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  • New Student Application Process

    Interested students should complete the Mannes Prep Online Application and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75. The application deadline for fall 2020 auditions is April 15, 2020; the application deadline for spring 2020 auditions is January 1, 2020. New students are admitted to Mannes Prep after passing a faculty audition and a music theory placement test.

    Audition Dates

    Spring 2020 Auditions

    Mannes Prep will be holding a limited-entry round of mid-year auditions based on program availability on January 8, 2020, after 3:00 p.m. We are unable to accept beginning students for mid-year entry, as our curriculum is year-long. For more information, please email mannesprep@newschool.edu.

    Fall 2020 Auditions

    • Saturday, May 16 — Strings, Guitar, Piano, and Program for the Very Young
    • Sunday, May 17 — Voice, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition

    Audition Information

    • String, Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, and Piano students with experience should prepare two contrasting pieces and a major and minor scale of their choice. Accompanists are neither required nor provided for instrumentalists, although they are welcome to bring their own if they wish.
    • Vocalists should prepare two contrasting songs, one of which should be in English. An accompanist will be provided.
    • Composers should bring two scores of pieces they have written. Recordings are welcome but not required.
    • All auditionees take a music theory placement test to determine which theory class is best for them.
    • For young students who have not previously studied music, the audition is a chance for the faculty and students to get to know one another and determine the right fit, so no prepared performance is required.

    Cost-of-attendance information is available on the Mannes Prep Tuition & Fees Sheet.

    Financial aid is available, and completed 2019-2020 Mannes Prep Financial Aid Applications should be submitted with supporting documentation by the regular application deadline.

    Continuing Students Renewal Process

    Returning students must renew by May 1 to ensure a place for the following year. Renewal instructions are emailed to families by the Prep office, and the process music must be completed and the nonrefundable tuition deposit paid by May 1. Course schedules are emailed to continuing students shortly before the start of classes.

    For more information about the admission or renewal process, please email us at mannesprep@newschool.edu.

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.