Recent Updates: The New School has released its academic plan for 2020-21 and a phased reopening plan for its New York campus. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • The New School is a community of innovators dedicated to new approaches, new ways of thinking, and new solutions. Today we are called to live these values, to bring our campus and community together in inspiring new ways, and to reimagine our educational experience in the 2020–2021 academic year. As we all continue to confront the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, one thing remains constant: the value of a New School education.

    Our plans for the coming academic year follow guidelines from the City and State of New York and will ensure a rigorous, relevant, and uniquely New School experience for every one of our students, regardless of where they are or what in-person access we have to our campus.

    Guiding Principles

    Every decision The New School makes about learning formats, campus access, and university activities in the coming year is guided by three principles:

    • Protecting the health and safety of the entire New School community — students, faculty, and staff — and the neighbors with whom we interact
    • Maintaining the highest-quality teaching, learning, research, and cultural expression in every college, department, and specialty
    • Ensuring equitable access to classes and other learning activities for all students

    The 2020–2021 Academic Experience

    Three-Term Academic Calendar

    We will implement an expanded three-term academic calendar with fall and spring semesters as well as a ten-week summer term, to give students greater flexibility and control as they plan their academic year. We will also offer an optional two-week winter intensive in January. The dates for the fall semester remain unchanged. Classes will start as scheduled on Monday, August 31, and continue as planned through December 22.

    The scheduled dates for the upcoming terms are as follows:

    • Fall: August 31, 2020, through December 22, 2020
    • Winter Intensive: January 2 through January 17, 2021
    • Spring: January 19 through May 12, 2021
    • Summer: June 1 through August 14, 2021

    Tuition Fees

    For the 2020-2021 academic year, all students will pay no more than the equivalent of two full-time semesters, no matter the sequence of their course of study. More information on tuition for next year is available here.

    Fall 2020

    • All classes will be online this fall. Given what we know today, we believe that remote learning is the best option for the health and safety of the entire New School community and for preventing the spread of the virus, which has to be our highest priority. This approach will ensure that all students have continued access to classes — regardless of where the students are located — and it will provide greater flexibility, enabling us to respond effectively should there be a significant resurgence of the coronavirus. It also helps address the specific safety concerns of students, faculty, and staff in high-risk groups, including those who are immuno-compromised.
    • The dates for our fall semester remain unchanged. Classes will start on Monday, August 31, and continue as planned through December 22.
    • The remote learning experience in the fall will be high touch and tailored to each student's needs. Faculty and academic leadership are doing extraordinary work to transform classes and co-curricular activities for remote learning and to offer opportunities and access that go beyond the traditional classroom environment. Explore some examples here.
    • Our Global Offsite Semester opportunities build on partnerships with a number of universities overseas and open new opportunities at Parsons Paris to provide access to creative and making spaces for many of our international students. Learn more below.
    • We are hopeful that circumstances with the pandemic will enable us to open the campus more fully for face-to-face work and instruction in the spring semester — and we will be carefully monitoring and planning for this situation.

    College-Specific Plans

    Each of our colleges has prepared a customized plan grounded in the unique needs and priorities related to their places of study, research, and practice. 

    Access to Campus Facilities & Housing

    We expect to open selected portions of The New School campus this fall for in-person learning, creative making, research, and artistic studies. Because of stringent social distancing guidelines, access will be very limited, but our goal is to open selected spaces for students in all stages of their academic careers, with priority for students in their final year of study who require access to specialized equipment, workshops, instruments, materials, or performance spaces, pending approval by the State of New York. The Deans of each school will be reaching out to the students in programs who can be accommodated in these campus facilities in the fall.

    Residence halls will be available on a limited basis.The State of New York's social distancing requirements will initially limit our buildings to approximately 20 to 30 percent of historical capacity. As a result, capacity in our residence halls will be reduced significantly. This will include transforming all double and triple rooms into singles. Housing priority for fall 2020 will go to students who are scheduled to graduate in December 2020 or May 2021 and whose program requires the use of the limited open university facilities described above. If there are beds available after this group has been accommodated, we will give priority as we always do to first-time freshmen. Any student who cannot be accommodated in on-campus housing may opt either to receive a refund or to defer their deposit to a future semester. Please visit the University Housing page for more information.

    The campus reopening website provides details about what you can expect if you plan to be on campus this fall. A campus safety code of conduct is being developed that will set out specific expectations for anyone who will be on campus during the coming academic year; we will communicate more about this soon.


    We understand you may have questions regarding how the New School community will be living, learning, and experiencing the university in the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more in our FAQ.

    Global Offsite Semester Option

    Recognizing that many international students may not be able to travel due to visa restrictions if we open campus in the fall, The New School is developing an innovative program that enables new first-year students outside of the United States to start the academic year in their home country. This offering is based on relationships with international partner institutions and will allow students to access space resources and/or courses with the partner in addition to online courses with The New School.

    Learn more about the Global Offsite Semester.

    Enduring Benefits

    Though teaching modalities will be different in the months to come, we will continue to deliver an educational, cultural, and social experience that is rigorous, exciting, and truly New School. The benefits include:

    • Prominent and passionate faculty whose trailblazing ideas and individualized mentorship help students reimagine the future
    • Purposeful innovation that combines research, creativity, and technology with a commitment to sustainability, social justice, and health and wellness to create immediate impact in the real world
    • Powerful networks that give students the opportunity to learn from prominent guest experts and engage in projects with industry, nonprofits, and other partner organizations and the greater NYC community
    • Supportive communities that maintain close connections with students — both in the classroom and through extracurricular interactions, from discussions and performances to office hours and advising

    Future Updates

    This page will be updated on a regular basis as we finalize the specifics of our plans for the coming academic year. In addition, the message feed on this page will feature updates from the president and/or provost of The New School.

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