The New School was founded in 1919 as a center for discussion, and instruction for mature men and women, and became America’s first university for adults. Over the years, it has grown into a major urban university made up of eight schools. The university currently enrolls more than 9,400 degree students and 13,000 continuing education students annually. Their diversity of ages, aspirations, and social backgrounds enriches the institution with a wide variety of cultures, perspectives, priorities, interests, and talents.
The New School for General Studies, the founding division of the university, has never neglected its original mission. It continues to serve the intellectual, cultural, artistic, and professional needs and interests of adult students.