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Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Freshman Early Action Applicants: November 1
  • Fall Freshman Regular Decision Applicants: January 15
  • Fall Transfer Applicants: March 15
  • Fall Special Students (nondegree), Readmit Applicants, New York Connections/Visiting Students: July 1
  • Fall BA/BFA with Jazz Applicants: January 15
  • Fall BA/BFA with Parsons Applicants: February 15
  • Spring Freshman Applicants, Transfer Applicants, Readmit Applicants, Special Students, New York Connections/Visiting Students: October 15
  • Spring BA/BFA with Jazz Applicants: October 15
  • Spring BA/BFA with Parsons Applicants: October 15

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.

Students seeking readmission or nondegree/continuing education coursework must contact the Office of Admission for instructions on completing the application.

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

Required Application Materials

Application

Complete the Common Application. All applicants are required to apply online.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable $50 application fee, payable 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
  • Naviance
  • 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: Homeschool 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, homeschool 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, homeschool 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.

Essays

Essay 1: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. (approximately 250 words)
Essay 2: At Lang, students take an active role in determining their educational path. If you had the chance to design your ideal educational experience, what would it look like? Describe the courses, internships, or study abroad options that you would create based on your interests. (approximately 500 words)

Counselor Evaluation

Freshman applicants must have the Counselor Evaluation form found in the Common Application completed by their college advisor or guidance counselor. Transfer applicants can have their academic advisor or transfer counselor complete the Counselor Evaluation instead. If this is not possible, a second Teacher Evaluation is required.

Teacher Evaluation

All freshman applicants must submit one evaluation from an instructor that they have taken an academic class with in the past two years. Transfer applicants must have this form completed by a professor or instructor at the college or university most recently attended.

Test Scores

PSAT, 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 ACT. Homeschool applicants may submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT. The SAT institution code is 2521. The ACT code is 2828.

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: 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 2521.

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, South Africa, or Commonwealth 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 from the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

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

Applicants can provide additional information (photos, graded papers, portfolios, etc.) along with required 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 homeschool 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.

Fee Waivers

Lang will accept fee waivers if you have difficulty paying the application fee of $50. The College Board fee waivers or a note from a guidance or college counselor will be acknowledged by the Office of Admission.

Test Score Codes

  • TOEFL: The institution code is 2521.
  • SAT and AP: The institution code is 2521.
  • ACT: 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.

Nondegree, Visiting Student, and HEOP Application Materials (PDFs)

Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Office of Admission (LC 100)
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003