Recent Updates: The New School plans to re-open its New York City campus for in-person teaching and learning in fall 2021. Learn more.

  • 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.
      International students will receive an email with an e-form survey from International Student and Scholar Services requesting information regarding their plans for Fall 2021. The university will use these responses to inform their planning for these students.

    • International students unable to be vaccinated in their home country before arriving in the U.S. 
      International students will receive more information on June 15 about options to become vaccinated in New York City so they can start the semester on time. 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. Each disability-related remote learning request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine what reasonable accommodations can be provided, consistent with all federal, state, and local laws. 

    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.

    Parsons School of Design

    • M.Arch Architecture
    • 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

    College of Performing Arts 

    • MFA Contemporary Theatre and Practice

    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.

      Contingency Planning

      We are aware that much uncertainty remains across the university, even while we need to move ahead with planning and registration. While we are optimistic that pandemic conditions will continue to improve and that courses will be delivered as scheduled, we know that some students may not be able to return to campus for reasons outside of their control. The university is working to accommodate those students’ needs. We also know that to protect the health and safety of our community, our plans must remain flexible and ready to adapt as nimbly as possible to changing circumstances and government guidelines.

      To minimize disruptions by having contingency plans at the ready, The New School is developing:  

      • A plan for in-person classes with some remote offerings for students unable to return to campus for reasons outside of their control. In particular, we are closely monitoring consulate re-openings, and working with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to assess and address the needs of international students who may not be able to obtain visa appointments prior to the start of the semester. 

      • A plan to adapt teaching and learning for reduced capacity in classrooms and on campus, should this be necessary.

      • Please see the university’s Safe Return to Campus Fall 2021 Working Group Report for more information.

    • Future Updates

      This page will be updated on a regular basis as we finalize our plans for the coming academic year. In addition, the message feed on this page features community announcements from the president and/or provost of The New School. 

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      New & Continuing Students
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      International Student & Scholar Services
      iss@newschool.edu

      Student Health Services
      shs@newschool.edu

      Academic Advising
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      Student Support & Advocacy
      studentsupport@newschool.edu 

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