Did You Know?
  • New School students come from all 50 states and 108 countries.
  • 27% of New School students are international. 46% grew up outside of New York state.
  • The New School's student to faculty ratio is 9:1
  • Notable New School alumni include: Nina Arianda '06 (actress), Burt Bacharach '50 (composer), Peter Berger '50 (sociologist).
  • Notable New School alumni include: Bradley Cooper '00 (actor), Thomas DiNapoli '88 (New York State Comptroller), Tom Ford '86 (fashion designer/film director).
  • Notable New School alumni include: Ali Jackson '00 (jazz drummer), Marc Jacobs '84 (designer), Lazaro Hernandez '02 and Jack McCollough '02, (founders of Proenza Schouler).
  • Notable New School alumni include: Donna Karan '87 (fashion designer), Brad Mehldau '93 (jazz pianist), Marcus Strickland '01 (saxophonist), Mary Jo White '71 (Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission).
  • John Cage may have been one of the most celebrated 20th century composers. But in 1962, he taught a New School course in mushroom identification.
  • Parsons The New School for Design is the only design school in the U.S. that is part of a major university.
  • The New School has the highest percentage of international undergraduate students of any university in the United States.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke during the American Race Crisis lecture series at The New School in 1964.
  • The first-ever college courses dedicated to cinema, photography, women's history, and jazz were offered at The New School.
  • The university's graduate school began as the University in Exile, providing an educational safe haven for threatened European scholars in the mid 20th century.
  • The Huffington Post listed The New School as one of the Top Thirteen Non-Traditional Colleges in the United States.
  • For 11 seasons, "Project Runway" has been filmed at Parsons' School of Fashion.
  • The University Center is one of Manhattan's most sustainable skyscrapers, expected to win LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • 17% of New School students study abroad.
  • The only permanent Mexican frescoes in New York City were painted in 1931 by modernist artist Jose Clemente Orozco for The New School's Johnson/Kaplan Hall at 66 West 12th Street.
  • Renowned sociologist, philosopher, and political scientist Hannah Arendt lectured at The New School from 1968 until 1975.