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The New School 2020-21 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

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The New School 2020-21 Application Essay Question Explanations 

The Requirements: 1 essay of 500-600 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Community, Why

Why The New School? 

The New School brings together a dynamic group of students interested in art, design, performing arts, entrepreneurship, and critical thought. We would like to know more about your interest in joining our community and why you would be a good fit for The New School. We are particularly interested in knowing what will make you a valuable member of your specific school, college, program, area of study, or campus. (500 – 600 words)

The New School wants to know why you’re drawn to their institution. What about The New School community and academic offerings interest you? And, perhaps more importantly, why should admissions be vying to have you on campus next year? This essay is an opportunity for you to tell admissions exactly why they should accept you. The last sentence is the most important: What will you make you a valuable member of campus? The best way to answer this question is with confidence and information   Begin by going to the school’s website and familiarizing yourself with the clubs, activities, academic offerings, and more. Be specific so The New School knows you put time into your answer (and didn’t just copy and paste from a Why essay you wrote for another school). Will you take full advantage of the self-directed liberal design program, Integrated Design, to fuse your interests in fashion design and sustainability? Will the abundance of video-game knowledge and experience you’ve accumulated over the years make you a fantastic addition to, and a fierce competitor in, The New School Game Club?  Think of things  that get you interacting with others when it comes to your areas of expertise or interest. Whatever you choose to illuminate for admissions, make sure your essay reveals something new about you and connects the bridge between who you have been in your current community and who you will be on The New School’s campus.


Please note: the information below relates to last year's essay prompts. We are going to update this guide with the prompts for 2021-22 as soon as they become available. Check back soon!
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