From the School

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts is renowned for its urban setting and progressive attitude towards scholarship. Specifically, students and faculty are united by their thirst for freedom in intellectual pursuits. Also, students take responsibility in steering their own course of study. Students get the intimacy of a small school with the resources of a larger institution. Lang's 1400 students form a diverse group. We have students from 35 countries and 51 US states/territories represented; four percent of students are foreign citizens. Women outnumber men three to one. One quarter of students identify as minorities. Some students live on campus while others commute. University-run housing is available close to the campus, allotted first to those in their first year at Lang. Students participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, based around the literary journal, performances, political organizations, social groups, and cultural clubs. The Office of Student Development helps to facilitate many of these organizations. Activities take place on campus and throughout the city. Since the 1919 inception of the New School for Social Research, The New School campus has drawn forward-thinking scholars and artists. The founders, John Dewey, Alvin Johnson, and Thorstein Veblen, created an environment for groundbreaking scholarship, bringing W.E.B. DuBois to teach classes in black culture and race and Sandor Ferenezi (who worked with Freud) to teach psychoanalysis. Other instructors in this illustrious tradition have included Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Thomas Hart Benton. Currently, Jane Lazarre, Pablo Medina, McWelling Todman, Elaine Savory and Sekou Sundiata are a few of the faculty members, renowned in their fields that lend their guidance to Lang students. The university comprises additional divisions to suit particular pursuits. The New School for General Studies students choose from more than 2,000 classes each term. The New School for Social Research, known at its 1933 founding as the University in Exile, offers MA and PhD degrees. Students may work towards their MS or PhD degree at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. Parsons The New School for Design is a major component in the international art school arena. The university operates a classical conservatory at the Mannes College The New School for Music. Classes at The New School for Drama may lead to an MFA in directing, playwriting or acting. In the 2009-10 academic year, all of these divisions combined had roughly 10,500 students enrolled.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 660
SAT Math
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25 - 29


Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 6

January 6

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest


From The School

Personal development and goals form the foundation of planning a course of study at Eugene Lang College. Advisors assist students in making clear-headed and individual decisions regarding their academics. Students benefit from the interdisciplinary seminar format of many classes. These classes are intimate enough to allow discussions to flourish, primary texts to be tackled, and real relationships to be formed among students and professors. First-year students must enroll in four seminars, one of which focuses on writing, in their freshman year. In subsequent years, students can combine seminars with classes from The New School division, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, Parsons The New School for Design, and the New School for Social Research. Two semesters make up the academic year, running from September to mid-May. The typical load is 16 units each semester. Graduation requires 120 units total.

Students Say

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” 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. “Seventy-five 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 fifteen 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.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Borzou Daragahi
Middle East Correspondent, The New York Times

Elizabeth Cook
I Have a Dream Foundation

Emily Gould
Former Co-Editor of

Matisyahu (Matthew Miller)
American Jewish Reggae Artist

Elisa Donovan
Actress, Clueless

Lieutenant Daniel McSweeney
Captain, US Marine Corps, Public Relations Unit, FDNY


From The School

In 2009-10, tuition and fees totaled $34,550 with room and board costing roughly $15,260 more, varying according to residence and meal plan options.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

State Aid

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Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

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Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Students at Eugene Lang College have an active role in steering College policies regarding academics and student life. The Lang Student Union brings students together to express their views and run their events. There are a number of academic, social and cultural clubs that include Eugene Lang College students as well as other students from The New School's other divisions.

Students Say

“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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



70% female
30% male
72% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time


From The School

The university's New York City location offers access to world-class cultural opportunities. Greenwich Village in particular has the benefits of tree-lined streets, beautiful architecture, and a tradition of artistic activity.

Students Say

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.” Though a new 375,000 square foot campus center will open in the fall of 2014. 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.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

Men's Sports (Hoop Dreams)
5 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports ()
5 Sports

Cross Country


Located in the heart of New York City, The New School seeks to catalyze change by preparing students to succeed in an increasingly complex world. Studying design, social sciences, the arts, and interdisciplinary fields such as environmental studies, urban studies, and global studies, New School undergraduates are keenly aware of pressures facing the global urban environment and pursue opportunities to do something about it. As one of the first institutions to sign up for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s University Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2017, all of The New School’s direct-pay electricity is offset by renewable energy credits from wind power. The New School is looking to increase energy efficiency through lighting retrofits, HVAC commissioning and upgrades, and is building a 365,000-square-foot University Center striving for LEED Gold, which will serve as a locus for student engagement with cutting-edge sustainability practices. Compost is collected and biodegradable plates and cutlery are used in all cafeterias, which serve locally produced/organic foods. Each year, the Office of Career Development hosts “Careers with a Conscience” on environmentally responsible occupations. Faculty research in sustainability management, urban agriculture, and forestry, informs the curriculum while the Tishman Environment and Design Center serves as a crossroads for collaborations on environmental research projects. Multiple student-run organizations focus on environmental issues, like Renew School, an organization that brings students together to work on campus sustainability projects with the Office for Sustainability.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Denise Rodriguez
Secretary, University Admissions

72 Fifth Avenue #105
Eugene Lang College
New York, NY 10003



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Harry Scherman Library
Raymond Fogelman Library
Lang Courtyard
University Welcome Center
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
The University Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Empire State Building
American Museum of Natural History
TImes Square
Fifth Avenue (shopping)
The Museum of Modern Art
Broadway Shows and Theater Tickets at TKTS

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday- Friday
Mondays-Thursdays: 9am - 6pm & Fridays: 9am - 5pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

12:00- 5:00pm Dance Auditions

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Kennedy International, La Guardia, and Newark airports all serve New York City. At Kennedy and La Guardia, Carey bus service provides group rides into the city at regular intervals; check with your airline for details. Taxis are also available, though expensive. From Newark, Carey Bus brings passengers into the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is a subway ride away from the college. Amtrak, Metro-North, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad trains all serve New York City. Greyhound and several local bus lines also come into the city. Public transportation is available from the terminals to the college. New Jersey's PATH train stops at 14th St. and 6th Ave., only 2 blocks from campus. The BMT, IND, and IRT subway lines all have stops within walking distance of the school.

Driving Instructions to Campus
"From: Westchester, Connecticut, and points north of New York City Take the Saw Mill River Parkway to the Henry Hudson Parkway south and continue to the West Side Highway (which becomes Twelfth Avenue/West Street); exit left at 14th Street to Fifth Avenue and turn right. Head one block south to 13th Street and turn right. From: Points north of New York City via I-95 Take I-95 to the Triborough Bridge. Follow the FDR Drive downtown. Exit at 14th Street. Travel east to Fifth Avenue. Turn left. Turn right on 13th Street. From: New Jersey and points west of New York City From the George Washington Bridge: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway south and proceed as directed above. From the Lincoln Tunnel: Follow the signs to 39th or 40th Streets and head east (one block) to Ninth Avenue. Travel south on Ninth Avenue to 14th Street. Make a left turn onto 14th Street and continue as above. From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take the Holland Tunnel to Canal Street. Continue on Canal Street to Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas). Go north on Sixth Avenue (turn left) to 14th Street; turn right and continue on 14th Street to Fifth Avenue. Make a right turn to 13th Street. Turn right onto 13th Street. From: Long Island and points east of New York City Take the Long Island Expressway (I-95) west to the Midtown Tunnel. From the Tunnel, follow signs to 34th Street and the FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive south to the 15th Street exit and continue south to 14th Street. Proceed west on 14th Street to Fifth Avenue to 13th Street; turn right at 13th Street. *Be aware that all routes into the city have tolls, which range from $1.00 - $4.50 each way. Please note, for students who may use moving trucks to move into residence halls, the cost may be higher due to the weight and commercial license plates. Also, you may have to take alternate routes/tunnels/bridges due to commercial truck restrictions on certain tunnels and bridges."

Local Accommodations
"Larchmont Hotel 27 West 11th Street .2 miles/Greenwich Village Washington Square Hotel 103 Waverly Place .4 miles/Greenwich Village W New York - Union Square 201 Park Avenue South .6 miles/Union Square Chelsea Inn 46 West 17th Street .8 miles/Chelsea Hotel 17 225 East 17th Street .8 miles/Union Square Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Avenue 1 mile/Gramercy Maritime Hotel 363 West 16th Street 1 mile/Chelsea Mercer Hotel 147 Mercer Street 1 mile/SoHo American Dream Hostel 168 East 24th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Comfort Inn 18 West 25th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Hampton Inn - New York 108 West 24th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Chelsea Center Hostel 313 West 29th Street 1.4 miles/Chelsea Gershwin Hotel 7 East 27th Street 1.2 miles/Gramercy Chelsea Lodge 318 West 20th Street 1.3 miles/Chelsea Off SoHo Suites 11 Rivington Street 1.4 miles/NoLita Hampton Inn Manhattan - SoHo 54 Watts Street 1.5 miles/Tribeca SoHo Grand Hotel 310 West Broadway 1.7 miles/Tribeca Affinia Shelburne 303 Lexington Avenue 1.8 miles/Murray Hill"
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