The New School: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

The New School

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The New School is a private research university with an acceptance rate of 57%. Located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, The New School is made up of several schools: the College Of Performing Arts, the Eugene Lang College Of Liberal Arts, the Parsons School of Design, the Schools of Public Engagement, Parsons Paris, and Open Campus. Students come from all 50 states and well over 116 foreign countries. Students can choose from 134 degree and diploma programs, and the curriculum does not have rigid core requirements. Instead, students take primary responsibility for designing a plan of study that speaks to their interests and goals. Academics are supported by a healthy 9-to-1 student / faculty ratio. The New School is also home to numerous centers, institutes, and think tanks, and the school has historically been a haven for progressive thinkers. Notable alumni include Harry Belafonte, Anna Sui, Shimon Peres, James Baldwin, and Edward Hopper. Note that many programs at The New School require auditions or portfolios, so prospective students should check application requirements carefully.

Considering applying to The New School? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, The New School had an acceptance rate of 57%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 57 students were admitted, making The New School's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 9,911
Percent Admitted 57%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 32%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The New School has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to The New School may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 34% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 670
Math 560 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of The New School's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to The New School scored between 590 and 670, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 560 and 690, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 690. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1360 or higher is competitive for The New School.

Requirements

The New School does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that The New School does not require the optional essay section of the SAT. The New School does not provide information about the school's SAT superscore policy.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The New School has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to The New School may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 16% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 33
Math 22 27
Composite 24 30

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of The New School's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to The New School received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Note that The New School does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, The New School does not require the optional ACT writing section.The New School does not provide information about the school's ACT superscore policy.

GPA

The New School does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

The New School Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
The New School Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to The New School. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The New School, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool with high average SAT/ACT scores. However, The New School also has a holistic admissions process and is test optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay, and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Note that each college that makes up The New School has unique application requirements which may include auditions, portfolio submissions, and essays. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of The New School's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent students who were accepted to The New School. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, an ACT composite of 21 or higher, and a high school average of a "B" or better. A significant percentage of admitted students had grades in the "A" range. Note that The New School is test-optional, so other elements of the application are more important than scores in the admissions process.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and The New School Undergraduate Admissions Office.