The New School Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (10)
The New School is a great school and depending on your interests, work ethic and ultimately which school under the university title you attend it may be the right fit for you. I attended the liberal arts school during undergrad, Eugene Lang College, and am now a graduate student at The New School for Public Engagement studying in the graduate program for international affairs. My time in undergrad was wonderful! The seminar style setting in the classroom is great for those who do not wish to be overly involved, but also do not want to be lectured at. Depending on the professor and the course there can be a nice balance between the two. Professors often times teach at several schools in the area, such as NYU and Columbia. Those who attend Eugene Lang must be self-motivated, no matter what they study. Yes, there are requirements, but there is not as much direction as you would receive at a traditional school. You do not need to know exactly what you want to do, but through trial and error, ultimately through persistence, you can figure it out. It is a small college and a big university with a large amount of our student population being international students. Of course, the school being in NYC is an incredible plus (great for internships and networking), but there is no traditional campus, which does effect relationships with classmates and the school overall, to a certain extent. I am in my graduate program going on my second year and I really am enjoying it. Of course, it is different from undergrad (more reading and writing, as well as higher expectations), but I am up for the challenge. Many of the professors in my program are both professors and practitioners (i.e. still in the field they are teaching about). This makes them knowledgable, up to date and potentially a good contact if this is a field you wish to go into post-graduation. Again, you are in NYC, intern, intern, intern--make your contacts now! Figure out while you are in school what is you like and what you don't like in order to be better off upon graduation. Overall my going on six years at the New School has been great.
The thing I loved most about Eugene Lang was its small, seminar style classes. The faculty was as a whole really great, and very involved in helping me succeed as a student and an artist. The campus life was a little lacking, and I had trouble finding an opportunity to connect with my peers because there were few opportunities to connect outside to class, but I consider the value of the classes to outweigh this shortcoming. Proactive, independent thinkers will do well at this school.
As a student at The New School, I had the opportunity to enroll in a unique dual degree program that allowed me to get a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 5 years, greatly preparing me for jobs as an designer and environmental educator. I was able to easily to integrate my artistic and academic interests. In addition the New School is located within the heart of Manhattan with access to museums, music, theatre, and amazing internship opportunities.
This is an innovative program that is continuing to be improved for new students. But students will need to know what they want or be ready to immerse themselves and experience as much as they can to figure it out in the beginning of the program. It is fairly well-balanced between conceptual and theoretical rigor and technical rigor while technical aspect is usually up to the students to learn and employee available resources around campus. If you curate the courses right, this can be fun, exciting, transformative program for a student for wide-range of career paths.
The New School of Architecture is a great place to learn. They are also very connected with the community making it easy to transition from school to the work force. They are also one of only 14 schools selected to have the IPAL program started which gives student the opportunity to graduate with your license.
Choosing The New School was the best decision I've made to date. The instruction I received from professors and the real world approach to coursework is what made my transition into my career seamless. This is not a school for someone who wants the traditional college experience. It's better and bigger than that because you're campus is New York City and the school makes sure you're immersed in that as well as the classes.
The New School is one of the top schools in the field of TESOL. Mostly all of the professors are noted pioneers in this field. The program is 30 credits and a student has the option of choosing one of two concentrations: Teaching or Curriculum Development.. The MA TESOL program at The New School offers classes online and on campus. The program was fairly rigorous and I was constantly busy with projects and assignments. I took one class online with Professor Pat Moran. Believe it or not, an online class is harder in some ways than an on campus class. The expectations in the MA TESOL program are extremely high as are the stakes, in my opinion. I am confident that my education at The New School will open many doors for me in the future. I am sure I have grown as an educator and my professors have provided me with the necessary tools to become a make a difference in the world.
Overall, Parsons provided me with a fantastic education and a strong work ethic. The rigorous curriculum can be overwhelming at times, but it makes you that much more prepared for when you do graduate. There is not a lot of emphasis on the business side of the industry, so you have take it upon yourself to seek out courses in business for your electives. The program has been reformatted since I started. I luckily was on the old program, where you begin with "foundation" year taking all fine arts courses and history electives, and then went into my major in sophomore year. The new program is more conceptual and gives students more freedom with less structure. I personally think that it is really lacking in structure that is needed, but this also depends on the student. There are teachers that you will love in the program and some that you will not get along with. You just need to take everyone's feedback and use it with your work, and not take it personally.
As a creative person, The New School knows just what to do to guide you to sharpen your skills and hone in on your career choice. There is a lot offered that is optional and it is up to you to take advantage of as much as you can. It's very worth it.
The MA TESOL degree program is an excellent program. It is better than most MA TESOL programs because of the caliber of the professors, which are some of the most noted in the field, and the curriculum offered. I was extremely impressed with the forward thinking in the pedagogy and methodology taught. This program is also one of the few that requires a practicum for teaching. For myself, it was wonderful to be able to study on campus as well as online. There is tremendous support given during your studies and after graduation. The support is life long stateside and abroad.