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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 DemocracyAttn: Laura CronkThe New School Writing Program66 West 12th Street, Room 515New York, NY 10011
Office of Undergraduate Admission
72 Fifth Ave., 2nd Floor (Map)
New York, NY 10011
212.229.5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy
66 West 12th St., Room 515 (Map)
New York, NY email@example.com