• EXCEL! Pre-Orientation Program

    EXCEL! is a new optional two-day, overnight pre-orientation program designed to give new first-year students and their families an early glimpse of life at The New School.

    EXCEL! takes place in June and is in addition to New Student Orientation, which take place in August. The EXCEL! programs are small and inviting, and are an excellent way for students to acclimate to their new home and meet others in low-pressure settings. They also give family members the chance to get a taste of campus life.

    Why come to EXCEL! Summer Pre-Orientation?

    • Meet new Narwhals and families
    • Register for classes
    • Receive one-on-one advising
    • Learn more about The New School and our campus
    • Network with current students, faculty, and staff
    • Get a feel for living in NYC
    • Stay overnight in the residence hall
    • Pick up your newcard — your official student ID
    • HAVE FUN!

    2017 Session Dates

    Sessions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    • Session 1: June 9–10, 2017
    • Session 2: June 15–16, 2017
    • Session 3: June 20–21, 2017
    • Session 4: June 23–24, 2017
    • Session 5: June 29–30, 2017


    • Student: $160.00 – includes three meals, facility usage, resources, student activities, and overnight student accommodations in our 13th Street Residence Hall for one night. Students are required to stay overnight in the residence hall as part of the pre-orientation experience.
    • Parent/Family Member: $110.00 – includes three meals, facility usage, resource guide, parent and family social, and souvenir
    • Parent/Family Overnight Accommodations in 13th Street Residence Hall: $50.00 (fee is in addition to the Parent/Family Fee)

    EXCEL! Pre-Orientation Schedule

    Coming in early May. Attendees should plan to arrive on day one by 4:00 p.m. and depart on day two by 4:00 p.m.


    Please visit this page to submit your registration and payment.