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New School

who-knewwho-knew Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
edited January 2009 in College Search & Selection
I have not come across much info on the New School in Manhattan. Is it taken seriously? Any feedback on academics, reputation, employment placement, grad school views of it, etc?? Thanks
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  • rocket6louiserocket6louise Registered User Posts: 3,391 Senior Member
    Do you mean Parsons: The New School for Design? Because the only new school i know of merged with parsons a few years back..if this is what you are referring to than yes..it is very highly regarded
  • White_RabbitWhite_Rabbit Registered User Posts: 947 Member
    No, I think he means The New School...... haha. But I think Parson's is a branch of The New School.

    I'm not sure how it is regarded. Certainly the New School for Social Research is world renowned. Christopher Hitchens is still there. But it is famous for its past faculty, stemming from the University in Exile. It has one of the most impressive lists of past faculty I've EVER seen. Woody Allen, Leo Strauss, Habermas, Hobsbawm, Levi-Strauss, Burtrand Russell, Arendt, Fromm, Derrida, Dewey, etc..........
  • shennieshennie Registered User Posts: 2,467 Senior Member
    The New School is really a collection of schools spread across the city. Individual schools are much better known than the collective. In addition to Parsons, there is Mannes School of Music, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and Eugene Lang. It would really depend on what you wanted to study.
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Registered User Posts: 7,652 Senior Member
    Are you talking about Eugene Lang College?

    If so here's a description from The Princeton Review

    "Eugene Lang College is an “unconventional,” highly urban school with few academic requirements where courses have “really long poetic titles” and professors “go by their first names.” “Lang is about small classes in a big city,” summarizes a writing major. There’s a “rich intellectual tradition” here and, no matter what your major, an “interdisciplinary curriculum.” “At Eugene Lang, you have the freedom to pursue your artistic or intellectual direction with absolute freedom,” says a philosophy major. However, “students who are uncomfortable in a city and who are not excited about learning for learning’s sake should not come to this school.” Lang’s “clueless,” “incredibly bureaucratic” administration is hugely unpopular. The “approachable” and monolithically “radical” faculty is a mixed bag. “75 percent of the professors are pure gold, but the 25 percent who are not really are awful.” “Lang’s greatest strength (other than location) is its seminar style of teaching,” explains a first-year student. “I’ve yet to be in a class with more then 15 people.” Students say their class discussions are phenomenal. “The students, however, at times can be somewhat draining.” “All the teachers are highly susceptible to being led off on long tangents” and some “are too gentle and not comfortable shutting down wandering or irrelevant conversation.” Juniors and seniors can take classes at several schools within the larger university (including Parsons The New School for Design and Mannes College The New School for Music). “So if Lang’s ultra-liberal, writing-intensive seminars are too much,” notes an urban studies major, “you can always take a break.” Internships all over Manhattan are common, too."
    "“Lang offers the kids with dreadlocks and piercings an alternative place to gather, smoke, and write pretentious essays.” It’s “overrun with rabid hipsters.” “Cool hair” and “avant-garde” attitudes proliferate. So do “tight pants.” “Every student at Lang thinks they are an atypical student.” “There is a running joke that all Lang students were ‘that kid’ in high school,” says a senior. “Shock is very popular around here,” and “everyone fits in as long as they are not too mainstream.” “It’s the normal ones who have the trouble,” suggests a sophomore. “But once they take up smoking and embrace their inner hipster, everything’s cool.” “There are a lot of queer students, who seem to be comfortable.” “We’re really not all that ethnically diverse,” admits a first-year student. There are “less affluent kids due to great financial aid,” and there is a strong contingent of “trust fund babies” and “over-privileged communists from Connecticut.” “Most students are wealthy but won’t admit it,” says a senior. “To be from a rich family and have it be apparent is a cardinal sin.” “Most students are extremely liberal and on the same wavelength politically.” “Conservative kids are the freaks at our school. Left is in. But having a Republican in class is so exciting,” suggest a senior. “We can finally have a debate.”"
    "There are “great talks given on campus every week by a wide variety of academics on almost every social issue imaginable.” Otherwise, “Lang is the anti-college experience.” “There is very little community” on this speck of a campus on the northern end of Greenwich Village. “Space and facilities are limited.” “There is no safe haven in the form of a communal student space” except for “a courtyard of a million cigarette butts.” Certainly, “you aren’t going to have the traditional college fun” here. On the other hand, few students anywhere else enjoy this glorious level of independence. “Life at Eugene Lang is integrated completely with living in New York City,” and “you have the entire city at your fingertips.” When you walk out of class, “you walk out into a city of nine million people.” There are dorms here but “most students have apartments,” especially after freshman year. For fun, Lang students sometimes “hang around other students’ apartments and smoke pot.” Many “thoroughly enjoy the club scene.” Mostly though, “people band into small groups and then go out adventuring in the city” where “there is always something to do that you’ve never done, or even heard of, before.”
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