‘newschool’ is the secure wireless network for New School faculty, staff, and students. It replaces the older ‘newschoolnet’, which was taken out of service at the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester. 

Unlike ‘newschoolnet,’ which required you to sign in via a web portal every time your device joined the network, ‘newschool’ uses the IEEE 802.1x standard for authentication. This means that once you’ve signed your device onto the network the first time, it will automatically join the network every time you come in range, without you having to do anything. It also means that all your network traffic will be encrypted, preventing anyone from intercepting it.

Also unlike ‘newschoolnet,’ the ‘newschool’ network does not use Safe Connect. If you have the Safe Connect client installed on your PC or Mac to connect to ‘newschoolnet’ in the past, follow these instructions for uninstalling SafeConnect.

Available To

  • Degree or Credit-Seeking Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff


Current students, faculty, and staff with a valid NetID and password can use ‘newschool’ to connect a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or mobile device to New School online services and the Internet.

Getting Started

You will see other wireless networks with “newschool” in their name, but the recommended choice for those with an active New School NetID and password is ‘newschool.’

  • To use ‘newschool’ your computer or device must support IEEE 802.1x. If you have a problem connecting, confirm your device’s 802.1x support or contact the Help Desk for further assistance.
  • When you are on campus with wireless enabled on your laptop or mobile device, simply select ‘newschool’ and log in to it using your New School NetID and password.
  • In most cases, your computer or mobile device will remember your NetID and password and automatically sign on to ‘newschool’ whenever it’s in range. You shouldn’t need to re-enter your NetID and password except:
    • If you tell your device to “forget” the ‘newschool’ network (this also causes it to forget your NetID and password)
    • If you change (or reset) your NetID password
    • If you replace your device



Help Desk
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Mon. - Fri.)
212-229-5300 x.2828

Additional Information

‘newschool’ is the secure wireless network for New School faculty, staff, and students. It replaces the older ‘newschoolnet’, which will be taken out of service. With the success of the 'newschool' wireless network rollout, we have moved up the decommissioning of the old 'newschoolnet' wireless network (Spring term 2014) to minimize confusion and encourage our community to take advantage of the superior service provided by the 'newschool' wireless network.

See “802.1x Device Connection” for device specific connection instructions.