The New School

The New School
Motto "To the Living Spirit" (unofficial)[1]
Established 1919
Type Private, Non-Profit; Doctoral, Research-Intensive[2]
Endowment $200 million[3]
President David E. Van Zandt
Provost Tim Marshall
Academic staff 2,088[4]
Students 9,825[5]
Undergraduates 6,375
Postgraduates 3,450
Doctoral students 607[4]
Other students 5,900[6] (continuing education)
Location New York City, United States

Campus Urban
Former names New School University, The New School For Social Research
Colors New School Yellow, Orange, and Red                  
Mascot Narwhals
Affiliations AACU

The New School is a university in New York City, United States, located mostly in Greenwich Village. From its founding in 1919 by progressive New York educators, and for most of its history, the university was known as the The New School for Social Research. Between 1997 and 2005 it was known as New School University. The university and each of its colleges were renamed in 2005.

The university is renowned for its teaching and its open intellectual environment. It has also launched or housed a range of important institutions such as the international think tank World Policy Institute, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the India China Institute, the Observatory on Latin America, and the Center for New York City Affairs. It also hosts the prestigious annual National Book Awards. Parsons The New School for Design is the university's highly competitive art school.

Some 9,300 students are enrolled in graduate and undergraduate degree programs, organized into seven different schools, which teach a variety of disciplines, including the social sciences, liberal arts, humanities, architecture, fine arts, design, music, drama, finance, psychology and public policy.[7]

The graduate school of The New School began in 1933 as the University in Exile, an emergency rescue program for threatened scholars in Europe. In 1934 it was chartered by the New York state board of regents and its name was changed to the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, a name it would keep until 2005 when it was renamed New School for Social Research.


  • History 1
    • Founding 1.1
    • University in Exile 1.2
    • Philosophical tradition 1.3
    • 2000s 1.4
  • Academics 2
    • Curriculum 2.1
    • The New School Institutes and Research Centers 2.2
    • Academic journals 2.3
    • Other university publications 2.4
    • Enrollment demographics 2.5
    • Rankings and lists 2.6
  • Campus 3
    • Historical significance 3.1
    • Residence halls 3.2
  • Libraries 4
    • Art collection 4.1
  • Organization 5
    • New identity 5.1
  • Student life 6
    • Student government 6.1
    • Student organizations 6.2
    • Student-run media 6.3
    • Athletics and recreation 6.4
    • Traditions 6.5
  • Activist culture and social change 7
    • Environmental sustainability 7.1
    • Labor movement 7.2
    • The McCain protests 7.3
    • Politics 7.4
  • 2008-2009 Administration crisis and occupation 8
  • Appearances in media 9
  • Noted alumni, faculty, and current students 10
    • Fictional alumni, students, and faculty 10.1
  • See also 11
  • Footnotes 12
  • Further reading 13
  • External links 14



The New School for Social Research was founded by a group of university professors and intellectuals in 1919 as a modern, progressive, free school where adult students could "seek an unbiased understanding of the existing order, its genesis, growth and present working."[8] Founders included economist and literary scholar Alvin Johnson, historian Charles A. Beard, economists Thorstein Veblen and James Harvey Robinson, and philosophers Horace M. Kallen and John Dewey. Several founders were former professors at Columbia University.

The school was conceived and founded during a period of fevered nationalism, deep suspicion of foreigners, and increased