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  • Application Information

    The Riggio Honors Program is available to students matriculated in and seeking an undergraduate degree at The New School. The program is a 32-credit roster of writing workshops (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) and literature seminars culminating in a thesis project. Students also receive credit for attending an ongoing series of public readings, literary forums, lectures, symposia, and panel discussions, the Writer's Life Colloquium. The honors program is a project of the Leonard and Louise Riggio Writing and Democracy Initiative at The New School. All Riggio Honors students receive a scholarship.

    New Students

    In order to be considered for the Riggio Honors Program, students not already enrolled in a degree program at The New School must apply and be admitted to The New School for Public Engagement's School of Undergraduate Studies or Eugene Lang College.

    Writing Portfolio

    In addition to the required essays (which should address your interest in writing), resume, and transcripts, applicants to the Riggio program must provide samples of their creative writing to demonstrate that they have the skills and experience to excel in upper-level workshops and courses.

    Submit a manuscript of 10-15 pages of fiction or nonfiction prose or 10 pages of poetry. Your manuscript must be typewritten and double-spaced, and your name should appear on every page.

    Applying for Admission

    The application can be completed and submitted online. All materials should be submitted via the online application except official transcripts. Transcripts should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

    Continuing Students

    Any student matriculated in a New School for Public Engagement or Eugene Lang College undergraduate degree program may apply to the Riggio Honors program, as long as the courses and credit requirements would be appropriate to the student's academic standing and credit distribution requirements. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is a prerequisite for admission into the Riggio program. Approved courses taken previously may be applied to the Riggio Honors Program after acceptance.

    Applicants to the Riggio program must provide a Statement of Purpose as well as samples of their creative writing.

    Statement of Purpose

    In an essay of approximately 500 words, describe the writing you've done, the writing you plan to do, and how the Riggio Honors Program would further your personal goals.

    Writing Portfolio

    Submit a manuscript of 10-15 pages of fiction or nonfiction prose or 10 pages of poetry. The writing samples should demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to excel in the high-level environment of the Riggio program. Your manuscript must be typewritten and double-spaced, and your name must appear on every page. The portfolio will not be returned; please make a copy for your records.

    Mail or hand-deliver your Statement of Purpose and Writing Portfolio to:

    Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy
    Attn: Laura Cronk
    The New School Writing Program
    66 West 12th Street, Room 515
    New York, NY 10011

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