The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. Plan ahead; it takes time for supporting documents, such as transcripts and reference letters, to reach The New School.
An Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF) must accompany all materials submitted by mail, including the printed application forms and materials sent separately to support an online application. Please print out the cover sheet, follow the instructions, and include it with any documents mailed in.
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 multiple high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.
Undergraduate 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. The New School for Drama BFA will accept up to 30 transfer credits. A transfer credit evaluation (TCE) will be completed once all official transcripts are received. Accepted students can request a consultation with the Associate Director of Drama regarding the acceptance and allocation of transfer credit and plan of study.
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 may send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet, or applicants can request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” below for our mailing address.
The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are
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.
For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail.
For homeschooling, send an official transcript from your sponsoring high school or state homeschool association. If an official transcript is not available, you are required to submit either GED, TASC, or HiSET test score results by postal mail. Homeschooled applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript, with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or “grade.” Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization, homeschooled applicants must obtain and submit a GED as confirmation of completing a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. If an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschooled students must submit an equivalency or GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results. Individual home school transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.
All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Applicants who attended post secondary institutions outside of the US 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. In the absence of an evaluation, the Admissions Committee will do their best to render a decision. Please note, in some cases a review cannot be made without an evaluation and a committee decision will be delayed. If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to
begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section explains what to send. If you request your report online, search for “New
School Drama” when selecting our institution. WES will send your
completed evaluation directly to The New School. If 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.
All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2385. 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, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
In any given term, a student may apply to only ONE department or program within The New School. 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.
The New School welcomes applications from homeschooled students. The Admission Committee does not require advanced preparation in every academic area, but applicants should demonstrate substantial work in English, history, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, and science.
All materials submitted to the Office of Admission become the property of The New School for Drama.
When notified of acceptance, applicants will receive complete instructions for additional procedures regarding financial aid, housing, tuition and fees, I-20 visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters. The decision to admit applicants is always contingent upon their successful completion of any current studies and receipt of their final transcripts by the Admission Committee.
All mailed application materials and correspondence must be sent to the following address, accompanied by the BFA Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF):
The New School for Drama
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003
To meet with an admission counselor, join a campus tour, or attend an information session, please visit the Welcome Center, located at 72 Fifth Avenue on the corner of 13th Street. The Welcome Center is your first stop for all in-person admission services.
212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
MFA Program: DramaAdmissions@NewSchool.edu
BFA Program: DramaBFA@NewSchool.edu
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General Admission ContactThe New School for Drama
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
BFA Admission ContactMarlon MeikleDramaBFA@NewSchool.edu
MFA Admission ContactSherri BarberDramaAdmissions@NewSchool.edu