Complete the online application.
A nonrefundable $100 application fee is paid as part of the online application. Applicants who wish to audition for two concentrations must pay a second $100 application fee.
Undergraduates: 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 several high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.
Graduates: Official transcripts must be provided for every undergraduate or graduate institution attended for course credit. We will expect an official transcript from each institution listed in the Academic History section of the application. Although not required, an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) may be uploaded with your application.
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. Credits for music courses taken elsewhere are not automatically transferable, although credit may be given toward a Mannes degree pending the results of the entrance test, interview, and transcript evaluation.
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” below for our mailing address.
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
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 by postal mail.
Homeschooling: For homeschooling, send an official transcript from your sponsoring high school or state homeschool association. 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 an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschooled students must submit GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results. Individual homeschooled transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation. In addition, homeschooled applicants must submit standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Homeschooled applicants can submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT or ACT.
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 post-secondary 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. In the absence of an evaluation, the Admissions Committee will do their best to render a decision. Please note, in some cases a review cannot be made without an evaluation and a committee decision will be delayed. If you are using WES, visit www.wes.org to view instructions and begin the application process. The Required Documents section explains what to send. If you request your report online, search for “New School Mannes” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School. If you are 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.
Two letters of recommendation are required. The first should be written by a recent music teacher or professional musician and should focus on the applicant’s talent and performance ability. The second should be written by a teacher or guidance counselor who is familiar with the applicant’s academic aptitude. 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 the form by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete your 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.
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In order to be considered for a live audition, applicants for piano, violin, cello, flute, and voice concentrations must submit a prescreening recording. Applicants for the composition concentration must submit scores for review. Please visit Auditions for details. You must submit prescreening materials electronically using Acceptd when you apply online. Prescreening recordings must be submitted with the application by the November 1 application deadline for the spring term or the December 1 application deadline for the fall term (April 1 for late auditions). Mannes College Division and Mannes Preparatory Honors program students are exempt from the prescreening requirement. The application fee will be waived for current Mannes students in all programs applying to a new or different program if they contact the Office of Admission before December 1.
Live auditions (on campus and regional) in Cello, Composition, Flute, Piano, Violin, and Voice require submission of prescreening recordings at Acceptd. Auditions in these areas will be confirmed after review of the submitted prescreening recordings. Prescreening recordings must be submitted with the application by the November 1 application deadline for the spring term or the December 1 application deadline for the fall term (April 1 for late auditions). Prescreening recordings received after this deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Admission Office. Visit Mannes Auditions and Interviews for specific audition requirements for your instrument and more information on prescreening requirements.
Mannes accepts auditions in three different formats. Personal auditions are encouraged for all applicants.
For more information about recorded auditions for your intended major, please visit Mannes Auditions and Interviews.
Homeschooled applicants must submit standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Homeschooled applicants can submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT or ACT. SAT or ACT scores are required only of homeschooled applicants. All other applicants do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores.
All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. (Our TOEFL institution code is 2398.)
The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 4-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 Common Wealth 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 for tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information and/or to locate testing centers, visit the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE websites. Allow 10 to 12 weeks for official test scores to arrive at Mannes; schedule your test accordingly.
Current Mannes students whose first language is not English; who are enrolled in the Extension Division Diploma program, the Professional Studies Diploma program, or the Undergraduate Diploma program; and who are applying for admission to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Music degree program are required to submit TOEFL scores and take the Mannes English Placement Exam.
All applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Mannes English Placement Test, which assesses reading comprehension, writing ability, and listening and speaking skills.
The Mannes English Placement Test is taken at Mannes during audition week. It consists of a grammar test, an essay on a topic chosen by Mannes, and an oral (face-to-face) interview. Mannes has found this test to be a better method than standardized tests for assessing students' English language level and ability to succeed in their classes. Mannes uses the results of these tests and the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE in deciding whether students' English language skills qualify them to attend Mannes.
Every applicant to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Undergraduate Diploma, and Master of Music programs is required to take a musicianship placement examination and sit for a personal interview during the audition period. Professional Studies Diploma applicants to the composition, conducting, theory, and collaborative piano concentrations must also take a placement exam consisting of several sections. The Office of Admission provides detailed descriptions and instructions for placement exams and interviews as part of the invitation to audition.
Students admitted to the Master of Music program must have completed a bachelor's degree or its equivalent before enrollment. Students admitted to the Professional Studies Diploma program must have completed at least a bachelor's degree or conservatory diploma before enrollment; a master's degree is preferred.
All students admitted to Mannes are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Mannes awards scholarships in recognition of outstanding musical talent and academic achievement. Aptitude in the declared major field of study is the primary criterion for awards, but the scholarship committee also considers students' overall academic standing when deciding on the distribution of scholarship funds. Students who receive a scholarship can expect it to be continued through their course of study as long as they maintain good academic standing.
The New School participates in all federal and state financial assistance programs (Federal Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Work-Study Programs, Federal Perkins Loans, etc.). All applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov, even if they do not plan to seek need-based financial aid. (The New School FAFSA code is 002780.) Applicants do not need tan admission decision in order to file the FAFSA.
Email is the primary method used by the Mannes Office of Admission to communicate with applicants. Mannes contacts applicants at the email address they used to submit the online application. After you submit the application, please monitor your email
and reset your spam filter
to ensure that all email sent from both MannesAdmissions@newschool.edu and MannesAuditions@newschool.edu reaches you.
The admission committee makes a final decision about an application only after receiving all the required materials and hearing the applicant audition and after the applicant has completed the music entrance examinations and interviews (when applicable). Information on scholarships and financial aid awards accompanies letters of acceptance. Transfer applicants are also given a projected graduation date in their acceptance letters.
The New School is authorized by the U.S. government to admit international students to the full-time degree and diploma programs at Mannes College The New School for Music. Upon request, the Office of Admission will provide a letter to be presented at a U.S. consulate or embassy by applicants when they apply for a tourist visa to attend the in-person audition. Although consular practices vary from country to country, applicants should ask for a "Prospective Student" annotation on their B-1/B-2 visas.
See also Information for International Students
All Mannes students currently enrolled in the college division who apply to a new program are required to perform in a live audition for that program. A letter of recommendation is not required.
Current Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, and undergraduate diploma students are not required to take musicianship exams or be interviewed when applying for admission to the Master of Music degree program. However, Mannes Professional Studies Diploma students must take the musicianship examination and be interviewed if they are applying to any degree program or major that normally requires the examination and interviews.
Current Mannes students enrolled in the Extension Division diploma program, the Professional Studies Diploma program, or the undergraduate diploma program whose first language is not English and who apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Music degree program are required to submit a TOEFL score and take the Mannes English Placement Exam. Students currently enrolled in a Mannes degree program who apply to another Mannes program are not required to submit a new TOEFL score or retake the Mannes English Placement Exam.
Mannes College and Mannes Preparatory Honors students who apply to another Mannes program are exempt from the pre-audition screening requirement. A Mannes Extension Division student applying for a program that requires prescreening can have the requirement waived by obtaining a letter from the director of the Extension Division requesting that the student be exempted.
Current Mannes students in any division applying to a new or different program for the next school year will have the application fee waived if they contact the Office of Admission before the December 1 application deadline.
Students can apply to only
department or program at The New School in any given term. 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.
All Mannes students currently enrolled in the college division who apply to a new program are required to perform a live audition for that program. A letter of recommendation is not required.
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.
AP, IB, and A-Level Courses: Accepted applicants will receive further instructions later in the process about AP, IB, and A-Level scores.
The New School welcomes applications from home schooled 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.
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