Lang

Admission

How to Apply

  • Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

    Fall Application Deadlines:

    • Freshman Early Action: November 1 
    • Freshman Early Action BA/BFA Pathway with Parsons: November 1
    • Freshman Regular Decision: January 15*
    • BA/BFA Pathway with Jazz or Parsons: January 15
    • Transfers: April 1*
    • Non-Degree and Visiting Students: March 15*

    Spring Application Deadlines:

    • Freshman, Transfer, BA/BFA Pathways, Non-Degree, and Visiting Students: October 15*

    *Priority deadline. Applications will be accepted after this deadline if space is still available in the program.

    Financial Aid Deadlines

    All applicants admissible into our program are considered for a merit scholarship award that is determined by the strength of their application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.) You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadlines:

    • Fall: February 1
    • Spring: November 1

    Application Instructions

    All applicants are required to apply online using the Common Application. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

    Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

    Students seeking nondegree/continuing education coursework must contact the Office of Admission for instructions on completing the application.

    See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.

    Required Application Materials

    Application

    Complete the Common Application. All applicants are required to apply online.

    Application Fee

    A nonrefundable $50 application fee, payable as part of the online application.

    Official Transcripts

    All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

    Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. Transfer students must complete at least two years of study in our program.

    By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” for mailing address in the Additional Instructions and Information section below.

    Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are

    • Naviance
    • Parchment Exchange
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse

    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

    High School Equivalency: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results via postal mail.

    Homeschooling: Homeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or “grade.” Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization, homeschool applicants must obtain and submit a GED as confirmation of completing a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. If an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschool students must submit an equivalency or GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results. Individual homeschool transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation. Review the Test Scores section and Additional Information and Instructions for Homeschool Applicants below for standardized test requirements and more information.

    International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

    International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

    If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “The New School” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.

    If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Essays

    Applicants to The New School are required to respond to the following New School essay prompt when completing the Common Application:

    The New School brings together a dynamic group of students interested in art, design, performing arts, entrepreneurship and critical thought. We would like to know more about your interest in joining our community and why you would be a good fit for The New School. We are particularly interested in knowing why you have applied to a specific school, college, program, area of study, or campus.

      Additionally, Lang applications are encouraged to submit the Common Application personal essay, although it is not a requirement.

      Letters of Recommendation

      Applicants applying directly from high school must submit the Common Application School Report, one counselor recommendation and one recommendation from a teacher. Students transferring from other colleges or universities must submit one recommendation from a professor with whom they have studied. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the Common Application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the Common Application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

      Test Scores

      SAT, ACT, and SAT Subjects: The New School does not require submission of SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete. Should you feel your SAT, SAT Subject Test or ACT test scores are beneficial to your application, you may submit them for our consideration. Homeschool applicants must submit standardized test scores from the either the SAT or ACT. Homeschool applicants may submit two SAT Subject Test results in lieu of the SAT. The SAT institution code is 2521. The ACT code is 2828.

      TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2521.

      The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores for applicants:

      • Who have attended a secondary school for a minimum of three years where English is the primary language of instruction
      • Who have successfully completed two full semesters of non-ESL college-level expository writing
      • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years attendance)

      Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission may require you to submit an English Language Proficiency test score.

      Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores from the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

      Additional Information and Instructions

      Applying to More Than One Program

      In any given term, a student can apply to only one department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.

      Advanced-Level Credit

      AP, IB, and A-Level Courses: Admitted students who have completed AP, IB, and A-Level coursework are able to have their results evaluated for advanced standing credit. Results must be sent directly from the College Board (AP Test Score Code 2521), the International Baccalaureate Organization, or from the A-Level examination boards.

      Homeschool Applicants

      The New School welcomes applications from homeschool students. The Admission Committee does not require advanced preparation in every academic area, but applicants should demonstrate substantial work in English, history, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, and science. Review the Test Scores and Official Transcripts sections above for standardized test and transcript requirements.

      Readmission

      The Application for Readmission should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). If you would like to apply for readmission, review the readmission deadlines and requirements in the Readmission section of our How to Apply information. If you would like to transfer 24 or more semester-based credits, you should apply for admission as a transfer student according to the instructions above.

      Internal Transfers

      The Internal Transfer Application is required for all current New School students who wish to transfer from one New School college to another. If you would like to apply as an internal applicant, review the deadlines and requirements in the Undergraduate Internal Transfer Policy section of our How to Apply information. Students who wish to change departments or majors within the same college should speak to their academic advisor.

      Visiting and Non-Degree Students

      Students who wish to study at Lang for one or two semesters and not earn a degree should apply as a visiting/non-degree student. To be considered students must complete the Visiting and Non-Degree Online Application and submit all required documents.

      • Visiting students are those who attend another college or university and plan on returning after study at The New School. In order to be eligible for visiting student status, the applicant must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good standing at their current institution.
      • Non-degree students are not matriculated in a program elsewhere and are also eligible for temporary full or part time study at The New School.

      Application Status

      Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.

      Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.

      The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

      Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

      Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
      Office of Admission (LC 100)
      79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
      New York, NY 10003

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