Recent Updates: Visit our COVID-19 Community Guide for information about in-person teaching and learning this fall. 

  • Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled The New School to reimagine our educational experience and led us to deliver academic instruction online. Now that vaccines have been approved and distribution has begun, we are pleased to announce that we will reopen our New York City campus in fall 2021 for a return to predominantly in-person teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

    Our classroom instruction and other in-person curricular experiences will address safety protocols, health services, and support plans to minimize the risks posed by COVID-19 at the university. We will continue to closely follow guidelines from the City and State of New York and will ensure a rigorous, relevant, and uniquely New School experience for every one of our students. 

    Fall 2021 Teaching and Learning

    The vast majority of course offerings will be in-person. Most classes designed for in-person instruction are expected to be held face-to-face with faculty teaching on campus, and classrooms will operate at or near their normal capacities. Study and rehearsal spaces, libraries, the Making Center, specialized equipment, workshops, and instruments will be available to students, though access will be carefully planned, and may be different from prior years.

    Course-related events that require student participation as part of the course may be held in-person pending approval of the request and availability of space on campus. The university may approve a request for a non-course related event with an internal audience, though those rare exceptions will be only for select, high-level university priority initiatives.

    The university will offer program-specific, alternative academic plans in most programs for those students who, for reasons beyond their control, are unable to attend classes in person in fall 2021. This applies to three student categories: 

    • International students who cannot secure a visa in order to arrive on campus by the start of the semester.
      Contact International Student and Scholar Services with questions.

    • International students unable to be vaccinated in their home country before arriving in the U.S.
      Please continue to consult our vaccine FAQ for the latest information.

    • Students who have an approved accommodation through Student Disability Services. 
      Students who have a documented disability that may prevent them from attending classes in person should contact Student Disability Services.

    The following graduate programs will not have fully remote options available in the fall term for new students. The Admissions office will reach out to new students from those programs to discuss options for starting these programs in a future term.

    • M.Arch Architecture
    • MFA Contemporary Theatre and Performance
    • MA Fashion Studies
    • MFA Fashion Design and Society
    • MA History of Design & Curatorial Studies
    • MFA Industrial Design
    • MFA Textiles
    • MFA Transdisciplinary Design
    • MS Design & Urban Ecologies

    Our Fall 2021 FAQs address additional details of how our community will be living, learning, and experiencing the coming academic year.

    Students with general questions about their fall academic plans should contact Academic Advising.

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