Recent Updates: The New School has plans to re-open its New York City campus for in-person teaching and learning in fall 2021. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • 20-21 Academic Plan

  • The New School for Social Research is excited to welcome you to a rigorous and engaging 2020-2021 academic year. Our community is defined by high-level teaching, learning, and research on today’s most pressing issues — work that has grown even more urgent. In classes, world-class events, and more, we are committed to offering you the academic and co-curricular experiences that help you both develop as scholars and practitioners, and make progress toward degree completion.

    Fall 2021: Safe Campus Reopening

    The New School is planning for a robust in‑person student experience both inside and outside the classroom starting in fall 2021 and beyond. Our goal is to re-open our New York City campus in fall 2021 for a return to in-person teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Learn more about our plans.

    Spring 2021

    • In alignment with the university’s 2020-2021 academic plans, instruction for all NSSR courses are fully online in spring 2021.
    • All NSSR courses continue as usual, running the full 15 weeks of the fall semester and meeting once a week.
    • Students are able to study and work closely with our dedicated faculty members in classes and one-on-one during office hours. As always, our Academic Affairs staff and student advisors are available to help with guidance, advising, and any other questions. 
    • As part of our vibrant student community, students are able join and lead student organizations, reading and research groups, and conferences, as well as develop new ones together with peers.
    • The Dean’s Office, academic departments, and interdisciplinary centers are delivering a busy calendar of online keynote lectures, talks, and book launches. Likewise, the Graduate Center for Professional and Career Development offers skills-building workshops, networking events, careers fairs, and one-on-one advising sessions.

    Incoming Students and Continuing Students

    Please contact your student advisor with any questions.

    University FAQ 

    We understand you may have questions regarding how The New School community will be living, learning, and experiencing the university in the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more in our FAQ.

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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.


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