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Study in one of the greatest cities in the world, NYC
Founded in 1919 and located in Greenwich Village, The New School is a comprehensive university in New York City. The university is a place for creative scholars, artists, and designers to interact with a massively diverse community, discuss ideas, and grow their knowledge.
Around 15,000 students attend undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs at The New School in New York City, studying in a wide range of areas in the various divisions of this international school.
The New School educates students in the liberal arts, social sciences, fine art and design, management and administration, creative writing, contemporary and classical music, and dramatic arts, at its historic Greenwich Village campus and, in many areas of study, online throughout the world.
The New School is a group of institutions dedicated to unlocking creative potential, intellect, and the courage to innovate:
Parsons School of Design
Parsons School of Design is renowned for offering an innovative approach to education, with a focus on critical thinking and collaboration. At the only design school within a comprehensive university — The New School — students have access to a truly interdisciplinary academic experience. Our world-class faculty guide students through rigorous training and practice-based learning, taking full advantage of the inspiration and opportunity only New York City can offer. Ranked the #1 design school in the United States (QS, 2015), Parsons offers undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and pre-college programs.
Parsons Paris is the European campus of The New School. Our degree programs and summer and study abroad courses build on the curriculum of Parsons School of Design in New York City. Established in 1921, Parsons Paris invites students interested in college in Paris to join our modern atelier. There they will find interdisciplinary learning and small classes that prepare them for careers in fashion, management, digital innovation, and curatorial practice. Parsons Paris offers bachelor's and master's programs in art, design, fashion, curatorial studies, design management, and more.
Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment
The Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment at The New School offers graduate degrees and certificate programs that combine progressive theory and influential research with real-world experiences. Based in New York City, Milano is a graduate school designed for pragmatic idealists who want to leverage their passion for positive social change to become transformative leaders. Our faculty of renowned scholars and experts are deeply engaged in social, economic, and environmental issues and works actively to solve the major social and organizational challenges of our time.
School of Media Studies
The School of Media Studies at The New School has been defining media education for more than three decades. Our New York City location offers students unmatched opportunities to pursue professional internships at leading media firms, and our faculty members are leading practitioners and executives at the top of their fields. The real-world experience students gain in media making, critical analysis and reflection, entrepreneurialism, and management matters to future employers and collaborators. Get the contemporary media experience you need from a faculty of industry leaders who care.
The New School for Social Research
The New School for Social Research continues the legacy of questioning, critique, ethical engagement, and intellectual innovation inherited from its 1933 origins as the University in Exile, a refuge for scholars driven from Europe by the Nazis. This graduate division offers master and doctoral programs in the social sciences and philosophy in a setting where disciplinary boundaries are easily crossed and contemporary research is leavened by the traditions of American progressivism and European critical theory.
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School offers an experience designed for fiercely independent scholars. Students map out their own liberal arts curriculum, immersing themselves in primary texts rather than textbooks, engaging in small seminars rather than large lectures, working closely with liberal arts school faculty, and being part of a community committed to social justice. At Lang, students experience intellectual freedom and scholarly rigor in a university setting in New York City. Lang students ask the big questions, challenge assumptions, and study a range of disciplines across the university.
School of Drama
The New School has been a center for the dramatic arts since the 1930s and 40s, when Tennessee Williams studied playwriting and Marlon Brando studied acting there. Today, School of Drama offers a four-year BFA in Dramatic Arts and a three-year MFA program with concentrations in acting, directing, and playwriting for career-minded students. The New School faculty includes leading artists of the New York City theater. Students benefit from a wealth of performance and production venues and professional networks.
School of Jazz
This unique BFA program makes use of the tradition of the artist as mentor to offer talented young musicians an amazing conservatory music education in a major university setting. New York City is the jazz capital of the world, and The New School is able to offer some of the world’s great jazz and contemporary musicians as teachers and mentors and incomparable performance opportunities. The mission of the program is the creation of a new breed of musician ready to take contemporary music to a new level.
Mannes School of Music
Mannes is one of the nation’s leading classical music conservatories. Its undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and preparatory programs provide a comprehensive world-class music education to a select group aspiring musicians from around the world. Mannes was founded as a neighborhood music school almost 100 years ago, and it maintains an intimate atmosphere, fostering mentoring relationships between its students and its eminent faculty. Students have performance opportunities in leading New York City classical music venues.
In addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs within the schools above, The New School also offers the following programs:
- Bachelor's Programs for Adults and Transfer Students
- MFA Creative Writing
- MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Student services & facilities
Access to the most modern and traditional tools, labs, libraries, and more fosters our students’ creative and intellectual growth. These facilities are designed to offer hands-on experience that is relevant and inspiring to our student body of progressive thought leaders and engaged citizens. These facilities include:
- Libraries & Archives
- Computer Labs, Network & Equipment
- Making Facilities
- Exhibition & Gallery Spaces
- Practice, Rehearsal, & Performance Spaces
- Media Production Facilities
- University Learning Center
- Parsons Paris
Come to The New School and find campus life that celebrates distinctive voices. Build lifelong friendships with fellow students who share your interests, passions, and perspectives.
The New School is situated in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village, with an academic quad that extends from 11th to 16th Streets along Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Our urban campus places students at the center of one of the world's most vibrant and diverse communities, immersing them in the opportunities and conversations that are shaping the future. Rather than considering New York City to be merely the home of our university, we employ it as an extension of our campus and as an integral part of an educational experience that gives students access to the thinkers and doers who make the city a global cultural leader.
Whether you're on our main campus in New York City or our Parsons Paris campus, the boundaries of the classroom dissolve as the city becomes your studio, rehearsal space, and research center.
Housing at The New School is more than just four walls and a roof. Living on campus provides opportunities to form bonds, ease the transition from home to college, and make new friends for life. Our Residential Education staff is available to support you as you live side by side with students in different colleges and from different backgrounds and make connections, meet collaborators, and learn more about yourself while living on your own for the first time.
Our mission is to create an environment that fosters a safe, inclusive, and just community in which students engage through meaningful residential learning experiences. Our goals fall in three areas:
- Safety and responsibility
- Community and connections
- Personal development and accountability
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