical accessibility and humanitarian crises. Through a network of interconnected design laboratories, students explore global phenomena at multiple sites and scales of engagement, from on-campus research initiatives to partnerships that effect change in New York and around the world. Professional internships with the world’s top designers and artists, interdisciplinary collaborations, and international study opportunities augment Parsons’ undergraduate programs in Architectural Design; Art, Media, and Technology (Parsons Paris only); Communication Design; Design and Technology; Environmental Studies; Fashion Design; Fine Arts; Illustration; Integrated Design; Interior Design; Photography; Product Design; Strategic Design and Management; and Urban Design.
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts is the newest and fastest-growing urban liberal arts college in New York. The vast intellectual and cultural resources of the city are integrated into the curriculum at every level—inside the classroom and in the city itself through a wealth of partnerships, internships, and service learning programs. Lang has a deep commitment to a liberal arts education that reaches across and beyond traditional areas of study. Students pursue connections between the humanities, fine arts, and social and natural sciences through a curriculum that includes both traditional and innovative majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs. Described by The Princeton Review as the best college in the country for encouraging debate and discussion, Lang has a rigorous program of study based on a seminar approach to teaching and learning. Students from across the country and around the world come to Lang to study with a world-class faculty, intern at prestigious organizations, and immerse themselves in the world of Greenwich Village and New York City. Lang offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in the following areas of study: Anthropology, the Arts (concentrations in Arts in Context, Dance, and Visual Studies), Contemporary Music, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Science, Journalism + Design, Liberal Arts, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Screen Studies, Theater, and Urban Studies. Lang also offers dual BA/BFA degrees with Parsons and the School of Jazz and enables students to accelerate their progress toward a master’s degree by combining their undergraduate work with graduate study at one of The New School’s graduate schools. Dual BA/MA degree programs offered at Lang include Media Studies, International Affairs, Anthropology, Economics, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Policy Analysis and Management, Organizational Change Management, and Nonprofit Management.
Mannes School of Music
Founded in 1916, Mannes School of Music seeks to develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them in and through music, in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice. Our eminent faculty of artists, scholars, and educators of international stature—including active professionals from all areas of the music world—foster close, constructive relationships with students and are committed to advancing the creative role of music throughout all aspects of our rapidly changing society. Mannes is a community of compassionate musicians who encourage collaboration rather than competition and professional development rather than personal pressure. Mannes is small and selective, limiting degree enrollment to approximately 330 students—making it the smallest in New York City.
The Mannes faculty include many celebrated concert artists, chamber musicians, and composers. The comprehensive Techniques of Music curriculum sets Mannes apart, providing a broad foundation including ear training, advanced music theory, and dictation. Mannes offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Orchestral Instruments, Piano, Harpsichord, Voice, Classical Guitar, Orchestral Conducting, Composition, and Theory.
School of Jazz
The School of Jazz was founded on the principle that working artists should play a role in jazz education. One of the most influential institutions of its kind, Jazz offers a progressive curriculum, small ensemble-based performance, a stellar faculty composed of artist-practitioners, and access to unique musical opportunities throughout New York City.
The faculty are comprised of legendary musicians, mentoring students to develop the confidence and knowledge to experiment, take risks, and find their own authentic style of self-expression. New York also provides the benefit of the best live music venues in the world. On most nights, at least one jazz student is performing somewhere in the city. Jazz offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music, with concentrations in Composition, Instrumentals, Liberal Studies, and Voice. Students can earn a joint BA/BFA degree with Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.
School of Drama
The four-year BFA program in Dramatic Arts at the School of Drama prepares students to be 21st-century artists and creative thinkers. Through studio classes; performance opportunities; and course work in aesthetic inquiry, the history of theater, and collaborative research, students cultivate the intellectual, conceptual, and critical skills needed to launch careers in theater or any field that requires creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and effective communication. The program’s interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum enables students to explore acting, directing, playwriting, creative technologies, liberal arts, applied research, and collaborative processes, guided by a faculty of working professionals from New York City’s theater community.
BA/BFA dual-degree pathway
The BA/BFA pathway at The New School is a five-year dual-degree program through which students can earn a liberal arts BA degree from Eugene Lang College and a BFA degree from either Parsons School of Design or the School of Jazz. Most students drawn to the BA/BFA program are active in the arts and excel academically in high school. As college approaches, they face a choice: focus on their art or get a liberal arts education. Instead of picking one, BA/BFA students at The New School pursue both.
Study in New York City
The New School’s New York City location offers access to hundreds of cultural opportunities, including museums, concerts, theaters, restaurants, parks, and the streets themselves. The New School believes that students learn both in and out of the classroom. With access to a wide array of internships, apprenticeships with top designers, and performance opportunities in venues from downtown clubs to Lincoln Center, students can shape their education and take advantage of all the University and the city have to offer. Current and past internships include Marc Jacobs, The Colbert Report, HBO, MTV, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Marvel Comics, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Parsons’ academic center in Paris offers undergraduate degree programs taught in English. Guided by a faculty of professionals from Europe and New York, students at Parsons Paris use the city as a laboratory, collaborating on creative projects and exploring ways to apply art and design to the challenges of urban life.
Student organizations and activities
Students at The New School play a very active role in the life of the University. From informal clubs to student unions, art shows to film festivals, there are hundreds of opportunities outside the classroom. The University’s more than 35 recognized student organizations include the Student Film Collective, Association for International Development, Students for Social Justice, New School Game Club, Students of the African Diaspora, and New Light Opera.
Tuition and financial aid
The cost of attending The New School varies from program to program and sometimes from student to student. Many of the students attending a degree program at The New School take advantage of financial aid. US citizens or eligible non-citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and degree-seeking undergraduate international students interested in grants or scholarships from The New School should complete the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application. For forms and more information, please visit newschool.edu/student-financial-services/apply-for-aid.
For a list of graduate program offerings at the University, visit newschool.edu/graduateprograms.
About The New School
The New School was founded in New York City nearly a century ago by a small group of prominent American intellectuals and educators, among them Charles Beard, John Dewey, James Harvey Robinson, and Thorstein Veblen. Frustrated by the intellectual timidity of traditional colleges, they envisioned a new kind of academic institution where faculty and students would be free to address honestly and directly the problems facing societies in the 20th century. In 1919, they created a school of advanced adult education to bring creative scholars together with citizens interested in improving their understanding of the key issues of the day through active questioning, debate, and discussion. The courses offered by The New School at first reflected the founders’ interests in the emerging social sciences, international affairs, history, and philosophy. Some of the finest minds of the 20th century developed pioneering courses at The New School. In 1948, W.E.B. DuBois taught the first course in African American history and culture ever taught at a university. Around the same time, Margaret Mead taught courses in anthropology, and Karen Horney and Erich Fromm introduced their new approaches to psychoanalysis. The New School also became known internationally for courses in the creative arts taught by some of the 20th century’s most innovative artists. Among them were Martha Graham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aaron Copland, and W.H. Auden. The New School was the first American university to teach the history of film and one of the first to offer college-level courses in photography and jazz. The New School has evolved continuously through the years in response to changes in the marketplace of ideas, career opportunities, and human curiosity.
Type of SCHOOL: Private university composed of five schools: Parsons School of Design; Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts; College of Performing Arts; The New School for Social Research; and Adult Bachelor’s, Creative Writing, Media Studies, Languages, and Milano
Size of Campus: Our Greenwich Village campus in lower Manhattan is not confined by physical barriers, as it is completely immersed in the vitality of New York City.
Number of Students: 6,800 undergraduate students; 3,400 graduate students; 32% of students are international.
Number of Faculty: 430 full time, 1,800 part time; 90% with PhD or equivalent
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 150 degree/diploma programs and majors
Geographic Diversity: 50 states plus the District of Columbia and 118 foreign countries are represented by students at The New School.
Student Budget: (2017–2018) Tuition varies from program to program. Average yearly expenses, including tuition, fees, health insurance, and room and board, are $67,890. For details, visit newschool.edu/registrar/tuition-and-fees.
Financial Aid: 83% of all undergraduate students receive financial aid. Average financial aid package is $22,175 in grants, loans, and work-study.
Application Deadlines and Fees: Application deadlines vary by school. Most deadlines are in January or February for fall entry and November for spring entry.