How do I know online learning at The New School is right for me?
The beauty of online learning is that individuals with all types of backgrounds and aspirations can participate. In fact, there really is no such thing as a “typical online student.” Your classmates might live in your town—or half way around the world; they might be half your age—or twice your age; they might be millionaires—or still living with their parents. While your differences will likely deepen your class discussions, you and your classmates will also share some commonalities, including the desire to attend an esteemed university, take exceptional classes, and learn along with other serious-minded students in a way that works for you.
Here are just a few examples of how someone might take advantage of online learning at The New School:
- Holly, 32, has been busy since she earned her undergraduate degree in English. Once a successful newspaper editor, she recently fell in love with documentary filmmaking and changed career paths. She’s currently working as an assistant on a project filming in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. Although she’s gaining experience, Holly realizes she needs a better understanding of the industry in order to become a director in her own right. At the same time, she doesn’t want to sacrifice her job, her connections, and her home in order to pursue it.
Holly enrolls in the MA in Media Studies program at The New School—a program she can take either online or on campus.
- When he was twenty, Bruce left school to take over his father’s hardware store in southern New Jersey. Now, with his kids grown up and the store doing well, he can retire—and, more importantly, finish the education he put on hold. He’s been accepted into the Bachelor's Program at The New School for Public Engagmenet and would like to attend full time. Still, he worries that the commute will keep him away from family and especially his grandchildren who he can now see more often.
To graduate, Bruce only needs to take 60 credits on campus—the rest he can take through the university’s online course offerings.