Application Instructions

  • Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

    Application Deadlines

    • Fall-Term Applicants: December 1; after December 1 applications are considered on a rolling basis
    • Spring Term: October 15

    Financial Aid Deadlines

    Merit Scholarships:
    All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. Scholarship awards are included in applicants’ admission decision letters. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships.

    Federal Student Aid:
    If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. The New School’s federal school code is 002780. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid. Submit your FAFSA by our FAFSA Priority Deadlines below.

    • Fall: February 1
    • Spring: November 1

    Application Instructions

    All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

    Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

    Applicants for the Master of Music degree must have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent upon enrollment. Professional Studies Diploma applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or conservatory diploma; however, a master’s degree is recommended.

    See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.

    Required Application Materials


    Undergraduate program applicants should complete the Common App online application. Graduate program applicants should complete The New School's online application.

    Application Fee

    Application fees are $50 for U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for international applicants. Application fees are paid through the online application and are non-refundable.

    Official Transcripts

    Undergraduates: All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended several high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

    Graduates: Official transcripts must be provided for every undergraduate or graduate institution attended for course credit. We will expect an official transcript from each institution listed in the Academic History section of the application. Although not required, an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) may be uploaded with your application.

    Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. Credits for music courses taken elsewhere are not automatically transferable, although credit may be given toward a Mannes degree pending the results of the entrance test, interview, and transcript evaluation.

    By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” below for our mailing address.

    Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are

    • Naviance
    • Parchment Exchange
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse

    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

    High School Equivalency (For Undergraduates): For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail.

    Homeschooling (For Undergraduates): For homeschooling, send an official transcript from your sponsoring high school or state homeschool association. Homeschooled applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript, with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or “grade.” Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. If an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschooled students must submit GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results. Individual homeschooled transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation. In addition, homeschooled applicants must submit standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Homeschooled applicants can submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT or ACT.

    International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

    International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

    If using WES, visit for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “The New School” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.

    If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Recommendation Letter

    Letters of recommendation related to academic experience are required for all applicants—one for undergraduate applicants, two for graduate applicants. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send the form by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete your personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.


    Please submit your Essay with your online application.

    Prescreening (if applicable)

    In order to be considered for a live audition, applicants for piano, violin, cello, flute, and voice concentrations must submit a prescreen recording. Applicants for the composition concentration must submit scores for review. Please visit Auditions for details. You must submit prescreen materials electronically using Acceptd when you apply online. Prescreen recordings must be submitted with the application by the November 1 application deadline for the spring term or the December 1 application deadline for the fall term. Mannes College Division and Mannes Preparatory Honors program students are exempt from the prescreen requirement.

    Live Audition

    Live auditions (on campus and regional) in Cello, Composition, Flute, Piano, Violin, and Voice require submission of prescreen recordings at Acceptd. Auditions in these areas will be confirmed after review of the submitted prescreen recordings. Prescreen recordings must be received by the application deadline of December 1 (April 1 for Late Review). Prescreen recordings received after this deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Admissions Office. Visit the Audition Requirements website for specific audition requirements for your instrument for more information on prescreen requirements.

    Mannes accepts auditions in three different formats. Live auditions are encouraged for all applicants.

    • On-Campus Audition: Main auditions are held at Mannes from late February to early March, final dates TBD. Visit Auditions for information about on-campus auditions and a preliminary audition weekend schedule.
    • Regional Audition: Regional auditions are offered at sites in Europe, and other locations during the months of December and January. The auditions are audio- and video-recorded, then brought back to campus for the faculty to evaluate. Please note that regional auditions are not available for orchestral conducting or spring enrollment. Regional audition dates will be listed on the Auditions website.
    • Recorded Audition: If an on-campus audition or a regional audition is not possible, applicants can submit a video recording electronically at Acceptd. For more information about recorded auditions for your intended major, please visit the Auditions website.
    • Late Round Audition for Transfer Students: Because of the limited number of openings each year in the Mannes School of Music, transfer applicants are encouraged to audition in February/March, on our published audition dates. If you wish to audition for Mannes School of Music in February/March you must follow the application and prescreen deadlines for Regular Decision. Transfer applicants who do not apply for an audition by December 1 will have to wait until March 15 to schedule a live audition.

    Test Scores

    SAT and ACT (For Undergraduates): The New School does not require submission of SAT or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete. Should you feel your SAT or ACT test scores are beneficial to your application, you may submit them for our consideration. Homeschool applicants must submit standardized test scores from either the SAT or the ACT. Homeschool applicants may submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT. The institution code is 2828.

    TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores for applicants:

    • Who have attended a secondary school for a minimum of three years where English is the primary language of instruction (Undergraduate Applicants)
    • Who have successfully completed two full semesters of non-ESL college-level expository writing (Undergraduate Applicants)
    • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (Graduate Applicants, minimum of three years attendance)

    Upon review of your application the Office of Admission may require you to submit an English Language Proficiency test score to further evaluate your candidacy.

    Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores for tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information and/or to locate testing centers, visit the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE websites. Allow 10 to 12 weeks for official test scores to arrive at Mannes; schedule your test accordingly.

    Current Mannes students whose first language is not English; who are enrolled in the Mannes NEXT Diploma program or the Professional Studies Diploma program; and who are applying for admission to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Undergraduate Diploma, or Master of Music degree program are required to submit TOEFL scores and take the Mannes English Placement Exam.

    English Placement Exam

    All applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Mannes English Placement Test, which assesses reading comprehension, writing ability, and listening and speaking skills.

    The Mannes English Placement Test is taken at Mannes during audition week. It consists of a grammar test, an essay on a topic chosen by Mannes, and an oral (face-to-face) interview. Mannes has found this test to be a better method than standardized tests for assessing students' English language level and ability to succeed in their classes. Mannes uses the results of these tests and the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE in deciding whether students' English language skills qualify them to attend Mannes. Applicants who do not audition on campus will be required to take the test via video chat or at orientation.

    Musicianship Exam and Interviews

    Applicants to certain programs and majors are required to take a musicianship placement examination and sit for a personal interview during the audition period. The Office of Admission will notify you if you are required to take the musicianship exam.

    Additional Information and Instructions

    Applying to More Than One Program

    In any given term, a student can apply to only one department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.

    Application Materials

    All materials submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.

    Undergraduate Advanced-Level Credit

    AP, IB, and A-Level Courses: Accepted applicants will receive further instructions later in the process regarding AP, IB, and A-Level scores.

    Homeschool Applicants

    The New School welcomes applications from homeschool students. The Admission Committee does not require advanced preparation in every academic area, but applicants should demonstrate substantial work in English, history, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, and science. Review the Test Scores and Official Transcripts sections above for standardized test and transcript requirements.


    The Application for Readmission should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). If you would like to apply for readmission, review the readmission deadlines and requirements in the Readmission section of our undergraduate and graduate How to Apply information.

    Application Status

    Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.

    Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.

    The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

    Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

    Mannes School of Music at The New School
    Office of Admission (MC 100)
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003

  • Scholarships and Financial Aid

    All students admitted to Mannes are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Mannes awards scholarships in recognition of outstanding musical talent and academic achievement. Aptitude in the declared major field of study is the primary criterion for awards, but the scholarship committee also considers students' overall academic standing when deciding on the distribution of scholarship funds. Students who receive a scholarship can expect it to be continued through their course of study as long as they maintain good academic standing.

    The New School participates in all federal and state financial assistance programs (Federal Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Work-Study Programs, Federal Perkins Loans, etc.). All applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at, even if they do not plan to seek need-based financial aid. (The New School FAFSA code is 002780.) Applicants do not need an admission decision in order to file the FAFSA.

    Email Notifications

    Email is the primary method used by the Mannes Office of Admission to communicate with applicants. Mannes contacts applicants at the email address they used to submit the online application. After you submit the application, please monitor your email and reset your spam filter to ensure that all email sent from both and reaches you.

    International Applicants Who Need a Visa to Audition

    The New School is authorized by the U.S. government to admit international students to the full-time degree and diploma programs at Mannes College The New School for Music. Upon request, the Office of Admission will provide a letter to be presented at a U.S. consulate or embassy by applicants when they apply for a tourist visa to attend the in-person audition. Although consular practices vary from country to country, applicants should ask for a "Prospective Student" annotation on their B-1/B-2 visas. See also Information for International Students .

    Current Mannes Students

    All Mannes students currently enrolled in the college division who apply to a new program are required to perform in a live audition for that program. A letter of recommendation is not required.

    Current Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, and undergraduate diploma students are not required to take musicianship exams or be interviewed when applying for admission to the Master of Music degree program. However, Mannes Professional Studies Diploma students must take the musicianship examination and be interviewed if they are applying to any degree program or major that normally requires the examination and interviews.

    Current Mannes students enrolled in the Extension Division diploma program, the Professional Studies Diploma program, or the undergraduate diploma program whose first language is not English and who apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Music degree program are required to submit a TOEFL score and take the Mannes English Placement Exam. Students currently enrolled in a Mannes degree program who apply to another Mannes program are not required to submit a new TOEFL score or retake the Mannes English Placement Exam.

    Mannes College and Mannes Preparatory Honors students who apply to another Mannes program are exempt from the pre-audition screening requirement. A Mannes Extension Division student applying for a program that requires prescreening can have the requirement waived by obtaining a letter from the director of the Extension Division requesting that the student be exempted.

    Current Mannes students in any division applying to a new or different program for the next school year will have the application fee waived if they contact the Office of Admission before the December 1 application deadline.

    Applying to a New Program as a Current Student

    All Mannes students currently enrolled in the college division who apply to a new program are required to perform a live audition for that program. A letter of recommendation is not required.