The New School is centrally located in New York between Washington Square and Union Square on Fifth Ave. All of the main campus buildings are located within 2-3 blocks of the intersection of 13th Street and Fifth Ave. Below you will find a map of the New School neighborhood, with The New School’s University Center marker by a red flag in the center.



About The New School

The New School is an urban university founded in New York City nearly a century ago by a small group of prominent American intellectuals and educators, among them Charles Beard, John Dewey, James Harvey Robinson, and Thorstein Veblen. Frustrated by the intellectual timidity of traditional colleges, they envisioned a new kind of academic institution, an innovative college where faculty and students would be free to honestly and directly address the problems facing societies in the 20th century. In 1919, they created a school of advanced adult education to bring creative scholars together with citizens interested in improving their understanding of the key issues of the day through active questioning, debate, and discussion. The founders named their new school the New School for Social Research.

Over the years, the New School for Social Research, now formally named The New School, grew into an urban university with seven colleges. The university is enriched by the diversity of its students, who represent a wide range of ages, social backgrounds, aspirations, perspectives, interests, and talents. Learn more.

The University Center at a Glance

University Center at The New School

University Center at The New School

The University Center is the new hub of the New School campus: a 16-story, approximately 375,000-square-foot building located at the intersection of 14th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Certified with a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED rating of Gold, the University Center will help set the New York City standard for green technology and building practices. The building serves as a teaching tool for New School academic programs in architecture and design, environmental studies, and sustainability management. The building has 230,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors and 135,000 square feet for a 600-bed dormitory on the remaining nine floors, providing space for all aspects of campus life. There is an additional 10,000 gross square feet of retail space on the first floor and below street level along 14th Street.

The academic space includes 50,000 square feet of design studios, interdisciplinary classrooms, and laboratories that are easily adaptable to encourage use by a mix of different disciplines. It includes an 800-seat auditorium, featuring a reconfigurable stage (with 18 electric lifts) that can be set up for dance and musical performances or as a fashion runway; a large cafeteria; a two-story library; a 2,200-square-foot faculty resource center; three student lounges; and a lobby and café on two levels, suitable for performances.

The building includes numerous spaces for informal interaction, such as the three central staircases that weave their way through the building. The University Center is a hive of activity, visible from the street through large glass windows.

The center meets the USGBC’s LEED Gold standard, making it one of the greenest academic buildings in the country, and in New York in particular. Learn more.

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