Recent Updates: The New School has released its academic plan for 2020-21 and a phased reopening plan for its New York campus. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • How to Apply

  • We’re here to guide you through the application process. Many students and their communities have been affected by natural disasters this year. If you're among those who've been affected and have questions or concerns about deadline extensions, fee waivers, or anything else, please don't hesitate to reach out with requests for support and flexibility. If you have any questions, please email our admission counselors at

    Each of our colleges has unique application requirements. These may include auditions, portfolio submissions, or essays.

    Steps to Apply: Undergraduate

    Follow these steps to apply to our undergraduate programs:

    Step 1: Select your college.
    Not sure which college at The New School is right for you? Explore your options.

    Step 2: Complete the application for your intended degree.

    Step 3: Follow the specific application instructions.
    Use the links below to find the specific application instructions and requirements for your college and program.

    Step 4: Check your application status.
    Log in to your Admission Hub to check the status of your application materials. Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. Allow at least ten days from the date you submitted your application for the application materials checklist to appear. After reviewing your checklist in the Admission Hub, follow up with schools and recommenders to confirm that your transcripts, recommendations, and other materials have been sent.

    Parsons School of Design


    Associate in Applied Science

    • AAS degrees: for professionals interested in launching or advancing their careers in communication design, fashion design, fashion marketing and communication, or interior design

    Parsons Paris

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    College of Performing Arts

    School of Drama

    Mannes School of Music

    School of Jazz and Contemporary Music

    Schools of Public Engagement

    Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students

    Associate in Applied Science

    Application Fee Waivers

    The New School waives application fees for those who meet the eligibility guidelines listed below. If you believe you meet at least one of the requirements or might qualify because of personal financial circumstances, please contact the Office of Admission by email at or by phone at 212.229.5150. We will contact you if additional documentation is required. Below are the eligibility guidelines for application fee waivers:

    Internal Transfer Applicants

    The New School is committed to helping students find the best programs to meet their educational and career goals. Regular communication with advising staff, faculty, and other university administrators can help inform students on course choices and internship opportunities. If a student’s educational plan cannot be accommodated in the student's current New School college, an internal transfer may be appropriate.

    New School students may file an application for internal transfer in their second semester of study at the university. For those individuals seeking transfer to a major in Parsons School of Design or the College of Performing Arts, a portfolio or audition must be completed as part of the admission review process. Internal transfer admissibility is subject to available space in programs and the applicant meeting program criteria and eligibility (see below); the university will accommodate internal transfer requests wherever possible, but it is not guaranteed. Please note that students should consult with Student Financial Services to confirm any changes in financial aid packages before confirming an offer. Finally, please consult with an advisor about potential changes in time to completion of the undergraduate degree.

    Eligibility and Requirements

    • Minimum one semester completed at The New School
    • Must be enrolled at time of filing of application
    • Must be in good academic standing
    • Must have completed the Internal Application by March 1 for fall consideration and by October 1 for spring consideration (applications received after the deadlines will be considered subject to space availability)
    • Response to essay prompt: Please describe your interest in the school, college, or program you are applying to. We are also interested in learning why the program you are enrolled in is not the right fit for you. Share any additional information you would like the admission committee to know while they review your academic record. (250-600 words)
    • Portfolio or audition, if applicable
    • Confirmation of transfer within three weeks of offer
  • Contact Us

    Office of Admission
    72 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011

    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application


To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.