- Download the Application Instructions (PDF) to view a complete list of requirements and other important information.
- All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently, and print a copy of your completed application for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads before submitting the form.
- Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF). All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
- See below for additional information about submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Required Application Materials
Complete the online application.
A nonrefundable $100 application fee is paid as part of the online application. Applicants who wish to audition for two concentrations must pay a second $100 application fee.
Official High School and College Transcripts
Undergraduates: All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended several high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.
Graduates: Official transcripts must be provided for every undergraduate or graduate institution attended for course credit. We will expect an official transcript from each institution listed in the Academic History section of the application. Although not required, an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) may be uploaded with your application.
Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. Credits for music courses taken elsewhere are not automatically transferable, although credit may be given toward a Mannes degree pending the results of the entrance test, interview, and transcript evaluation.
By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” below for our mailing address.
Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are
- Parchment Exchange
- Naviance by Hobsons
- SCRIP-SAFE International
- National Student Clearinghouse
We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.
High School Equivalency and Home Schooling: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail. For Home Schooling, send an official transcript from your sponsoring high school or state home school association. If an official transcript is not available, you are required to submit either a GED, TASC, or HiSET test score results by postal mail.
International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript. If you are using WES, visit www.wes.org to view instructions and begin the application process. The Required Documents section explains what to send. If you request your report online, search for “New School Mannes” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School. If you are using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
Two letters of recommendation are required. The first should be written by a recent music teacher or professional musician and should focus on the applicant’s talent and performance ability. The second should be written by a teacher or guidance counselor who is familiar with the applicant’s academic aptitude. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send the form by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete your personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
Choose one of the following questions and respond in 200 to 500 words. Please do not input a résumé or curriculum vitae in this area.
- Choice 1: Describe the biggest risk you've ever taken.
- Choice 2: Why did you decide to pursue music as a career?
- Choice 3: If you had to pick the perfect admission essay question, what would it be, and how would you answer it?
- Choice 4: Describe in detail your interest in music improvisation, new music technologies, music entrepreneurship, and/or public engagement. How would a music education help you pursue your goals in these areas?
Prescreening (if applicable)
In order to be considered for a live audition, applicants for piano, violin, cello, flute, and voice concentrations must submit a prescreening recording. Applicants for the composition concentration must submit scores for review. Please visit Auditions for details. You must submit prescreening materials electronically using Acceptd when you apply online. Prescreening recordings must be submitted with the application by the November 1 application deadline for the spring term or the December 1 application deadline for the fall term. Mannes College Division and Mannes Preparatory Honors program students are exempt from the prescreening requirement. The application fee will be waived for current Mannes students in all divisions applying to a new or different program if they contact the Office of Admission before December 1.
Live auditions (on campus and regional) in Cello, Composition, Flute, Piano, Violin, and Voice require submission of prescreening recordings at Acceptd. Auditions in these areas will be confirmed after review of the submitted prescreening recordings. Prescreening recordings must be received by the application deadline of December 1 (April 1 for Late Review). Prescreening recordings received after this deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Admission Office. Visit Mannes Auditions and Interviews for specific audition requirements for your instrument and more information on prescreening requirements.
Mannes accepts auditions in three different formats. Personal auditions are encouraged for all applicants.
- On-Campus Audition: Main auditions are held at Mannes from March 1 through March 8, 2015. Visit Auditions for information about on campus auditions and a preliminary audition weekend schedule.
- Regional Audition: Regional auditions are offered at sites in Asia, Europe, and other locations during the months of January and February. The auditions are audio and video recorded, then brought back to campus for the faculty to evaluate. Please note that regional auditions are not available for orchestral conducting or spring enrollment. Regional audition dates will be listed on the Auditions website.
- Recorded Audition: If an on campus audition or a regional audition is not possible, applicants may submit a video recording electronically at Acceptd.
For more information about recorded auditions for your intended major, please visit Mannes Auditions and Interviews.
TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Score for International Applicants
All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. (Our TOEFL institution code is 2398.)
The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 4-year degree from a U.S. College or University, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, or Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).
Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores for tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information and/or to locate testing centers, visit the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE websites. Allow 10 to 12 weeks for official test scores to arrive at Mannes; schedule your test accordingly.
Current Mannes students whose first language is not English; who are enrolled in the Extension Division diploma program, the professional studies diploma program, or the undergraduate diploma program; and who are applying for admission to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Music degree program are required to submit TOEFL scores and take the Mannes English Placement Exam.
English Placement Exam
All applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Mannes English Placement Test, which assesses reading comprehension, writing ability, and listening and speaking skills.
What is the Mannes English Placement Test? How is it used in conjunction with the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE?
The Mannes English Placement Test is taken at Mannes during audition week. It consists of a grammar test, an essay on a topic chosen by Mannes, and an oral (face-to-face) interview. Mannes has found this test to be a better method than standardized tests for assessing students' English language level and ability to succeed in their classes. Mannes uses the results of these tests and the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE in deciding whether students' English language skills qualify them to attend Mannes.
- Students graded "too low" on the Mannes English Placement Test will not be admitted.
- Students graded "low" on the Mannes English Placement Test must be prepared to spend ten weeks of the summer living in New York and receiving intensive English training in the New School English Language Studies program, the cost of which is not included in Mannes tuition. You can find more information about the program from the English Language Studies Department.
- Students graded "medium" on the Mannes English Placement Test must be prepared to spend five weeks of the summer living in New York and receiving intensive English language training in the New School English Language Studies program. The cost of this program is not included in Mannes tuition and must be covered by students. You can find more information about the program from the English Language Studies Department.
- Students who are required to take summer English language classes must also take at least one academic year of both ESL conversation and ESL writing courses, the cost of which is not covered by Mannes tuition.
- Students graded "high" on the Mannes English Placement Test must take at least one academic year of both ESL conversation and ESL writing courses, the cost of which is not covered by Mannes tuition.
Musicianship Exam and Interviews
Every applicant to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, undergraduate diploma, and Master of Music programs is required to take a musicianship placement examination and sit for a personal interview during the audition period. Professional Studies Diploma applicants to the composition, conducting, theory, and collaborative piano concentrations must also take a placement exam consisting of several sections. The Office of Admission provides detailed descriptions and instructions for placement exams and interviews as part of the invitation to audition.
Graduate Program Applicants
Students admitted to the Master of Music program must have completed a bachelor's degree or its equivalent before enrollment. Students admitted to the Professional Studies Diploma program must have completed at least a bachelor's degree or conservatory diploma before enrollment; a master's degree is preferred.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
All students admitted to Mannes are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Mannes awards scholarships in recognition of outstanding musical talent and academic achievement. Aptitude in the declared major field of study is the primary criterion for awards, but the scholarship committee also considers students' overall academic standing when deciding on the distribution of scholarship funds. Students who receive a scholarship can expect it to be continued through their course of study as long as they maintain good academic standing.
The New School participates in all federal and state financial assistance
programs (Federal Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity
Grants, Work-Study Programs, Federal Perkins Loans, etc.). All applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov, even if they do not plan to seek need-based financial aid. (The New School FAFSA code is 002780.) Applicants do not need tan admission decision in order to file the FAFSA.
Email is the primary method used by the Mannes Office of Admission to communicate with applicants. Mannes contacts applicants at the email address they used to submit the online application. After you submit the application, please monitor your email and reset your spam filter to ensure that all email sent from both MannesAdmissions@newschool.edu and MannesAuditions@newschool.edu reaches you.
Admission Decision Notifications
The admission committee makes a final decision about an application only after receiving all the required materials and hearing the applicant audition and after the applicant has completed the music entrance examinations and interviews (when applicable). Information on scholarships and financial aid awards accompanies letters of acceptance. Transfer applicants are also given a projected graduation date in their acceptance letters.
International Applicants Who Need a Visa to Audition
The New School is authorized by the U.S. government to admit international students to the full-time degree and diploma programs at Mannes College The New School for Music. Upon request, the Office of Admission will provide a letter to be presented at a U.S. consulate or embassy by applicants when they apply for a tourist visa to attend the in-person audition. Although consular practices vary from country to country, applicants should ask for a "Prospective Student" annotation on their B-1/B-2 visas. See also Information for International Students.
Current Mannes Students
All Mannes students currently enrolled in the college division who apply to a new program are required to perform in a live audition for that program. A letter of recommendation is not required.
Current Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, and undergraduate diploma students are not required to take musicianship exams or be interviewed when applying for admission to the Master of Music degree program. However, Mannes Professional Studies Diploma students must take the musicianship examination and be interviewed if they are applying to any degree program or major that normally requires the examination and interviews.
Current Mannes students enrolled in the Extension Division diploma program, the Professional Studies Diploma program, or the undergraduate diploma program whose first language is not English and who apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Music degree program are required to submit a TOEFL score and take the Mannes English
Placement Exam. Students currently enrolled in a Mannes degree program who apply to another Mannes program are not required to submit a new TOEFL score or retake the Mannes English Placement Exam.
Mannes College and Mannes Preparatory Honors students who apply to another Mannes program are exempt from the pre-audition screening requirement. A Mannes Extension Division student applying for a program that requires prescreening can have the requirement waived by obtaining a letter from the director of the Extension Division requesting that the student be exempted.
Current Mannes students in any division applying to a new or different program for the next school year will have the application fee waived if they contact the Office of Admission before the December 1 application deadline.
Applying to More Than One Program
Students can apply to only one department or program at The New School in any given term. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.
Applying to a New Program as a Current Student
All Mannes students currently enrolled in the college division who apply to a new program are required to perform a live audition for that program. A letter of recommendation is not required.
All materials submitted in association with the New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
AP, IB, and A-Level Courses: Accepted applicants will receive further instructions later in the process about AP, IB, and A-Level scores.
Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials
Mannes College The New School for Music
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003