All admissions decisions are made based on a holistic review of each applicant. Admissions decisions are valid for one calendar year. Applicants are considered for enrollment in fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters on a space available basis, so applicants are advised to apply early. To be eligible for matriculation, all applicants must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (e.g., GED).

Any documents received by NewSchool will not be returned to the applicant and cannot be reissued to the applicant or to another institution. Students may request copies of their student file in accordance with the policies set forth in the Student Record Retention Policy. Portfolios will be held in the Office of Admissions for pickup for one quarter after the student’s original start date. Any portfolios left in the Office of Admissions after the first term of a student’s original start date will be appropriately destroyed and recycled.

Note: Some curriculum sequences, such as required design studios, begin only in the fall.

  • Complete the online application and submit the application fee.
  • Submit an official transcript from an accredited, U.S. Department of Education-recognized high school or acceptable evidence of comparable academic achievement (e.g., General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score for each individual subject area of 145 or greater).
  • A minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 is required. If your GPA does not meet the requirement, contact your Enrollment Specialist to discuss appeals options.
  • Statement of Purpose: Using essay format, complete a 1-2 page personal statement addressing the following:
  1. What are your career goals and how can NewSchool help you achieve them?
  2. What compelled you to apply to NewSchool and why do you feel you would be a good candidate for the program?
  3. How have your experiences shaped you academically, professionally, and personally?

If you’re interested in transferring to NewSchool from a community college or another university, review the transfer student admissions requirements below and click here to learn how your college credits transfer.

  • Complete the online application and submit the application fee.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one quarter of full-time (12 semester or quarter credits) postsecondary level education to be considered a transfer student. All official transcripts from accredited institutions of higher education are required to be submitted at the time of admission for transfer credit to be reviewed and awarded. Applicants seeking admission based on equivalent education must submit official documentation or certification, as well as a portfolio of design courses.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required in all prior college work. If your GPA does not meet the requirement, contact your Enrollment Specialist to discuss appeals options.
  • Statement of Purpose: Using essay format, complete a 1-2 page personal statement addressing the following:
  1. What are your career goals and how can NewSchool help you achieve them?
  2. What compelled you to apply to NewSchool and why do you feel you would be a good candidate for the program?
  3. How have your experiences shaped you academically, professionally, and personally?
  • With the exception of construction management, all undergraduate transfer applicants with an academic background in design-related fields seeking advanced standing are required to submit a graphic portfolio as part of their application process. All portfolios will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. View portfolio requirements, here.

NewSchool has partnered with a select group of architecture and design focused community colleges in the United States. As a part of the premier partnership benefits, students attending these colleges qualify for 15% tuition discount. The award requires students to meet all NewSchool admissions requirements and has limited stackability with other university scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Click here for specific admissions requirements for international students.