• Visiting Students
  • Selected programs at The New School welcome visiting students, non-degree students, and exchange students to spend a semester enrolled in The New School's innovative, engaging, and rigorous classes.

    • Visiting students are degree-seeking students at another college or university who enroll at The New School for a semester with plans to return to their home institution after studying at The New School.
    • Non-degree students are not currently degree-students at another institution and take classes at The New School to earn credit.
    • Exchange students are students whose home institution has an established exchange agreement with The New School. If you are enrolled in an exchange partner school with Parsons School of Design or an exchange partner school with Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, please contact your home institution for information on next steps and how to apply.

    For questions about applying to and studying at The New School as a visiting or non-degree student, please email visiting@newschool.edu.

    Undergraduate Visiting and Non-Degree Student Application Deadlines

    Fall semester (late August to mid-December): May 15 priority deadline

    Spring semester (late January to mid-May): October 15 priority deadline

    Non-EU citizens applying to Parsons Paris must complete their application within ten days after the priority deadline, because of French visa processing timelines. We can accept applications from EU citizens after the priority deadline on a rolling basis.

    Undergraduate Visiting and Non-Degree Student Application Requirements

    • A completed Visiting and Non-Degree Student Application (online form).
    • Statement of Purpose (150–250 words, to be uploaded into the online application form) addressing the question: Why are you interested in studying at The New School?
    • Unofficial transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended, to be uploaded into online application form.
    • Parsons (all majors except Strategic Design and Management) and Parsons Paris (Fashion Design majors only): Portfolio consisting of 8 to 12 pieces of work, which may include drawings, paintings, photographs, digital media or design. Submit your portfolio as a single PDF through the application form.
    • Parsons and Parsons Paris: an interview, to be scheduled by the Office of Admission after submission of the application.
    • A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is required for all international applicants and for students whose native language is not English.* Please see the chart below for minimum score requirements. The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores for applicants who have:
      • Attended a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction for a minimum of three years
      • Successfully completed two full semesters of non-ESL college-level expository writing
      • Earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years’ attendance)

    *Note: Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission may require that you submit an English proficiency test score to allow for further evaluation of your candidacy.

    Minimum Score Requirements

    Parsons School of Design92763
    Parsons Paris92763
    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts100768
    College of Performing Arts: School of Drama
    College of Performing Arts: School of Jazz796.553
    College of Performing Arts: Mannes School of Music796.553
    Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
  • Take The Next Step

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To apply to any of our Bachelor's programs (Except the Bachelor's Program for Adult Transfer Students) complete and submit the Common App online.

Graduates and Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctural, Professional Studies Diploma, Graduate Certificate, or Associate's programs, or to apply to the Bachelor's Program for Adult and Transfer Students, complete and submit the New School Online Application.