• Our University

    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.

    In 1919, a few great minds imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher learning. The New School was the result. Today, we are 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. No other university offers a more creatively inspired, rigorously relevant education.  Our academic centers in New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Mumbai offer more than 10,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. We invite you to learn more about our one-of-a-kind university. 

    The Parts of Our Sum: Our Schools

    No matter what area of study students pursue at The New School, they will discover a unique form of creative problem solving that will forever change the way they investigate and create. They will learn to relentlessly question convention, collaborate across disciplines, and take risks. They will immerse themselves in a world of critical analysis and intense scholarship. And ultimately, they will seek new ways to effect positive change. Here is how our five schools inspire world-changing creativity:

  • Parsons School of Design

    Parsons is one of the world’s leading art and design schools. Our enlightened approach to design education and sustainability results in a passionate commitment to improving all aspects of society through inquiry, radical ideas, iterative experimentation, and creative collaboration.

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    We are small, progressive liberal arts college, in the heart of NYC, designed for fiercely independent scholars. At Lang, scholarly rigor meets intellectual freedom. Student map out their own curriculum, study primary texts, engage in small seminars, work closely with faculty, and are part of a community committed to social justice. 

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    College of Performing Arts

    This artistic center is home to three highly progressive schools: drama , jazz , and classical music . We nurture each individual artist in order to cultivate fearless risk takers who value real-world relevance, rigorously pursue excellence, and embrace collaboration. Our students are prepared to become artistic leaders who can make a positive difference in today’s world.

    The New School for Social Research

    This internationally renowned graduate school is where scholars are taught to understand the world around them in heterodox, intellectually rigorous ways, breaking with traditional modes of thinking. They build new knowledge through scholarly research, become critical and creative thinkers, and learn to grapple with the tensions of contemporary society.

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    Adult Bachelor’s, Creative Writing, Media Studies, Languages, and Milano

    These schools and programs are designed for the intellectually curious and creative, at all stages of life and career, who are passionate about social justice around the world. Our innovative graduate and undergraduate programs integrate real world practice with cutting-edge theory and teach students to question what others take for granted.

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