All BFA and BBA students entering as freshmen will have similar first-year experiences, taking many of the same required courses. Students will be able to shape their path of study within those requirements by selecting from available options.
Now you're ready to go to Starfish to schedule a meeting with your advisor.
Incoming students will need a laptop that meets our minimum technical specifications. Refer to the
Laptop Requirement information sheet for details.
You must check in your laptop for logging and verification to fulfill the requirement. We will share information about the check-in process with you by email during the summer.
If you are interested in purchasing an Apple laptop, visit The New School’s
Apple Store for Education, which provides a discount on Apple products. Other technology discounts available through The New School can be found
Information Technology page.
All first-year students will receive a subscription to
Adobe Creative Cloud, which is provided by the university at no additional cost. The subscription gives you access to all the programs
you'll need for your courses. You will be required to use the Creative Cloud version of Adobe programs for your coursework, and your instructors will use Creative Cloud software in the classroom. The software subscription will be available when you
arrive on campus, so please do not sign up for membership in advance.
We also recommend that students have Microsoft Office installed on their laptops. You do not need to have the newest version. If you already have Microsoft Office installed on your laptop, you can continue using the version you have. If you do not have
Microsoft Office, you can receive Office 365 Education for free by signing up through the
Office 365 Education page, using your New School email address. You will have access to the software as long as you are a student.
Make sure you're prepared for the first day of class by purchasing your required tools and supplies, listed on the First-Year Core Materials List. The core materials kit is made available at a substantial discount through our partnership with
Blick Art Materials. More information about where and how to purchase the kit will be provided when you arrive on campus. (Please
note that you are responsible for purchasing the external hard drive on the core materials list; it is not included in the kit.)
First-Year Student Advising