The New School Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

The New School
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The New School Admissions Overview:

The New School admits two-thirds of those who apply, making it somewhere between selective and open. Students will generally need grades and scores above average to be admitted, although the school also looks at a student's academic history, extracurricular activities, and other factors when making an admissions decision.

The New School GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Accepted, Rejected, and Waitlisted Students
The New School GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Accepted, Rejected, and Waitlisted Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016):

The New School Description:

The New School has an enviable location in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The New School is actually made up of many New Schools -- The New School for Social Research, Parsons The New School for Design, The New School for Public Engagement, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Drama, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Students come from all 50 states and well over 100 foreign countries. Students can choose from 88 degree programs and majors, 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. Among undergraduates, art and liberal studies fields are most popular, and at the master's level art, communications, creative writing, and social sciences all have robust enrollments. 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 always been a haven for progressive thinkers. Notable alumni include Eleanor Roosevelt, Shimon Peres, James Baldwin, and Woody Allen. Note that many programs at The New School require auditions or portfolios, so prospective students should check application requirements carefully.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 10,301 (7,106 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 26% Male / 74% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,440
  • Books: $1,589 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $18,420
  • Other Expenses: $2,010
  • Total Cost: $67,459

The New School Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 94%
    • Loans: 41%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,839
    • Loans: $8,278

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Design and Technology, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Jazz, Liberal Arts, Literature, Performing Arts

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 15%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 53%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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