The New School

New York, New York

#133 National Colleges

57.34% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

7,284 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, medium, primarily residential

By Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA - The University Center for the New School, CC BY 2.0,

The New School is a private research university in New York City. It was founded in 1919 as The New School for Social Research with an original mission dedicated to academic freedom and intellectual inquiry and a home for progressive thinkers. Since then, the school has grown to house five divisions within the university. These include the Parsons School of Design, the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts (which itself consists of the Mannes School of Music, the School of Drama, and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music), The New School for Social Research, and the Schools of Public Engagement.

In addition, the university maintains the Parsons Paris campus and has also launched or housed a range of institutions, such as the international research institute World Policy Institute, the Philip Glass Institute, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the India China Institute, the Observatory on Latin America, and the Center for New York City Affairs. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". Approximately 10,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs and disciplines including design, social sciences, music, liberal arts, humanities, architecture, fine arts, design, drama, finance, psychology, and public policy.

Its faculty and alumni include numerous notable businesspeople, political figures, fashion designers, journalists, musicians, and artists. Notable students and alumni who have achieved prominence in political and business fields include economist Heather Boushey, a member of President Joe Biden's Council of Economic Advisers; Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook; Douglas Cliggott, former chief investment strategist for JPMorgan Chase; entrepreneur Stewart Krentzman, formerly an executive at Oki Electric Industry; former President of Israel Shimon Peres; and former Brazilian Minister of Finance Nelson Barbosa. In the arts, notable alumni include the artist-activist Harry Belafonte; fashion designers Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Donna Karan; actors Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Rod Steiger, Bea Arthur, and Bradley Cooper; jazz legend Bill Evans; trumpeter/composer Roy Hargrove; songwriter Burt Bacharach; soprano Frederica von Stade; playwright Lorraine Hansberry; composer John Cage; and painter Norman Rockwell.

"The New School." Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 15 February 2022,

New York, New York

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Visual And Performing Arts 62.1%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 8.9%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 6.3%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 5.6%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 5.0%
English Language And Literature/Letters 3.1%
Social Sciences 2.6%
Psychology 2.0%
Architecture And Related Services 1.4%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.3%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 0.8%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.4%
History 0.3%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.2%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1275 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 700 630 560
Verbal 680 635 590

ACT Scores

28 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 28 25 22
English 33 29 25