Public Engagement

  • The New School designed the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students specifically for adults and transfer students seeking an alternative to the traditional four-year experience. Students have the freedom and flexibility to tailor their degree to their unique story, and pave a path that prepares them to achieve their goals.

    Students may entirely self-design their degree or choose one of our majors. Whichever degree path our students choose, faculty, advisors, and staff support them in incorporating their experiences and voices into their degree.

    We welcome and encourage you to contact us to start a conversation and address any questions you might have about the program and application process. Visit our Admission page to learn how to apply.

    Our Community Includes:

    • Adults who want to complete their education after several years away from college
    • College transfer students coming from two-year colleges who want to earn their bachelor's degree
    • Professionals who want a bachelor's degree to advance their career
    • Adults who want to earn their bachelor's degree at a school that gives credit for eligible life experience

    The New School Advantage

    All students entering our adult education program, whether they are college transfer students or adults coming back to school after some time away, have a number of options in designing a tailored bachelor's degree, including the ability to:

    The Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students offers degree programs in:

    Life Experience is Valued Here

    One curriculum does not fit all; that's why our adult education program makes experiential learning an integral part of your education. Earn credits toward your degree through prior learning assessment for professional experience, artistic and creative pursuits, independent research, military experience, and more. Start an internship to get credit for learning by doing. Be the manager of your education by designing educational projects through our Self-Directed Learning program. Or participate in study abroad to experience new cultures and contexts. Learn more about our adult and transfer student degree programs.

    Interested in continuing your education through non-degree-granting programs? For adult students just looking to learn, The New School offers Open Campus continuing education programs.