The New School was established in 1919 with an exclusively noncredit curriculum for mature, independent learners. Over the years, it evolved into a university with a wide range of programs designed for any student seeking a unique higher education experience.
The New School for Public Engagement, the founding division of the university, continues the tradition that began with its first course bulletin in 1919. Every year, adults with a passion for knowledge take advantage of the hundreds of continuing education courses we offer in a variety of subject areas: Social Sciences, Humanities, Media Studies and Film, Writing, Foreign Languages, English Language Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, Food Studies, and Management and Business.
For students living away from New York City or anyone for whom taking classes at our Greenwich Village campus may be inconvenient, we offer an extensive online curriculum. Adult and transfer students can complete our bachelor's degree in the liberal arts entirely online, entirely on campus, or with a mix of online and on-campus courses.
The New School's offerings in continuing education are not limited to The New School for Public Engagement. Adult learners looking for courses in art, design, and architecture or in music instruction, theory, and composition should explore the continuing education programs of Parsons The New School for Design and Mannes College The New School for Music. Retired and semi-retired people are invited to apply to The Institute for Retired Professionals, the oldest peer-learning program for seniors in the United States.
In addition to continuing education programs, The New School offers some of the nations most distinguished degree and certificate programs in the liberal arts, creative writing, media studies, international affairs, art and design, management and policy, and the performing arts. See a comprehensive list of academic programs at The New School.
The New School and its degree programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Its credits and degrees are recognized and accepted by other accredited colleges, universities, and professional schools throughout the United States. The New School, a privately supported institution, is chartered as a university by the Regents of the State of New York.