Student Life

Student Organizations

  • At Lang, we encourage you to participate in undergraduate life through social, cultural, recreational, and leadership activities. Engagement outside of the classroom adds an important dimension to your education, and involvement in student clubs and activities can provide you with a sense of community. A number of student organizations are described below.

    Dance Repertories

    In this course, advanced dancers develop performance skills through rehearsals and performances of a dance work choreographed by a guest artist. The repertory work is performed at the end of the semester in the semester Dance Performance. The course is taught by a rotating group of artists currently practicing in the field, giving students the opportunity to engage with varied approaches to choreographic research and understandings of the body and of performance developed and employed by some of the field's most adventurous contemporary practitioners. An audition is required.

    Eleven and a Half Literary Journal

    Students learn about literary journal publishing by researching contemporary practices in the field and by editing content for Lang's literary arts journal, Eleven and a Half. The editorial process includes developing goals for the journal; soliciting, reading, and evaluating submissions; and responding to authors. Students learn the basic vocabulary of journal production and publishing. Current trends in literary editing are discussed. There are field trips to presses and organizations that support literary publishing, and classes feature visits by New York City-based literary arts editors working with do-it-yourself practices, letterpress, book arts, Web-based journals, university and college-based publications, and journals with a larger mainstream readership. Register for the course or contact Albert Mobilio for more information.

    Lang Theater Productions

    Each semester, students are invited to audition for a theatrical production at Lang. Plays produced by the faculty and students of Lang include Our Town, The Judith of Shimoda, From the Fire, Big LoveMeasure for MeasureNightclub CantataOperetta, and The Laramie Project. Public performances are scheduled in November and April. Students can receive academic credit for working as members of the cast or crew. For more information about auditions, contact a member of the Theater faculty or the Arts program office.

    Mock Trial Club

    The New School Mock Trial Club holds weekly meetings in which members learn to practice leadership, apply ethics, and engage in public speaking. Together they develop strong, persuasive arguments through a legal forum, participate in competitions, and build a strong community.

    New School Debate Team

    Founded in 2003 by a freshman who wanted to build community at Lang, the New School Debate Team currently ranks 27th in the nation in college competitions, ahead of Dartmouth, USC, and NYU. The team competes in collegiate policy debate at the Novice, JV, and Open levels. It is part of both the Cross Examination Debate Association (CDA) and the National Debate Tournament (NDT). The team also does campus and community outreach.

    Debating engages students in the full range of intellectual and policy arguments on selected issues of current public interest. It brings New School students as ambassadors to universities and other venues in the city, the country, and the world. Every semester, a workshop course in debate is offered for New School students interested in joining the team. New School students at any level of debate experience can join the team. Students can also volunteer to coach in the citywide Urban Debate League, a consortium of debating teams from New York City public high schools. For more information, contact Debate Team coach Vik Kennan at

    The New School Free Press Student Newspaper

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    The New School Free Press is a student-run digital newspaper serving the university community. Students may be able to receive academic credit for working on the newspaper, depending on the particular assignments and responsibilities. You can contribute as a reporter, managing editor, section editor, copy editor, production chief, designer, photographer, publicist, etc. If interested, visit the New School Free Press website or email

    New School Zine Publishing Collective 

    The Zine Publishing Collective is an informal group that facilitates free print publishing and distribution throughout the university. Every semester, the collective gathers material from students that challenges narratives and power structures and prints it in zines, chapbooks, and other media. 


    OBSIDIAN is a supportive space and community for Black students from a variety of design disciplines at The New School and its global network who seek to gain a broader perspective on design in relation to the unique and complex issues pertaining to the diaspora. The group promotes awareness, visibility, and innovation around issues involving Black designers and engages in and facilitates conversations about their impact on the design field, Black culture, and the community at large.

    Project Africa

    Project Africa is aimed at promoting and fostering awareness about Africa and Afro-Diaspora issues, cultures, and values from an international perspective.

    Reading for Writers

    Reading for Writers works to build a literary community at The New School by connecting global politics and literature.


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    New School Recreation offers students opportunities to take part in physical exercise and sports while meeting new people, enjoying social interaction, and building community. The office supports intramural team sports as well as weekly recreation programs (group fitness classes and personal training), outdoor education and activities, and other special recreational events throughout the academic year. Please contact Recreation with any questions.

    Queer Collective

    Queer Collective is a student group that includes both graduate students and undergraduates, with members from across the LGBTQIAGNC spectrum. The collective strives to build a university community that respects, prioritizes, and values all gender and sexual identities. Email for more information.

    Special Opportunities at NYC Cultural Institutions

    Each semester, Lang offers courses designed around exhibitions at prominent New York City cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, the New-York Historical Society, and the Public Theater. Students venture behind the scenes to meet with staff and guest artists and investigate the artistic process. These courses teach students about the life and art of featured artists and the social and political milieu in which they worked. Students can meet with museum curators to learn about both featured exhibitions and the curatorial process. Other courses allow students to explore the process of historical representation and interpretation through material culture with field analysis of historic sites and public art in New York. For more information, speak to your academic advisor.

    Student Leadership and Involvement

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    Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) sponsors many organizations and leadership programs and maintains an extensive calendar of events, all of which promote community and collaboration among students. The university has many recognized student clubs, organized around professional, academic, and social interests, including political action and advocacy, the visual and performing arts, faith and spirituality, and sports and recreation. A complete list is posted at NarwhalNation.


    TNSchangemakers is a collaboration between New School students, faculty, and administrators to create a program incubator for diverse activities to promote, broaden, and deepen social entrepreneurship and social innovation education at the university. Visit the TNSchangemakers blog for more information.

    University Student Senate

    The University Student Senate (USS) is the official student government of The New School. Elected from all schools of the university, student senators hear from students about their concerns, present students' concerns to administration, plan all-campus parties and other events, make political statements, co-fund one-off events held by other groups, and more. To schedule appointments, please email the senators at

    Skybridge Art and Sound

    The Skybridge curatorial course provides an opportunity for students to take part in multimedia exhibitions and curriculum-based projects in the arts. Showcasing visiting artists' work, students' work, and broader curatorial projects, the Skybridge space is a vibrant and exciting laboratory for visual, aural, and critical thinking. Students consider ideas for the managing the gallery space, supported by readings and field trips to art galleries, public radio stations, and sound installations and a museum tour led by a professional curator. The history and practice of audio art is introduced in the context of conceiving and installing actual exhibitions, including creating acoustical landscapes to complement the visual and textual components of each project. There are usually two to three exhibitions each semester.

    Student Housing and Residence Life

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    Students residing in campus housing should expect to enjoy new challenges and experiences and establish new friendships. University Housing supports learning by fostering residential communities that reinforce academic and personal growth. A secure and supportive environment with relevant programming allows residents to share experiences and activities, appreciate differences, and ease into the challenges of college. All residence halls provide exciting social and educational programs created to familiarize residents with both the traditions of The New School and the cultural opportunities of New York. Programs designed to engage intellectual and artistic interests and to promote personal health and wellness are implemented by the resident advisors. Our goal is to provide comfortable and inclusive communities that promote cultural awareness, academic achievement, and new and diverse experiences. Students who have questions or concerns about life in the residence halls should contact

    WNSR Radio

    WNSR is the New School's Web-based radio station. Students are responsible for managing and producing content for the station's five programming streams (currently a series of podcasts; streaming options are being explored). Course components include station management, marketing, and fundraising; audio production, including basic recording and mixing; broadcast journalism, including interviewing and writing for radio; feature production, editing, and critique; music programming; and artistic performance programming, which involves interfacing with Lang's wide array of creative performance and arts programming. To listen, visit WNSR.

    Women in Music Collective

    The Women in Music Collective is a student organization at The New School dedicated to serving music performers, producers, and industry workers (such as those interested in the music business, music writing, etc.) who identify as female, trans, or nonbinary. This collective provides a space for those who wish to discuss and collaborate outside of a male-dominated setting, fostering strength and unity among artists.