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Imagine a place where scholars, artists, and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. Imagine an intellectual and creative haven that never has — and never will — settle for the status quo.

The New School is a progressive university where the walls between disciplines are dissolved, so that journalists can collaborate with designers, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians.  

In 1919, a few great minds imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher learning. The New School was the result. Today, we are the only comprehensive university housing a world-famous design school, a premier liberal arts college, a renowned performing arts school, a legendary social research school, and other advanced degree programs, created to challenge and support freethinkers who want to change the world. 

No matter what your age or stage of life, you can find more to learn at The New School. With over 135 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, our university offers a more creatively inspired, rigorously relevant education than any other. Our college's urban academic centers in New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Mumbai offer over 10,000 students the chance to expand their knowledge and view of the world. We invite you to learn more about our one-of-a-kind university. 


THE NEW SCHOOL'S MISSION STATEMENT

The New School prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, and thus make the world a better and more just place. We will ensure that our students develop both the skills a sound liberal arts education provides and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy. We will also lead in generating practical and theoretical knowledge that enables people to better understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.

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