Situated in the affluent downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village, The New School's avant-garde education traces its roots back to its founded in 1919 to progressive New York scholars. The school's liberal teaching policies emerged during the height of nationalism and xenophobia surrounding America's entrance into World War I. In keeping with this spirit, the New School founded the University in Exile in 1933 for expatriate scholars fleeing Nazi Germany and Italian fascists. The New School developed a similar program for French academics called the Free School for Advanced Studies. Originally, the New School was known as the New School for Social Research before settling on its current moniker in 2005.
Students interested in university housing or off campus housing around the New School will have access to the university's "student-directed curriculum." The New School does not require general education classes, instead pushing students to design their own comprehensive education prior to focusing on their major. The college's small student-to-professor ration of about 9 to 1 also allows most classes to be taught as seminars for intimate education.
College housing at the New School allows students access to some of the university's most popular fields of study, such as social sciences, liberal arts, humanities, architecture, drama, finance, public policy, fine arts and music. Student living at the university consists of an intellectual social atmosphere based around social activism.
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