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    Find your place among The New School's notable alumni

    The New School was founded in New York City in 1919 in the heart of Greenwich Village as an institution dedicated to intellectual and artistic freedom. Today it is a leading university offering some of the nation's best-respected degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, the social sciences, liberal arts, management and public policy, and the performing arts. The New School features a low student-to-teacher ratio, one of the reasons our university is the top choice among international students in the United States. Come visit and see whether The New School is a good fit for you.

    A Few New School Facts That Set Us Apart


    Among national universities, The New School had the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.
    2014, U.S. News & World Report

    Student-to-teacher ratio: 10.1 (based on full-time-equivalent students to full-time-equivalent instructional faculty). With such a low student-to-teacher ratio, you'll have the chance to learn one-on-one with our distinguished faculty. If you want to be challenged and grow in a personalized environment, you'll find the attention you need to thrive here.

    We have 416 full-time faculty members and 1,778 part-time faculty members dedicated to the education of our more than 10,000 degree-seeking students.

    • Undergraduate students: 6,752
    • First-time entering freshmen: 1,296
    • Graduate students: 3,328


    Parsons School of Design was named the Best College for Art and Design in the United States.
    2015, Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings


    We have a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university.
    2014, U.S. News & World Report

    Students come to The New School from the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 116 foreign countries.


    The American Institute of Architects named the New School University Center one of the greenest buildings in the United States — and it's the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified urban university building.

    The University

    The New School has more than 138 degree and diploma programs and majors, as well as more than 50 minors, housed in our five colleges:

    Our graduates remain committed to intellectual rigor. That is why so many go on to receive advanced degrees from notable institutions after graduation.

    We have more than 65,000 alumni, from more than 100 countries. Check out some of The New School's notable alumni:

    • Nina Arianda '06 (Actress) 
    • Burt Bacharach '50 (Composer) 
    • Peter Berger '50 (Sociologist)
    • Bradley Cooper '00 (Actor) 
    • Thomas DiNapoli '88 (New York State Comptroller) 
    • Tom Ford '86 (Fashion Designer and Film Director)
    • Ali Jackson '00 (Jazz Drummer) 
    • Marc Jacobs '84 (Designer) 
    • Donna Karan '87 (Fashion Designer) 
    • Jeanine Liburd '95 (Executive Vice President, Black Entertainment Television) 
    • Brad Mehldau '93 (Jazz Pianist)
    • Eduardo Ochoa '84 (President, California State University Monterey Bay) 
    • Ana Oliveira '84 (President, New York Women's Foundation)
    • Robert Pollin '82 (Economist) 
    • Joel Schumacher '65 (Film Director) 
    • Richard Silverstein '70 (Advertising Executive) 
    • Lorie Slutsky '77 (President, New York Community Trust) 
    • Frederica von Stade '69 (Opera Singer) 
    • Dr. Ruth Westheimer '59 (Therapist and Author) 
    • Sean Wilsey '95 (Author)
    • Robert Wong '90 (Chief Creative Officer, Google)

      Read more about The New School's notable alumni.


    The New School is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


    David E. Van Zandt, 2011–
    Bob Kerrey, 2001–2010
    Jonathan F. Fanton, 1982–1999
    John E. Everett, 1964–1982
    Henry David, 1960–1962
    Hans Simon, 1950–1960
    Bryn Hovde, 1945–1950
    Alvin Johnson, 1921–1945

    Statistics reflect October 2015 data. For the most up-to-date information, visit Institutional Research.

    Updated January 30, 2016: The New School, Marketing and Communication, 79 Fifth Avenue, 17th floor, NY, NY 10003 212.229.5667, communications@newschool.edu.