Student Life

Student Organizations

  • At Lang, we encourage you to participate in undergraduate life through social, cultural, recreational, and leadership activities. Engagement outside the classroom adds an important dimension to your education, and involvement in student clubs and activities can provide you with a sense of community.

    Student Leadership and Involvement

    72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) sponsors many organizations and leadership programs in addition to an extensive calendar of events, all of which promote community and collaboration among students. The university has many recognized student clubs, organized around professional, academic, and social interests, including political action and advocacy, creative and performing arts, faith and spirituality, and sports and recreation. A complete list is posted at NarwhalNation.

    University Student Senate

    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room 616B
    The University Student Senate (USS) is the official student government of The New School. Elected from all schools of the university, they are here to represent student concerns to administration, plan all-campus parties and events, make political statements, hear student issues, co-fund one-off events thrown by other people, and more. To schedule appointments, please email the senators at


    TNSchangemakers is a collaboration between New School students, faculty, and administrators to create a program incubator for diverse activities that will accelerate, broaden, and deepen social entrepreneurship and social innovation education at the university. Visit the TNSchangemakers blog for more information.

    The New School Free Press Student Newspaper

    65 West 11th Street, room 071
    The New School Free Press is a student-run digital newspaper serving The New School's university-wide community. Students may be able receive academic credit for working on the newspaper, depending on the particular assignments and responsibilities. You can contribute as a reporter, managing editor, section editor, copy editor, production chief, designer, photographer, publicist, etc. If interested, contact the New School Free Press or email

    Lang in the City

    72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    Student Leadership and Involvement coordinates Lang in the City, a program that lets you experience the artistic and cultural traditions of New York City by offering discounted tickets to Broadway theater, the Metropolitan Opera, and other performance venues. Tickets usually range in price and can be purchased at SLI. You will receive email announcements about ticket offers throughout the semester.

    Special Opportunities at NYC Cultural Institutions

    Each semester, Lang offers courses designed around exhibitions at prominent New York City cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, the New-York Historical Society, and the Public Theater. Students venture behind the scenes to meet with staff and guest artists and investigate the artistic process. These courses teach students about the life and art of featured artists and the social and political milieu of their work. Students can meet with museum curators to learn about both the featured exhibition and the curatorial process. Other similar courses allow students to explore the process of historical representation and interpretation through material culture with field analysis of historical sites and public art in New York. For more information, speak to your academic advisor.

    Lang Theater Productions

    Each semester, students are invited to audition for a theatrical production at Lang. Past plays produced by the faculty and students of Lang include Our Town, The Judith of Shimoda, From the Fire, Big Love, Measure for Measure, Nightclub Cantata, Operetta, and The Laramie Project. Public performances are scheduled in November and April. As members of the cast or crew, students can receive academic credit. For more information about auditions, contact a member of the theater faculty or the Arts program office.

    New School Debate Team

    Founded in 2003 by a freshman who wanted to build community at Lang, the New School Debate Team currently ranks 27th in the nation in college competitions, ahead of Dartmouth, USC, and NYU. The team competes in collegiate policy debate at the Novice, JV, and Open levels. It is a part of both the Cross Examination Debate Association (CDA) and the National Debate Tournament (NDT). The team also does campus and community outreach.

    Debating engages students in the full range of intellectual and policy arguments on selected issues of current public interest. It brings New School students as ambassadors to universities and other venues in the city, the country, and the world. Every semester, a workshop course in debate is offered for New School students interested in joining the team. New School students at any level of debate experience can join the team. Students can also volunteer to coach in the citywide Urban Debate League, a consortium of debating teams in New York City public high schools. For more information, contact Debate Team coach Vik Kennan at

    Student Housing and Residence Life

    72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    Students residing in campus housing should expect to enjoy new challenges and experiences and establish new friendships. University Housing supports learning by fostering residential communities that reinforce academic and personal growth. A secure and supportive environment with relevant programming allows residents to share experiences and activities, appreciate differences, and ease into the challenges of college. All residence halls provide exciting social and educational programs created to familiarize residents with both the traditions of The New School and the cultural opportunities of New York. Programs designed to engage intellectual and artistic interests and to promote personal health and wellness are implemented by the resident advisors. Our goal is to provide comfortable and inclusive communities that promote cultural awareness, academic achievement, and new and diverse experiences. Students who have questions or concerns about life in the residence halls should contact

    WNSR Radio

    WNSR is the New School's Web-based radio station. Students are responsible for managing and producing content for the station's five programming streams (currently a series of podcasts; streaming options are being explored). Course components include station management, marketing, and fundraising; audio production, including basic recording and mixing; broadcast journalism, including interviewing and writing for radio; feature production, editing, and critique; music programming; and artistic performance programming, which involves interfacing with Lang's wide array of creative performance and arts programming. To listen, visit WNSR.

    Eleven and a Half Literary Journal

    Students learn about literary journal publishing by researching contemporary practices in the field and by editing content for Lang's literary arts journal, Eleven and a Half. The editorial process includes developing goals for the journal, soliciting submissions, reading and evaluating submissions, and responding to authors. Students learn the basic vocabulary of journal production and publishing. Current trends in literary editing are discussed. There are field trips to presses and organizations that support literary publishing, and classes feature visits by New York City-based literary arts editors, from do-it-yourself practices, letterpress, book arts, Web-based journals, university and college-based publications, and journals with a larger mainstream readership. Register for the course or contact Albert Mobilio for more information.

    Skybridge Art and Sound

    The Skybridge curatorial course provides an opportunity for students to take part in multimedia exhibitions and curriculum-based projects in the arts. Showcasing visiting artist work, student work, and broader curatorial projects, the Skybridge space is a vibrant and exciting laboratory for visual, aural, and critical thinking. Students consider several distinct ideas for the management of the gallery space, supported by readings, field trips to art galleries, public radio stations and sound installations, and a toured visit of a museum given by a professional curator. The history and practice of audio art is introduced in the context of conceiving and installing actual exhibitions, including creating acoustical landscapes to complement the visual and textual components of each project. There are usually two to three exhibitions per semester.

    Dance Repertories

    In this course, advanced dancers develop performance skills through rehearsals and performances of a dance work choreographed by a guest artist. The repertory work is performed at the end of the semester in the semester Dance Performance. The course is taught by a rotating group of artists currently practicing in the field, giving students the opportunity to engage with varied approaches to choreographic research and understandings of the body and of performance, as conceived and employed by some of the field's most adventurous contemporary practitioners. An audition is required.


    72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    New School Recreation offers students opportunities to take part in physical exercise and sports while meeting new people, enjoying social interaction, and building community. Throughout the academic year, the office supports intramural team sports as well as weekly recreation programs (group fitness classes and personal training), outdoor education and activities, and other special recreational events. For questions, please contact Recreation.