Policies and Resources

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    Academic Policies

    Eugene Lang College Academic Catalog
    Refer to the academic catalog for academic policies. Below is information concerning common questions.

    Attendance Policy
    Because of the nature of seminar-style learning, attendance is critical. Four absences in a course that meets twice a week results in one letter grade reduction for the course. More than four absences results in receiving a failing grade for the course. Some exceptions apply for extenuating circumstances such as an extended illness requiring hospitalization or visit to a physician (documentation required), a family emergency such as serious illness (with written explanation), and observance of a religious holiday.

    Please note that some courses may have more stringent attendance policies because of course schedule (half-semester classes, classes meeting once a week) or the course assignments (labs, workshops, studios). It is essential that students keep in contact with their professors and review the syllabus for specific attendance policies for a course. Note: Tardiness can count as an absence.

    Breadth Requirement for Freshmen and Sophomores
    We encourage students to explore academically during freshman and sophomore years. To assist in that process, we require that students take no more than two courses within a single subject during a semester.

    Catalog Year
    All degree students are subject to requirements based on a particular catalog, referred to as the student’s “catalog year.” The catalog year is the set of degree requirements in effect at the time of the student's admission except where noted below.

    Continuing students who are newly admitted to the BA/BFA program will be advised of their Parsons and Lang catalog years by their academic advisor. 

    Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment will be required to complete the courses and credits corresponding to their year-level cohort upon returning to their programs. This may result in a change of the catalog year for the student.

    Any interruption to a student’s initial course of study (such as a change of major, change of degree, or leave of absence) or a failure to progress/enroll may result in a change of catalog year. Students will be advised of any implications during change of major, readmission, and exit processes.

    In the case that the university changes the required curriculum for a program, students currently enrolled in the altered program will be required to complete the new requirements going forward from the level to which they have already progressed. They are not required to take courses or meet other requirements below the level to which they have progressed.

    Full-Time Status
    A minimum of 12 credits is required to be at full-time status.

    Grade Changes
    Final grades are subject to revision by the instructor with the approval of the dean’s office for one semester following the term in which the course was offered unless the degree has been conferred. After that time has elapsed, or if a degree has been conferred, all grades recorded in the Registrar’s Office become a permanent part of the academic record, and no changes are permitted.

    In the interest of fairness to all students registered in a course, grade changes should be submitted only for the following reasons: 1) a recording or calculation error was made by the instructor or 2) an agreement was made between the student and the instructor to reevaluate all work submitted during the semester in which the course was taught. Please note that an agreement by the instructor to reevaluate work does not guarantee a higher grade. No work should be accepted after the semester has ended unless a grade of Incomplete was approved by the instructor before the last class session.

    Grade Appeal Policy
    A student can petition for academic review of a grade by following the procedure outlined below within 60 days from the date the grade was posted or within 30 days if the student has petitioned to graduate. Before appealing for a change of grade, you should first ask the instructor to explain his or her reasons for assigning the grade. If you are not satisfied with the explanation, you can appeal the grade as follows:

    Write a letter to the faculty member stating clearly your objection to the grade received and requesting a different grade. Copy your letter to the department chair or director, or, if the faculty member is also the department director, to the dean or school's director.

    The instructor must return a written response to your letter within one month of receipt, likewise copied to the department chair or director (or the school's dean or director).

    If you are not satisfied with the faculty member's response, you can appeal further by writing to the school's dean or director, who will designate another member of the administration or faculty to review your and the instructor's previous communications.

    The person designated will convene an appeals committee to investigate your outstanding differences and make a recommendation to the dean or director. The dean or director will make a final decision about the grade.

    Minimum GPA
    Undergraduates must maintain a term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. Students whose term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation, which involves academic interventions such as regular meetings with an advisor and may affect his or her financial aid. In some cases, first-year students may be placed on academic warning for one semester instead of probation. Students on academic warning who fail to bring their term and cumulative GPA above 2.0 in the next semester will be placed on academic probation. Keep in mind that different standards may apply in relation to scholarships that have been received.

    Maximum Number of Credits per Semester
    Lang students can take a maximum of 18 credits per semester without incurring additional charges. BA/BFA students can register for a maximum of 21 credits per semester without incurring additional charges.

    Registration Restrictions
    Freshmen are restricted to taking classes at the 1000 or 2000 level in the first semester. Students will be prohibited from taking a course if they have not completed the prerequisite course(s). Students can check for prerequisites in the course descriptions at the Lang Course Finder

    Required Courses
    In the first semester, freshmen are required to take Writing the Essay I and the First Year Seminar. In the second semester, freshmen are required to take Writing the Essay II. Outside of courses required for one’s major, Lang students are required to take two university lecture courses before they graduate. These are usually denoted by the subject code ULEC.

    Advising Resources and Documents

    Registration Dates

    Important: Registration start dates are based on your earned credit and do not include credits currently in progress. 

    Course and College Information

    Advising Documents

    • Registration Worksheet (PDF)
    • Independent Study Guidelines and Form (PDF)
    • Program Requirement Worksheets: Use the program worksheet for your major to track your progress. You can find the worksheet for your major on the curricular page (Degree Requirements, Concentration, etc.) of your area of study (see programs in Academics). Students who declared earlier than 2011 should see an academic advisor for degree requirements.

    New School Student Information Hub. Find links to services and resources available to you. Learn about opportunities to make the most of your New School experience, on campus and off.

    Center for Student Success; 212.229.5100 x2264. This cross-disciplinary, multiservice office is dedicated to helping you develop academically and move toward your career goals. Visit the center's website and discover an array of exciting programs and helpful resources. For questions about academic advising, contact the center or schedule an appointment with your academic advisor at via the Student Success Network, also known as Starfish, which can be found on the Academics tab. 

    Career Services

    Career Development Workshops

    The New School Center of Student Success - Careers emphasizes a well-rounded approach to career planning, helping you make and implement sound career decisions to ensure personal and professional growth. Gaining professional experience through an internship can help you succeed. The center offers career success workshops and individual counseling meetings to help you develop the skills to pursue internships and career opportunities and to develop a plan of action for your career. For a schedule of workshops and upcoming events, and to make an appointment with a counselor, visit Career Success. Other services include:

    • One-on-one career counseling (including assessments MBTI and Strong Interest)
    • Résumé, curriculum vitae, portfolio, and cover letter review
    • Practice/mock interview sessions
    • Posting of internships, on- and off-campus jobs, local nonprofessional and temporary positions, and full-time jobs
    • Information about graduate school and effective job search strategies
    • Career Development workshops and events

    First Year Writing Exemption

    All first-year students are required to complete two topic-based courses in expository writing, Writing the Essay I and Writing the Essay II (LFYW 1000 and LFYW 1500). Students who transfer with first-year standing (less than two full-time semesters completed at a prior college) may be considered for an exemption from one or both courses, but only if they can provide evidence of having successfully completed equivalent courses that focus on developing advanced writing, research and critical reading skills at another college with grades of “C” or better. AP credits and college credits for creative writing, creative nonfiction, and journalism are not accepted as equivalents to LFYW 1000 and LFYW 1500. If you believe you may be eligible for an exemption, please speak with your academic advisor. Students who transfer to Lang with sophomore standing or higher are automatically exempt from first-year requirements.

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    University Learning Center

    • Writing Assistance and Tutoring
      The University Learning Center offers writing assistance and tutoring. General writing appointments are available for writers at all skill levels. Tutors can help at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to developing an outline or rough draft to revising and editing.  

      General writing appointments can be scheduled on  Starfish. For information on how to make an appointment, please see this  video or download this  handout (PDF).

    • Math and Economics Tutoring  

      ULC math tutors can provide assistance with the following subjects:

      • Calculus
      • Economics
      • Math Merchandising   
      • Math Tools
      • Quantitative Reasoning
      • SPSS
      • Statistics

      If you need help with another subject, contact and they will try to accommodate you. 

      Math appointments can be scheduled on  Starfish. For information on how to make an appointment, please see this  video or download this  handout (PDF).

    • ESL Services and Support

      ESL-certified tutors provide support in writing, speaking, and pronunciation. For those seeking assistance with writing, tutors can help with grammar, content, structure, clarity, etc. ESL speech appointments are available for students looking to expand their vocabulary, improve their pronunciation, and practice presentations and daily conversation. At the same time, speech appointments provide students with a valuable opportunity to enhance their listening skills.

      ESL appointments can be scheduled on  Starfish. For information on how to make an appointment, please see this  video or download this  handout (PDF).

    • Visit the Learning Center's Resources page for handouts on
      • Academic Writing
      • Citations
      • Grammar
      • Math/Economics/Excel
      • Presentations
      • Research and Research Papers
      • Thesis
      • Time Management

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