The New School Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of The New School

The New School has an enviable location in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 10,544 (7,444 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 25% Male/75% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,954
  • Books: $1,587
  • Room and Board: $17,600
  • Other Expenses: $2,010
  • Total Cost: $72,151

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 86%
    • Loans: 39%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,566
    • Loans: $6,893

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Fashion/Apparel Design; Fine and Studio Arts Management; Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Fine/Studio Arts, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 11%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 55%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

Overview of The New School Admissions

The New School admits two-thirds of applicants, which makes it mostly open. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

  • The New School Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 590/670
    • SAT Math: 560/690
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 24/30
    • ACT English: 24/33
    • ACT Math: 22/27

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for The New School, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If The New School is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas Tech University, Pace University, University of North Texas, San Jose State University, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for The New School, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

George Mason University, Seton Hall University, Howard University, University of Houston, San Diego State University, University of California, Riverside, University of Arizona

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than The New School. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Texas at Dallas, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy

Applying to The New School

Application Deadline: August 1

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