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Application Information

  • The New School's Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students welcomes applications from people of all ages and walks of life with the maturity to take charge of their education and complete a bachelor's degree in a stimulating, nontraditional academic environment. You can go to school part-time or full-time. This undergraduate program is designed for students with some prior college education, although that is not a prerequisite for admission. All applicants must have a high school diploma or qualified GED, TASC, or HiSET.

    Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

    Application Deadlines

    • Fall-Term Applicants: June 1
    • Spring-Term Applicants: November 1
    • Summer-Term Applicants: April 1

    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 nondegree 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 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.

    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 by Hobsons
    • 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 should send an official transcript from their sponsoring high school or state homeschool association. If an official transcript is not available, they are required to submit either GED, TASC, or HiSET test score results by postal mail. 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 “New School Bachelor's” 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: Personal Statement. In approximately 500 words, briefly describe your academic and professional accomplishments. Explain why you have decided to continue your education now. Finally, include anything else you think is relevant for the Admission Committee to know about you.
    Essay 2: Educational Goals and Outcomes. In approximately 500 words, state your academic and/or professional goals and describe the outcomes you anticipate at the end of your education. Discuss in detail how study in the liberal arts will enable you to realize them. Finally, to help us understand how you would approach your education, review the semester course guides found on the Subject Areas website, choose five courses you feel would provide a good foundation for continuing your education, and discuss your choices.

    Résumé

    Applicants should upload the current version of their résumé or curriculum vitae into the online application.

    Interview

    A personal interview may be required and will be arranged once all the application materials have been received.

    Test Scores

    SAT and ACT: Though SAT and ACT test scores are NOT required for admission, we will accept them as a supplementary credential. The institution code for these tests is 7335. Home school applicants must submit standardized test scores from the either the SAT or ACT. Home school applicants may submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT.

    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 88, for IELTS is 6.5, and for PTE is 59. Our TOEFL institution code is 2572.

    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 taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test.

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

    Please note: At Orientation, The New School for Social Research will administer an English Language Writing Diagnostic Examination to all newly enrolling international students who do not meet the criteria for exemption from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Depending on the results of this examination, students may be asked to take a supplemental writing course at no cost. The New School maintains the right to require English proficiency testing when deemed necessary.

    Portfolio (Riggio Honors Program only)

    Applicants to the Riggio Honors Program must provide samples of their writing to demonstrate that they have the skills and experience to excel in upper-level workshops and courses. Portfolio requirement: 10-15 pages of fiction/nonfiction or 10 pages of poetry. The portfolio should be typewritten and doublespaced, and your name should appear on every page. Portfolios will not be returned.

    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.

    Costs and Financial Aid

    Speak to an admission counselor about options for financing your education. The Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students has available several competitive scholarships, which are awarded annually on the basis of financial need and merit. All admitted students are automatically considered for certain scholarships and grants; others may require a separate application.

    Transferring Credits

    Most students enter with at least 24 transfer credits from another college or university. Up to 84 credits can be transferred, provided they were earned for courses that are consistent with the academic values of The New School and grades of C or better were awarded. Our admission counselors can provide a preliminary transfer credit evaluation before you formally apply for admission. Contact the Office of Admission to schedule a transfer credit review.

    The New School has specific transfer agreements with a number of affiliated institutions, for which a course-by-course evaluation is not required.

    Nondegree Enrollment

    It is possible to earn up to 12 undergraduate credits at The New School without applying for formal admission. Go to Continuing Education to see the range of courses available. You can register for any course directly from the website. If you are subsequently admitted to a degree program, credits you earned as a continuing education student can be transferred, subject to the stipulations above.

    Choosing Your Major

    On the online application, you'll have the opportunity to select your major of interest. Please note, however, that your major will only be officially established once you meet with your academic faculty advisor within your first semester of enrollment in the program.

    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.

    Homeschooled 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 form and follow the submission instructions.

    Test Score Codes

    • TOEFL: The institution code is 2572.
    • SAT and AP: The institution code is 7335.

    Application Status

    Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You may 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

    The New School's Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
    Office of Admission (NS 100)
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003

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