The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.


  • 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 (PDF). All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
  • See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.

Applicants applying to the BFA program should download the BFA Application instructions (PDF) and complete the BFA online application.

Applicants applying to the BA/BFA Dual Degree program with Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts should download the Jazz BA/BFA Application instructions (PDF) and complete the BA/BFA online application through the Common Application.

Required Application Materials

A completed application consists of the following items:

Explanations of Admission Requirements

Application Fee

A non-refundable $50 application fee is required 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 may submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised school seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing school'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 at the mailing address for supplemental materials, listed below.

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.

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

Foreign Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions 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 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 “New School Jazz” for the BFA program and “New School Lang” for the BA/BFA Dual Degree program 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.

Electronic Transcripts: The New School will accept electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors:

  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Naviance by Hobsons
  • Parchment, which includes Avow Systems Inc. and Docufide Inc.
  • SCRIP-SAFE International

We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices as official transcripts. This policy does not apply to international documents. All international academic credentials must be translated and evaluated by either WES or another NACES provider.

GED and Home Schooling Courses: For GED, send official GED test results; for Home Schooling, send a transcript from the sponsoring high school.

Two Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required. One should be from a music teacher, and one from a counselor or academic teacher. Recommenders may submit recommendations online, and instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form may 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 personal information, save the form, and forward to recommender for completion and submission. Applicants may also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an application materials cover sheet.

Pre-screening Recording
Applicants auditioning on drums, guitar, piano, and voice are required to submit a prescreen audition. Visit auditions for complete audition requirements and submission deadlines.

We encourage all applicants to audition live, but understand that this may not be possible. Vocalists living in North America are required to attend a live audition. Applicants attending a live audition will receive scheduling instructions by email. The instructions will be sent after applying and after passing the pre-screen evaluation (if applicable). Visit auditions for complete instructions and submission deadlines.

Test Scores
SAT: Though SAT test scores are NOT required for admission, we will accept them as a supplementary credential. The BFA program institution code for this test is 6153. The BA/BFA dual degree program institution code for this test is 2521.

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: 7.0
  • 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

Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes. We accept scores taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE websites. The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a four-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, or South Africa.

Personal Statement of Intent (BFA program 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, 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 for Jazz and Contemporary Music will help you achieve these goals.”

Essays (BA/BFA Dual Degree program applicants only)
All applicants are required to submit two essays of approximately 250 words each. You should upload and attach these to your online application.
Essay Question One, BA/BFA Essay: Discuss your reasons for pursuing the dual degree program with Jazz and Eugene Lang College. Please include any information about your motivation that may not be immediately apparent from the review of your application, transcripts, or audition.
Essay Question Two, In The Minority Essay: in approximately 250 words, (one-page single-spaced Word document), tell us about a time when you were in the minority.

Additional Information and Instructions

Applying to More Than One Program
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.

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.

Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

An Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF) must accompany all supplemental credentials. Mail to:

Office of Admission
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (JZ 100)
72 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Contact the Office of Admission if you have questions about the application process: 
Phone: 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
Fax: 212.229.8936

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