• Newcard

    The Newcard, The New School's official identification card, gives you access to university buildings and services at various campus facilities, including academic technology labs and libraries. You must present your Newcard when you attend events on campus. If you participate in the Dining Dollars or Newcard Cash programs, your Newcard can be used as a debit card at campus dining facilities and, with Newcard Cash, certain off-campus merchants. You can also use your Newcard to receive student discounts at many local businesses and venues.

    How to Get Your Newcard ID

    Newly Accepted Students and Transfer Students

    Submitting A Photo For A Preprinted Card

    Congratulations on your acceptance to The New School! Newly accepted students and transfer students should submit an acceptable profile photo for a preprinted New School ID. (You can see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos here.)

    Please visit and upload a photo before December 31, 2015. 

      Picking Up Your Preprinted Card

      In order to claim your New School ID, you must present another valid form of photo ID, like a driver's license or passport. Your name must be spelled the same way on your official photo ID as it is in the New School database; any discrepancy will result in delays in issuing a card. Preprinted cards will be available for pickup at the New School's orientation for new students, which lasts from January 19 until January 22. After that point, any remaining cards will be held at the Campus Card Services office. 

      Continuing Education Students

      Certificate Students

      Certificate students are entitled to the New School's plastic photo ID, the Newcard. See the section above for information. Students should keep this card permanently, in case they return to campus for another program in the future.

      Non-Degree Students Taking Classes for Credit

      If you are not currently enrolled in a degree program, but are taking classes for credit with the intention of transferring the credits, you are entitled to The New School's plastic photo ID, the Newcard. See the section above for information. Students should keep this card permanently, in case they return to campus for another program in the future.

      Noncredit Students

      Noncredit students who are not in a certificate program or other degree-seeking program, and who are not taking classes for credit, will be mailed a non-photo paper ID card by the Student Accounts department, in the same envelope as your course schedule and receipt. This card is good for one academic semester. You will receive a new paper ID card at the beginning of every semester. If you do not receive this record within two weeks of registering, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at Learn more about preparing for Continuing Education classes.

      New Faculty and Staff Employees

      New faculty and staff employees are welcome to choose the photo that represents them at The New School. Please email an image file that clearly shows your face to and identify yourself as faculty or staff. When you subsequently visit our office, we will print your ID with the image of your choice. Please make sure to bring some form of legal photo ID (driver's license, passport).

      Even if you already have an ID card, you can update your online photo at any time. Your photo is used to represent you in several places:

      • The University Directory, which does not show up in Google search results of your name
      • The departmental faculty bios for Parsons or New School for Public Engagement. The photos here show up in Google search results. If you have questions about managing your online presence in this database, please contact your departmental administrator.
      • On your ID card

      If you separate from the university, your card will be deactivated. Please ask your supervisor to return your card to our office at Card Services, where we will retain it in case you return. Otherwise, if you return, a replacement fee will apply. (Note: Faculty going on a leave of absence do not need to return their cards.)

       Library Access

      All faculty and most staff have borrowing privileges at NYU's Bobst Library and Cooper Union Library. However, it takes several days for newly issued cards to work at the turnstiles at Bobst. We can issue a three-day paper pass to the Bobst turnstiles at our office. If you encounter a turnstile access issue at the Bobst Library, please contact us at with details and we will submit a service ticket. If you experience a borrowing problem, please contact the New School Library at

      Restricted Access

      If you believe your card should give you access to a restricted access point (side entrances to some New School buildings) or if you encounter a locked room that you do not have access to (faculty lounge, office, conference room, etc.), ask your administrative liaison or supervisor to email the Security department on your behalf. Your card will automatically begin working as soon as the access is set up. If your card is not working at any access points, please contact our office.

      Newcard Cash

      All faculty and staff employees can add Newcard Cash to their dining account, which is used by presenting the ID card. This money can be used at university cafeterias and certain off-campus merchants. Any purchases made at cafeterias with Newcard Cash are tax-free. To add Newcard Cash, simply visit and log in with your New School username and password. Click on "Manage Account" on the left, and then "Add Funds" at the top. Newcard Cash does not expire.


      Can online students and faculty members get Newcards?

      Students and faculty members taking and teaching courses only online, who cannot visit the New School campus to receive a photo ID, can request a non-photo Newcard which they can use to show their affiliation with The New School and receive the same discounts and benefits as other members of the New School community. To request a non-photo Newcard, email and provide the following information:

      • N-number
      • Full name
      • Address to which the Newcard should be mailed

      Our staff can process non-photo Newcards only after we have confirmed that the student is registered and tuition has been paid or arrangements for tuition payment have been made.

      Students and faculty members who wish to use New School campus facilities (like academic technology labs and libraries) or who wish to attend certain events on campus must show a photo Newcard to obtain entry. You can exchange your non-photo Newcard for a photo Newcard at any time by visiting Campus Card Services and showing a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a state driver's license, other state photo ID, or passport. After your eligibility has been verified, a picture will be taken and your Newcard will be printed. There is no charge for replacing a non-photo Newcard with a photo Newcard.

      How much does a Newcard cost?

      There is no charge for your first Newcard.

      If your name or status (student, faculty, staff) has changed, there is no charge for a replacement ID. Name changes must first be submitted (with legal documentation) to the Registrar or Human Resources offices; please allow three hours for the name change to appear in our database before you visit. Your old ID must be turned in to our office at that time.

      Faculty and staff with orange cards (the previous generation of cards) are entitled to one free replacement when the picture on the front of the card begins to wear off. You must trade in your old card in order to receive a new one. Feel free to email us an updated photo of yourself before your visit; this photo can be used on your replacement ID.

      Destroyed or defaced Newcards—ones with punched holes, folds, or other avoidable damage—are not valid, and a $25 fee will be charged for a replacement.

      What should I do if I lose my Newcard?

      You must obtain a replacement card and pay the nonrefundable fee of $25.

      You must visit Campus Card Services in person to replace a Newcard. No appointment is necessary. Your replacement Newcard will be printed and encoded while you wait. The $25 fee must be paid during your visit; credit cards are accepted, and personal checks and cash payments can be made two floors above our office at Student Accounts. If you were the victim of a violent crime, please bring any pertinent documentation with you when you visit.

      If your Newcard is lost or stolen and you deposited money into a Newcard Cash account, log in to immediately and follow the directions at the "Manage Account" link to suspend your card. Failure to suspend a lost card could result in unauthorized use of your account. Once your Newcard is suspended, you must go to Campus Card Services to have a replacement card printed. Access to your funds is transferred automatically to your replacement card.

      If a lost Newcard is turned in to Campus Card Services, an email will be sent to the cardholder at his or her New School email account. If you have already received a replacement Newcard, your previous card has been permanently deactivated and should be destroyed if found.

      What else do I need to know about my Newcard?

      You are expected to carry your Newcard at all times while on campus. Do not lend your card out to another person; this may result in it being seized. Your Newcard is the property of The New School and remains valid as long as you are a registered student or active employee. Use of the nontransferable Newcard is governed by The New School's regulations and, like all university property, it must be surrendered upon request. Your Newcard will be confiscated if it is misused or carried by someone other than the authorized user. When you graduate or take a leave of absence from The New School, your Newcard will no longer be valid; however, if you return for another program of study at The New School, or return from a leave of absence, your card will automatically reactivate when you register for courses.