The New School Competition


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"If you want to be creative and innovative, if you want to challenge and question the status quo, if you want to be at the cutting edge of change, and if you really do want to make the world a better place, please join us."
- The New School President David Van Zandt


  • One full and one partial scholarship for a bachelor's program to each of five participating divisions at The New School
  • Not graduating high school this year? Show your talent for The New School and win an Apple iPad mini. One extraordinary submission for each of the participating schools will be selected.

Open to all high school students and college students interested in applying or transferring to one of the five participating divisions at The New School. Scholarship winners must be a high school graduate on or before June 2014. Apple iPad Mini winners must graduate after June 2014.

  • 3 multiple-choice question sets
  • Creative video case
  • Short motivation statement

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The Challenge & Prizes

Win a scholarship for a bachelor’s program in art and design,
music, the liberal arts or drama from The New School in New York City



Once you enter the challenge, sign up with your name and email address or log in using your Student Competitions account.


Show your knowledge of your future school and its NYC campus!

Logical reasoning test

Time to put your thinking cap on! This step will test your logic and reasoning skills. Answer these multiple-choice questions and put your left brain to work!

Select your school

Which of these participating undergraduate divisions of The New School in New York City will be a bridge to your future career?
Parsons The New School for Design
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Mannes College The New School for Music
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
The New School for Drama

School Specific Quiz

Answer multiple-choice questions related to your chosen school and its field of study.

Creative case & short motivational statement

Solve the case by uploading a video. Don't limit your creativity and imagination! Then write a short motivational statement.

Share on Facebook & collect recommendations from friends!

Collect recommendations from friends to increase your chances of winning!

Apply to your chosen school & program

Apply to your chosen program by February 1, 2014. Visit The New School's website for school requirements and deadlines.

(This step is only applicable for high school/college graduates & transfer students who are competing for the scholarship. High school students (graduating after June 2014) competing for additional prizes do not have to apply to The New School)

New York City!

Start your future at The New School - in the city that never sleeps!

Important dates

October 1, 2013: Competition opens for participation
February 1, 2014: Application deadline - all necessary school and program documents must be received by The New School (only applicable for participants competing for the scholarships)
February 4, 2014: Competition closes. All competition components must be completed and submitted
April, 2014: Finalists are announced
April, 2014: Winners of the scholarships & additional prizes are announced
Fall 2014: Begin your semester at The New School in New York City!



Open to all high school students and college students worldwide interested in applying or transferring to one of the five participating divisions at The New School. Scholarship winners must be a high school graduate on or before June 2014. The winners are expected to start their undergraduate program in the fall of 2014.

Screening process

  • For the first part of the screening process, Student Competitions will judge and select 20 candidates per school.
  • All participants will be judged according to their overall performance in the competition. Finalists will be chosen based on competition results and video presentation of the creative case.
  • In order to be selected as a finalist, the participant needs to submit a full application to their chosen school and program by February 1, 2014.
  • The New School will then select and award the three prize winners based on the applicant's video presentation of the creative case, educational background. These students will be contacted April 4, 2014 and published on Student Competitions website.

For every school, there will be a first prize, second prize and additional prize.


The New School & NYC

The New School

Although The New School is nearly a hundred years old, the modern mindset and progressive vision remains, which is why the approach of The New School continues to feel fresh to this day.

The New School is a legendary, progressive university comprising schools bound by a common, unusual intent: to prepare and inspire its 10,510 undergraduate and graduate students to bring actual, positive change to the world. From its Greenwich Village campus, The New School educates students across a wide range of disciplines to not only become professionals within the chosen field, but also teaches them to become world citizens - individuals whose ideas and innovations forge new paths of progress in the arts, design, humanities, public policy and social sciences. For individual or group studying, The New School has a Student Study Center on Fifth Avenue that provides students with nearly 9,000 square feet of study space.

The New School has a vast selection of student organizations, ranging from sports clubs to political associations. As a student of The New School, you are able to be engaged with student organizations of choice and making new acquaintances, enriching your campus life with the many exciting opportunities that The New School offers.

Studying in New York City

New York is a city of endless opportunities, and as you know, the city never sleeps. There is always something new to discover around the corner, whether it be of social, academic or professional in nature. As one of the major business capitals of the world, New York is also a great place to start your career. The opportunities to establish useful connections and meet interesting people and companies are far beyond those of many cities.


New York, September 12, 2012 - For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" edition has recognized The New School as the nation's leading university for international undergraduates.


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Are You New School?

Parsons the new school for design

One of the world's premier colleges of art and design, Parsons The New School for Design in New York City offer rigorous art and design training in an environment of cross-disciplinary collaboration. All undergraduate programs include a strong liberal arts component, including courses in art and design history, theory, and criticism. These courses provide a context for studio practice. And because Parsons is part of a larger university, students can choose from a wide range of lecture courses and electives in humanities, social sciences, media studies, and business.

Throughout your journey, you'll benefit from instruction and mentorship by some of the most accomplished artists, designers, architects, photographers, illustrators, scholars, and critics in the world.

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

At The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City's Greenwich Village, you'll study, jam, and gig with professional musicians and some of the best student musicians from around the world. You'll be one of only 300 students at the school, but because it's part of The New School, you'll have access to the resources of a leading urban university.

The quality and uniqueness of the school lie in its artist-as-mentor classroom approach, its progressive curriculum, and its community of exceptionally talented students. Alumni include musicians in every area of jazz, blues, and contemporary music: Peter Bernstein, Brad Mehldau, John Popper, Larry Goldings, Walter Blanding, Avishai Cohen, Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove, Susie Ibarra, Ali M. Jackson, Virginia Mayhew, Jaz Sawyer, Alex Skolnick, E.J. Strickland, Marcus Strickland, Manuel Valera, and many others.

Mannes College The New School for Music

Mannes College The New School for Music is a leading classical music conservatory in New York City that's committed to providing an education that's relevant to our changing world. With a ratio of one faculty member to every two students and a student body of just 300 students, Mannes offers an intimate and supportive environment. Mannes creates musical leaders by promoting innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship—and by encouraging students to make a difference in the world.

The Mannes faculty includes artists from such leading organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Mannes is a division of The New School, a leading urban university. This affiliation affords Mannes students the educational advantages of access to a broad liberal arts curriculum with offerings in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences.

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

A school like no other, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts offers the intimacy of a small college and the resources of The New School, a leading university in the heart of New York City. Lang's creative, independent students engage with the city both in and outside of the classroom. They hold their own in seminar-style classes and immerse themselves in New York's cultural and civic life.

Lang students design their own program or choose from more than a dozen majors. For Lang, New York City is a laboratory that enriches academic study and artistic exploration.

Because Lang is part of The New School, students can take advantage of the university's strengths in fields like art and design, management, and the performing arts. By taking courses in other divisions, Lang students can design an academic path that reflects their interests. Internships, opportunities for civic engagement, and study-abroad options further enrich a Lang education and prepare graduates for a range of careers and a lifetime of critical thinking.

The New School for Drama

The New School for Drama prepares students to be 21st-century artists and creative thinkers. The interdisciplinary curriculum will enable you to explore acting, directing, playwriting and creative technologies, guiding you toward a career in the dramatic arts. And because we're in New York City, we utilize our close relationship with New York's producers and theater owners to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the city's unique resources, offering you a non-stop sampling of our dazzling array of theatres, cinemas, concert halls, performing arts spaces and museums.

Our classes are small and our faculty includes award-winning professionals from New York's theater community. At The New School for Drama, you'll not only cultivate the intellectual, conceptual, and critical skills needed to launch careers in theater, you'll also have the educational advantages of access to a broad liberal arts curriculum with offerings in the humanities, fine arts and social sciences.

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