Recent Updates: The New School has plans to re-open its New York City campus for in-person teaching and learning in fall 2021. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled The New School to reimagine our educational experience and led us to deliver academic instruction online. Now that vaccines have been approved and distribution has begun, we are pleased to announce that we will reopen our New York City campus in fall 2021 for a return to predominantly in-person teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

    Our classroom instruction and other in-person curricular experiences will address safety protocols, health services, and support plans to minimize the risks posed by COVID-19 at the university. We will continue to closely 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. 

    Fall 2021 Teaching and Learning

    While we don’t have all the answers yet about how our campus reopening will unfold, here is some important information about what you can expect for the upcoming academic year.

    • Classes in undergraduate and graduate degree programs will be conducted predominantly in person. Most classes designed for in-person instruction are expected to be held face to face on campus.
    • We are planning for students to have access to study and rehearsal spaces, the Making Center, specialized equipment, workshops, and instruments. 
    • We know that not all students will be able to attend in-person classes, for reasons beyond their control. The university will make every effort to accommodate students who cannot be on campus; however, we cannot guarantee that all courses will be available for distance learning.
    • Faculty and some staff will resume their on-campus roles. Faculty will return to campus to teach in the fall, and staff whose roles call on them to regularly interact with students or faculty will return to campus in some capacity. 
    • Our Fall 2021 FAQs address additional details of how our community will be living, learning, and experiencing the coming academic year.

    In addition to this news about teaching and learning in fall 2021, we are also pleased to announce:

    • Residence halls will be open and we anticipate housing will be available to anyone who would like to reside on campus. Learn more about housing.
    • Dining services will resume, with operations as close to normal as possible, including both in-person and grab-and-go options. Capacity will be governed by New York City restaurant regulations, and we will provide an update when more information is available.

    Contingency Planning

    We are aware that much uncertainty remains across the university, even while we need to move ahead with planning and registration. While we are optimistic that pandemic conditions will continue to improve and that courses will be delivered as scheduled, we know that some students may not be able to return to campus for reasons outside of their control, and we are working to accommodate those students’ needs. We also know that to protect the health and safety of our community, our plans must remain flexible and ready to adapt as nimbly as possible to changing circumstances and government guidelines.

    To minimize disruptions by having contingency plans at the ready, The New School is developing:  

    • A plan for in-person classes with some remote offerings for students unable to return to campus for reasons outside of their control. In particular, we are closely monitoring consulate re-openings, and working with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to assess and address the needs of international students who may not be able to obtain visa appointments prior to the start of the semester. 

    • A plan to adapt teaching and learning for reduced capacity in classrooms and on campus, should this be necessary.

    Though we cannot guarantee that all courses will be available for remote learning, our goal is to provide options where we can. Our work to assess course needs will continue over the coming months in partnership with advising, program directors, and students. If changes to course schedule options are needed, they will be published around June 1,  when The New School will affirm or revise its academic plan based on city, state, and national guidelines (per the university’s Safe Return to Campus Fall 2021 Working Group Report from February). After June 1, we will assist students in making any necessary adjustments to their schedules.

    • Future Updates

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

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