Recent Updates: The New School has released its academic plan for 2020-21 and a phased reopening plan for its New York campus. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • 2020-21 Academic Plan

  • Lang College’s 2020-2021 academic year will continue its tradition of offering a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that engages with critical issues of global and personal importance, albeit in new and creative online formats.  Our commitment to seminar pedagogy remains steadfast, as does our faculty’s dedication to individual engagement with each of our students.

    What makes Lang, Lang remains in place:

    • Civic engagement and social justice as core community values
    • Flexible, synchronous, student-centered, seminar learning
    • Close faculty and staff advising to guide each student along their academic journey

    Key Features

    • In alignment with the university’s 2020-2021 academic plan, instruction for all Lang courses will be fully online in fall 2020 and will ensure students have the needed courses to make progress towards degree completion. 
    • All students will find courses that faculty have designed to maximize synchronous discussion, continuous feedback, and deep engagement with current issues and ideas.
    • All  students will still have the ability to cross and integrate subject areas to design their individual academic journey.
    • Lang will not offer performance-based or making classes in the fall semester but plans to offer several signature courses that use online modalities in innovative, interdisciplinary ways to highlight connections to NYC.
    • All students will have many opportunities to take part in co-curricular and social activities including  departmental programming, student-led organizations, and  virtual internships that take learning beyond the classroom.
    • For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, all students will pay no more than the equivalent of two full-time semesters, no matter the sequence of their course of study. Find out more information on tuition.

    Incoming Students

    • New students will take Lang’s foundation writing sequence, Writing the Essay I & II, as two intensive seven-and-a-half week modules. As always, these courses are offered on a wide range of topics such as queer cities and illness and healing.
    • New Lang students will also take a semester-long first-year seminar, also on a variety of topics. As always, these courses will include regular meetings with First Year Fellows, peer leaders  who provide mentorship and support on the transition to college.

    Please contact Admissions if you have questions about starting your studies as a new Lang student:

    Continuing Students

    • Current Lang students will find the majority of their fall 2020 courses in place, with the exception of some making- and performance-based courses.

    Please contact Advising if you have questions about continuing your studies at Lang:

    University FAQ

    We understand you may have questions regarding how The New School community will be living, learning, and experiencing the university in the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more in our FAQ.

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.