• How to Apply

    Although most IRP students were formerly engaged in professional or executive careers, the only requirements for membership are the desire to participate in college-level study groups and a commitment to continued intellectual exploration.

    Prospective members should have sufficient time available during the week to attend meetings, complete assignments, and contribute to the self-governance of the institute.

    Candidates for enrollment in the IRP must attend an open house, submit an application (available at the open house or IRP office), and be interviewed. Limitations on classroom space and the desire to maintain a small community of students prevents applicants from all being accepted. For additional information about enrollment, program activities, and requirements, call 212.229.5682.

    Institute Requirements

    IRP students are expected to register each semester for at least two study groups. It is anticipated that over time, each member will contribute to the support and maintenance of the IRP community by acting as a study group coordinator, serving on a working committee, or participating in some other way.

    New IRP students must attend a newcomers session led by the director, as well as two special new student workshops.


    The IRP membership fee is $980 for the 2013–2014 academic year or $638 for a single semester. This fee entitles the student to register for up to three IRP study groups (or four, if the student is a coordinator) and one regular New School course at half price and to participate in other activities of the institute and the university. Payment by check or credit card must accompany your IRP registration form.


    We want our institute to be accessible to those who wish to participate. The Ruth and Mortimer Epstein Endowment funds scholarships for qualified students. If you need financial help, please speak with Michael Markowitz in the IRP office. All requests are kept confidential.


    A student who wishes to withdraw from the IRP must do so in writing before the sixth week of the semester. A refund will be issued in the amount of tuition paid less 10% for each elapsed week of the semester. Failure to attend a study group is not equivalent to withdrawing.