• New Student Orientation

    Orientation is a week-long introduction to university resources, expectations, and opportunities and is designed to help new students and families understand and appreciate what it means to be a New School student.

    Orientation and move-in begin on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. 

    Registering for Spring Orientation

    Register now for spring 2019 Orientation on NarwhalNation, The New School’s one-stop shop for campus involvement. Throughout the year, you can use NarwhalNation to find events and activities, start or join a campus organization, see the fitness schedule for the week, and more. 

    Before you get started, read your college’s registration instructions:

    College of Performing Arts

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    The New School for Social Research

    Parsons School of Design

    Schools of Public Engagement


    Then watch this video to learn how to use NarwhalNation to create your schedule.

    Be sure to add each event to your New School Google Calendar so that you can track your schedule. You will not receive an individualized printed or digital copy of your events, but you can see the events you have registered for in your NarwhalNation account.


    Pick up your newcard before attending events. You will be asked to swipe in to certain events. You are encouraged to submit your ID photo in advance. Visit Campus Card Services in the lower level of 72 Fifth Avenue at the times listed below to pick up your card:

    Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, January 16, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Thursday, January 17: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Friday, January 18: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, January 19: CLOSED for MLK Weekend

    Sunday, January 20: CLOSED for MLK Weekend

    Monday, January 21: CLOSED for MLK Weekend

    International Students

    International Student Orientation is a mandatory workshop during Orientation week, taking place on Tuesday, January 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. All new students, visiting students, and exchange students who are not U.S. citizens must attend this session.

    New international students will also receive a special invitation, sent to their New School email address, to register for an optional program during Orientation week, called the International Student Experience program. Space is limited in this program, so be sure to sign up early if you are interested.

    Be sure to check additional Orientation information for new international students.

    New School Firsts

    At The New School, first-generation college students are proudly called “New School Firsts.” These students have identified themselves as coming from families in which neither parent has earned a four-year undergraduate degree. They will receive an invitation, sent to their New School email address, to attend a special workshop during Orientation week and learn about upcoming events specially designed for first-generation college students.

    Visit the website for more information about New School Firsts. Forgot to acknowledge yourself as a New School First? Let us know.

    Parent and Family Orientation

    Parents and families are invited to attend special programs during Orientation. Attendees will learn from administrators, faculty members, and current students about ways they can help support their students’ academic and personal success.

    Information about how to register will be available in November 2018.

    Travel and Lodging

    Visitor information is available to help make your travel to The New School and your stay in New York City easy and enjoyable.

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