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. SAT or ACT scores are not required but will be considered by the admission committee if provided.
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 for Public Engagement 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 at email@example.com to schedule a transfer credit review.
The Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer students has specific transfer agreements with a number of affiliated institutions, in which case a course-by-course evaluation is not required.
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 earned as a continuing education student can be transferred subject to the stipulations above.
All undergraduates in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students apply to the general Liberal Arts bachelor's program. You change your major to Global Studies after admission to the school.
All application materials must be received in the Office of Admission by the deadline for priority consideration. Late applications may be considered, but financial aid may not be available. Former students seeking readmission must contact the Office of Admission for application instructions.
Plan ahead to meet your application deadline. It takes time for transcripts and other supporting documents to reach The New School. All applicants are required to use the online application. The application fee and most supporting documents can be submitted online with the application form. A personal interview may be requested after your application documents have been received and reviewed. A complete School of Undergraduate Studies application includes:
Read the detailed application instructions provided with the online application form. You can also download the instructions. Applicants who are applying to enter the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy must submit a writing portfolio with their other application documents. Follow the link for more information about the Riggio program and the supplemental application materials. Any documents not submitted online can be mailed to the Office of Admission Undergraduate (see address in Contact box) with an application materials cover sheet.
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.
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 may send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet, or applicants can request that institutions send transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admission.
The New School will accept electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors:
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.
All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
See special requirements for transcript evaluation.
See special requirements for English language proficiency.
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 based on financial need and merit. All admitted students are automatically considered for certain scholarships and grants; others may require separate application.
If you are a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You do not have to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid. The New School's federal school code is 002780.
Go to Student Financial Services to see tuition and fees and other estimated costs of attendance and various financial options and payment policies. Students are notified of financial aid in their letters of acceptance.
Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance with detailed information about financial aid, housing, registration, student visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters. All materials submitted as part of your application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
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.
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