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About The New School

Although The New School is nearly a hundred years old, the modern mindset and progressive vision remains, which is why the approach of The New School continues to feel fresh to this day.

The New School is a legendary, progressive university comprising schools bound by a common, unusual intent: to prepare and inspire its more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to bring actual, positive change to the world. From its Greenwich Village campus, The New School educates students across a wide range of disciplines with 134 available degree and diploma programs to not only become professionals within their chosen field, but also teaches them to become world citizens - individuals whose ideas and innovations forge new paths of progress in the arts, design, humanities, public policy and social sciences.

The New School has a vast selection of student organizations, ranging from sports clubs to political associations. As a student of The New School, you are able to be engaged with student organizations of choice and make new acquaintances, enriching your campus life with the many exciting opportunities that The New School offers.

The New School tops U.S. news list for international undergraduates

Join the campus that U.S. News and World Report has ranked as the top university for international undergraduates for the seventh consecutive year!

“The New School’s high rankings reflect our global vision and commitment to active, project-based learning, The New School’s core values of social engagement, creativity, innovation, and challenging the status quo prepare our global student body to lead in an evolving world economy.”

New School president David E. Van Zandt

Parsons the New School for design (NYC or Paris campus)

One of the world's premier colleges of art and design, Parsons The New School for Design offers rigorous art and design training in an environment of cross-disciplinary collaboration. All undergraduate programs include a strong liberal arts component, including courses in art and design history, theory, and criticism. These courses provide a context for studio practice. And because Parsons is part of a larger university, students can choose from a wide range of lecture courses and electives in humanities, social sciences, media studies, and business.

Throughout your journey, you'll benefit from instruction and mentorship by some of the most accomplished artists, designers, architects, photographers, illustrators, scholars, and critics in the world. Read more

The New School for jazz and contemporary music

At The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City's Greenwich Village, you'll study, jam, and gig with professional musicians and some of the best student musicians from around the world. You'll be one of only 300 students at the school, but because it's part of The New School, you'll have access to the resources of a leading urban university.

The quality and uniqueness of the school lie in its artist-as-mentor classroom approach, its progressive curriculum, and its community of exceptionally talented students. Alumni include musicians in every area of jazz, blues, and contemporary music: Peter Bernstein, Brad Mehldau, John Popper, Larry Goldings, Walter Blanding, Avishai Cohen, Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove, Susie Ibarra, Ali M. Jackson, Virginia Mayhew, Jaz Sawyer, Alex Skolnick, E.J. Strickland, Marcus Strickland, Manuel Valera, and many others. Read more

Mannes College the New School for music

Mannes College The New School for Music is a leading classical music conservatory in New York City that's committed to providing an education relevant to our changing world. With a ratio of one faculty member to every two students and a student body of just 300 students, Mannes offers an intimate and supportive environment. Mannes creates musical leaders by promoting innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship—and by encouraging students to make a difference in the world.

The Mannes faculty includes artists from such leading organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mannes is a division of The New School, a leading urban university. This affiliation affords Mannes students the educational advantages of access to a broad liberal arts curriculum with offerings in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Read more

Eugene Lang College the New School for liberal arts

A school like no other, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts offers the intimacy of a small college and the resources of The New School, a leading university in the heart of New York City. Lang's creative, independent students engage with the city both in and outside of the classroom. They hold their own in seminar-style classes and immerse themselves in New York's cultural and civic life.

Lang students design their own program or choose from more than a dozen majors. For Lang, New York City is a laboratory that enriches academic study and artistic exploration. Because Lang is part of The New School, students can take advantage of the university's strengths in fields like art and design, management, and the performing arts. By taking courses in other divisions, Lang students can design an academic path that reflects their interests. Internships, opportunities for civic engagement, and study-abroad options further enrich a Lang education and prepare graduates for a range of careers and a lifetime of critical thinking. Read more

The New School for drama

The New School for Drama prepares students to be 21st-century artists and creative thinkers. The interdisciplinary curriculum will enable you to explore acting, directing, playwriting and creative technologies, guiding you toward a career in the dramatic arts. And because we're in New York City, we utilize our close relationship with New York's producers and theater owners to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the city's unique resources, offering you a non-stop sampling of our dazzling array of theatres, cinemas, concert halls, performing arts spaces and museums.

Our classes are small and our faculty includes award-winning professionals from New York's theater community. At The New School for Drama, you'll not only cultivate the intellectual, conceptual, and critical skills needed to launch careers in theater, you'll also have the educational advantages of access to a broad liberal arts curriculum with offerings in the humanities, fine arts and social sciences. Read more