Application Instructions

  • Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

    Fall Application Deadlines

    • Priority Application Deadline: January 15
    • Supporting Credentials: January 15
    • Pre-screen Recording: January 15
    • Final Audition Recording (if applicable): March 1
    • Live Auditions: February and March
    • Decision and Merit Scholarship Notification: April 1
    • Deadline to Accept/Deposit: May 1
    • Late Application and Supporting Credentials: March 15
    • Late Audition Recording (if applicable): April 1
    • Late Live Auditions: April
    • Late Auditions Decision Notification: May 15
    • The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music will hold a late round of auditions in April. The Office of Admission will only accept applications for remaining openings in the program, and therefore may not allow certain instruments to audition. It is strongly recommended that all applicants interested in the fall semester apply by the priority deadline.

    Spring Application Deadlines

    • Priority Application Deadline: October 15
    • Supporting Credentials: October 15
    • Pre-screen Recording: October 15
    • Audition Recording: November 1
    • Live Auditions: November
    • Decision and Merit Scholarship Notification: December 2
    • Deadline to Accept/Deposit: December 22
    • Late Auditions: N/A

    Financial Aid Deadlines

    All applicants admissible into our program are considered for a merit scholarship award that is determined by the strength of their application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on January 1. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.) You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadlines:

    • Fall: March 1
    • Spring: November 1

    Application Instructions

    All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

    Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

    See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.

    Required Application Materials

    Application

    Complete the online application.

    Application Fee

    A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application.

    Official Transcripts

    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.

    Transfer Applicants: 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. Transfer students must complete at least two years of study in our program.

    By Mail: 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 can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” for mailing address in the Additional Instructions and Information section below.

    Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are

    • Parchment Exchange
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse

    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.

    High School Equivalency: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results via postal mail.

    Homeschooling: 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 homeschool transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.

    International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

    International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States 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.

    If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “The New School” 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.

    Recommendation Letters

    One letter of recommendation is required. The letter of recommendation should be from a music teacher, a counselor, or an academic teacher. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Pre-screen Audition

    All applicants must submit a one-song pre-screen video recording, which is submitted through Acceptd. Review the Auditions website for specific instructions, including repertoire requirements.

    Final Audition

    Pending a favorable pre-screen review, all applicants must audition live in New York, at one of our regional auditions, or by submitting an audition recording using Acceptd. We strongly encourage everyone who can to attend the live auditions, but we understand that not everyone is able to travel to New York (or other locations) to audition. Applicants must indicate their desired audition method on their online application form. Note: All vocalists are required to audition live. Review the Auditions website for specific instructions, including repertoire requirements.

    Test Scores

    SAT and ACT: The New School does not require submission of SAT or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete. Should you feel your SAT or ACT test scores are beneficial to your application, you may submit them for our consideration. Note: Homeschool applicants must submit standardized test scores from either the SAT or the ACT. Homeschool applicants may submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT. The BFA program institution codes are 6153 for the SAT and 2828 for the ACT. The BA/BFA dual-degree program institution codes are 2521 for the SAT and 2828 for the ACT.

    TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

    BFA Program

    • TOEFL institution code: 2572
    • TOEFL minimum score: 79
    • IELTS minimum score: 6.5
    • PTE minimum score: 53

    BA/BFA Dual-Degree Program

    • TOEFL institution code: 2521
    • TOEFL minimum score: 100
    • IELTS minimum score: 7.0
    • PTE minimum score: 68

    A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants

    • Whose primary language is English
    • Who have earned a secondary school diploma from a school where English is the primary language of instruction (undergraduate applicants only)
    • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction

    Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

    Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test.

    For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

    Personal Statement—BFA Applicants Only

    Applicants will submit their personal statement as a required portion of the online application. Your personal statement should be a minimum of one page in length and should be a response to the following prompt: “Describe your personal definition of success in today’s music scene and what you feel you will need to do to build a career, earn a living, and make a difference. Tell us how you feel The New School's School of Jazz will help you achieve these goals.”

    Essays—BA/BFA Dual-Degree Program Applicants Only

    All applicants are required to submit two essays. Upload and attach these to your online application.
    Essay Question 1, Personal Statement: In an essay of approximately 500 words, describe your personal definition of success in today’s music scene and what you feel you will need to do to build a career, earn a living, and make a difference. Tell us how you feel The New School's School of Jazz will help you achieve these goals.
    Essay Question 2, BA/BFA Essay: In an essay of approximately 250 words, discuss your reasons for pursuing the dual-degree program with Jazz and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. Please include any information about your motivation that may not be immediately apparent from the review of your application, transcripts, or audition.

    Additional Information and Instructions

    Applying to More Than One Program

    In any given term, a student can 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.

    Application Materials

    All materials submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.

    Advanced Level Credit

    AP, IB, and A-Level Courses: Accepted applicants will receive further instructions later in the process regarding AP, IB, and A-Level scores.

    Homeschool Applicants

    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.

    Readmission

    If you are applying for readmission, please complete the Application for Readmission and follow the submission instructions.

    Test Score Codes

    • TOEFL, BFA Program: The institution code is 2527.
    • TOEFL, BA/BFA Program: The institution code is 2521.
    • AP and SAT (not required): The institution code is 2828.

    Application Status

    Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.

    Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.

    The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

    Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

    School of Jazz at The New School
    Office of Admission (JZ 100)
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003

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