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Application Information

  • The New School's Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students welcomes applications from students of all ages and walks of life with the maturity to take charge of their education and complete a bachelor's degree in a stimulating, nontraditional academic environment. Students can go to school part-time or full-time, on-campus or online. This undergraduate program is designed for students with some prior college experience, although it is not a prerequisite for admission. All applicants must have a high school diploma or qualified GED, TASC, or HiSET.

    Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

    Application Deadlines

    • Fall Term Priority Deadline*: June 1
    • Spring Term Priority Deadline*: November 1
    • Summer Term Priority Deadline*: April 1

    *We accept applications after the priority deadline on a rolling basis. Please email if you are applying after the priority deadline.

    Financial Aid Deadlines

    Merit Scholarships:
    All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. Scholarship awards are included in applicants’ admission decision letters. 

    Federal Student Aid:
    If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. The New School’s federal school code is 002780. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid. Submit your FAFSA by our FAFSA Priority Deadlines below.

    • Fall: February 1
    • Spring: November 1

    International students:
    International students admitted to the program must file the Undergraduate International Scholarship Application in order to be considered for institutional need-based scholarships and grants.

    Application Instructions

    All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

    Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

    Students seeking nondegree coursework must contact the Office of Admission for instructions on completing the application.

    Application Requirements at a Glance

    Please see below for details on each of these application requirements.

    • Online Application
    • Application Fee
    • Official Transcripts
    • Two Essays
    • Resume
    • Interview (select applicants online)
    • Test Scores (select applicants only)
    • Letter of Recommendation (optional)

    Required Application Materials


    Complete the online application.

    Application Fee

    Application fees are $50 for U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for international applicants. Application fees are paid through the online application and are non-refundable. The New School waives application fees for those who meet the eligibility guidelines listed in the Application Fee Waivers section of our How to Apply information.

    Official Transcripts

    All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. An application will not be considered complete until all official transcripts have been received and processed by The Office of Admission.

    Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants who have completed more than 24 college credits (on a semester calendar) do not need to submit a high school transcript. All applicants are required to list all colleges previously attended on the application, and are required to submit official transcripts from every institution.

    Freshman Applicants: Freshman applicants must provide their high school transcript or qualified GED, TASC, or HiSET scores. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools may submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework from the previous school(s) is reflected on that transcript.

    High School Equivalency: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail.

    Homeschooling: Homeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or “grade” at the time of application. Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. Review the Test Scores and Additional Information and Instructions for Homeschool Applicants sections below for standardized test requirements and more information.

    Submitting Transcripts by Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants may send official transcripts they have received from their institution with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” for the mailing address in the Additional Instructions and Information section below.

    Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. Electronic transcripts must be sent to the email address The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are

    • Naviance
    • Parchment Exchange
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse

    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

    International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

    International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

    If using WES, visit for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “The New School” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.

    If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    International University Preparatory Curriculum: The New School welcomes applications from students from all over the world. In order to be competitive for admission, applicants must pursue their country’s university preparatory curriculum. For example:

    • If applying from an educational system that follows the UK model, we require either completed or predicted A levels from three subjects at the time of application
    • If applying from an education system that follows the Indian curriculum, we require completed or predicted Standard XII (HSC) results at the time of application

    Students with questions about their curriculum as it relates to admissibility to The New School may email


    Essay 1: Personal Statement. In approximately 500 words, explain why you have decided to apply to The New School’s Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students. Briefly describe your academic and/or professional accomplishments and why you would like to continue your education now. Finally, please include anything else you think is relevant for the Admission Committee to know.
    Essay 2: Educational Goals and Outcomes. In approximately 500 words, state your academic and professional goals and describe what outcomes you anticipate at the completion of your degree. Discuss in detail how studying at The New School will enable you to realize these goals. Finally, to help us understand how you would approach your education, review the Current Course Offerings, and choose 5 courses you would like to take within the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students. Discuss how these courses will provide a good foundation for you and how they support your academic and professional goals.


    Applicants should upload the current version of their résumé or curriculum vitae into the online application.


    A personal interview may be required. If the admission committee requires an interview, an admission counselor will contact you directly to schedule it.

    Test Scores

    SAT and ACT: The New School does not require submission of SAT or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete. Should you feel your SAT or ACT test scores are beneficial to your application, you may submit them for our consideration. Homeschool applicants must submit standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Homeschool applicants may submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT. The institution code for these tests is 7335.

    TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 88, for IELTS is 6.5, and for PTE is 59. Our TOEFL institution code is 2572.

    The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores for applicants:

    • Who have attended a secondary school for a minimum of three years where English is the primary language of instruction
    • Who have successfully completed two full semesters of non-ESL college-level expository writing
    • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years attendance)

    Upon review of your application the Office of Admission may require you to submit an English Language Proficiency test score to further evaluate your candidacy.

    Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores from tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test.

    For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

    Letter of Recommendation

    While a letter of recommendation is not required, applicants have the option to submit one if they wish. If submitting a letter of recommendation, the letter should come from an academic or professional reference who can attest to your potential for success in an undergraduate degree. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Portfolio (Riggio Honors Program only)

    Applicants to the Riggio Honors Program must provide samples of their writing to demonstrate that they have the writing skills and experience to excel in upper-level workshops and courses. The portfolio should include 10-15 pages of fiction/nonfiction or 10 pages of poetry. Portfolios will not be returned. The portfolio should be typewritten, double-spaced, and uploaded into the online application in the Riggio section provided.

    Additional Information and Instructions

    Applying to More Than One Program

    In any given term, a student can apply to only one department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.

    Application Materials

    All materials submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.

    Costs and Financial Aid

    Speak to an admission counselor about options for financing your education. The Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students has available several competitive scholarships, which are awarded annually on the basis of financial need and merit. All admitted students are automatically considered for certain scholarships and grants; others may require a separate application.

    Transferring Credits

    A maximum of 84 credits may transfer to the Adult Bachelor's Program. Credits earned from courses in disciplines/subjects that are taught at The New School with grades of C or better are eligible to transfer. Courses with grades of C- or lower are not eligible to transfer. Credits earned at regionally accredited institutions are eligible for transfer credit consideration. Credits earned at non-regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer on a case-by-case basis by the admission committee. Our admission counselors can provide a preliminary transfer credit evaluation before you formally apply for admission. Contact the Office of Admission to schedule a transfer credit review.

    The New School has specific transfer agreements with a number of affiliated institutions, for which a course-by-course evaluation is not required.

    Nondegree Enrollment

    It is possible to earn up to 12 undergraduate credits at The New School without applying for admission to a degree program. Visit Open Campus to see the range of courses available. You can register as a non-degree student for any course directly from the website. If you are subsequently admitted to the Adult Bachelor's Program, credits you earned as an Open Campus student may be carried into your undergraduate degree. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

    Choosing Your Major

    On the online application, you'll have the opportunity to select your major of interest. Please note, however, that your major will only be officially established once you meet with your academic faculty advisor within your first semester of enrollment in the program. If you are not certain which major you’d like to pursue, please select ‘Liberal Arts.’ If admitted, a faculty advisor will support you in determining which major is the best option for you.

    Advanced Level Credit

    AP, IB, and A-Level Courses may be eligible to transfer to your degree in the Adult Bachelor’s Program. If you have taken any of these exams, please submit these official scores so that they may be considered for transfer credit. Exam scores must come directly from the examination board. Scores reported on high school or college transcripts are not considered official.

    Homeschool Applicants

    The New School welcomes applications from homeschool students. The Admission Committee does not require advanced preparation in every academic area, but applicants should demonstrate substantial work in English, history, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, and science. Review the “Test Scores” and “Official Transcript” sections above for standardized test and transcript requirements. Upon completion of the homeschool curriculum students must provide proof of high school graduation or an equivalent. We will accept an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school; GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results; individual homeschool transcripts with date of completion; and certificates of completion recognized by local homeschool associations.


    The Application for Readmission should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). If you would like to apply for readmission, review the readmission deadlines and requirements in the Readmission section of our How to Apply information. If you have enrolled at another institution since you were enrolled at The New School, you should apply for admission as a transfer student according to the instructions outlined above.

    Internal Transfers

    The Internal Transfer Application is required for all current New School students who wish to transfer from one New School college to another. If you would like to apply as an internal applicant, review the deadlines and requirements in the Undergraduate Internal Transfer Policy section of our How to Apply information. Students who wish to change departments or majors within the same college should speak to their academic advisor.

    Application Status

    Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.

    Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.

    The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

    Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

    The New School's Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
    Office of Admission (NS 100)
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003