The New School in New York City, NY

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About The New School

Located in New York City, The New School furthers its mission of realizing justice and peace through political and social sciences and arts programs. The New School positions itself as a vehicle for change with a focus on nontraditional students.


The New School's seven schools and colleges offer 92 programs and majors in areas including design, music, drama, liberal arts, and social research. These programs are supported by a music library, an art and design library, and a design archive, as well as a social science and humanities library. Multiple degree and certificate programs are available online, including associate's degrees in fashion marketing and graphic design, a master's degree in media studies, and an undergraduate certificate in screenwriting. In keeping with its focus on international community-building, The New School has increased the number of foreign language classes and study-abroad programs it offers for both graduate and undergraduate students.


Admissions procedures for undergraduates vary by college; graduate students apply to individual programs as well. For Eugene Lang College, The New School's liberal arts division, regular decision undergraduate applications are due by January 6, and applicants are notified by April 1. Undergraduate applications to Eugene Lang must include a completed Common Application, official transcripts, responses to two essay questions (in addition to the one required on the Common Application), one evaluation each from a teacher and a counselor, and a graded paper. Credit for qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement (AP) tests might be awarded, but this doesn't exempt students from required courses.

Of the 8,554 prospective undergraduates who applied to The New School in the fall of 2011, 62% were admitted. Some 40% of admitted students enrolled, resulting in a freshman class of roughly 1,091. Undergraduates account for roughly 65% of the total student body of The New School. Almost 80% of undergraduates are 24 years old or younger, and 17% are from New York. The undergraduate student body includes 42% White, 23% Asian, 11% Hispanic/Latino, and 5% Black or African-American students.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition varies somewhat by program, but it averaged $37,358 in 2011-12, with an additional $13,150 estimated for room and board, $840 for fees, and $920-$2,050 for books and supplies. An interest-free monthly payment plan is available as well as scholarships and grants for undergraduates. The New School also provides information about external scholarship opportunities and automatically reviews the credentials of graduate students for possible scholarships. Tuition and fees for graduate programs vary, and some assistantship opportunities are available for graduate students in some schools and colleges.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate and graduate certificates and associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 6,835 undergraduates; 3,712 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Residence facilities house 1,100 students (3 of the 5 residences are primarily for first-year students)**
Schools and Programs 7 schools and colleges; 92 degree/diploma programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 10 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Associate's: Fashion merchandising (189)
Bachelor's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (204)
Master's: Mass communication/media studies (164)
Doctorate: Clinical psychology (17)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
46% in 4 years
61% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 62% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,091 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 82% for full-time and 60% for part-time students*
Average SAT score of Admitted Students 565 math and 560 verbal in 2011**
Application Due Date Varies by school or college; January 6 for regular fall admission to Eugene Lang College**
Decision Notification Date Varies by school or college; April 1 for regular fall admission to Eugene Lang College**
Tuition Full-time undergraduate tuition average was $37,358 in 2011-12 (not including fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Grant or scholarship aid (97%), federal grants (35%), Pell grants (35%), federal student loans (57%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-11*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **The New School

School Contact Information

  • Address: The New School, Office of Admission, 72 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
  • Phone: (212) 229-5150 or (800) 292-3040
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